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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, September 15, 2008
Farewell from Martin Plunkett
It is with more than a little bit of sadness that I say goodbye to Willesden Green and the parish of St Mary Magdalen’s. I leave however with a great sense of gratitude for all that has happened during this time. It has been a joy to get to know so many people here, to be part of this community and to work with so many of the young people and others of the parish. I have learned and received a great deal since arriving here. The parish is a warm and friendly place full of good people of kindness and faith. For this reason it has been easy for me to be here, always feeling accepted and welcomed by everyone.

I am especially grateful to Fr Hugh for giving me the opportunity of working here. At his side I have experienced and learned a great deal which I hope to take with me on the next stage of the journey. One of the main things I take with me is the importance of living with conviction this beautiful faith of ours within a parish and within each family. I have seen, especially with the young, how influenced they are when they see the good example of others and I am even more convinced now of the deep need for this in our world at this time. May this great work continue!

I would like to express my thanks to all those who worked in the youth clubs, the musical and all the other projects over this time. These things could not take place without the willing help of interested parishioners. Thank you also to everyone at Clergy House and all those who help with the running of the parish and also to all who were so kind and generous in wishing me well for the future. The school and all the pupils gave me a lovely send off, as did the teenagers group (including a surprise birthday party!). For all these things and so much more – a big ‘THANK YOU!’

I am sure to come back and visit and please be assured of my prayer for the parish. May Jesus and Mary be with you all guiding you to our eternal home in heaven.


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