Happy 170th birthday St John the Evangelist parish!

Congratulations and many happy returns to St John the Evangelist parish, Islington, which recently celebrated its 170th birthday!

 

Father Howard James (front right) and Archbishop Vincent Nichols (behind centre) join parishioners for the 170th birthday celebrations.

Father Howard James (front right) and Archbishop Vincent Nichols (behind centre) join parishioners for the 170th birthday celebrations.

The celebrations took place on Sunday 30 June. Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrated the special anniversary Mass, along with parish priest Father Howard James, and a total of three choirs led the congregation in jubilant song. Afterwards, parishioners and special guests moved outside for a street party in the sunshine, with the sound of a steel band adding to the joyful atmosphere.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols with parishioner and CAFOD volunteer, Stephen King.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols with parishioner and CAFOD volunteer, Stephen King.

CAFOD Westminster’s Tony Sheen joined the parish for their celebrations.

“It was a really great day,” said Tony. “The mass was lovely and the street party was great fun. I was thrilled to join the parishioners as they celebrated 170 years. Both the parish and its local primary school are generous supporters of CAFOD.  Thanks for all your hard work and happy birthday St John the Evangelist!”

Tony Sheen (left) with Father Howard James (centre) and a parishioner.

Tony Sheen (left) with Father Howard James (centre) and a parishioner.

Happy birthday once again, and thank you to everyone at St John the Evangelist for all the great work they do to support CAFOD. If you would like to learn more about how CAFOD uses your generous donations to help those that need it most, come along on Wednesday 17 July to ‘Dispatches from Bolivia’, a first-hand account of CAFOD’s work in the South American nation from CAFOD’s Bolivian Programme Officer, Nicki Evans. The talk will take place at the Benedictine Centre for Spirituality, Catholic Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, London N14 4HE, from 2pm-4pm. If you would like to book places or for more information, contact CAFOD Westminster on 0208 449 6970 or westminster@cafod.org.uk.

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