'Hats off to Women' was the theme of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's sermon (full text available here) at the 2017 Saint Agatha's Festival Day, as he described the courage and example of St Agatha and other virgin martyrs.
The Bishop passes his mitre to a waiting vimper
We were fortunate indeed to have as principal celebrant and preacher, Jonathan Goodall - Bishop of Ebbsleet. His inspiring sermon will soon be available online on this site. Over 130 people including 10 priests, from Birmingham and the Black Country, joined St Agatha's people in celebrating Saint Agatha.
On a wonderfully sunny day St Agatha's looked at its best..
Some of the concelebrating priests with Bishop Jonathan
The sun streams through the high windows as the large congregation prepares to receive The Blessed Sacrament
Music was of a high standard and provided by David Lane at the organ, Jo Smith - soloist, St Agatha's choir and Frank West on trumpet. For the first time in many years St Agatha's hymn was sung.
The usual hospitality after mass
A relic of Saint Agatha, available for veneration.
Thank-you to all who supported this happy day in the life of the church.