International Mass at St. Patrick’s 11-12-2011

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Church, 21A Soho Square, London W1D 4NR, United Kingdom (Map)

Mass is conducted in a mix of Cantonese and Mandarin

After Mass the community gather for tea in the basement tearoom


Click picture to see photos of the event

On Sunday 11/12/11, an annual International Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church at 6pm in honour of the feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.  It was attended by more than 300 people belonging to the different chaplancies based at St. Patrick’s, i.e. the Brazilians, the Latin Americans, the Chinese and the English speaking parishioners.   Among those were 50 of our Chinese brothers and sisters who participated in this beautiful and solemn celebration.  After Mass, at around 7pm, a beautifully adorned statue of Our Lady was blessed and then the procession of this statue started from St. Patrick’s, through the streets of Soho and Chinatown, to the Church of Notre Dame de France (French Church). Four of our Chinese brothers were so honoured to be asked to carry Our Lady’s statue in this procession.

After the statue’s arrival at the French Church, we all joined in prayers and hymns to Our Lady.  Despite the heavy downpour during the procession, every participant was very enthusiatic in singing hymns in his or her own language, distributing leaflets to the pedestrians and taking photographs.  What a marvellous opportunity for us to witness our faith to the unbelieving world!

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