Saint Paul's says thanks to retiring sacristans
Sean and Cathy Meally will turn the key for the last time this weekend in Saint Paul's Church, where they served as sacristans since the church opened in 1987.
The couple, married in 1964, have been for many the face of the church since it opened. Well known for his work in Saint Loman's, Sean was asked by Fr Willie Cleary to take on the role of sacristan in the new church after his retirement from the hospital, assisted by Cathy.
"We are delighted that Saint Paul's have been a huge part of our lives. We have many happy memories from our time in the sacristy; even some of the children who were christened in the early days are now returning with their own children for baptism. We have also seen times of sadness too, some of our own relatives and dear friends, young and old, coming to the church before being laid to rest. Our time in the sacristy has shown us that, despite all the goings on, God is never far from our side."
Bishop Smith will celebrate the 10.30am Mass on Sunday morning and make a presentation to the sacristans on behalf of the parish. Sean and Cathy will be joined in the celebration by family members including daughters Paula and Patricia and their children.
Paying tribute to the couple, Fr Padraig McMahon Adm said: "We are all most grateful to Sean and Cathy for their loyalty and dedication to Saint Paul's. We wish them a healthy and blessed retirement".
The new sacristans at Saint Paul's will be Paddy Wallace and Maeve Corroon.