The Blessing of St Joseph's Almshouses
29 September 2017

On Friday 29 September, Cardinal Vincent Nichols visited our Almshouses for a Blessing Ceremony following extensive renovations in recent years, as overseen by former Parish Priest Canon Stuart Wilson and Monsignor Martin Hayes. The Blessing was followed by a tea party which was enjoyed by current and former Trustees and Clerks, volunteers, residents and members of the SVP. The Cardinal met with everyone and spoke of the ‘...tangible feeling of being amongst family…’. It was a lovely occasion. The Trustees are grateful to everyone, both past and present, for supporting the needs of St Joseph’s Almshouses and their residents, through volunteering, befriending residents, events and the Growing in Faith programme. The Cardinal also had the opportunity to see the Rectory and recent improvements to the garden, the new church lighting and the church floor, which was completed in 2015, the latter two projects having been partially funded by Growing in Faith contributions. When our five year Growing in Faith Campaign has concluded, we will invite the Cardinal to the Parish to celebrate our achievements.

Click on the pictures below to enlarge.

  • The Cardinal with Mgr Martin & Fr Graham
    The Cardinal with Mgr Martin & Fr Graham
  • Surveying the Nave
    Surveying the Nave
  • The Almshouse
    The Almshouse
  • Entering the Almshouses
    Entering the Almshouses
  • Greeting the Residents
    Greeting the Residents
  • Time for cake & a chat
    Time for cake & a chat
  • Smiles all round
    Smiles all round
  • The Blessing
    The Blessing
 

Pictures © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

With thanks to Archdiocese of Westminster



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