Bishop William Morris (left), Parish priest Fr Thomas Areekuzhy, Fr Peter Gillam and Fr Terry Hickling.
Bishop William Morris (left), Parish priest Fr Thomas Areekuzhy, Fr Peter Gillam and Fr Terry Hickling. Gerard Walsh

Generations worship at centenary

KERRY Cranitch had good reason to be at the St James and St John’s Catholic parish centenary on Sunday at Clifton.

Six generations of his family, starting with his great-grandfather Laurence Cranitch have worshipped at the church.

On Sunday, his daughter Ann Mellor and granddaughter Audrey were two of the family members at the centenary along with two of his aunts, Nora Logan and Sister Ellen Cranitch.

“This church has been our place of worship, the centre of our faith, for 100 years; even longer,” Mr Cranitch said.

“The present Clifton church was built in 1900.”

At the end of the centenary Mass, Bishop William Morris unveiled a plaque to commemorate the day in front of a crowd which packed the church.

Just before the unveiling, students from St Francis de Sales School at Clifton had performed a liturgical movement during the song “Lord, Teach Me Your Waves”.

The history book, Memorial of Faith, was launched by Fr Terry Hickling on Friday night at the Soiree, which was attended by 140 people.

Author Leona Murphy said being part of the Clifton Historical Society had helped with sourcing history.

“I have been working on the parish history for some years as it had never been done before,” Mrs Murphy said.

Books at a cost of $25 plus postage are available by calling Mrs Murphy on 4612 3210.

History

First church opened 1888

Present church opened 1900

Parish formed 1910



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