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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Priest for hire - to pull pints, patrol park or process post…
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 The North London priest whose haircut raised £15,000 for his parish last year is looking for a job. Fr Tim Curtis SJ, is asking parishioners at St Ignatius Church in Stamford Hill, to choose one of four local positions and to sponsor him for a week during November. The initiative follows his 2002 fundraising stunt ­ having his head shaved in a Mohican style. £5,000 was raised initially, with a further £10,000 after the event, the cash going towards the restoration and renovation of the 100-year-old church. The four jobs that the Jesuit parish priest could end up doing are: Working at the 'Blarney Stone' pub, park-keeper at Springfield Park, shifts at the local Safeway supermarket, or delivering mail at St Ann's Hospital. "I haven't pulled a pint since my college days," admits Fr Tim, "and there's bound to be tons of leaves to sweep up in mid-November in the park! But honestly, I don't mind which job the parishioners choose for me, because it will all be for a good cause." The money raised will go towards the £370,000 needed to clean the exterior brickwork at St Ignatius, improve disabled access, and renovate the interior of the church. But Fr Tim says his visibility in the community will be just as important. "I'll be wearing my clerical collar throughout the week, so whether I'm stacking shelves in the supermarket or delivering X-rays to a department in St Ann's, I hope people will take time to talk. It's a novel but hopefully valuable way of the Church getting out among the local community."
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