AFRICAN MASS – This took place last Sunday 14th July 2019 at 12:15pm. Although the Mass was long (almost 2 hrs) it was a wonderful experience for the non-African parishioners. There were two African Choirs – The Tansi Choir at the south transcept where our usual choir normally sits and the ZamCath Choir at the north transcept. To celebrate the Mass, we had 2 African Priests (Fr. Henry Mobela, Zambian Catholic Chaplaincy and Fr. Oliver Ugwu, St. Gabriel’s Archway), Father Tony Convery and Deacon Anthony Clark. The entrance procession to the Altar was followed by African flag bearers. Most of the hymns and some prayers were sung by the 2 choirs in the African dialects of Swahili, Igbo and Zambian though the Mass itself was in English as well as the Homily. The Offerings that were brought to the Altar were accompanied by a procession of dancing parishioners. The Intercessions were said in English and in other African dialects. Deacon Anthony, who comes from South Africa said it in Afrikaans. After the Mass, everyone headed off to the Parish Hall for lunch and African entertainment. Food and drinks were prepared and provided by our African parishioners who were dressed in their beautiful native outfits. Music and dance was performed by the Adanta Dance Troupe. The M.C. was Pauline Panda, one of our parishioners and the D.J. her cousin Abdul. The audience also got a chance to learn some African dance steps including the children. We were also entertained by our teen parishioners. A group of our parishioners also got together to sing ‘We are the World’, song sung 33 years ago on 13/7/85 at Live Aid. A very big Thank You to the main organisers (Genevieve Ozor, Ibitayo Adekeye and Kasonde Konie), all the volunteers who prepared and served the food, handled the drinks, cleared the hall, our M.C. Pauline Panda and the entertainment team for a job well done. It was a super event and we look forward to next year.