Date: Jul 30, 2018
Title: Milltown Church 150 celebration
Statement from Bishop Leo on 22nd July at Milltown Church Rededication
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP LEO ON 22ND JULY 2018
ST PATRICK'S CHURCH, MILLTOWN REDEDICATION
It has been a great privilege to be here today for this historic celebration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of St Patrick's Church, Milltown. I thank Canon Michael Fitzpatrick for his moving and inspiring homily to mark this occasion. As a son of the Milltown soil he is particularly well qualified to do justice to this important event in the life of the community here and the parish of Drumlane.
I got a preview of the book "Our Sacred Spaces" which has been produced to mark this occasion a couple of days ago, and am astonished and greatly impressed by the work that has been done over the past five years in preparation for the celebration of the sesquicentenary. The Church has been refurbished with extraordinary care and with great attention to detail so that, if William Hague were here today - and no doubt he is looking down upon us - he would certainly be pleased with the outcome. It has frequently been described as a gem of neo-gothic architecture and it truly is that. It is a Church of which Milltown and Drumlane can be justifiably and extremely proud.
I congratulate everybody who was involved in the work from beginning to end: in the first place the parish community here who embraced this project enthusiastically and supported it generously; the architect, contractors, decorators, artists and everyone who contributed their skills and talents to the completion of this work; I congratulate the Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee who took on this project and saw it through with such diligence and determination.
I know there must have been a small army of people involved in all the preparations for today's celebration - the liturgy, the choir, musicians, readers, servers, ushers, car park attendants, altar society, sacristan and more. Well done to all. It has been a beautiful liturgy. I thank the MC, Fr Ultan, for keeping me within the traces as best he could and the other
concelebrants who are here.
And finally, I congratulate Fr Gerry, the co-ordinator and inspiration of this whole undertaking from start to finish. One of the things that astonished me reading the chapter in the book on the Restoration, was the way Fr Gerry assembled so many different pieces of this jigsaw - and the length of time he has been doing it. Equally amazing is the variety of places from which he sourced some of the beautiful furnishings.
ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH, MILLTOWN
Sunday 10.00am: Bernard and Mai O’Reilly.
Friday 9.30am: Deceased of Gaffney and Burns Families.
Sunday 10.00am: All the People of the Parish
1. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Tuesdays 7pm – 10pm.
2. DOOR COLLECTIONS: 15/7: €506 22/07: €767
Cemetary Collection: €2082.46
3. MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: 29/7: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Eileen
McKiernan. 05/08: Marie Brady, Anna May O’Reilly
4. READERS: 29/07: Brigid Sheridan 05/08: Anne Flynn
5. DOOR COLLECTORS:29/07: Jim Joe Foster, Brian Lynch.
05/08: Eddie Fitzpatrick, Nicholas Kehoe.
6. ALTAR SERVERS: 29/7: Ciara, Eoin & Alana Cassidy, Orla Hegarty,
Shauna McGuigan. 5/8: Orla, Charlie & Killian Flynn, Ferne & Finn Dolan.
7. Alter Society for August: Anne Flynn, Eileen McKiernan, Ann Marie
DRUMLANE SENIOR CITIZENS MONTHLY SOCIAL takes place in Milltown Resource Centre today Sunday 29th July at 5 pm. All welcome
SINCERE THANKS to all those who helped out in any way with the preparations for the 150th Celebrations. We hope that all our visitors had a lovely time with family and neighbours. The good will and participation of so very many is a statement about individual character and community spirit. The choir and the catering committee have the appreciation of the whole community. Know for sure that what you do is for the glory of God and the vitalisation of the parish.