The annual Mass is a celebration of the contribution of migrants to our society and is a joint event for Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark Dioceses, which together make up our cosmopolitan capital. The Diocese of Brentwood includes the five East London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
The Mass is an opportunity for Catholics from London’s diverse communities to gather and pray together – and an opportunity to remember refugees and migrants who have left their homes because of political or economic hardships, and are struggling to find a better life for themselves and their families. In honour of St Joseph the Worker, the event will be preceded by a banner procession of representatives from London’s diverse communities, occupations and civic organisations. (Those taking part in the procession are asked to gather at 10.30am).
This year for the first time, the Mass will take place in our diocese at St Antony’s, Forest Gate. Bishop Alan Williams sm will be lead celebrant.