Sir David Amess joined the Bishop of Brentwood and the congregation of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Helen to celebrate the church's 150th Anniversary.
To mark the milestone, the celebrations featured costumed parishioners, showcasing the prominent Philippine heritage of many of the congregants.
The event included a mass, a meal, and a short program to commemorate the anniversary. Sir David said, it was ‘Brilliant to join in the celebrations for St Helen’s Southend’s 150th anniversary. It was a real privilege to mark the milestone with such a wonderful congregation, and celebrate their fantastic sense of community.’