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Roman Catholic Church

2nd of October 2007

Anyone passing the church recently might have been surprised to hear the rousing strains of “Happy Birthday to You” after the Saturday and Sunday Masses. This is not in the hymn book but it was sung spontaneously when Fr. Des announced that his brother Fr. Terry was staying on for few extra days to celebrate his 70th birthday with us before returning to Tanzania.
At the weekend masses Fr. Terry thanked the congregations for the support given over many years to our sister parishes in Africa. As examples the Mother and Baby Clinic is thriving, immunisation programmes are in place, and the Hospital and Clinic have a good supply of non-generic drugs. The Government has promised to establish a secondary school so that children can continue their education locally.
It is very rewarding to hear the reports and see the photographs of the progress, but Fr. Terry sees his work – started in Tanzania in 1963 – in simple terms: bringing Christ to the people. Now the sole European in the parish, Fr. Terry, while content that the church services and projects are continued in his absence by locally trained clergy and lay-people, says that he is still eager to get back “to his own people”.

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