About The Church

It is open to anyone and welcomes you , whether you come to have a look around or to sit quietly and find some peace.

The church was opened in February 1966 and re-decorated , for the Ruby Jubilee February 2006 , thanks to financial help from individuals and some Catholic charities, .

The stained glass window showing Christ in glory was added by the parishioners in memory of Fr Denis Manley, parish priest here from 1969 to his untimely death in 1975 from cancer aged only 46.

The crucifix is a copy of the one found by St Francis, in San Damiano near Assisi. It dates back to at least 1206.and shows the Risen Christ, not a suffering Christ as He wears a halo, not a crown of thorns. He is dressed in the loin cloth of a poor man and there is a light about him which falls on the other people around him. He looks out at our suffering world with mercy and love; his arms stretched out to embrace us with compassion. Beneath his right arm are Mary, the mother of Jesus and John, the beloved disciple. Beneath his left arm stand the two Marys who rushed to the tomb and found it empty on Easter morning. Also with them is the centurion who at the crucifixion declared, ‘Truly, this man was the Son of God. ’Blood falls from the wounds in Christ’s hands, feet and side, reminding us of his death.

In a circle at the top, is the triumphant Christ ascending into glory & being welcomed into heaven by angels. His right hand stretches up to the hand of God in the semi-circle at the top of the cross.

The beautiful tabernacle on your right, facing forward, is Italian and was a gift for the Ruby Jubilee. When the red lamp is lit, it means the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle. for taking to the When the lamp is not lit, the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the oratory in the house,

On the left of the Church are two statues: one of Our Lady, the mother of Jesus, and the other of the Sacred Heart, symbolising God’s love for all humanity.

The Baptismal font is at the entrance to the church as baptism marks the entry of a person into the faith community. The Easter Candle is nearby as it is a symbol of the Risen Christ, the Light of the World.

The most important symbol in a Catholic Church is the altar, because it is at the altar that the priest and the people celebrate the Eucharist, instituted by Christ, the night before he died. It is this celebration that keeps alive the memory of Christ’s death and resurrection and calls his followers to sacrifice themselves also in memory of him.

The two modern paintings are by a German artist called Sieger Koeder. They show Jesus washing the feet of his disciple Peter before then breaking bread with his apostles the night before he died. They are a constant reminder to us of the ‘Do this in memory of me’ which Jesus still says to his friends.

The next important symbol is the lectern, the stand from which the Word of God is proclaimed in church and to which we try to respond generously.

The chair for the celebrant is on the step from where he presides at the Service.

The chairs, new for the jubilee, are arranged around the altar so that the worshipping community feel

a sense of the unity that binds all together in Christ.

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