Happy parish cel­e­brat­ing 75th birth­day

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

For St Theresa’s, it’s as much about look­ing for­ward as it is cel­e­brat­ing the past.

The Plim­mer­ton-based Catholic parish, which also takes its con­gre­ga­tion from Pau­ata­hanui, Whitby and Pare­mata, will cel­e­brate 75 years in June with three days of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Parish priest Fa­ther Bill War­wick said the pro­gramme be­ing planned would give mem­bers a chance to come to­gether and cel­e­brate.

Sun­day Mass will be con­ducted by Cardinal John Dew.

‘‘We have a great team of peo­ple here at St Theresa’s who are han­dling the ad­min­is­tra­tion side of things and we’re hop­ing it’s go­ing to be a fab­u­lous few days,’’ War­wick said.

Con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber Dave Woot­ton said the parish was tightknit and had good reach in the com­mu­nity.

Cel­e­brat­ing the 75th was as much about the fu­ture as what had hap­pened in the past, he said.

‘‘It’s a great chance for this fan­tas­tic group of like-minded peo­ple to re­flect on what has come be­fore.

‘‘We’ll pause and take the time to so­cialise, but there def­i­nitely needs to be thoughts around the chal­lenges ahead and what the fu­ture holds. I’m ex­cited and hope­ful about what that might be.’’

War­wick said the parish had not changed sig­nif­i­cantly in the past 25 years, although the num­ber of priests around the arch­dio­cese of Welling­ton had dropped and lay preach­ers had been in­tro­duced.

The size and char­ac­ter of the Plim­mer­ton parish had re­mained stead­fast, he said.

Peo­ple spoke their mind and were ready to tackle is­sues and jobs, War­wick said.

‘‘Our geog­ra­phy is pretty wide and we have a num­ber of young fam­i­lies and older mem­bers too. There are peo­ple from over­seas in our con­gre­ga­tion now, too.

‘‘No mat­ter how mod­ern the times be­come, and busy our lives are, plenty of peo­ple will al­ways have time for the church.

‘‘I love the friend­li­ness of this parish, the prac­ti­cal­ity and will­ing­ness to get their hands dirty.’’

Events that are planned for the June 5 till 7 cel­e­bra­tion in­clude a meet and greet on Fri­day, a tour of the re­gion on Satur­day, a re­mem­brance mass on Satur­day night and Sun­day Mass.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

St Theresa’s Church has a big week­end com­ing up.

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