Last year at St Chrysostom’s we celebrated a Requiem Mass in memory of Fr Mark Dalby, former Archdeacon of Rochdale and a friend of Fr Ian’s. Mark died in February at his home in Newland, Malvern. The Requiem Mass was a special occasion with many of Fr Mark’s friends attending.
Fr Ian, during his sabbatical, has edited a collection of Fr Mark’s sermons. The sermons follow the round of the church’s year and there are additional sermons on other subjects too. Fr Mark was a careful, thorough and gentle preacher who did his best to speak clearly to the congregation he was addressing.
Following Fr Mark’s death his papers and documents passed to Fr Ian and among them were copies of sermons Fr Mark had preached throughout his ministry. This collection, entitled At the Heart of our Faith collects over twenty sermons preached when Fr Mark was Chaplain to the Beauchamp Community in Malvern, following his time as Archdeacon. At the Beauchamp Community Fr Mark enjoyed preaching regularly to the same congregation, and the sermons reflect his reasonable, thought out style.
A limited number of copies of the book have been printed. They are available for £4 from church, or £5.50 per copy by post. Cheques made payable to St Chrysostom’s Church, (4A, Anson Road, Manchester, M14 5BG). Fr Ian is giving profits from the sale of the book to church funds.