MANY, MANY NATIONS! updated

A Church of Many Nations
On the weekend 28/02-01/03 I invited you to place a pin in your country of origin on the world map on our noticeboard, and you responded wholeheartedly. Some of you were so proud of your country, you added numerous pins — only one was counted for each country, however. The result was amazing, and I have to confess way above my predictions: Between the Saturday Vigil Mass and the Sunday morning Mass, we had 41 nationalities represented, with a further 3 being added this weekend — bringing the total to 44. The full list is below, and of course more countries could well be added over time. Our parish is truly international, representing so many different nationalities and cultures: all of us expressing our Catholic faith through the medium of the English language. That we are such a multi-nation community should be a source of great pride for us — and equally a challenge: how can we fully represent and celebrate our unity-in-diversity? This is something we can continue to ponder and discuss. And we give thanks to the God who calls us together in worship each week, and who gives us so much more.

Fr Ed

The full list, just added!

Albania
Australia
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brazil
Cameroon
Canada
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Honduras
Iceland
India
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
Nigeria
Norway
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Romania
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
United States
Venezuela