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After a fruitful and inspiring parish retreat and pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela parishioners from Blessed Sacrament, Aintree, asked for a statue of St James the Apostle to be placed in their church, so Parish Priest, Father Sergio Haro, commissioned a Spanish artist to hand carve in wood and hand paint in oil a statue of the Apostle.
On the first Sunday of Advent the statue was unveiled and blessed by Canon Anthony O’Brien, Dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Canon O’Brien presided and preached at the Mass sharing his experience of having led pilgrims from the Metropolitan Cathedral along the Camino de Compostela, St James’ Way, earlier in the year. Concelebrating were Father Sergio Haro, Father Jacob Ruszniak SDB and Father Thomas Blok SDB from St James’ Parish, Bootle, assisted by Deacon Charles Hegarty.
Canon O’Brien encouraged parishioners to walk with St James on their Advent journey saying, ‘may St James be your companion to enrich your Advent journey. A new greeting for the beginning of this season this year is to wish everyone a “buen camino”, the greeting and blessing used all along the camino way, so, I wish you all a “buen camino” for Advent’.
Danny and Joe, youth ministers in the parish, were impressed, Danny said, ‘The statue has been fantastically designed and created, the whole community will benefit greatly by learning from St James’. Joe said, ‘It was a wonderful Mass on Sunday and great to have visiting priests join us to celebrate. The statue is brilliant and fits in nicely at Blessed Sacrament’.
Meanwhile Geraldine, a life-long parishioner, said, ‘it was a lovely service, and a wonderful way to introduce St James to the parish, it reminded me of how the Catholic Church was when I was a child’.