Originally from the Philippines, Father Roel Llave has been Ministering in the Quirindi region for the past four years. Father Roel says he enjoys being a Priest in the region because the people in the community are so welcoming.
“The community is very warm and welcoming and the people of the Parish are very supportive, so I felt a part of the community the moment I arrived,” he said.
Father Roel is looking forward to a weekend of thanksgiving when St Brigid’s Parish host their triple celebrations next month.
The celebrations on Saturday September 6 and Sunday September 7 will encompass 125 years of the St Brigid’s Parish in Quirindi, 126 years for the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in Quirindi and 50 years of the Catholic Women’s League Quirindi Branch.
“It is a great milestone for the community it is not only the physical preparation that we have to look forward to but also the spiritual and the prior learning we have accumulated over the many years.”
The Parish’s celebrations are open to the community and people of all denominations. Celebrations commence with a 9.00am Mass of Thanksgiving at the Quirindi Cemetery, followed by morning tea at St Joseph’s Centre including an open house and viewing of memorabilia and judging of the children’s photographic competition.
“Catholics and non Catholics alike are all welcome, I will be happy to see the community as a whole celebrate as everyone in the community has been a part of the communities and part of the regions entire history,” said Father.
The afternoon will feature a luncheon in Father Stan Campbell Hall and a vigil Mass at St Brigid’s Church in, Quirindi, followed by a Catholic Women’s League Dinner.
“The celebrations are a blessing for what was, what is and what will be.”
Sunday’s celebrations will commence with St Joseph’s School Opening for visit and walk through, a Mass of Thanksgiving at St Brigid’s, Church Quirindi will be presided by Right Reverend Michael Kennedy, the Bishop of Armidale, Father Roel Llave and visiting Priests and Sister of St Joseph’s of the Sacred Heart.
“We are celebrating all the church encompasses over past and into the future. Celebrations will conclude with an official ceremony and luncheon in the Church Grounds and the Father Stan Campbell Hall,” said Father Roel.
A feature of the celebrations will include a raffle offering 3 items made with the St Brigid’s Tartan as prizes, there will also be a Photo/Story book ‘Snippets of Parish History’ on sale for $25.00
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