Immaculate Conception Church Hawthorn celebrates 150 years of serving the community

Monday 7 October 2019

Media and Communications Office

A Mass of Thanksgiving was held last Sunday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church in Hawthorn.
 Image: Parish Priest Fr Des Dwyer addresses the congregation
With principal celebrant Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli and concelebrants Parish Priest Fr Des Dwyer SJ and Fr Brian McCoy SJ along with visiting priests from the Society of Jesus and the Archdiocese, the service was given with the original chalice used to serve wine at offertory at the first Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in 1869.
 Image: Mass commemorating 150 years of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Hawthorn
The Mass was attended by many in the community, with traditional hymns sung by one of the parish’s key choirs such as ‘City of God’, ‘Come As You Are’, and ‘Here I am Lord’.
In his homily to the congregation, Archbishop Comensoli wished all who attended a happy anniversary and encouraged the congregation to consider what signs of faith strike them as true hallmarks of the parish.
 Image: Arcbishop Peter A. Comensoli's homily
‘The gift of Faith that Christ set alight 150 years ago still needs fanning and still needs fanners,’ said Archbishop Comensoli.
‘To receive faith as our own way of salvation is to become its servants,’ he said.
‘You stand on the sacred ground of those Christian disciples who went before you who did not demand give us more faith but humbly declared we are his servants,’ the Archbishop said, encouraging everyone to actively get involved and trust in the Lord.
After the Mass, the congregation enjoyed a light lunch on the presbytery lawn and Principal Sharon Kenyon-Smith announced St Joseph’s Primary School Hawthorn’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary with the gift of a time capsule which was blessed by the Archbishop.
 Image: St Joseph's Primary School Principal Sharon Kenyon-Smith announces time capsule and plaque
The capsule contained as school prayer, Holding Cross, 150th ICC History in Parish Bulletin, School Newsletter, a photo of the school community, student’s 50 year predictions, school site photos, school concert program, timetable and capture of the daily life at St Joseph’s School and the school’s Dispositions and Vision Statement.
The time capsule will be opened in 50 years, in time for the Parish’s 200th year anniversary.
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