Many hearty Congratulations to those of Our Children who received their First Holy Communion.
A huge Thank You to the parents that helped prepare the children and sincere gratitude to our Catechists.
Concert with Friar Alessandro, Voice From Assisi St George’s RC Cathedral Southwark
Charity concert The much acclaimed Italian tenor “Voice from Assisi” Friar Alessandro, is visiting London in May.
The Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev. Peter Smith, and the Cathedral Dean, Canon Richard Hearn, have generously agreed to host a concert at St George’s RC Cathedral.
This charity concert is set for an evening performance on 6th May 2017.
Entry is with a reserved ticket which can be booked at no charge via voicefromassisi.eventbrite.co.uk
An appeal for donations will be made at the event and monies raised will go to support CAFOD’s East Africa Crisis Appeal and Caritas Bakhita House. Friar Alessandro Brustenghi is a Franciscan Friar from Assisi and acclaimed international tenor.
His three CDs, entitled “Voice from Assisi”, “Voice of Joy” and “Voice of Peace” have been heard throughout the world. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in a programme that was recorded for the BBC. “Voice from Assisi” was heard across America in a PBS special screened in March 2017. His visit to St George’s RC Cathedral London in May precedes a tour in America.
Fr. Charles Corrigan, (Prefect of Students) went with our students to visit the church of the Most Precious Blood in Edmonton.
This church has important connections with the Redemptorists. The parish was founded by the Redemptorists in 1904 and we stayed there until 1926. During that time we built the church and the Monastery.
The church has a beautiful shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and devotion to her continues in the parish.
Above the wall near the sacristy are the names of all the Redemptorists who died while serving in the parish.
The Monastery reminded us of our Monastery in Perth and like all our Redemptorist houses has a small tribune looking on to the high altar. During our time in Edmonton we were asked by the Cardinal to look after the Catholics in Ponders End.
At that time Ponders End was a small country village with few Catholics and the small tin Chapel which we built is now replaced by a proper church. We were there for 12 years before a diocesan priest was appointed. Fr. Yates who ran this mission was called by the people the Bishop of Ponders End. To the left is the church of the Most Precious Blood which has been extended after we left the parish.
With the final approval of the repair of the Church Spire near completion we would like to thank all those who made it possible for this work to take place.
Our special thanks goes to the Heritage Lottery fund without whose support it could never have happened. The refurbishment of the spire was of great public interest and gave an opportunity for so many different groups of people to be involved.
For professional groups such as the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors, the AA Conservation students and the SPAB scholars and fellows it was an opportunity to observe the work as it was taking place. The conservation students also had the opportunity to be briefed by Mr. Ian Harper from English Heritage on the HLF grant process.
For St. Mary’s School it was a week of opportunity to do different projects on the church and church architecture.
At our garden fete the children were able to meet some of the masons working on the spire and to try their hand at stone carving.
The Clapham Society also visited and were able to climb the Spire under the guidance of PAYE construction.
The Churches Together in Clapham came for a special lecture on getting a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund.
Without the help of the HLF grant none of this would have been possible. To them we are truly grateful.
We are also grateful for the donation of £40,000 from the National Churches Trust. This made it possible for our parish to raise the remaining required funds.
The Redemptorists and the Parish want to say a huge thank you to, The Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Churches Trust and the many generous donors who gave and supported us in so many ways.