THOUSANDS of cars an hour will
in the summer pass the new Church of St. Teresa at Newbury Park, Essex, the first permanent church built in the Brentwood diocese since the war, which was blessed and opened on Saturday by Bishop Beck.
Just past the Newbury Bridge bottleneck on the main road from London to Southend. this brick-built church, erected on a licence of 0,000, will take the large overflow of people who for many years have packed themselves weekly into SS. Peter and Paul's, Ilford, and St. Augustine's. Barkingside. The foundation stone was laid only nine months ago. All the 325 new light wood seats were filled long before the two hour ceremony began. and more than 100 people had to wait outside in the blustering wind until the inside walls had been blessed.
High Mass was celebrated by Fr. M. Hancock, administrator at Ilford. and the Bishop preached.
In the congregation were the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Ilford, Mr. Geoffrey Hutchinson, Q.C., M.P. for North Ilford, Dom Basil Butler, Abbot of Downside, Mgr. Vernon Johnson, and more than 20 priests from various parts of the diocese led by Mgr. O'Grady, V.G., and councillors and aldermen of the borough.
A large and striking crucifix over the high altar has a carved wooden figure presented to the church by the Archbishop of Paderborn, Germany.