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Sacred Heart marks centenary

Sacred Heart Church in Tatura celebrated 100 years of history on the weekend.

BOB NICOL November 27, 2012 11:04am

Peter Finlayson, 11, of Tatura with a cake made in the likeness of the church.


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It was a huge weekend for Tatura’s Catholic community with Sacred Heart Church celebrating its centenary, the highlight being Mass on Sunday.

Parish members past and present packed into the church to be part of the special Mass, celebrated by Bishop Leslie Tomlinson of the Sandhurst Diocese.

Bishop Tomlinson, who was joined at the service by Father Michael Morley, said it was a ‘‘great joy’’ to be part of the church’s centenary celebrations.

He said he was full of admiration for those who 100 years ago had the foresight to replace the old church and build a bigger one.

‘‘By that time the parish was 23 years old and had consolidated,’’ he said.

‘‘The church was built in a worthy way as a gathering point, but it had to be maintained and continue to be maintained.’’

Bishop Tomlinson said the church had been associated with many significant events over the years and had grown significantly.

‘‘The parish community and individuals have been touched by moments of joy or moments of sadness in that time,’’ he said.

‘‘Thanks to God for the people who had the foresight to build the church and those who have been part of it ever since.’’

Sunday’s service included a performance by the Sacred Heart School Choir and readings by church members.

The big weekend kicked off on Saturday night with a dinner and book launch at Tatura Italian Social Club.

Titled, Time to Reflect, the book was written and compiled by Damian Finlayson and depicted the church’s history.

Church spokesperson Trish Warnett said Saturday night’s centenary dinner was an enjoyable evening, attended by more than 200 people.

‘‘We wouldn’t have wanted many more,’’ she said.

The celebrations concluded following Mass on Sunday with a barbecue lunch. Students displayed art work in the Mercy Centre depicting what the church meant to them and there were numerous historical displays including photos, books, old church items, registers and more along with the sale of memorabilia.

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