Healing Mass 23rd November
Visit of Father Fernando Suarez from the Philippines
Last week saw an amazing witness of God's Healing through the extraordinary ministry of Fr Alexandro Suarez. St John's was packed to capacity as over 500 people many of whom had travelled long distances attended a Special Healing Mass. People from Scotland, Spain, Ireland and the length and breath of England were enthralled by the personal story of how Fr. Fernando received his gift of healing and the use of his healing gifts in nearly 30 years of worldwide ministry.
Following his preaching Fr. Fernando began to minister to the large crowds and almost immediately people came forward to testify amazing improvements in their health. Deaf aids were handed in as people testified to their new powers of healing, crippled and disabled persons walked around the church delighted to be more mobile, a lady told her story of how she had arrived with a lump and this disappeared instantly after she had received prayer. Diabetes patients recorded recovery, trapped nerves were freed and arms that couldn't lift were raised to above head height.
The night was memorable for the atmosphere of joy and love that filled the Church and many expressed the sentiments that they had never encountered events in Church quite like this. Many folk urged Fr. Fernando to stay to continue his ministry but he had to leave the next day to continue his work in the Philippines.
In his native country Fr. Suarez is a champion for the poor, feeding thousands of people every day as well as building homes for the destitute. He has founded his own Seminary for the training of Priests and has a host of young seminarians. He left us asking us to pray for his work and indicated that he might return to St John's in May 2016. If he does it will be an occasion not to be missed!