Hull Advent Service – Who is my neighbour?

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Organised by CAFOD parish contacts from the Hull area, the Advent Service at the end of November saw my first visit to the beautiful St Charles Borromeo church. Canon Michael Loughlin opened the service and welcomed us. Bishop Drainey set the scene and the Anglican Bishop of Hull, Richard Frith gave the homily. Civic dignitaries the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Hull also attended the service.

More than 120 people from across the city and beyond joined us for the very moving ecumenical service on the theme of “Who is my neighbour”? The service showcased some actual lived experiences of CAFOD’s overseas partners from Bangladesh, Rwanda and Kenya. This annual event involved participants from many faith traditions who took part in the service. The young junior choir, led by Mrs. Gabriel Awre and soloists Rosa Bate and Naomi Awre provided the musical accompaniment with some outstanding individual performances which lifted the spirits of everyone.

It was a wonderful start to the season of Advent. Welcome refreshments were enjoyed afterwards, provided by the courtesy of the Hull Circle of the Catenian Association. Many thanks to all concerned – you know who you are!

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