Parishioners of St Joseph, Grove Park celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the foundation of their church on 8 November. Festivities began with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent.
In his homily, the Cardinal said that it was fitting that Fr John Seabrook and his parishioners had chosen this date for the celebration, as it was the Vigil of the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Referring to the first reading from Ezekiel, the Cardinal explained that the flowing waters coming from the temple represented God's graces flowing out to humanity.
Speaking to parishioners of their mission, he said, 'As you leave the church after Mass, you too are flowing out in the world, bringing God's grace and healing to a world that needs to receive them.'
After Mass, all gathered in the adjoining hall to share a feast prepared by parishioners, with a cornucopia of foods representing the ethnic diversity of the parish.
Although relatively small, the parish plays an important part in the community, with parishioners involved in charitable work both in the community and supporting those in need in other countries. As Fr John explains, 'We make a great impact, but we go about it quietly.'
He pays tribute to his parishioners who, he says, are always keen to help others and together to build their community. This spirits of community was very evident on the evening, when parishioners took time to celebrate together.