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Community emphasis at bishop's dedication

BY A STAFF REPORTER

WITHIN ten years the new Bishop of Brentwood, Bishop Patrick Casey,

will be thinking of handing over care of the diocese to a younger man.

Bishop Casey, formerly Auxiliary of Westminster, who is 57, announced this in a short speech at the end of the two-hour service of dedication at St. Anthony's, Forest Gate, London. on Monday.

The whole emphasis of the ceremony was on involvement of all Catholics in the Church and with the community at large. To underline this three Catholic M.P whose constituencies are the Brentwood Diocese took part in the ceremony.

The lessons were read oy Mr. Hugh DeI.argy, Labour M.P. for Thurrock, and 'air Norman St. John-Stevas, Conservative M.P. for Chelmsford. Mr. John Biggs-Davison, Conservative M.P. for Chigwell, read the Bidding Prayers.

THREE CHOIRS Before the ceremony, the congregation was rehearsed by Kevin Mayhew, who composed most of the music for the service. Three choirs accompanied by organ, timpani and guitars led the singing.

Bishop Oasey concelebrated Mass with the Apostolic Delegate.Archbishop Enrici; the p=io, is, : 73i ;hop of Brentwood,

icarnard Wall, who re

• i7ed year: and ten other • ieat lacluding the most

....oio, most junior priest in

• ,cese. Cardinal Heenan bar r. the homily. Several Anglican bishops

were among the non-Catholic clergy who attended. Twentyfive pupils from each Catholic secondary school in the diocese formed the offertory procession. Each parish was represented by a layman and laywoman and every convent was represented by two nuns. Fourteen of Bishop Casey's brother bishops were present. • 'THRONE OF GRACE' Cardinal Heenan said in his homily: "It would be a sad mistake to regard the enthronement of a bishop as an imperial gesture. That would be to misunderstand the purpose of the bishop's throne.

"It is not at all like the throne of kings, except, of course, Christ the King. It is a seat of purely spiritual power. It is a 'throne of grace. It is a throne of mercy. It is the throne of a shepherd; 'He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom.' "

To rule with love and cornpassion, continued the Cardinal, and at the same time not to shirk the responsibilities of office was a task which no bishop could possibly accomplish without abundant grace from God and co-operation from his priests and people.

That was why during this Holy Mass they were praying for the bishop and for the priests and people of the whole diocese.

WESTMINSTER SORROW "From experience of Bishop Casey and of this diocese, I have no doubt that you and the new bishop will co-operate in a fruitful apostolate. The sorrow in Westminster at his going is the best possible augury of the joy which will be yours when you discover the kind of pastor you have."

Cardinal Heenan also paid tribute to the retiring Bishop Wall, saying that they all knew how tirelessly he had upheld the sacred authority of the Church.

"Now we see how faithfully he has followed his own precepts. It was enough for him that following the Second Vatican Council the Church recommended aged bishops to offer their resignation. In this, as in all things, the wish of the Holy Father has been his guide and rule of life."

Bishop Casey reminded the congregation that it was four years ago to the day that he had been consecrated a bishop. He had dedicated his episcopacy to Our Lady with the motto Sub Tuum Praesidium (Under Thy Protection).

DEDICATION RENEWED

He had renewed this dedication that morning and hoped that they had made this with him, particularly when singing the hymn so beloved of au-ialic piety "Hail Queen of Heaven."

He hoped they would work together for the spread of God's Kingdom. To hold high office in the church was a burden but if they shared it as they surely would they should remember that this was the 'burden of Christ whose burden was light and whose yoke was sweet.

Afterwards, at an informal reception, Bishop Wall was presented with a cheque for £2,400 'given by the priests and people of the diocese.




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