The Funeral Mass of Fr Michael Shields will take place at St Mary's Church, East Grinstead at 12 noon on Friday 11th January 2019.
Fr Shields expressed the wish that priests who are members of the Company of Mission Priests, the Society of the Holy Cross or the Society under the Patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda be invited to concelebrate, should they so wish. Anyone wishing to do so should please write to Fr Tim Pike at firstname.lastname@example.org so that proper liturgical arrangements can be made.
Concelebrants should be vested in alb and purple stole by 11.45am.
The Principal Celebrant will be the Bishop of Chichester, who is the Visitor of the Company of Mission Priests.
Everyone is invited to come to the Church Hall for a glass of wine after the Mass.
Fr Shields' ashes will be interred at the College of St Barnabas where he lived so happily and whose staff cared for him so wonderfully during his final illness. Fr Shields did not want anyone to send flowers for his funeral but should anyone wish to make a gift in memory of Fr Shields, donations to the College of St Barnabas, Lingfield, will be very gratefully received. Details of how to make a donation can be found on the College's website, http://www.st-barnabas.org.uk