On Monday June 5, Our Lady and St Walstan’s church in Costessey warmly welcomed Bishop Peter for his inaugural visit. The occasion was a notable one: the Confirmation Mass for seven young members of the congregation, a key milestone in their journey of faith.
Fr David Ward said: “Seven young people were confirmed during a very relaxed and enjoyable celebration, during which Bishop Peter spoke caringly and wittily to everyone. This atmosphere was facilitated by Bishop Peter’s approachable manner, where faith was acknowledged with a balance of solemnity and warmth.
“The Mass was succeeded by a joyful gathering in the Garden Room. The festivities further spilled over into the adjoining Victorian walled garden, creating a unified ambiance of community celebration.
Fr David commented on the spirit of fellowship and collaboration demonstrated at the event: “The families of the young people and a number of parishioners provided an absolute feast for the occasion.”
“The Confirmation Mass and subsequent gathering highlighted the strong bonds within the Our Lady and St Walstan’s community. The church continues to be a place where faith is not just professed, but lived and celebrated. The confirmation of seven young individuals signified not only their personal faith journeys, but also marked a momentous celebration for the parish as a whole.”
Pictured above is Bishop Peter with the seven young Confirmation candidates at Costessey.