...of St Philomena's School, Carshalton, will be singing at the 2013 TOWARDS ADVENT Festival.
The school, founded in the 1890s, is a Catholic girls' school originally established by the Daughters of the Cross.
The Opening Ceremony will begin at 10.30am, with the chairman, Mr Brian Towler, of the Catenian Association, welcoming Archbishop Vincent Nichols. The choir will sing, and the Archbishop will declare the Festival open, and will tour the hall visiting the various stalls.
Groups involved with the Festival this year include Aid to the Church in Need, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the Knights of St Columba, the Benedictine monks of Farnborough Abbey, the Catholic Truth Society, and the Association of Catholic Women, as well as a large number of small independent Catholic charities. It is an opportunity to browse the buy all sorts of things ranging from Christmas cards and Advent candles to knitted goods, hand-made rosaries, and books and DVDs. There are also talks (see below) celebrating the YEAR OF FAITH, and freshly-made refreshments so that people can relax and chat with friends over a cup of tea...