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Archbishop Longley leads advent celebrations

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On 15 December, Archbishop Bernard Longley joined staff, trustees and clients of Father Hudson’s Care to lead an Advent service of reflection and carols.

Staff from all departments filled St Philomena’s Chapel to the brim: Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources and Origins, New Routes Fostering, the Schools’ Family Support service, Hope Community Project and Brushstrokes Community Project, as well as staff and service users from the Adult Care team. Many volunteers and supporters of Father Hudson’s Care also gathered to join the service.

Kevin Caffrey, chair of trustees, opened the service by welcoming everyone. He then handed over to Archbishop Bernard who delivered the service with support from staff members who read Bible passages and reflections. Trevor Stockton on keyboard, Lucy Davis on violin and Heather Brookes on flute provided the music, and Sue Allen from Hope sang a solo./media/news/library/dscn1271b.jpg

During the service, Sarah, the first person to move into St Vincent’s House, completed the nativity scene by adding a statue of the baby Jesus to the display and received a special Christmas present from the Chief Executive, Andy Quinn, by way of thanks. The gathering also celebrated the birthday of another tenant of St Vincent’s, Noel, and everyone joined in singing Happy Birthday.

Andy presented a certificate and gift to Karen McPherson from Adult Care in recognition of her 30 years’ service with Father Hudson’s. Andy read from her initial letter of applica/media/news/library/dscn1286.jpgtion, when a teenage Karen first applied for a job at the old St Gerard’s hospital. Over the years Karen’s hard work and commitment has seen her work her way up to become Deputy Manager at St Catherine’s.

After the service the celebrations continued over a shared lunch, with everyone getting together to socialise and meet colleagues and volunteers from across the organisation.

Father Hudson’s Care extends thanks to Archbishop Bernard for leading the service and joining us to celebrate advent. 

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