Three Days to Remember

This feature records the various events in the United Benefice and elsewhere
the three days from Friday, June 23rd to Sunday, June 25th, 2012.

During that time a concert, a bumper farewell party and a final service marked the imminent departure of our vicar,
Fr Neil Kelley, for pastures new, after thirteen years as incumbent at St Faith's and St Mary's.
The same days saw the ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood of Fr Ged Callacher,
our one-time organist and long-time friend and colleague: his ordination
and first Mass were attended by more than a few of the folk of both parishes.

The first event in this sequence was the ordination of Ged - entitled from that evening to be entitled Father Ged!

The splendid service was held at his 'home' parish of St Monica, Bootle, and the Archbishop of Liverpool, Patrick Kelley, presided and, in due course, priested. Our first photo below shows Ged being vested by his father and sister. The second shows the Archbishop leading the applause for the new priest. Ged's fellow-priests lined up to embrace him, before he took his place on high and in full voice. Behind, David Holroyd conducts a choir made up from his own Amadeus ensemble and St Faith's choristers. We see Ged administering the host, then posing triumphantly with his father and nieces after the service had ended. Finally, two old friends from St Faith's cosy up to him at the subsequent bun-fight.


Photos: Chris Price and Joan Tudhope

The following morning...

several friends from St Faith's returned to St Monica's Church to be present at Fr Ged's first mass and blessings.


Meanwhile, back at St Faith's...

As Fr Ged was giving his first priestly blessing in Bootle, Fr Neil was preparing to play the piano to us in St Faith's.
A mainstay of our long-running series of summer Saturday Concerts, he was to perform for the last time as vicar, together with fellow 'Crosby Cleric'
 Fr Gregor Cuff ('cello) and Melanie Harvey (violin). A big audience were treated to two tuneful trios: Beethoven's 'Ghost' and Dvorak's 'Dumky'.

 Click here for the party time pictures and here for the presentations and the farewell Eucharist

Milestones from a Ministry
(year-by year highlights of the events between 1999 and 2012)

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