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History Section

Reopening of St Mary's Church - 10th April 2003

  After a year of renovation work, the reopening of St Mary’s Church took place on the evening of 10 April 2003 . A packed congregation of parishioners past and present, with many friends and well-wishers, participated in the solemn liturgy, with the blessing of the church and the dedication of the new altar.



Mass was concelebrated by Bishop John Mone, with Bishop Emeritus Stephen McGill, Mgr John Tormey and the priests of the Diocese.
















Some of the choir, augmented by pupils of Notre Dame High School .



The clarsach added a Celtic touch


Entry procession

Mgr John welcomes everyone.


Bishop John blesses the congregation with holy water.


reading the gospel
Mgr John reads the Gospel.
Lk 22:14-20 “Do this as a memorial of me.”




Bishop Stephen McGill, Bishop John Mone, Mgr John Tormey.



Bishop John anoints the new altar with oil of chrism.




“May our prayer arise as incense in your sight.

As this building is filled with fragrance,

so may your Church fill the world with the fragrance of Christ.”

Prayer as incense is burnt on the altar.

















Afterwards a young altar server told the bishop, “I liked the bit where you barbecued the altar.”

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