Archbishop Malcolm has celebrated Mass with the parishioners of St Albert the Great in Stockbridge Village to mark the 50th anniversary of a parish founded in 1966.
Mass was originally celebrated for the parish community in St Albert's Chapel – now part of the parish centre – before the new church building was consecrated by Archbishop Derek Worlock on 18 March 1977. The parish was served by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart until 2011 when Father Chris McCoy was appointed parish priest.
Current parish priest, Father David Potter said: "The Mass was a fitting culmination of our celebrations which have included a parish mission, a concert of sacred music and a pilgrimage to the shrines of the northern Saints."
There was another cause for celebration as parishioner Sandra O'Boyle was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal (a Papal award for services to the Church) by the Archbishop at the end of Mass. Described by Father David as a "mainstay of the congregation", Sandra, who attends Mass daily, has worked tirelessly for the parish and the wider community of Stockbridge Village for many years.