FOUR PRIESTS from the Archdiocese of Birmingham completed a tandem parachute jump from 13,000 feet with the British Parachute School at Langar, Nottingham.
They were Fr Paul Moss of St Patrick’s, Coventry, Fr Stephen Fawcett, of Our Lady and St Werburgh, Stoke on Trent, Fr Paul Smith of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Redditch, and Fr Paul Haines of Our Lady Help of Christians, Birmingham.
The jump was organised by Catholic Today, Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s diocesan newspaper based in Fenton, Stoke on Trent, in order to raise funds for sick, retired and infirm clergy of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Fr Paul Moss sang the Gospel at the funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II. He said: “Singing in front of a worldwide audience was a daunting challenge but I have to say so was doing my first tandem parachute jump. It was a terrific experience though and I really enjoyed it. I have a private pilot’s licence and the whole experience has made me want to renew my licence and get flying again. Jumping out of an aeroplane from 13,000 feet is definitely a leap of faith.” Archbishop Nichols said: “Jumping out of an aeroplane from 13,000 feet is not for the faint-hearted.”