This year’s London Event took place on the Feast of St Barnabas at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Kensington High Street, thanks to the kindness of the parish priest, Monsignor Jim Curry, and his assistant, Father Daniel Humphreys. The principal celebrant and homilist at the beautiful Solemn Pontifical Mass was the Archbishop of Birmingham, The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, and he was assisted by Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, ten concelebrating priests and three deacons. The music for the Mass was provided by the organist at Our Lady of Victories, Timothy Teague, and some of the choir members. They sang the Mozart Missa Brevis in B flat major as well as the Mozart Ave Verum during Holy Communion. The congregation included trustees, beneficiaries and supporters of the Society.
A lovely reception followed the Mass in the parish rooms beneath the church when drinks and canapes were enjoyed by everyone. The Society chairman, Roland Hayes, thanked the Archbishop and all those present for supporting the work of the Society. This important annual event which will now be held on or close to the Feast of St Barnabas is essentially a family occasion which brings together those involved at all levels in the mission of the St Barnabas Society as well as those who benefit from it. It would be a very good thing if in the years ahead we were able to attract many more people to it. At present it is the one and only opportunity we have to all come together.
Please enjoy this photo gallery which will help to give you a flavour of the evening and most important of all please put the London Event into your diaries for June 11 next year.