This Mass is celebrated at St Anselm’s on the weekend of the Church’s year, i.e. The Feast of Christ the King.
St Anselm’s is a multicultural parish with people from all over the world worshipping here; therefore it is only fitting that at least once a year there should be a coming together of nationals so as to know each other better, to learn from each other, to share in the liturgy, e.g writing the intercessions and reading them in their mother tongue, and this applies when the Lord’s Prayer is recited.
Each year a different theme for the Mass is chosen by the Parish Priest, e.g. “Heart speaks to Heart”, “The Church of tomorrow” and “Peace”. A message from the clergy also forms part of the programme. The children of the Parish also play a part. They process up to the Baptismal font carrying flags representing the nationals worshipping here. These flags are reminders that as brothers and sisters in Christ we all belong to the family of God.
As the Mass comes to an end the social side begins with something there for everyone in music and dance – the following have entertained from time to time: Russian, African, Asian, Philippino, Caribbean and Irish dancers. There is nothing better than food to get a conversation going and no time is lost here as parishioners donate their traditional dishes on which they can advise the recipe, cooking time etc. They are requested to wear their national dress or something colourful although there is no compulsion here.
The International Mass should be an evening of worship and celebration prepared by all, shared by all and enjoyed by all – an occasion to be remembered by all.