Friday, June 10, 2011

Re-opening of St Patrick's Soho

I was very pleased to be able to attend part of the celebrations for the re-opening of St Patrick's, Soho Square, after its extensive refurbishment. If you didn't know St Patrick's before it will be very hard for you to appreciate the wonderful job that has been done to restore it. The old wooden floor has been replaced with marble. The ceiling has been totally restored so that what was a gloomy, run down, dirty building in a rat-infested part of London (last year, standing nearby, a rat ran over my foot!) is now a pristine, spacious, clean and welcoming place in which to celebrate the Church's liturgy.
What you see from inside the Church, however, is only part of the story. Underneath, the pokey crypt has been excavated to provide excellent facilities for St Patrick's varied outreach projects especially to the poor and to those with drug dependencies. SPES, the St Patrick's Evangelisation School, now has a fitting home from which to restore hope to the heart of London.
One of the things I noticed at the ceremonies was that the congregations were predominantly young adults. When you are committed to the New Evangelisation you will always attract young people!

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