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A Message from His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols to the Parish of St Joan of Arc, Highbury

17 April 2018. “I am delighted to send this message to you all as you mark the 100th anniversary of the celebration of Holy Mass in Highbury on 17th April 1918. On that memorable day, the celebration of Mass took place in the Carmelite Convent in Highbury, but since then the Catholic community here has grown and now rejoices in the great parish of St Joan of Arc. In marking this anniversary, we give thanks to God for the great gift of the Eucharist, the presence among us of the Risen Lord as food and drink for our souls. We know well that the Eucharist is our food of life, nourishing us for the task of living our faith in every word and action of each day. What greater gift can there be! At this time, we are also preparing for our National Eucharistic Congress, taking place in Liverpool from 7th to 9th September. This is a marvellous opportunity for us to deepen our faith in the Eucharistic presence of Christ, who is always with us, in this Sacrament, in the very act of giving Himself to His Father on our behalf. It is through prayer before the Blessed Sacrament that our hearts are opened to that great gift and moved to reflect on it, make it real, in our own lives. So often we are asked to be generous towards others. Quite often it is the last thing we feel like doing. Yet in the ultimate generosity of Jesus, we find our deepest motive for stretching out our hands, even as He stretched out His! I pray that this anniversary, and the Eucharistic Congress to come, will renew in you all that spirit of service and fill you with the joy that only Jesus can bring. With my prayers and blessings for you all,”Cardinal Vincent Nichols , Archbishop of Westminster


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