Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Youth Club

Bishop Paul with Fr Bonvini and the priests of the parish

Being Dean for the Balham deanery I was invited this evening to St Boniface Parish in Tooting. For some time now St Boniface has been thinking about how to develop it's youth ministry. In the past they have received funding from Wandsworth Council for a youth worker to run a club for the young people of the area. However, the contract ran out recently and the parishioners have been thinking about how they might come up with a provision for young people targetted more specifically at the parish.
Tonight Bishop Paul Hendricks was there to preside over a Mass to mark the opening of the new parish Youth Club. A Youth Choir provided the music and after the Mass we processed to the Club's dedicated premises for the blessing. I was very impressed to see a bowling lane in the room! Later there was a reception in the parish 'Function Suite' where I was able to meet up again with many of the lay people behind the project. Let's pray it bears fruit.

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