On June 11th, Cardinal Vincent celebrated a special Mass at St Gabriel Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Archway for the Golden Jubilee of the consecration of the Parish.
The Church was full to the brim with over 600 people in attendance. Mass was concelebrated by several other priests, one of whom was Fr Kenneth Okoli; the Provincial of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), who have pastoral care of the parish, with another 30 priests in attendance.
Eighteen parishioners were awarded the Bene Merenti or Papal blessing, by the Cardinal at the end of the Mass, in recognition of their longstanding and exemplary service to the Catholic Church.
Representing the Islington Council was Mayor Una O’Halloran, who came to show her support of the Catholic community on this eventful day.
After Mass, the Cardinal joined parishioners in celebration festive gathering in the parish centre.
It was truly delightful to see the parish family gathered to celebrate an event which represents the establishment and growth of the Body of Christ standing strong for the last 50 years at Archway, and praying for it to continue to grow in the years to come.