May 2017 marked the end of the Civic year for Councillor Jim Anderson of St Joseph’s Church in Retford. Jim is a District Councillor and in May last year was elected to serve as Chairman of the whole of Bassetlaw District Council; a great honour and privilege last enjoyed by a St Joseph’s parishioner when Wendy Quigley served in 2007/8.
Jim asked Fr John Nwadike CM, Parish Priest at St Joseph’s, to celebrate the Civic Service with a Mass, and a packed church saw St Joseph’s school children sing, Headteacher, Mr Richard Hilton read, and Fr Bill Bergin returned to beautifully sing the Credo and guide the service. Worksop Deanery Deacon Peter Hunt assisted, and the Deputy Lieutenants and Readers from other Christian denominations joined with the local Imam to make the service a truly Ecumenical event for the glory of God.
It was a great day for St Joseph’s, the Churches in Retford and Bassetlaw. The local Air Training Corps squadron also sent a detachment to assist in the management of the day, and they are pictured below with Fr John, the Deputy Lieutenant and Councillor Jim.