Our parish “International Day” event was held on Saturday 3rd June. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first time an event of this kind has been held. The objective of the event was to celebrate the wonderful diversity of nationalities, backgrounds and cultures we have in our parish and the enrichment this brings.
We specifically chose the Saturday prior to Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, as this feast represents everything we were trying to achieve. “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into our hearts. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling”. Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
It was with some trepidation that we planned this event, but we need not have been concerned as the support we received was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Over seventy people attended with representation from eight different countries. The variety of the food for the main course was remarkable, with dishes from Sri-Lanka, Poland, India, The Philippines, Nigeria, Ireland and England. And it didn’t stop there, the selection of the various desserts was just as impressive! It was a truly extraordinary and memorable spread, and sincere thanks to everyone who attended, and helped to make such a feast possible.
In reality, though, whilst the meal was simply delicious, the real magic of the evening was without doubt the atmosphere that was created. It brought such joy to see parishioners sat side by side chatting away and to experience the sound of laughter echoing around the hall was simply amazing.
The challenge now is how to embrace this atmosphere and togetherness for the benefit of all and our parish. Well, planning for another event next year is underway and we have already received comments on how we can improve on what was achieved. Feedback is key and we would like to receive your comments on how we can improve the social interaction within our parish. One simple step would of course be to ensure you greet someone you don’t know at Mass. Break the ice and step out of your comfort zone, with a smile on your face. Be sure you will have the power of the Holy Spirit on your side!
We would warmly welcome your thoughts and these can be given to any committee member, passed on to the Parish Office.
The Social Committee