The Parish of St. Philip Neri on Messenger Road is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

A celebration mass will be held on Sunday 10 June at 12noon and it is hoped as many past parishioners, pupils and staff from the school, as well as people who were baptised or married at the church, will attend to share in the celebrations.

The mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley and at least one former parish priest, Fr John O’Brien.

The school will be involved in the liturgy and a special setting of the Psalm has been composed for the occasion.

The church boasts a string of connections with Blessed (Cardinal) John Henry Newman and the hymn writer Edward Caswall, and at this special Mass the congregation will sing ‘Praise to the Holiest in the Height’ written by Newman.

A celebration lunch follows Mass, and there will be a display of photos and archives for all to see.

There is still time to contribute old photos, programmes or memories, ahead of this special event.

For more information, or if you have any photos, documents or memories connected with the church, please visit the church website call 0121 558 1065  or email [email protected]