LADY QUEEN OF APOSTLES CHURCH at HESTON
Beginning of the end for the
old Parish Church run by the White Fathers :
(source: Vincent Celano)
13th July 1963 : Bishop Craven arrives at the old Parish Church
to lay the foundation stone for the church that will replace it.
(source: Vincent Celano)
Michael O'Brien is the altar server on the leftand Vincent
is peeping out from the church door.
Fr Peter Moore, the new parish priest, is standing beside the Bishop,
blocked from view.
OF THE NEW CHURCH
Taken from The Universe, May 1974
Heenan presided at a concelebrated Mass last Sunday when the 10-year
old church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Heston, Middlesex, was consecrated
by his auxiliary, Bishop Mahon, and Bishop McCoy WF, a former parish priest.
The 450-seater churchnear the M4 and a familiar sight to London
Airport travellerscost about ?70,000, and was opened in October
1964 by Fr Peter Moore, who has been its parish priest for the past 14
The church's three altars were consecrated by Bishop Mahon, Bishop
McCoy and Mgr David Norris, VG.
Photo: The Cardinal, as he made his way into the church
During the Mass, Cardinal Heenan presented papal Bene Merenti medals to
church workers Mr Harry Tait and Mrs Victoria Rose, for
their long and devoted service to the parish.
Heston parish was founded by the White Fathers in 1928 at the request
of Cardinal Bourne. Fr Joseph Laane was first parish priest, and Mass
was offered in the priest's house. Bishop McCoya former missionary
in Africa who now lives in North Waleswas Heston's parish priest
from 1935 - 37.
The following Parish Newsletters were kindly contributed by Andrew Rampling, a long-time parishioner. These broadsheets precede the weeks leading up to the Consecration on Sunday, May 19th 1974, and provide a useful insight into parish activities and events that took place all those years ago :
5th May 1974
12th May 1974
19th May 1974
It is hoped that more information will surface about the days when the
parish was run by the White Fathers.
- Dozens of White Fathers
resided at this parish during its history many for 'Rest and
Recreation' after a period spent in the missions, awaiting a new posting.
Some were in poor health, of course. Many went on to work at The Priory
and other seminaries. The names include Fr Collins (now in retirement
at Ealing), Fr (later Bishop) Walsh, Fr Prentice, Fr Rice,
Fr Maguire, Fr Briody, Fr Lea, and Fr Bradley.
They created a thriving parish community and were very popular. The
church was always full to bursting and although people were very sad
to see it close, it was generally accepted that a much larger church
was needed. The old church was demolished and replaced by The Rosary
- a Catholic Primary School. The new church was built close by in the
grounds which were once a convent for the White Sisters.
Two years ago the parishioners mounted a display of memorabilia associated
from 'the old days' in the new church, and we are hoping to contact
the organisers so that it can be reproduced on this website.
- Harry Tait (RIP)
was the father of John and Paul Tait, whom many of you will
remember as fellow students from the fifties and sixties. (We hope
to have their contact details soon).
- John Morton (St
Columba's 1949 - 50 and The Priory 1950 - 53) and his brother Andrew
came from this parish. (see the CONTACTS section)
- Fr Paul (Francis)
Moody's mother was a parishioner.
- John and Paul
West (The Priory, in the fifties) were from this parish.
- John Healey
whom I last saw at a Priory reunion in 1965 (with Terry Pettit,
Mick Mearns and Paul Tait), was a parishioner in my time, who attended St Columba's Junior Seminary for a time.
- Adrian Lance
(originally from Liverpool) who was at The Priory in the mid forties,
now lives in the Heston area. (see the CONTACTS section)
- Fr Owen McCoy originally
came from the Liverpool area. The following information about him
is recorded in Peter Finn's database: The Priory in 1927; St Mary's,
Autreppe, in Belgium 1927 - 28; Maison Carée, Algiers, 1928
- 29; Thibar, in Tunisia, 1929 - 33. (see the OBITUARIES section)
Any further information that
you might have would be most welcome.
Did you belong to a parish that was once run by the White Fathers and have you any reminiscences or material that you would like
to share with us?
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