Mgr Barltrop, Elizabeth Wang to lead day of talks, prayer and art

 A talk will be given by Mgr Keith Barltrop (Director of CASE), and artist Elizabeth Wang will be describing her new multi-panelled painting of the Last Judgement and Salvation. There will be prints of this painting on display, together with an exhibition of other favourite images by the artist. Entry is free, all are welcome.

This event is at the Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Rd, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1PD. Arrivals and coffee are from 10.30am; the main events and lunch are from 11.00am to 2:30pm; followed by Mass at 3pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Rothamsted Ave, Harpenden. (Please note that this Mass will be the Mass of the day, and not the Vigil Mass of Sunday). Participants are invited to bring a packed lunch, or to buy a sandwich nearby. In a few weeks the Radiant Light website will be re-launched at with over 600 free high-quality pictures by Elizabeth Wang for use in schools, catechesis, and evangelisation.

Mgr Barltrop said: "It has often been said that the difficulty modern people have with faith is not so much about the arguments for or against it, but with the difficulty of imagining God's presence in our highly secularised world. The work of Radiant Light is a perfect answer to that problem. Elizabeth Wang's art helps us make "the longest journey", from head to heart, by picturing what this presence might be like in a variety of situations. Radiant Light thus continues the great tradition of the Church from earliest days in using contemporary art to instruct us about God's truth and attract us to his beauty, leading us on to heartfelt adoration and to awareness of his being with us and all people from moment to moment."

This will be the 10th in a series of events organised by Radiant Light. Last September 160 people attended an afternoon of talks and prayer in the French Church, London, where there was an exhibition of prints by Elizabeth Wang. Her inspiring artwork has been used in schools and parishes across the country. The event this year will be held in Harpenden so that there is more space and time.

DIRECTIONS: Harpenden Public Halls are five minutes walk from Harpenden train station, near the bottom of Station Rd. Regular trains go to Harpenden from London St Pancras or West Hampstead stations; fast trains take 25 mins; check for weekend disruptions. Harpenden is five miles from the M1, and eight miles from the M25. For more information see:

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