Celebrations to mark Catholic church anniversaries in Stourport and Bewdley (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Celebrations to mark Catholic church anniversaries in Stourport and Bewdley
7:40am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A WEEK of celebrations is taking place to mark three anniversaries for the Catholic community in Bewdley and Stourport.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Holy Family Church in Bewdley, the 40th anniversary of St Wulstan and St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Stourport and the 35th anniversary of St Wulstan’s Primary School also in Stourport.
To celebrate, the parish will be opening its doors to the public for three main events.
The first is an exhibition of church history to mark 60 years since the Holy Family Church opened as a Catholic church. The church will be open to the public from Saturday to Sunday, September 15.
The Holy Family Church is a Grade two listed building originally built in 1778 to replace the timber-framed Presbyterian Meeting House.
It was purchased by the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1951 and with the aid of Wing Commander Alfred Howell, a Catholic, it was restored.
To mark its opening, a special mass will be held at noon on Sunday with guest preacher the Reverend Petroc Howell.
St Wulstan’s will be holding a flower festival from Saturday to Sunday, September 15. Entries have been provided by other Stourport churches as well as local floral art groups and individuals.
Stourport was originally served from Kidderminster before it was formally established as a Catholic parish in 1948.
St Wulstan’s will also be holding a parish fete at St Wulstan’s Community Centre, in Vale Road, on Sunday, September 15 from 12.30pm and all proceeds will go to the Sunny Trust and Holy Family Building Development.
Parish secretary Mark Hall said: “It’s something we’ve been planning all year. We saw it coming from a distance and we’ve been throwing ideas around for a while.
“We’ve tried to fill a week with events and the flower festival seemed a good way to bring people into the church.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but lots of people have volunteered their time to make sure it goes well.”
The parish will also be holding special masses and trips for its members.
For more information visit stwulstanstourport.org.uk
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