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Election Results

As Prime Minister Theresa May anxiously waited to hear whether she had kept her seat in her Maidenhead constituency in the early hours of Friday morning, those following the U.K.’s general election may have noticed she was sharing the stage with some rather unusual company.

To the left of May stood some unorthodox politicians: Elmo, who received three votes, Howling “Laud” Hope of the Monster Raving Loony Party, who got 119 votes, and Lord Buckethead, a self-described “intergalactic space lord” who wore all black with a pail on his head. In total, he took home 249 votes to the Prime Minister’s 37,718.

Lord Buckethead, whose real name is unknown, previously stood against former Conservative Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major (losing by a long, long way both times). This year, he described his result as a “new Buckethead record.”

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Regarding the overall result Bishop Egan tweeted, ‘Bit of a post-Election mess!! But let us pray for our newly elected MPs, grateful for their generous service. May the Holy Spirit guide them.’

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children said, “We are pleased to see that Maria Caulfield, who spoke so well against Diana Johnson’s decriminalisation bill, has been returned to Parliament, as has veteran pro-life campaigner Fiona Bruce.”

May seeks to form a minority government with the DUP. The Democratic Unionist Party has always maintained an opposition to socially liberal reforms which have taken place on the UK mainland.

Northern Ireland is the only remaining part of the UK where same-sex marriage is not legal after the DUP used a controversial veto mechanism to block any change to legislation.

The DUP has also fought hard to halt an extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

Bournemouth Oratory

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Shown from Left to Right: Br. Kari Hinktikka, Fr Peter Edwards, Fr Dominic Jacob, Br. Wojtek Rudnicki and Deacon Roger Carr-Jones

The Father’s write,

‘Saint Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratory, was praying in the Roman catacombs, on the Eve of today’s Feast of Pentecost in 1544, when a ball of fire seemed to enter his mouth and lodge in his heart. He was filled with an intense heat and deep joy which never left him and, on his death in 1595, two of his ribs were found to have been forced outward by his enlarged heart. S Philip is known as “the Saint of Joy”, and his Sons come to Bournemouth to share the Joy of the Gospel, in and beyond the Parish of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and as Chaplains to the University.

“Keep the Faith and carry on!”

We ask everyone to carry on doing what they do. Nothing changes, but an Oratory brings a few fresh things:

  1. an additional Mass at 7:30am on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays;

  2. Blessing with the Relic of S Philip after Monday Mass;

  3. Confessions 20 minutes before every Mass.

  4. Eucharistic Adoration is extended on Wednesdays from the pre-noon Holy hour to begin from the 7:30am Mass until mid – day, with Confessions as usual between 11am and 12noon (as also on Saturdays)

  5. Benediction begins on Sundays at 6pm , from the Feast of Corpus Christi (18 th June).

  6. The Fathers and Brothers gather in Church for half – an -hour twice every weekday; at 7am for silent meditation (starting this Monday 5th June), and at 6pm for Oratory-silent prayer followed by a litany (from Monday week, 12thJune).  You’re welcome to join us

The Oratorian Community initially consists of Fr Dominic Jacob (co- founder of the Oxford Oratory 27 years ago) as Moderator of the Community and University Chaplain, Fr Peter Edwards (from the Archdiocese of Southwark) as Parish Priest.

Two Postulants: Wojtek Rudnicki, from Poland, and Kari Hinktikka from Finland, with another Brother due this summer, and other aspirants.

Please pray for us as we pray for you. S Philip, pray for us.’

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