ST DUNSTAN’S Catholic Church was in party mode recently as their annual Festival Mass served up a mouthwatering menu of delights.
The celebration was graced by Rev Richard Moth, the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, whose duties extend this far north.
But Rev Moth’s Arundel outpost was far from the most exotic destination to add its flavour to the Woking church’s lavish soirée.
More than 70 nations were represented at the yearly festival, with prayers and readings delivered in a multitude of languages by parishioners young and old.
John Sexton, who is Chairman St Dunstan’s Parish Team, explained: “Many of the community dressed in national costume. The African community brought gifts with their traditional singing and dancing as they came forward to meet the bishop.
“Meanwhile, a group of girls whose families originate from India performed a spiritual dance, and members of the Polish community sang a traditional song from their homeland.”
After Mass, which is attended by nearly 2,000 people each weekend, most moved to St Dunstan’s School for a barbecue and shared lunch.
John added: “It was an amazingly joyful and exuberant day from this large and diverse community united in faith.”