On Wednesday 25 May, 16 of our brothers and sisters originally from Hong Kong met at St Anne’s, Winlaton to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord along with the parishioners there. The Mass followed an invitation issued by Fr Adrian Tuckwell, Episcopal Vicar for Caritas, earlier in May.

After the Mass refreshments were provided by parishioners, some of whom are from Hong Kong themselves. The group look forward to meeting again in the near future.  Here are some of their stories:

“Our family arrived the UK in August 2020. We chose to stay in Durham, a city rich in cultural heritage and thanks be to God that a good Catholic school there has offered a place in Year 5 to my son before we came here. I am also pleased to find he enjoys schooling very much here, much more than in Hong Kong. He has settled really very well.  We have found several times that he has spoken in his dreams in English! I am now working as a supply teacher in a secondary school and I feel so lucky that I can continue my profession here. Please pray for us, for a better settlement of Hongkongers in Britain ” – Adrian

“I retired and my ex-job was an accountant in a solicitor firm for 20 years.  I came to the UK in June of last year.  I temporarily lived in my friend’s house until I found a house.  My sister and brother-in-law also came after I settled down in September. I am now in the UK almost a year and fortunately everything is moving on smoothly.  I have made some new friends in church and am delighted to help and learn from some groups in the church like Children’s Liturgy, monthly cleaning and steward service. Everyday is a blessing and may God bless us forever to walk in Faith, in Love and Hope.”  – Vency

“We arrived UK since last January 2021.  We have 3 children they are studying in Y8, Y6 & Y3. We chose this place to settle down as some of our family are living in Newcastle. Indeed, it was a big challenge to change all of our life styles! Luckily we have family members here and our good friend Maria lives very close to us as well.  We are appreciate them and they help us a lot.  Thank you God, bringing us here to have a better life.” – Gary & Amanda