Place for reflection
THE Holy Spirit Oratory in Newcastle was officially opened on Sunday with Mr.s Lexi Doyle a special guest for the occasion.
Mrs. Doyle is the wife of the late Jack Doyle, the man who so generously donated the site.
Mons. Enda Lloyd, Episcopal Vicar for the Diocese was present for the blessing of the oratory followed by Mass. He was accompanied by Newcastle/Kilquade parish priest Fr. Liam Belton, Fr. Joe Murphy of Greystones, Fr. Sean Smith from Newtownmountkennedy and Fr. Eamon Clarke from Kilcoole.
All parishioners were welcome and the new oratory certainly seems to have the widespread support of the local community judging by Sunday’s large attendance for the blessing.
Previously the site was occupied by a prefab which has now been replaced by the oratory, which will provide a place for thought and reflection amidst the bustling parish. The build- ing will also have many parochial uses such as prayer services, rosary and many others in the planning stages at present.
The community centre committee then laid on some refreshments back at the community centre following the mass and blessing.
Mass on Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. begin this weekend and there will also be mass at 10.30 a.m. in the morning on Fridays during November.
Fr Liam Belton and friends at the opening of the Holy Spirit Oratory in Newcastle.
Joe Dowling presents flowers to Lexi Doyle.
Emmet and Gabrielle Buckley at the opening.
Fr Joe Murphy, Fr Sean Smith, Fr Liam Belton, Fr Eamonn Clarke and Monsignor Enda Lloyd at the opening of the Holy Spirit Oratory in Newcastle.
Lorna Fanthonn, Laura Flood, Grace Reinhardt, Rachel McNanee, Robert Byrne and Fr Liam Belton enjoying the special day in Kilquade parish.