A day of joy and thanksgiving at Saint Winefride's

Archbishop Kevin joined Father Tom Scannell, Parish Priest, and the parishioners of Saint Winefride’s, Kew Gardens, on Sunday, 23
rd July, to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the centenary of the opening of their church. Bishop Howard Tripp joined the concelebrants. Part of the Kew parish had come under his care in the late sixties when it was included within the boundaries of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, East Sheen, where the young Father Tripp was Parish Priest. Also concelebrating was Bishop Tom Burns SM, Bishop of the Forces, who was resident in the parish as a student and ordained at Saint Winefride’s in 1971. Priests who had been associated with the parish were among the concelebrants.

The Catholic mission at Kew Gardens was started by the Marist Fathers (The Society of Mary) in 1898 in a temporary chapel in Kew Gardens Road. The church, dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto and Saint Winefride was opened in 1906 and side aisles, baptistery and chapels added in 1968. The superb reordering of the sanctuary took place in 1977 while Father Wilfred Duffy SM was parish priest. The parish continued to be served by the Marist Fathers until 1984 when its care was transferred to Southwark.

In his homily, Archbishop Kevin invited the people to give thanks to God for all the people that had gone before them and in particular to thank God for the gifts that each and every one of their former priests had brought to the parish. He referred to the Marist origins of the parish, faith in the future and the importance of taking personal responsibility for evangelisation.

Nearly four hundred parishioners and friends, together with the Deputy Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Celia Hodges and her husband, and representatives from the local Christian churches, attended the Mass. Some parishioners had to be accommodated in marquees in the church grounds where they followed the Mass through loudspeakers.

The Mass was followed by a reception in the church hall and grounds.

The Archbishop's homily

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Consecration

The Final Blessing

Archbishop Kevin with Bishops Howard and Tom and concelebrating priests

Councillor Celia Hodges and her husband with Archbishop Kevin and Father Tom

Reception in the church grounds

Bishop Tom Burns with parishioners

Bishop Howard with parishioners

Monsignor William Saunders with Oona Stannard and Christine Brett