The ceremony in the packed church was dignified, prayerful and celebratory with tributes read out from Fr Michael Gallagher, Fr Gus O’Reilly and a letter from Bishop Ralph who was attending the installation of his successor in Gibraltar.
Mass began with a procession of over twenty parishioners carrying ‘living stones’ onto the sanctuary. Bishop John, who had kindly come out of retirement for the evening, preached a most inspiring sermon and Fr Darren Reid, our new parish priest, introduced himself too. The church was at its beautiful best and there were lots of positive comments on the lovely music and most meaningful words chosen for the event.
There was a lovely and well attended gathering in the hall afterwards, with scrumptious food and a selection of up-beat classics from the music group. It really was a wonderful, special and most memorable evening.