THE SAINT PHILOMENA MESSENGER
I have to open this letter with some sad news. My dear Father, George
Frederick Hopkins, passed away, aged 82, fortified by the Rites of Holy
Mother Church on Saturday, 12th. April.
This has been a very complicated time for me, since his passing occurred
just before Holy Week and Easter and shortly after the Bishop's visitation
the previous week.
George F. Hopkins led a long and interesting life. Born at Hackney,
London, in 1920, a "Cockney" (meaning anyone horn within the
hearing of the bells of Bow (London) church); an outstanding student of
mathematics and languages, Dad was conscripted to fight Hitler in 1938.
He spent 7 years in the British Navy. During this time he was decorated
for bravery on several occasions. Having been present and witnessed the
human carnage during the disastrous allied landings at Anzio, Italy, he
s, could never really speak about his
Mr. & Mrs. Hopkins meet Pope John Paul II, the day after their son's
ordination to the sacred priesthood, 8th. December, 1984.
Sadly, towards the end of his life the Holy Mass in his local church had become so corrupt, so sacrilegious, that he could no longer attend. With my dear Mother he attended a Mass in the traditional Latin rite, offered once a month in a local hall. He was able to make the Latin responses perfectly. Both my parents would have loved to attend daily Mass, but they understood that they did not leave the Church. The "Church" loft them!
As a priest, it has been a great consolation to offer a Gregorian Mass (30 Masses daily, in succession) for my beloved Father. With all my heart I beg you to pray for his eternal repose.