PAPAL MEDAL FOR PARISH HERO SADIE
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.