The annual Mass for Migrants will be celebrated in Westminster Cathedral on Bank Holiday Monday, 7 May 2012 at 10.30 am.
The Mass will begin with a procession of representatives from London's diverse communities, occupations and civic organisations. Amongt those taking part in the Mass will be the Nigerian community, who will be providing a choir, and the Vietnamese community, whose young people will be performing a liturgical 'dance'
Principal celebrant at the Mass for Migrants will be Rt Rev Thomas McMahon, Bishop of Brentwood. The preacher will be Bishop Patrick Lynch, SS CC.
Faith and witness
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has greatly benefited from ‘the faith and witness’ of migrant communities not only in our present day, but down through the years, said Bishop Lynch.
In a statement released to coincide with the World Day for Migrants and Refugees celebrated on Sunday January 15, Bishop Patrick Lynch said that parishes have been greatly enriched by “the strong sense of community and commitment to family life within many of our migrant communities, by their love for the Scriptures, by their devotion to Our Lady and especially by their joyful participation in the celebration of the Eucharist.”
The Bishop gave thanks for the faith, commitment, witness and devotional life of migrant communities: “So we pray in thanksgiving for all the migrant communities who down through they years have enriched the Church here in England and Wales by their faith and their faithfulness, by their commitment and their witness and by their devotion and devotions.”
In recent years, Catholic Churches in England and Wales, particularly in urban areas, have seen a growing number of parishioners from Africa and Asia, from Eastern and Western Europe, from the islands of the Caribbean and more recently from South America.
You can download a poster about the Mass for Migrants from the link at the right of this webpage.