30/10/09Stained glass windows in the south transept of St Peter and St Paul church in Northfields, west London
The church of St Peter and St Paul in Northfields, west London, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its consecration.
To mark the event Archbishop Vincent Nichols will celebrate a Mass on Sunday November 1, the feast of All Saints, and will bless 13 new stained-glass windows commissioned for the occasion. They are striking modern designs by two parishioners, Celia Díaz-Moore and Sophie D'Souza, and were made by Sophie D'Souza. They were commissioned by the previous parish priest, Fr Tom Quinn, and completed by the current parish priest Fr Jim Duffy.
On each side of the church are four round images relating to St Peter on one side and St Paul on the other.
Two more images show Christ crowned with thorns and the Blessed Virgin. In the south transept are three large windows representing the three persons of the Trinity: the burning bush (the Father), the Lamb of God (the Son) and the white dove (the Holy Spirit). Fr Duffy said: "The fact that these windows were designed and made by our parishioners makes them more special."
As one local person said, they were made with love and are "a reflection of our community of faith here in Northfields". Other events include, from October 29 to 31, a 40 hours exposition and a party in the hall after the Mass for All Saints.