Sr Veronica Mary turns 100!
Sister Veronica Mary was born Lilian May Jackson on December 2nd 1923 in Ilfracombe, North Devon. She was the eldest of the three children.
Born into a Methodist family, she became a Catholic at 18 years of age. When a teenager she entered a Catholic Church and was moved by the Christ she saw, as there was none in her church.
Her father gave her permission to become a Catholic and, later, to enter the religious life. She trained as a teacher in a Catholic Training College and was sent to teach in a school in a very poor part of Liverpool; there were over 50 pupils in her class.
After a few years, she entered the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She had met with the Sisters in Wokingham, while, during her time at the Training College, the students had been sent to Cold Ash because of the war. She did her Postulate and her Noviciate in France, in Tours. After her first Religious Profession, she was sent back to Wokingham to teach in what was an independent primary school, now St Teresa’s Academy. There, she taught the Infant class. A few years later she was also made the Superior of the Community. She was much involved in the life of the Parish, and also of the Town, having been the Chaplain of one Lady Mayoress, herself a Catholic.
Just before the sale of the Convent, she suffered four strokes, the last one leaving her paralysed on the left side. It was then that she had to go to a local nursing home, where she was visited by Bishop Philip. She never lost her sense of humour and is remembered very fondly by many. She is a “praying” Sister. She says the Rosary and, as it is more and more difficult for her to do so, she reads pages of the New Testament every day.
She is able to watch the Mass on a Tablet every Sunday. She is asked to pray by people and the Nursing Home Staff are aften asking for advice and prayers. She is looking forward to her 100th birthday and thanks God every day for being what she is.
Happy 100th birthday, Sister!
This year our Christmas event will be held on Sunday 17th December after the 11am Mass. In previous years you have generously donated items for our tombola and we ask whether you might do this again? We will be running a bottle and chocolate tombola so need any drinks (alcoholic or non) and any type of chocolate i.e boxes, individual Christmas chocolates etc. The boxes for the donations are in the church porch from this weekend and we thank you in advance for any donations you can give. Please join us on the 17th for refreshments, games and a gift for the children from St. Nick!
Let us pray for the many people whose lives have been torn apart by conflict in Gaza and Israel.
We remember especially those who have died, those who are grieving, the injured and those now without food, shelter or medical supplies.
We pray also for those who have the power to bring peace. May they be touched by a spirit of compassion and kindness.
Lord hear us.
Congratulations to the young people of the Parish who were confirmed on Monday 3rd July at Corpus Christi by Bishop Philip Egan.
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Over the years, the shape and make-up of the community has extended to include a wonderful diversity of backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and age; which means that our congregation in one sense demonstrates the universal love of Corpus Christi.
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CorCorpus Christi Church 60 Sturges Road Wokingham
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