Clifton church to celebrate
BISHOP William Morris will be driven by James Meara in a 1928 Essex car to St James and St John’s Catholic Church, Clifton, on Sunday (May 2) for the Centenary Mass of Thanksgiving.
The celebrations incorporate the Catholic communities of Clifton and Leyburn which are part of the parish.
James Meara is a great-grandson of John and Mary Meara, early pioneers of the Clifton district who lived at Ellangowan from 1873. Some of their descendants still live in the area.
Another Essex car, a 1927 model, driven by Peter McGovern will transport three grand ladies of the parish, Nora Logan, Noreen Ryan and Tommy Taylor to the Centenary Mass of Thanksgiving.
After the Mass, a great day of reminiscing will follow at the nearby St Francis de Sales School, which has been part of the parish since 1917.
Memorabilia will be on display and morning tea and lunch will be provided by the Parents and Friends at a cost of $5.
The centenary celebrations start tonight with a Soiree at the Clifton Senior Citizens at which Fr Terry Hickling, of Warwick, one of many priests to serve at Clifton, will launch the centenary book TheMemorial of Faith which has been compiled by Leona Murphy.
The CD, A Century of Sacred Song, which showcases the talent of St James and St John’s Choir under the direction of Grace Murray, will be launched tonight by parish priest Fr Thomas Areekuzhy.
Noted bush poet Noel Stallard, the Barefoot Folk Orchestra and Bollywood Dancers will also entertain the crowd tonight.
Bookings for tonight to Helen Gillam on 4697 3571, Terry O’Leary on 4697 3473 or at the door. No RSVP required for Sunday.