Parish gives part­ing gift to priest

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A priest gave his fi­nal mass to wor­ship­pers be­fore be­ing given a send off for his re­tire­ment.

Father Joe Fee­ley has been a cu­rate priest at St Teresa’s Catholic Church for the past 12 years.

He gave morn­ing mass at the church in Maid­stone Road, where more than 200 of the faith­ful were in at­ten­dance.

Af­ter the mass, there was a party in the church hall, where Father Joe en­joyed mu­sic per­formed by Jim Mac­Don­ald and the St Teresa’s Pri­mary School choir, plenty of good food and Ir­ish danc­ing.

Mary Daly, who was among the wor­ship­pers, said: “Father Joe will be re­mem­bered fondly by ev­ery­one and by his kind words and com­pas­sion.

“He has left a liv­ing legacy and helped chil­dren pre­pare for con­fir­ma­tion over the last 12 years. They will have fond mem­o­ries to carry with them into adult­hood and par­ent­hood, and will re­mem­ber the faith and kind­ness he demon­strated.”

Father Joe was pre­sented with a re­tire­ment cheque for £3,600 from do­na­tions from the parish.

He said he was over­whelmed by peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity and would step in to give an oc­ca­sional mass if the church was ever short of a Sun­day priest.

Father Joe Fee­ley, who has re­tired from St Teresa’s Ro­man Catholic Church in Ash­ford, with Ri­cardo, Vic­to­ria, Liam, Jem­ina, Si­mon, Father Michael Lovell and Mary Daly

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