St. Mary’s Church Orange celebrates 25 years

St. Mary’s Church Orange celebrates 25 years.

St. Mary’s Church in Orange recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary. The church was officially blessed and declared opened on June 5, 1988 by Bishop Patrick Dougherty during the first Mass celebrated in the church. Mgrs. S. O’Doherty, M. McNamee and L. Jennings concelebrated.

The new building in Park St East Orange replaced the first St. Mary’s Church built in the 1920’s on the corner of Bathurst Rd and Edward St where the Department of Agriculture building is now situated.

The semi-circular church seats 725 people and features lead light windows from the old St. Mary’s, along with other items to carry the past into the future.

At the two Masses over that weekend, special prayers were prayed and people remembered back to those days of 1988. A parishioner, Mr John Cahill, who was on the Parish Council back in 1988, spoke at the opening of the church. John spoke to us again 25 years later telling us how this project came to be. He also said, “We wanted to bring the warmth and friendliness of the community spirit we had at the old St. Mary’s to this site and I think we have achieved that aim. Even though this was to be a much larger building, we wanted to keep the family spirit, and the design of this church helps - it is hard to hide here! Everyone can see each other”.

A cake cut by parishioners old and new, and a morning tea, followed the Mass.

Sr Helen Saunders, rsj