Catholic Life

Hampshire parish remembers the papal visit

Parishioners at St Michael’s raise a glass to celebrate the papal visit (Photo: Peter Hughes)

St Michael’s parish, embracing the town of Tadley and many surrounding villages in north Hampshire, had only one Mass on Sunday September 18, at 11:15 am.

Members from the Kingsclere chapel of Ss Peter and Paul joined those from Tadley to mark the first anniversary of Pope Benedict’s state visit in 2010.

The Mass, parts of which were sung in Latin, included hymns written by Blessed John Henry Newman and English chants from the new translation. The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane was unable to attend but will be present for the solemnity of Christ the King in November when some of the themes of Pope Benedict’s visit will be reconsidered in respect of the place of religious belief, within our political life as Christians.

The photograph above shows parishioners celebrating in St Michael’s church parish room after the Mass. Because of inclement weather the planned parish picnic had to be held inside.