Family, friends and former colleagues of Fr Mark Dalby gathered at St Chrysostom’s on Saturday, 21st April for a memorial mass for Fr Mark. Some attending had travelled great distances to be there – from London, St Albans, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire… Fr Mark kept in touch with many people and it was good to have such a wide range present – school friends, bishops, former parishioners, archdeacons, friends from student days …
We celebrated a beautiful mass of the resurrection, and afterwards people of St Chrysostom’s had prepared a lovely buffet lunch. Fr Mark was a good friend of Fr Ian, who took great pleasure in leading the Song of Farewell at the mass.
Those attending were able to meet and share memories informally together, to view photos of Fr Mark’s life, and even be encouraged to travel, as he did, by taking one of his many travel books. It was a splendid day, and all that was missing, one of the guests said, was sherry! (Mark’s favourite alcoholic drink).
Here you can download:
The Memorial Mass Address given by Fr Nicholas Roberts
and a booklet of memories from friends and family entitled: A Sharing of Memories
Some comments from those who attended:“such a lovely service and I greatly valued sharing the Mass with you” Bishop Stephen Venner “a lovely service that helped focus my many happy memories of Mark. I should also like to thank your church for their generosity and welcome.” Martin Pizzey ” It was a ‘splendid send off’ and one which Mark would have greatly appreciated…. and your people excelled themselves with the buffet.” Archdeacon Alan Wolstencroft A selection of Fr Mark’s sermons has been published and can be obtained from St Chrysostom’s Church. (Click here for more information).