Dedication service to celebrate 90 years
WHEN they gather for worship, the roof over their heads is important.
But it is the people inside the building who make the church what it is.
After a 10-year program of repair and refurbishment, a dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of St Joseph's Parish Church.
St Joseph's parish priest Father Brian Connolly said while the dedication of the church was hugely significant because the building was a sign of God's people on the Granite Belt, it was the people - past, present and future - who worshipped in the building who were most important.
"When we have the dedication we will be very conscious of the living stones - the people - who have been part of this parish and the Catholic church in this area," he said.
"We are conscious of the people who went before us and those who will come after."
"IT is in the parish church we are nourished by the word of God and strengthened by the sacraments, before going into the community and living the Gospel message."
Fr Connolly said the 90th anniversary dedication was even more noteworthy because it would be taking place during the Year of Grace and Year of Faith.
"It is an occasion to thank God for all the blessings we receive through our parish," he said.
"This church will continue as it has done, for 90 years or longer, to send forth God's faithful people to proclaim and live and share the Gospel of God's love, peace, hope and justice with all in our community.
"The dedication will be an occasion of great joy and pride for our parish."
The parish church will be dedicated by Bishop Robert McGuckin at Sunday's 8.30am mass, with a parish morning tea to follow.