Here we see the parish hall nearing completion. The floors are in the process of being sanded and polished.
The lights match those in the library:
And here we can see the highly polished floor of the top-floor bedroom:
The new front door to the public areas looks like this:
Notice that the new doors have windows now, so the whole area should be brighter than before. We also have a way of answering the door bell:
These are the stairs up to the bedrooms:
And on the top-floor landing, we can see the lift as well.
The new building is now almost ready - and we look forward to showing lots of people around during June. The new rooms, the splendid new parish centre with its bar and kitchen, the office and the library will all make a tremendous difference to our parish and community.
The building will be officially opened and blessed by His Grace the Archbishop on Sunday 4th August. His Grace will celebrate the 11am High Mass, in the presence of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia, and after Mass will bless the building. Archbishop Longley is in charge of Ecumenism on the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. All are invited to come to the blessing.
The novena in preparation for the Solemnity of our glorious Patriarch begins next Friday, 17th May - at 6.30pm on weekdays and 6pm at weekends.
There will be Solemn Vespers, with a commemoration of St Philip and veneration of the relic, on Sunday 26th May at 5.15pm.
On Monday 27th May there will be a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 6pm, at which the celebrant and preacher will be the Right Reverend Dom Cuthbert Brogan, Lord Abbot of Farnborough.
Fr Richard took the Deanery Year of Faith pilgrimage to Birmingham on Bank Holiday Monday - to venerate three great saints of our Archdiocese: St Chad, Blessed Dominic Barberi and Blessed John Henry Newman.
The first stop was the Birmingham Oratory:
The pilgrims then went to St Chad's Cathedral, where the relics of the great Bishop of Lichfield are enshrined:
Finally they visited Handsworth Convent, designed by Pugin, which was a place where Blessed Dominic Barberi celebrated Mass and heard confessions. This great Apostle of England is our diocesan patron for the Year of Faith.