Darfield farewell

Jan 9, 2012

Last Sunday was my last Day at St. Joseph’s Darfield. While I remain as Parish Priest there for another few days, next Sunday I will celebrate all Masses at Our Lady of VIctories.

I have only been Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s for a year. This is a very short time, too short. It does take time to grow to know parishioners, and through the celebration of sacraments (especially Mass, baptism and Marriage), to spend time with parishioners and their families.


At last Sunday’s cuppa after Mass people reflected on the year. It has been a tough year in Canterbury for many reasons. The earthquakes and the consequences have made for the most disruptive and unstable year here since the war.


Last month the Tabernacle in St. Joseph’s was restored to the centre of the restored sanctuary. My hope is that this will be a clear sign to all who worship here in this beautiful church now and in the future, that God is our only true stability.


Any priest who is moving on is happy if in his time, parishioners have been reminded of the centrality of God in all existence, and that they appreciate more deeply the love and abiding presence of God.



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