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Church family comes together for 60th anniversary

Catholics from near and far travelled to Port Glasgow for the diamond jubilee of a well-loved church.

Holy Family Church celebrated 60 years of Baptisms, marriages, First Communions and service to the faithful of Inverclyde and beyond on Sunday December 29, the Feast of the Holy Family.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley was principal celebrant of the special Mass, alongside parish priest Fr Chima Opara and Fr Terry Donnelly.

Fr Opara said the 60th anniversary celebrations were ‘fantastic’ and that the church was packed with people whose lives had been touched by the parish in some way or other.

 

Happy celebrations

He said: “The ceremony was fantastic, and although the church is very big it was quite amazing because it was so busy. It was a very beautiful day.”

He added, laughing: “That day there was another big event on, being the Celtic and Rangers game, so it was good people came!”

Those who gathered included regular parishioners, members of the Nigerian Catholic communities of Glasgow and beyond, religious and others from further afield with various connections to Holy Family Church.

After the Mass, the congregation moved to the church hall for refreshments and reflected on the history of the church.

 

Memories

“The people were all happy,” Fr Opara reflected. “The choir was fantastic, and it was good to see people coming such as those who received their First Communions, Confirmations or weddings here.

“There were others here from when the church first opened, such as those who attended the Holy Family Primary School that has since been demolished.

“So, apart from people who are [directly] connected, there were others who are affiliated with the parish in one way or another, and some people from outside Inverclyde as well.”

Holy family is one of three Catholic churches in Port Glasgow.

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