Sunday, 17th December 2017
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On Thursday last September 14 th 2017 the Bicentenary of Holy Cross Church, Killea, Dunmore East was commemorated with a special Mass for the occasion celebrated by Dr. Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore and con celebrated by Dr William Lee Bishop Emeritus together with Rev Fr Brian Power PP Killea, Very Rev Fr Raymond Liddane and Rev Fr John Treacy.Prior to the mass Bishop Cullinan blessed the newly built Marian Shrine across from the Church on the perimeter wall of Killea Cemetery, those involved are to be complimented During the Mass a Relic of the True Cross was present as was a Bell & Icon which was especially commissioned for World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. The Church and surroundings looked beautiful for the event thanks to those that made it so including the CE Workers from the Community Employment Scheme and some Mercy Nuns also from the Mercy Convent in the Village Chair of the Pastoral Council Brendan Glody welcomed all to the Church, representatives from St Andrew's Church, Sr Rosita from the Rosminian Community and all who helped in the Restoration of the Church Fund and effort, Sister Bernadette for her work in preparing the Choir for the occasion, local public representatives, the school children from Killea Boys School and Light of Christ Girls School Dunmore, little children from the Holy God Club in these schools (all of whom participated in the ceremony with readings, poems and songs, the Holy God Club with Little Flames). He also thanked all the parishioners. John Burke then gave a brilliant insight into the history of the Church and the Penal Days leading up to the Church being built in 1817 in the shape of a Cross. He touched on the special features in the building etc and listed every Parish priest that had served in Killea since 1817 and paid tribute to those led by present PP Fr Brian Power who had just finished a major refurbishing job. Bishop Cullinan in his homily paid tribute to the local people of the area for their great faith at a difficult time and for their generosity and to all the priests and laity who had served the parish, and said also that Fr Power had been a terrific leader in the Bicentenary Celebrations and thanked the parishioners for their support . He looked at the young people present and challenged them to continue on the road of faith. He said being a Christian in Ireland at the moment was very challenging. Overall it was a memorable occasion with the Combined Parish Choir excelling under their Conductor Sister Berandette together with musicians Sean Finucane, Mrs Una McSweeney and her two daughters Eimear and Ciara Afterwards all present were invited to The Haven Hotel for refreshments and a special Cake for the occasion made by Stephanie Sheehan was blessed by Bishop Cullinan and afterwards a great song and music session took part with Sean Finucane and friends supplying the music and many present doing their party pieces. It was indeed a memorable occasion and great reward for those who worked so hard for quite a long time.Well done to all.

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