On Sunday 24 January, Bishop Nicholas Hudson joined the parish of St Paul’s in Wood Green for Mass on the eve of their patronal feast of the Conversion of St Paul. The international make-up of the parish was evident in the variety of national dress, the prayers offered in several languages and the music from different traditions.
As Fr Perry Sykes explains proudly: ‘All the diversity of people you see on the Underground is present right here in this parish.’
In his homily, Bishop Nicholas took as his theme how others see us. Looking at the life of St Paul and the example of St Thérèse of Lisieux, he explained that ‘it helps to see ourselves as others see us – and even more to be encouraged to see ourselves through the eyes of our loving God!’
There was a very strong sense of joy during the Mass, which was especially evident during the offertory procession as parishioners danced down the aisle with the gifts.
The joyful atmosphere continued in the reception that followed, which featured a range of international dishes and a specially-made cake in the shape of a Bible decorated with the image of St Paul and the Year of Mercy logo.