Parishioners celebrate 70 years

PARISHIONERS from Maryborough, Gin Gin and Childers joined Biggenden worshippers on Sunday to celebrate the 70th year of the town's Catholic church.

It was a case of having their cake and eating it too because after the ceremonial side of the event, priests and parishioners indulged in a freshly-baked cake out the back of the little wooden church.

“We gathered at 10.30am at St Peter's for mass and lunch, including cake,” parish administrator Father Paul Kelly said.

“We were celebrating the original blessing of the church on October 15, 1939, at 10am back then, when the then-Archbishop of Brisbane, James Duhig presided.”

Father Kelly said the archbishop commented at the time that this was “the most beautiful timber church” he had seen.

Biggenden's resident priest, Father Emmanuel Sebastian, joined Father Kelly for the mass.

Representatives of the local Biggenden Anglican and Uniting churches turned up for the occasion.

“This weekend was also Catholic Mission Sunday so we had a speaker from the Missions Office, Mrs Fran Hutton, from Wondai, who has worked in missions in Kiribati and also has worked alongside the Catholic community in Cherbourg, part of Murgon, her home parish,” Father Kelly said.

In his homily Father Kelly spoke of “the happy coincidence of the mission appeal at the same time as this celebration reminds us of the missionary spirit of the people who settled in these regional areas and built them up and, through generosity, selflessness and hard work built churches and Christian communities to establish the gospel in these places”.



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