Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Make sure... spread the word about the TOWARDS ADVENT Festival. Posters and info are being mailed to all parishes in London and the South East of England in October. Entry to the Festival is FREE, delicious refreshments are available at modest prices all day,  there is a friendly welcoming atmosphere, and you can browse the bookstalls, buy gifts for Christmas, meet friends, make contacts, find out about new developments in the life of the Church (Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham) and keep up to date with older ones (Aid to the Church in Need, Catenians, Knights of St Columba).

Monday, September 10, 2012


A young Olympic speed-skating star will be special guest speaker at the 2012 Towards Advent Festival.

Sister Catherine  - born Kristen Holum -  was an American  speed-skater at the 1998 Olympics. She was born into a distinguished sporting family - her mother was a gold medal winner at the 1972 Olympics.

She loved speed-skating, and took part in the winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan. But as she reached the end of her teens, she began sensing a call to something quite different. Beginning with a  childhood visit to the shrine at Fatima, and continuing with the unforgettable2002 World Youth Day in Toronto with Pope - now Blessed - John Paul II , she felt a call to the religious life.

Now Sister Catherine is a Franciscan Sister of the Renewal, with a community based in Leeds.  She will be special guest speaker at the TOWARDS ADVENT Festival on November 24th at Westminster Cathedral Hall.

Tickets for the talk are £2.00, obtainable at the Welcome Desk at the Festival, which opens at 10am. Come and hear Sister Catherine's remarkable story!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


...within reasonable travelling distance of London will shortly be recieving news of the 2012 TOWARDS ADVENT Festival. We ask all parish priests to put it in the newsletter, announce it from the pulpit, etc.

Marcus Grodi of the Coming Home Network is a special guest speaker: he'll be making some new programmes while in Britain and will be spending the day with us at TOWARDS ADVENT.

You can also find out about: the FAITH Movement, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the Catenians, The Music Makers, Aid to the Church in Need, and groups involved with work ranging from caring for blind children in India to fostering good liturgy here at home.

Come and celebrate the Catholic Faith...come and meet lots of other Catholics, find out about the wide range good things the Church is doing here and now, add your support where it is needed in all sorts of good causes, affirm your commitment to the message of the Church and to the New Evangelisation of our country....

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


The 2012 Towards Advent Festival will be opened by Archbishop Vincent Nicholls at 10.30am on Saturday November 24th in Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SWI.

Ther will be music from the choir of St Benedict's School, Ealing, and as usual the hall will be packed with stalls and displays from a wide range of Catholic groups and organisations.

For the  first time there will be a stall run by the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.  Linked to this in theme will be a special workshop celebrating the anniversary of Blessed John Henry Newman's "Second Spring" sermon. And there will be a guest appearance by Marcus Grodi,well known on EWTN the international Catholic TV network based in the USA.

Admission to the Festival is FREE, doors open 10am. Come and browse the stalls. Books, DVDs, craft goods, rosaries, statues, items for Advent and Christmas, and much, much more...come and meet friends, hear inspiring music, and celebrate the Year of Faith!

Friday, March 23, 2012

THE 2012 TOWARDS ADVENT FESTIVAL... a special one to mark the YEAR OF FAITH.50th anniversary of the Second vatican Council,20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Festival is a MUST for London Catholics - and for Catholics from further afield!

Our special guest in 2012 is Marcus Grodi of EWTN fame. He runs the Coming Home Network, bringing together new Catholics and enquirers from across the USA. He'll be leading a workshop and doing a TV show at the Festival - come and join in!

We also welcome a team from the Centre for Faith and Culture celebrating Bl. John Henry Newman's SECOND SPRING. Come along to find out more!

The date is Saturday November 24th 2012. The venue: WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1.

Put the date in your diary now!