St. Edward’s Parish Flower Festival and International Mass 2017

St Edward's Flower Festival, July 2017The 22nd and 23rd July 2017 saw the first St. Edward’s Parish Flower Festival. It took place in St. Edward’s Church, Kettering with the theme of “The Seven Sacraments”.

“Many people have said how proud we should be of the parishioners who worked so skilfully and successfully to produce a floral display for the Seven Sacraments, with thought provoking prayers and appropriate artefacts. It has been truly artistic and accompanied by background supporting music.” Canon John

St. Edward's Parish, Kettering Flower Festival 2017The “Holy Orders” display included an order of service from the Ordination of Fr. Michael Bates that took place that weekend. Fr. Michael worked in the parish while a student at Oscott.

The Flower Festival provided the setting for an inspirational ‘international’ Mass, with music from many continents, led by Father Pius. Everyone was invited to pray the ‘Our Father’ in their own language – and finish at exactly the same moment. Mass was followed by the sharing of a feast.

International Mass, St. Edward's Church, Kettering, July 2017
Sharing a meal after International Mass, July 2017
A feast after International Mass, July 2017 St. Edward's Parish, Kettering
St. Edward's Church, Kettering, July 2017 Enjoying food after International Mass
Photographs of the Flower Festival by David Tucker