|Fr John Celebrating Mass in Thanksgiving|
"Here at Hastings the parish-school community hosted a farewell party for Fr John O’Brien SCA on Saturday July 14. The party followed on from the Vigil Mass at which Fr Joseph Soosai Marian SCA and Fr Anthony Busuttil also concelebrated.
At St Mary Star of the Sea we have been very fortunate in having Fr John as our parish priest for over ten years. During that time, he has been a powerful support to the school and parish, steering us through the recent liturgical changes to the Mass with a distinctive blend of pragmatism, humour and humility that we’ve come to know and appreciate so well. Parishioners showed their appreciation and affection for Fr John by turning up to the party in their droves – the church hall was packed with well-wishers.
Amongst those paying special tribute were Mrs Angela O’Connor, former Head of Sacred Heart, who thanked Fr John for his unstinting support to the school and governors. John Hall, President of the SVP and long-standing parishioner, also gave a speech on behalf of the parish, acknowledging and thanking him for his energy, hard work and dedication. It hardly needs to be said that the parish are going to miss Fr John terribly, but wish him the very best for his new post as parish priest in Barking. "
Story and picture from Deborah Madden-Towsey