St Mary Magdalen’s Festival Mass
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November 13, 2023

St Mary Magdalen’s Church in Penwortham recently hosted a festival Mass in honour of the feast of St Vincent de Paul, the inspiration and namesake of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP).

Parishioners and SVP members came together for this Mass, celebrated by parish priest Fr Ian McPartland, who was assisted by Deacon John Sargent.

Also in attendance was the National President of SVP, Elaine Heyworth, who gave an address. Tim O'Brien, President of St. Mary Magdalen’s and St. Teresa’s Conference, expressed his gratitude, saying, "Elaine Heyworth's presence and words added a special significance to our celebration, emphasising the impact of our collective efforts."

A highlight of the Mass was the active participation of the students from All Hallows Catholic High School’s Youth SVP Conference. They not only read during the Mass but also gave a presentation on the rich history of the SVP, from its inception to its arrival in Penwortham in 1965. Their engaging storytelling and heartfelt involvement brought the legacy of the SVP to life for everyone present.

Following the Mass, the celebration continued in the church hall, where parishioners enjoyed tea, coffee, cakes, and biscuits. The students from All Hallows, under the guidance of Headteacher Mrs. Allison Cooper and music teacher Mrs. Lavinia Colclough, took the stage to provide live music for guests to enjoy.

Tim commented, “Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. A real community atmosphere prevailed throughout the day, which has promoted the thought of possibly making this an annual festival celebration!”

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