Archbishop visits Parish and Blesses Diamond Anniversary Couple

Top image: Brian and Bridgette Hallam who have celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this year

Archbishop Bernard made his first visit to St Christopher’s Church, Tutbury, on Sunday December 3rd and celebrated the 9 am Mass together with Father Arul and Father Dominic Cosslett. 

He was pleasantly surprised to find a different kind of welcome when he arrived at the church.  The Indian Community who regularly worship at St Christopher’s had decorated the church drive with beautiful painted and decorated umbrellas and silver foil.

Accompanying the Archbishop in  the opening procession were altar servers dressed in traditional Indian dress  and a number of children bearing gifts of fruit and flowers which the Archbishop accepted at the foot of the sanctuary. In the offertory procession more children and adults brought further gifts of fruit and flowers.  

After the Mass tea and coffee, cakes and biscuits were served and the Archbishop remained to speak to almost everyone in the congregation.

His Grace took the opportunity to bless Bridgette and Brian Hallam, celebrating the year of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Bridgette, aged 82 and Brian 88 were married on Easter Monday April 22nd, 1957 at St Michael’s Church, Wolverhampton. 

It was almost 11 o’clock before the Archbishop left, leaving behind  many happy memories of his visit.