On Sunday November 3 the Macleay Valley Parish celebrated the blessing and official opening of their new parish office by Bishop Greg Homeming, Bishop of Lismore Diocese.
Also in attendance was Kempsey Shire mayor, Liz Campbell. The celebrations began with a special Mass, followed by the blessing, unveiling of the plaque, and a morning tea.
The new office was possible because of the remarkable generosity of the late Matthew Riordan who left the parish a bequest in his will. The parish office has been built in memory of his late parents Denis and Isabella Riordan. Various members of the Riordan family, including Matthew's brother Ken, were present for the celebrations.
In blessing and opening the office, Bishop Greg prayed that it would always be a place where the Gospel of love was lived and shared with the community. He hoped that it would always be a place of hospitality and helping people, especially those who are poor and most in need within the community.
The office is adorned with original artwork and photography by parishioners.
The office's completion brings to fruition many years of planning, design and construction that was led by former Parish Priest Fr Paul Gooley. During the Mass, current Parish Priest Fr James Foster said the office will serve the community for many years to come.
"The new parish office is truly a wonderful blessing that will serve our community for decades to come. I sincerely thank the Riordan family, Fr Paul, the Parish Finance Council, the parish staff, parishioners, and all those who ensured the great success of this project."
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