On 18th June, Cardinal Vincent celebrated a special Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Berkhamsted on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Parish.
The Mass was attended by over 350 people and the church was overflowing with parishioners patiently waiting for the Cardinal’s arrival. The church is over a 100 years old and moved to the current location in 1967, the year it was consecrated.
The music was provided by the celestial choir of the parish, twelve in number, two of whom are proud of having been choristers since the church was established on this site.
After Mass, the Cardinal along with the parishioners moved to the parish hall, where all were served light refreshments and drinks. There was a celebration cake in white and gold shaped as the numeral 50 to denote the milestone, surrounded with white roses and a cross made from fondant, which was cut by two of this year's First Holy Communion children.
There was a celebratory three-day flower festival to mark the start of the Golden Jubilee in the parish hall with the theme of ‘Creation and Life’. Some of the very talented parishioners and flower arrangers from across local churches, showcased their creativity telling the story of Creation. There were craft stalls set up by the students of St Thomas More Primary School, and an exhibition by the Berkhamsted quilters. The Cardinal spent time having a closer look around and admiring the magnificent display of flower arrangements.