The Servite Filipino Community in Fulham organized a 9-day novena from 20 to 28 September at the Our Lady of Dolours Church. Each night a guest reader was invited to led and read the prayers. These include staff members of the Embassy of the Philippines and its attached agencies: Bea Martinez, Third Secretary, Vice Consul and Administrative Officer; Connie Marquez of POLO-OWWA and Maria Fe Mangalile, a Pag-ibig Representative; Mary Torno of Philippine Remittances, Servite parishioners Evelyn Lopez, Nhitz Lucena and Teody Alfante, a property investor. The parish also invited the Head Servant of Our Lord of Pardon Jun Lucero and Father Tom Banayag of St. Augustine Church in Hammersmith who also gave reflections during the novena.
The novena culminated with a grand concelebrated mass last 29 September, officiated by Father Allan Satur, OSM with the assistance of Father Tom Banayag, OSA and Father Andy Rivera, OSA from St. Augustine Church. The Servite Church Choir under the baton of Maestro Henry Tolentino, ably supported by Gerard Chan and Geraldine Loo sung hymns in honour of San Lorenzo Ruiz. This made the mass really solemn and meaningful.
Adding significance to the well-attended mass was the presence of Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo and his address to the congregation highlighting the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and migrant workers to remain true to their faith like the patron saint — San Lorenzo Ruiz. The Ambassador was joined in by Consul General Senen and Yen Mangalile.
Again, the parishioners demonstrated their spirit of ‘bayanihan at pagkakaisa’ at the salo-salo held after the mass at the School Hall of the Servite Church where everyone overwhelmingly contributed and shared their favourite food specialities which were overflowing.