Bishop Nicholas celebrated Mass as part of the Spirit in the City Festival at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory’s, Warwick Street, on 11 June.
This year marks the tenth year of the Festival which celebrates Catholic life and worship in the West End of the capital. It is situated around 4 Churches: St Patrick’s in Soho, Corpus Christ in Covent Garden, Notre Dame de France off Leicester Square and Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in Warwick Street.
In his homily, Bishop Nicholas reflected on the Second Reading from St Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians: ‘Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ’ (1 Cor 12:12). He explained that we are the many parts of this body of Christ who come together in the Church and in the expression of our faith through the festival. He also spoke about the coming of the Kingdom and shared stories from his childhood about how his father would take him to visit elderly and disabled neighbours who would be lifted by the Hudsons’ visits. He spoke powerfully about his memory of one man whom his father helped and how he had sadly passed away with only Mr Hudson’s contact details on him to identify him. Bishop Nicholas ended his homily by saying: ‘In all of our lives we search for the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is on our doorstep’.
After the Mass, there was a reception with live music on Golden Square behind the Church to celebrate the festival's10th birthday.