Church to celebrate big birthday

St Joseph's members will celebrate the church's 100th anniversary with an event planned for Saturday, September 15.
St Joseph's members will celebrate the church's 100th anniversary with an event planned for Saturday, September 15.

THE congregation of St Joseph's Catholic Church in Tweed Heads will celebrate the church's 100th anniversary with a day full of festivities on Saturday, September 15.

Highlight of the day will be a High Tea featuring delicacies such as strawberry tartlets, scones with jam and cream, chicken and leek quiche and a large variety of sandwiches.

The day will start at 1.30pm with music from Harry Lynn's Band before invited guests including local MP Justine Elliot and Tweed mayor Barry Longland will address the congregation and join in the festivities.

Master of ceremonies will be Rev Fr John Darbyshire, who together with Rev Fr Michael Brady will introduce the event's special guests including "a diva with all round experience in almost all genres", Ms Liza Beamish.

Tweed Filipino Support Group members will perform a Filipino folk dance and a Hawaiian dance while parishioners John Bolster, Dennis Pommer and Bill Lovering will talk about the history of the church.

St Joseph's church was established in 1912, one year after Tweed Heads was officially declared an 'urban area' and some six years after the settlement's first religious centre, St Cuthbert's Anglican Church was built.

The first church building, located diagonally opposite the current church site, was described as being "nicely decorated and as having all the furniture of the best churches" and attracted around 90 parishioners to Sunday Mass.

The current St Joseph's Catholic Church and presbytery were officially opened by the Bishop of Lismore, the most Rev Dr John Satterthwaite on Sunday, March 19, 1972 in the presence of more than 1000 people.

Following the service, the then parish priest Fr Hoade thanked everyone for their attendance and congratulated the people of St Joseph's parish on the completion of the new church buildings and said it was a great honour to be invited to bless them.

Councillor Clarrie Hall, then president of Tweed Shire Council, addressed the congregation and said "indeed all credit must go to Fr Hoade, the architect and the builders on the completion of this magnificent venture".

Anyone interested in joining the celebrations at South Tweed Sports Club next weekend can purchase tickets at $30 each.

They will be available before and after this weekend's mass at St Joseph's church.

Alternatively, you can contact Donna at the church's office on (07) 5536 7522.

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