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Sesquicentennial Celebrations for Holy Name of Mary Parish Hunters Hill

posted 7 Sep 2017, 01:38 by Michelle Virgona
This weekend Holy Name of Mary Parish celebrates 150 years (sesquicentennial). The construction of Villa Maria church began with the laying of the foundation stone by the Archbishop of Sydney, John Bede Polding on 15th September, 1867. The first wedding was held in 1868 prior to the roofing being completed. The church was opened in 1871, and a marble altar was installed in 1890. It was extended by two bays in 1904 as a memorial to Father Muraire who had died in 1903 after thirty nine years in the parish. James Park of Gladesville carried out the work involving the two extra bays and dismantling and re-erecting the front facade with a new bell tower. To celebrate this important event I encourage all families to join Father Kevin and Father Wills at the 10.00am Mass this Sunday in the Church grounds.