Cel­e­bra­tion of 40 years of wor­ship

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Wick­ham’s only Catholic church marked 40 years of wor­ship ear­lier this month with a pop­u­lar com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion.

Our Lady of the Pil­bara Catholic Church was packed with about 90 parish­ioners from Wick­ham and Kar­ratha on Sun­day, August 13, when priests Father Bernard Balaraj and Father Brian Ahearn of­fi­ci­ated a spe­cial morn­ing mass for the in­sti­tu­tion’s 40th an­niver­sary.

It in­cluded a per­for­mance by the St Paul’s Church choir be­fore the crowd headed out­side to see he­lium bal­loons ar­ranged in the shape of the rosary be re­leased into the sky.

The mass was fol­lowed by a trib­ute to the church’s pi­o­neers, in­clud­ing Father Mau­rice Carse and Father Robert Po­cock, and a lunch pro­vided by parish­ioners.

Church vol­un­teer Wendy Creado-Wil­liams said a plaque and photo in­side the church served as a re­minder of all the peo­ple who had vol­un­teered their time, ser­vice and money to con­struct­ing what had be­come a well-known struc­ture in Wick­ham.

The cer­e­mony also pro­vided a chance for peo­ple to see re­cent up­dates at the church.

Pic­ture: Priscilla Win­don

Com­mu­nity mem­bers cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of Wick­ham's Our Lady of the Pil­bara Catholic Church.

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