By Con McHugh

A day filled with joy, memories and festivities. This event honoured a century of love, faith, education, parish and community celebrating together and looked ahead to the next 100 years.

After a year of planning the day finally arrived at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday 9 June with a Thanksgiving Mass with the parish community celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Bernard Longley.

To mark the occasion Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School commissioned a decoration for the existing window in the sanctuary and it was unveiled just before the start of Mass.

During his homily Archbishop Bernard spoke about love of the Sacred Heart and the heart being a universal sign of love with the balloons in the church and the new window decoration.  

Watch! Archbishop Bernard’s Homily

At the end of Mass Archbishop Bernard presented a Papal Blessing to the school on behalf of the parish to mark the 100th Anniversary. This was presented to Paul Madia, one of the event organisers.

Following Mass the Archbishop blessed the Anniversary Wall where plaques represent some of the many families and individuals who have been involved in the life of the parish through the years.

Clergy who have served in the parish since 1924: Father William Bunce, Father Dr William Bebbington, Father Bernard Hayward, Father Lawrence Smith, Father O’Sullivan. Father Aiden Bass, Father Shakespeare, Father Michael McCabe, Father Michael Brosnan, Father William Conefry, Father Michael Fitzgerald, Father John Clancy, Father Francis Johnson, Father Martin Cassidy, Father Peter McKenna, Father Tim Burke, Father Joseph McKenna, Father Patrick Cronin, Father Geoffrey MousLey, Father Francis Gwinnett, Father David Condron, Father John O’Dwyer, Father Declan McIntyre, Father Tony Norton.

Clergy who were brought up in Sacred Heart parish and school: Bishop Terence Brain, Mgr Tom Gavin, Father Peter Cooney, Father David Godfrey, Father Keith Enston, Father Alec McGavin, Father Dominic Kavanagh.

The organising team at Sacred Heart were overwhelmed by the response and the ticketed event in the school grounds was sold out, with all 1,500 tickets snapped up.  The event in the school grounds began at 3.15pm and finished late at night with a firework display.

Visitors enjoyed fairground rides, an array of entertainment and food and drink.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the day a roaring success, bringing both the parish and the school community together in partnership. 

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100th Anniversary Sacred Heart School & Church 1924-2024