A beautiful Peace Garden was opened at Our Lady Queen of Apostles on 6th July 2012 following a Mass to mark the start of a week of prayer for peace. Parishioners attended from all three Catholic parishes in Welwyn Garden City as well as guests from other churches and peace organisations.
The garden has been carefully designed to include a host of peace symbols, including a flower bed planted in the colours of the rainbow, an olive tree and a fountain. This tranquil space will provide a haven of peace and reflection for parishioners for many years to come.
The parishes also welcomed the Pax Christi Peace Icon for a week as part of the 100 Days of Peace initiative in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Icon is travelling in relay to 16 parishes in the three ‘Olympic’ dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood, with the aim of creating of ‘ring of peace’ around the capital.
Other activities took place throughout the week, including a talk on Icons at Our Lady’s by a Coptic Orthodox bishop and singing songs of peace to early morning commuters at Welwyn Garden City station.