Monday, 26 September 2011

A Golden Ray in East Preston

Fr David Rae (left) with Bishop Kieran
MONTHS OF PLANNING and preparation by many parishioners finally came to fruition on earlier in the summer as the joyous weekend celebrations began for Fr David Rae’s Golden Jubilee of his Ordination to the Priesthood. Fr David’s family and friends joined him and the parish in a Mass of thanksgiving for his 50 years as a Priest. Following Mass, Irish entertainment and a buffet supper were enjoyed by everyone in a marquee in the church garden.

The jubilee continued through the weekend, when the Parish was honoured by two visits from Bishop Kieran who came to celebrate Pentecost at Our Lady Star of the Sea. The children and young people of the parish excelled themselves in their participation in the Mass on Sunday; the speeches, songs and presentations shone with enthusiasm.

On Monday the final, but very special event in celebration of Fr David’s ministry, was a visit to St Wilfrid’s Primary School in Angmering. Bishop Kieran again joined Fr David – he was heard to say that “Fr David had had more visits than he (Bishop Kieran) had with the Pope on his visit to this country!”

What a surprise when Fr David was presented with a “This Is Your Life” by a governor who had visited Ireland for a month to carry out the research. This was recorded in a fine book as a keepsake. Many other gifts were given including a drawing of the church, a gold cross, jubilee cake and a generous cheque from his parishioners. In conclusion, this much-loved golden ray from East Preston said “I have offered my jubilee in thanksgiving to the Lord for all my family, friends and parishioners”.
Story by Sylvia Petty

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