Now that John Henry Newman has been canonised, Bishop Mark Noble has issued a rescript that formalises the renaming of our church to reflect Newman's recognition as a Saint. This was celebrated with celebrated with a solemn Mass on Tuesday 19th November when the rescript was read out. During this Mass we sang Newman's hymns and also heard the Lydian Singers perform Arvo Part's setting of Newman's words: May he support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in his loving mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last.
'Shrewsbury ... shall be a name 'as stirring to the heart as the glories we have lost'
John Henry Newman