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Kentish Town - 150th Anniversary of our Parish

Most sisters in our province at some time have lived in LSU Highgate Road community.  Many sisters in our congregation have visited Highgate Road en route to Rome or other places.  Our local parish Our Lady Help of Christians in Kentish Town has a very special place in the history of LSU.  It has been our parish since our first sisters arrived in London in 1861.
The parish celebrated its 150th Anniversary in October and as a community we were privileged to join in the celebrations and be reunited with priests and people and with whom many of our sisters past and present shared in a range of ministries over many years.

October 19 to 26 was a week of joyful reunions and thanksgiving with Eucharistic celebrations, evenings with spiritual input and inspiring insights led by former parish priests, gatherings with shared memories from different generations.  The church itself was a gallery of photographs displaying a history of a wonderful parish community on a journey. We were blessed to be part of it.

There was musical entertainment to meet all tastes.  Talent included opera singers and all joined in the old favourites. The youth of the parish had their own involvement and entertainment.  Varieties of food and drinks were not lacking in the celebratory events.  It was Sr. Maria Margaret’s privilege on behalf of the parish to welcome the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nicols who presided at the closing parish liturgy.  On that occasion families as well as ourselves, were interested to see archival parish registers displayed alongside the sacramental symbols, a visual reminder that the sacraments are at the heart of parish and family life.

The Cardinal concluded his homily with the following words:
“To-day we thank God for the gifts of the past 150 years of this parish and we look forward to ask His blessing in these next 150 years, that this parish will be known for its missionary endeavour , its outreach to those in need and to be faithful disciples of Jesus after the fashion of Our Lady Help of Christians”.

We warmly congratulate Fr Tom Forde our parish priest and all who supported him in organising this memorable celebration and we join him in thanking God for 150 grace-filled years.

Deirimid “Go néirí an bóthar libh”
(Irish Translation:“May the road be successful to you”  


 
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