Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord: Lord hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
But there is forgiveness with Thee: because of Thy law I wait for Thee, O Lord.
My soul waiteth on His word: my soul hopeth in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night let Israel hope in the Lord:
For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel, from all their iniquities.
Only last month, I wrote here about my saintly parish priest Fr Alan.
Last night I heard that nothing more could be done for him and that his treatment was to be directed at palliative relief of symptoms. He was given this news on Wednesday. I went to bed and prayed for him again.
This morning I recieved the devastating news that he went home to the Lord at 3 oclock this morning.
I cannot describe how much he was loved and will be missed. He was a father, and a wise teacher to so many.
Here is the email that I recieved:
It is with deep regret and sadness that I inform you Fr
Alan Fudge died at 3am this morning, Friday 5th August. We can rest
assured that our prayers last night at Soul Food helped carry him
towards heaven. The official Parish announcement is given below:
At the end of May, Father Alan wrote in the newsletter about his sickness and
the operation he had had. He said that he hesitated to write about
himself knowing that many of you know more about suffering, pain and
illness than he did. He has certainly had his share of them in these
last few months.
He also said that he needed more treatment for cancer
on his lung. The treatment took the form of chemotherapy, but on
Wednesday he received the news that the treatment was having little
effect and it would not be continued. Palliative care, relieving the
pain and treating the symptoms of the disease, was all that could be
offered to him.
The cancer turned out to be even more aggressive than
even the doctors realised.
Fr Alan died peacefully on the morning of
the 5th August. Those who have been caring for him were praying at his
death. It was less than five months since he became ill.
We have much to thank God for in having had Fr Alan as Parish Priest and, as with
every member of our community, we need to accompany him in prayer.
So that we can pray together as a Parish, on Sunday 7th August, there will
SILENT ADORATION before the BLESSED SACRAMENT after the 6pm Mass
Alan James Fudge
Died on 5th August 2011
as a priest
Thirty-three years in this Parish