Pope wishes church a happy birthday

Published on: 04 Nov 2015

ST Augustine of Canterbury church in Downend has been celebrating its golden jubilee in style.
The Rt Rev Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, led a Mass of Thanksgiving with 20 other priests and Deacons from the area in front of ocal dignitaries and a packed congregation of parishioners, old and new.
Pupils from St Augustine’s Primary School choir, and head teacher Julian Clements, sang songs and hymns before the Mass and children from the local Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts formed a guard of honour.
Parishioners who were part of the church in the beginning half a century ago took up an offertory procession alongside the newest generation who have recently made their Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion.
Bishop Declan said they were not just celebrating 50 years of the church building being complete, but more than that, it marked 50 years of building a thriving church community. He presented Parish Priest, Fr Frank Bermingham, with a Blessing from Pope Francis to mark the occasion.
The party continued in the school hall with speeches and cutting of a cake complete with an edible model of the church in 1965.

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