Tuesday 20 November 2018

Holy Family church 25th anniversary

Olivia Ryan

The Holy Family parish will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the new church with a special mass on Sunday next, December 3rd.

The mass, which is open to the entire parish, will be led by Archbishop Eamon Martin, and will honour those who led the extraordinary efforts to build the Holy Family Church, which cost one million old Irish punts.

The joint church and community effort saw a remarkable fundraising effort to secure the monies needed for the building which opened in December 1992.

Prior to that, mass had been held in a temporary church for eleven years.

The opening of the church was widely celebrated at the time, with a mass led by the late Cardinal Cathal Daly, and a huge congregation gathering to mark the historic day.

The construction of the church was also a local success, with Dundalk builder Patrick Martin engaged to create the new building.

A quarter century later, and the Holy Family Church has been the focal point for many community celebrations, and indeed tragedies. baptisms, communion, weddings and funerals have brought the people of the parish to the church over the last 25 years.

Ronan Ward, chairman of the Pastoral Council said that the mass would be an opportunity to 'celebrate' for everyone involved in bringing the vision of a new church to fruition and all members of the parish.

The mass will begin at 12.30p.m and refreshments will be held afterwards in the Gaelscoil. On the following Sunday, December 10th, a special carol service will be led by Dundalk Brass Band and members of the Men's Sheds.

The Argus