What a weekend!

The weekend of Christ the King 2017 was a memorable one in the parish of the Holy Family this year! For the past few years we have concentrated fund raising efforts to one major weekend each year and parishioners have been preparing for many weeks to ensure its success.
Saturday evening was one to reminisce with a ‘70’s’ evening which included a typical 70’s themed 3 course meal, a challenging quiz, huge prize raffle and of course a disco to finish off the evening! The photos on our website show some curious outfits and people having lots of fun.
We are very fortunate that the evening was planned and managed by Wendy Davis, a ‘hands on’ parishioner who works for Barclays Bank. Barclays currently support their staff volunteering in Community Outreach and will match fund events to a wonderful total of £1,000. We were delighted to raise over £1,000 ourselves and therefore will benefit from this additional funding. This in turn will enable us to support local charities, individuals and societies in the local community by offering them the use of the parish hall & facilities.

Our young ‘A Team’ members supported Wendy as apprentice waiters & waitresses – as well as a star performance by ‘Elori and her backing group’ with a marvellous rendition of ‘Mama Mia’
After a late and rapid clear up, the hall was reset for our Sunday morning Advent Sale of all things seasonal.

On Sunday morning the church was packed as Fr. Philip welcomed the children who will start the journey towards First Sacraments after Christmas. Each was invited to enrol and was given their ‘pilgrim passport’ for the journey, which will be stamped each Sunday morning at the children’s liturgy. The children and their families were invited to join parishioners in the hall after mass for the sale and a lovely light lunch. Mulled wine was on offer for the adults and free lollipops for the children!!

The weekend was a tremendous success and the atmosphere wonderful. It certainly brought together young and not so young with many parishioners involved in true community. No doubt we will do it all over again next year!!!