Today I officiated at the Solemn Mass at St. Paul’s, Goodmayes. I preached on the theme that Jesus told us to love one another. I used as an illustration the German soldier Anton Schmid who saved 250 Jews from being deported to the Gas Chambers by hiding and feed them and arranging for them to have forged papers. Caught and arrested he was tried, found guilty and executed in 1942. Schmid laid down his life for people he didn’t know; never-the-less he considered them to be his friends and neighbours. Schmid’s courage and sacrifice was recognised by Germany in 2000 and Germany's Defence Minister said, "Too many bowed to the threats and temptations of the dictator Hitler, and too few found the strength to resist. But Sergeant Anton Schmid did resist."
Ilford Hospital Chapel
In the picture above the 6 brass candlesticks which normally stand on the shelf behind the Altar, have been removed so that visitors can see, and photograph the beautiful reredos.They will be back in position for the Solemn Mass on Ascension Day details below
Yesterday was one of the monthly Open Days when visitors can have guided tours of this historic building and enjoy home made cakes etc. This month we made £140.
ASCENSION DAY 17th May
SOLEMN MASS AT THE CHAPEL