Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

Par­ish sec­re­tary of the Holy Rosary Sadie O’Shea has re­tired af­ter 20 years of loyal ser­vice.

She re­ceived a great sur­prise at the church af­ter Mass last Saturday evening, when she was pre­sented with the Bene Mer­enti medal, a great hon­our from the vat­i­can.

Chair of the Par­ish Pas­toral Coun­cil Su­san Arm­strong told ev­ery­one that Sadie is ‘a very special per­son who has con­trib­uted so much to our par­ish here in Grey­stones.

‘Just as our Lord built his church on the rock that is St Peter, Grey­stones Par­ish is built on the rock that is Sadie O’Shea,’ said Su­san.

‘Hers is gen­er­ally the first face our par­ish com­mu­nity sees or the first voice they hear when they call to the par­ish ei­ther in per­son or on the phone. And they al­ways re­ceive a warm wel­come.’

Sadie has min­is­tered un­der six dif­fer­ent par­ish priests, man­ag­ing the par­ish in her own inim­itable fashion, look­ing af­ter the pri­ets’ needs, or­gan­is­ing and mind­ing houses dur­ing the con­stant changes that hap- pened dur­ing her ten­ure. ‘ The fact that all pre­vi­ous priests re­turn to see her is tes­ta­ment to the es­teem in which she is held.’

Her knowl­edge of the Par­ish, its peo­ple and their lit­tle idio­syn­cra­sies knows no bounds, and she is in­volved with ev­ery­thing from the Ki­lan Choir and Bap­tism Group, to the Red­ford Ceme­tery Ac­tion Group, Fu­neral Min­istry Team and more. She in­tends to re­main in­volved in many par­ish ac­tiv­i­ties.

The par­ish coun­cil put to- gether a tes­ti­mo­nial to the Arch­bi­ship to start the process of at­tain­ing her medal. Bene mer­enti is Latin for well mer­ited.

This award is one of the great­est hon­ours that the Pope can be­stow on a layper­son.

Sadie with Fr Paul Kenny, Adri­enne Dur­ran O’Shea, Ken O’Shea, Fr John Daly PP, Fr De­nis Quinn and Fr David Halpin and her grand­chil­dren April and Francesca Dur­ran.

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