Over the weekend, we learned with great sadness that the Reverend Peter Holmes, our dear friend and Chair of the Joel Board of Trustees, passed away from COVID-19. As vicar of St Peter’s Church, Kingston for more than 25 years and founder of The Joel Community Night Shelter, he was passionately dedicated to social justice for those on the margins.
Peter followed Jesus’ example and threw the church doors wide-open to those people that few cared about, particularly the ‘street-homeless’. He was an inspirational man of God, a pioneer and mentor to so many of us. We will miss his friendship, his leadership and his Christ-centred approach to life.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
We offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Peter’s wife Carol and their four children, and to the congregation at St Peter’s. Despite our great sadness, we take comfort in knowing that Peter is in a wonderful place, with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
God bless and keep well,
Joel Community Services
A parishioner who is a trained speaker, former actor and regular reader
at Westminster Cathedral is offering to read over the telephone to
anyone alone and isolated at home at this time.
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Many Parishioners may remember Sr Kathleen Concagh (known as Sr Kay!), a Sister of the Holy Cross who spent many years in this Parish.
She died peacefully on 16th March, two weeks after having a stroke. For many years she taught in Holy Cross Senior School. When she was again in the Community she was involved in various activities such as: Prayer and Bible Groups, the Cell Movement, Alpha, RCIA.
Please remember her in your prayers. May she rest in peace.