Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A Golden Occasion

Michael holding the Papal Blessing next to Susan and
L-R Fr Ian Brynes, their son Fr Kevin Dring and Fr David Rea
Earlier last month Michael and Susan Dring celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary with Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Hove. And, if that wasn’t special enough, the celebrant was their son Kevin, Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart, and concelebrating were two of their oldest priest friends, Fr Ian Byrnes and Fr David Rea.

The front pews were packed with family and friends and Georges Joucerand served the mass with the dignity and reverence that are his hallmarks. The church looked especially beautiful with fresh flowers in the vases and bright sunlight streaming in from the high leaded windows.

Fr. Kevin’s tender tribute to his parents, their love and constancy, would not have been a surprise to them. However, what followed next was. From the back of the alter Fr. Kevin produced a large package wrapped in brown paper and, unwrapping it, proudly presented them with an Papal Blessing from His Holiness Pope Francis, a special and significant moment in an unforgettable day.

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