May’s medal for her ded­i­ca­tion to church

Mu­si­cian has played or­gan in her parish for 67 years

West Lothian Courier - - Funeral-Notices - Mar­jorie Kerr

May Gil­hoo­ley of West Calder was awarded the Archdiocesan Medal for Out­stand­ing Ser­vice to the Church by Arch­bishop Leo Cush­ley.

She re­ceived the award in recog­ni­tion of her 67 years of play­ing the church or­gan in her lo­cal parish, Our Lady and St Brid­get’s.

May said: “I was a bit over­whelmed by the oc­ca­sion and ner­vous too as I don’t like pub­lic­ity, but it felt good once it was all over.”

Orig­i­nally from Pol­beth, May started play­ing the or­gan in the lo­cal church when she was in her fourth year at St Mary’s Academy in Bath­gate.

She re­calls how the parish had a well-trained and gifted choir who would sing four­part Masses each Sun­day.

While her pro­fes­sional life saw May work in fi­nance in the civil ser­vice, the pri­vate sec­tor and the fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, her com­mit­ment to play­ing the or­gan in the lo­cal parish re­mained un­changed and undi­min­ished over all those years.

Parish priest, Fa­ther Marcin Mo­tyka said: “May is a lovely per­son who is well known and much loved within our parish.”

He added: “She is very hum­ble, cheer­ful, and friendly and we were de­lighted to see her re­warded for her many years of ser­vice.”

The Archdiocesan Medal for Out­stand­ing Ser­vice to the Church was es­tab­lished in 1975 by Car­di­nal Gor­don Joseph Gray, Arch­bishop of St An­drews and Ed­in­burgh.

Over those 43 years, only 100 or so medals have been awarded for “out­stand­ing vol­un­tary ser­vice” to the church at a lo­cal level.

De­lighted May Gil­hoo­ley with Arch­bishop Leo Cush­ley and Fa­ther Marcin Mo­tyka

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