Monday, 19 June 2017

Anniversary Mass

St Catherine's parish was founded in 1947, so is celebrating it's 70th anniversary this year.

Solemn Mass
Thursday 22nd June

We will be celebrating with Mozart's Coronation Mass 
followed by raising a glass of wine.
Everyone welcome to come along.

The original sanctuary in the remains of the "garage" belonging to the Victorian house first built on the site.

 Fr Patrick Higgins, 
second parish priest of St Catherine’s,
proclaiming “Dominus vobiscum.”

 The opening ceremony in front of Farington Cottage, the house that acted as a presbytery until the 1960’s. It had been built as house for one of the managers at Farington Mill. Notice the Sisters of  Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul  in their distinctive wimples. Newspaper reports of the day estimate 3,000 people in attendance.
 Archbishop Robert Downey, officiating at the opening of the church.
He is remembered on that day as sitting down at the back of church with a plate on his knee saying, “Silver only, please!”

First Parish Priest, Fr Joseph Burke

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