St Martin de Porres Parish: 50th anniversary
I rise to congratulate St Martin de Porres Parish, Avondale Heights, on 50 years of service in the local community from 1963 to 2013.
Last Sunday, 3 February, I had the pleasure of attending the 50th anniversary jubilee mass led by parish priest Father Tony Kerin and supported by previous parish priests, including, among others, Monsignor William McCarthy.
Monsignor McCarthy was St Martin’s third parish priest, who had the privilege of overseeing the dedication of the parish’s newly built church by the Most Reverend Frank Little, Archbishop of Melbourne, on 1 November 1987.
A highlight of last Sunday’s mass was Monsignor McCarthy’s storytelling and the fundraising and planning of the new church. Also a highlight was the unveiling of the church’s new jubilee banner, designed and sewn beautifully by Santina Gangemi.
The current parish priest, Father Tony Kerin, summed up St Martin de Porres Parish the best as ‘the world’s most livable parish’.
Again I congratulate St Martin de Porres on reaching this magnificent milestone and thank parish priest Father Tony Kerin, parish secretary Paula McKernan, St Martin de Porres Primary School principal Mark Williams and Frank Di Blasi, president of the Avondale Heights and East Keilor Residents Association, for a wonderful night last Sunday. I wish them all the best for their celebrations throughout 2013.