100 years of wor­ship

Crowd sings the praises of Gayn­dah church cen­te­nary

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

JOY in song, prayer and thanks­giv­ing marked the cen­te­nary of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gayn­dah on Satur­day.

The cen­te­nary ser­vice was led by Arch­bishop Mark Co­leridge, as­sisted by parish priest Fr Ja­son Mid­dle­ton and six for­mer Gayn­dah parish priests.

Fr Mid­dle­ton said the Arch­bishop spoke of the fact that “the church ar­rived at a time of war and hope­less­ness… but stands as a mon­u­ment to Easter hope”.

“In­deed a week be­fore An­zac Day at Gal­lipoli, on April 18, 1915, all roads led to the site of the newly con­structed church in Gayn­dah, formed from sand and stone from the nearby bed of the Bur­nett River,” Fr Mid­dle­ton said.

“On the same day 100 years later, we gath­ered to­gether to re­mem­ber and give thanks for the past and all who have gone be­fore us.”

While St Joseph’s parish was es­tab­lished in 1871, the cur­rent build­ing was ded­i­cated on April 18, 1915 by Arch­bishop James Duhig at a ser­vice at­tended by 800 peo­ple.

On Satur­day, a foun­da­tion stone com­mem­o­rat­ing the build­ing’s ded­i­ca­tion and cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions was un­veiled, and Arch­bishop Co­leridge blessed the new stained glass win­dows.

Wendy Lutvey said 200 peo­ple cel­e­brated the cen­te­nary, which be­gan with a com­po­si­tion, Our SongWill Soar, by Gayn­dah

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Fr Bernie Costi­gan, who served as parish priest from 1970 to the end of 1972, said the mass and liturgy were very mov­ing.

“I couldn’t get over the singing and vol­ume of singing, and the en­thu­si­as­tic prayers,” Fr Costi­gan said.

“It was a lovely sur­prise as to how many re­mem­bered me (as) a lot of them were school chil­dren (when I served here).”

Jan Lutvey said she was still amazed to wor­ship in the “very same build­ing that was 100 years ago”.

“For my­self, it was a fruit­ful 100 years and I’m look­ing for­ward to the next.”

Fr Bernie Costi­gan I couldn’t get over the singing and vol­ume of singing, and the en­thu­si­as­tic prayers.

PHO­TOS: MICHELLE MCCLAF­FERTY

CEL­E­BRA­TION: St Joseph's Church’s cen­te­nary ser­vice was presided over by Arch­bishop Mark Co­leridge (cen­tre), cur­rent parish priest Fr Ja­son Mid­dle­ton (to his right), and pre­vi­ous parish min­is­ters (from left): Fr Adrian Far­relly (Vicar Ju­di­cial), Fr Pat Dowd, Fr El­lis Clif­ford, Fr Chuk­wadi Chi­naka, Fr Ver­ney Costi­gan and Fr Leo Skelly (right).

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