St Aloysius' Church hold party for volunteers

Guests at the volunteers party
Guests at the volunteers party

On Friday 26 January, St Aloysius’ Church held a party for their volunteers, in the Multicultural Centre next door to the church.

The event was the church's way of thanking the many volunteers who contribute time and skills to help keep the church running. Some of the things the volunteers do include helping during mass, keeping the church clean and beautiful, and singing in the choirs. Some  organize church events, work in the shop, and bake, and there is a team of specialist volunteers who teach English language classes for refugees at the parish centre.

Guests enjoyed an evening of multicultural food, a live band, as well as Celtic music.  Former parish priest Fr Tim Curtis SJ travelled down from his new posting at Stonyhurst to join the celebration.

Parish Priest Fr Dermot Preston SJ was particularly delighted at the experience of watching people gather together in festive spirits. He spoke about the importance of giving from the heart, helping others and making use of unique skills, whether its time, knowledge or resources. Reflecting on the importance of giving, he said: “Everybody has a gift of different forms. If you have a gift, it can always be utilized.

St Aloysius' Church was founded and is served by the Society of Jesus.