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Dedication of the Altar Our Lady of Lourdes and St William

Dedication of the Altar Our Lady of Lourdes and St William

Dedication of the Altar Our Lady of Lourdes and St William

It was a dank, dark and gloomy night that St Williams of Bradford had chosen to celebrate the reordering of their Parish. However as the people approached the Church they must have noticed how it stood out from the gloom with its welcoming light and open doors.

Once inside, as Bishop Marcus said, - it was breath taking - excellent lighting, sound that could be heard and a heating system that really worked. This is to say nothing of the outstanding decoration of the Church itself. Such preparation called for a celebration to match

Though not full there was little room left in the benches of the church. A professionally produced booklet for the occasion not only provided the text for the Mass, but also traced the history of the Parish from 1882. There is a new glass screen separating the Narthex from the body of the Church, a new altar that originally was in the Church of The Sacred Heart in Thornton, a new brass cross containing true fragments of the cross and last of all the refurbished Organ from a Methodist Church in Liverpool.

The scene was set for the occasion with the choir greeting the Bishop with a superb rendering of Elgar's Ecce Sacerdos Magnus. For a parish quite small the standard of the choir was top class- but then that was only to be expected when, as the Bishop noted, so much effort had been put into every detail.

n his homily the Bishop thanked the Parish for inviting him to the celebration - the first he had taken part in in the Diocese. He explained the meaning of what was about to happen with the blessing of the altar and pointed the people to the fact that this was a new beginning for the church and the Parish - a refurbished church - a new altar - and a new people. To round off the proceedings everyone was invited to take refreshments in the Parish Hall.