International Mass

“MANY PEOPLES – ONE FAITH”
INTERNATIONAL MASS
AT ST ALBAN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, BLACKBURN
DEANERY OF BLACKBURN, DARWEN AND RIBBLE VALLEY
SALFORD DIOCESE

The Catholic community of Blackburn, Darwen and the Ribble Valley,
has, in recent years, welcomed many new church members from around
the world. Over 300 came to celebrate Mass together in the parish of St.
Albans, Larkhill, on Sunday 24th October, with prayers and hymns from different nations.

Canon Jude Harrison, parish priest, welcomed the congregation, many
of whom were wearing national costumes, from Poland, Germany, Italy, Ireland,  Cambodia, Thailand, China, Kerala, Congo, Nigeria, Kenya
and the Central African Republic..

He said, “The word ‘Catholic’ means universal and so the Church must truly be the place where everyone can belong and truly feel at home.We are united in our common Christian faith by celebrating this Eucharist together.”

Fr. Michael Waters, Chair of the Salford Diocesan Group for Racial
Justice said in his sermon, “The Catholic Church is the most
international of all faiths. The flags of many nations are displayed
here today. We come together praying in many different languages,
observing a rich variety of cultural practices, eating an exotic variety
foods, and singing beautiful hymns from many traditions.”
Afterwards different national foods were eaten together in the parish
hall and several people shared their experiences of making a new life
in the Blackburn, Darwen and Ribble Valley deanery and of their
welcome into the local Catholic parishes.

Canon Jude Harrison, Parish Priest St Alban’s Presbytery, Larkhill, Blackburn BB1 6HN
Tel 01254 59331
Email: revjudeharrison@btconnect.com

Fr. Michael Waters, Chair.
Salford Diocesan Commission for Racial Justice.
St. John’s Presbytery,
Bracewell St.,
Burnley. BB10 1TB
Tel: 01282 423824
Email: frm.waters@tiscali.co.uk

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