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‘It was a magnificent day, celebrating 100 years’

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January 18, 2018

Father Peter Ferwerda sits behind photographs of Our Lady Help of Christians Church from 1907 and 2017.

PEOPLE came from far and wide to help celebrate the centenary of Our Lady Help of Christians Church on December 17.

The day began with a service led by Bishop Leslie Tomlinson in front of a full church and went into the afternoon as the reminiscing began.

“It was a magnificent day, celebrating 100 years of the church,” said Father Peter Ferwerda.

“The church was full with people from all over the place, people who used to live in Heathcote or went to school here came back for it and people were catching up after many years of not seeing each other so that was fantastic.

“Four nuns who even taught some of those people at school many years ago came back for the service so it was just a great event.”

Fr Ferwerda said a highlight of the day was the performance from children from the Holy Rosary School.

“It was beautiful to see those children up in the choir and it just added to what was a great day,’’ he said.

“Once the service was finished we all went across to the hall for lunch and there was lots of reminiscing there, with past photos on display.”

Fr Ferwerda also praised the many volunteers who helped make the day a success.

“Those people just put in countless effort around the place to make sure that the church was painted, planted some new flowers and had the garden looking great so I want to pay particular credit to all those volunteers,” he said.

“We couldn’t have done it without them.”

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