St Joseph’s Catholic Church Delegate, 2015. Churches of similar design were also constructed at Berridale and Numeralla.Organiser’s of the Centenary of St Joseph’s Catholic Church Delegate are busy putting the final touches together for what will be a wonderful couple of days of celebration on November 28 and 29. Numerous former residents, along with several Sisters of St Joseph who taught at Delegate, are returning for the weekend to celebrate with locals.
The first St Joseph’s Church was built in 1877 and was of timber construction. It served the parishioners of Delegate until 1916 when the present building was officially blessed and opened. The foundation stone for the present building was laid in December 1915, one hundred years ago.
Many will have noticed much activity around the church buildings and grounds in the past months with a “splash of paint” and “manicure” undertaken. A permanent history display has been set up in the school building and features photos, newspaper articles and items of nostalgia guaranteed to bring back many memories of both the church and school. New kitchen and heating facilities have been donated and installed in the school making it much more usable for the future.
A brief history booklet of St Joseph’s has been compiled and will be available at the event along with souvenir items to mark the occasion. Archbishop Christopher Prowse will be the principal celebrant for the Centenary Mass assisted by Fr Mick MacAndrew. An official plaque to commemorate the centenary of the laying of the original foundation stone will form part of the proceedings.
The weekend agenda gets underway on Saturday, November 28 when both the church and school will be open from 11am to view the history display. On Saturday night an “Aussie Trivia” on the big screen will be held at the Delegate Country Club commencing at 7.30pm. Maximum of eight per team. As numbers are limited, bookings are essential with Sandra Walker on 6458 8089. Meals will also be available at the club.
Sunday, November 29 starts with prayers and blessing at the Delegate Cemetery at 11am followed by the Centenary Mass at St Joseph’s Church. At the conclusion of Mass a light luncheon will be served in the church grounds.
To assist with catering purposes, organiser’s are requesting an indication of numbers for Sunday. If you are attending, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please advise either Sandra Walker on 6458 8089, Lorraine Cottrell on 6458 8455 or email [email protected]南京夜网 as soon as possible.
St Joseph’s Delegate extend a warm and open invitation to all to join in our centenary celebrations.
The original St Joseph’s Catholic Church Delegate, 1877.
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