Farewell to Father Pat – Saturday/Sunday 29th/30th December 2018

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This evening/this morning we have joined together to celebrating our last Saturday evening/Sunday morning Mass with our Parish Priest, Father Pat.

Pat has spent over 12 years ministering to the people of this Parish Community. He has clocked up many kilometres travelling to the various Mass centres of this vast Parish every Sunday.

He has ministered to us and to our wider community in the good times of family baptisms and family weddings.

He has ministered us during the sad times when family members and friends have been laid to rest.

On all these occasions he has conducted these celebrations with reverence, compassion and a quiet dignity.

He has maintained a keen interest in our schools by meeting with senior school staff members almost every week.

As Dean of the North Coast Deanery he has found time to minister to and support the Priests in the Parishes of Childers, Gayndah, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy/Nanango, Maryborough and Murgon.

As a part time employee of the Parish, on occasions I have had to discuss some issues with Pat. He has always taken his time, thought things through and given you a logical answer.

If he did not know the answer he would truthfully say “I don’t know I just work here”.

We have all heard Pat mention at the many funerals we have attended “We all have our stories” Well Pat your years here with us are now written on the pages of the story of this Parish Community. You are part of the story of each person present here this evening/morning.

In the Reading from the Book of Numbers used for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, God speaks to Moses and tells him how to call down the blessing of God upon the people.

Could you please stand and extend your right hand towards Fr Pat.

Fr Pat as you begin to write the next chapter of your story we pray.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord let His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord uncover His face and bring you peace.

We thank you for your dedication and service to our Parish Community and we wish a long, happy and fulfilling retirement.