.-,MOST 10,000 people By Josephine Sledleeks
Mended the Mass in celebra ion of the Holy Year of banners and candles, 300 uhilee 2000 at the National priests followed by the bish Fothibition Centre in Birmingops, Archbishop Cormac lam on Monday. Murphy-O'Connor and the Radio Two announcer Don Papal Nuncio Archbishop &Lean acted as compere Pablo Puente.
luring the morning as coaches Archbishop Michael Bowen
.1-rived and parish groups presided and the homily was
egan their taking their seats in given by Archbishop Couve he huge arena. He interviewed de Murvil le. The Mass was everal of those who had sponsored by four lay Catholic lelped to make the event organisations and a represen ■ ossible. tative from each took a reading He learned that the Mass or prayers: Sheilagh Murphy vas the culmination of months National President of the If hard work by hundreds of National Union of Catholic cople. With liturgy devised Mothers; Brian Hargeaves, ly Canon Tom Farrell. Music Grand President of the Caten vas provided by choirs from ian Association; Anne Fox, 4 Chad's in Birmingham. St President of the Catholic vlarie's in Sheffield and the Women's League and Tony
.athedrals of Clifton and Britten, Supreme Knight of the
lhrewsbury —all under the Knights of St Columba.
lireetion of Fr Peter Jones. For many the most touch :here were also performances ing moment of the whole event rom the Brass Group of St came towards the end — when Peter's School, Solihull and two young people, Laura :JM Music. Spectacular red Pugh from Clifton and .nd turquoise banners, the Matthew Holden from Birm entral one carrying a liquidingham, came forward to
old figure of Christ; swirled receive their commission to
■ ver the altar. These were the represent the young people of reation of Sr Antony Wilson England and Wales at World nd her team of .seamstresses at Youth Day in Rome this ..iverpool Metropolitan cattleAugust.
lral. "Confirm in us the message
Mass began with the lighting of your Gospel," they said.
of the Jubilee Flame, as the "Open us to your words of hair sang Jesus Christ Yestertruth and life which the Church Lay, Today and Forever. Then entrusts to us for the third he processions started moving millennium. Help us to be ['trough the enormous arena. witnesses to those who have :here were representatives yet to meet you so that we may rom each diocese carrying always be faithful to you."