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Heston Catholic Church Celebrates 50 years

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Hounslow Cllr. Corinna Smart, visited Heston last Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of laying the foundation stone of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston.

Speaking to the congregation, Archbishop Nichols welcomed those who had returned to Heston: “Many people have travelled back to Heston for this special celebration, and they have returned with their memories and experiences of the vision that enabled this Church to be built.” The Archbishop went on to praise “the vision of Father Peter Moore, who had become Parish Priest in 1960, and was given expression in the building of this Church.”

The Archbishop noted that fifty years after the Missionaries of Africa laid the first foundations of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy community in Nigeria, Parish Priest Fr. Robert Ehileme and his assistant Priests have come to Heston.

Fr. Robert, thanked the Archbishop, former parishioners, and his 1960’s predecessor Fr Moore who had been the inspiration and drive for the modern Catholic Church in Heston. He said: “Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston is the best of its kind.  It is a Parish Church that is good in accommodating people of different races. The Church has a collaborative spirit and a generous heart“.