World theme for Catholic church golden jubilee

St Mary’s Catholic Church in West Street, Dunstable, marked its golden jubilee with a world-themed service and picnic.

Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Rev Peter Doyle, celebrated a Mass to mark 50 years since the church – a local landmark known for its unusual round shape – was consecrated.

Bishop Peter joked that the day’s sunny weather was a welcome contrast to the snow blizzards braved by his predecessor on the day of the church’s consecration on March 15, 1964.

The jubilee celebrations included a performance by a Zimbabwean choir, an Olympic-style procession and a picnic with food from around the world. The global theme celebrated the diversity of the local Catholic community which includes people from 40 different countries.

Prayers were said in a variety of languages including Italian, Spanish and Filipino.

The church hopes that its golden jubilee events may attract local Catholics who have lost touch.

Parish Priest, Father Kieran Magovern, said: “Our golden jubilee celebrations really captured the diversity and faith of our church in Dunstable. I hope it encourages local Catholics who may have lost touch to come to Mass.

“We’re a friendly bunch and we love seeing new faces.”