Between Sunday February 23 and Saturday March 1, Archbishop Julian Porteous visited two churches, celebrated all three Parish Masses, and met sacramental candidates, parishioners and clergy as well as enjoying lunch and a flutter at the Parish Race Day at Elwick Race Course.
Parishioners at St John’s in Glenorchy and St Monica’s in Chigwell were pleased to have the opportunity to welcome their new Archbishop and many took the chance to talk with him.
The Archbishop was accompanied by seminarian Anthony Onyirioha. They are gradually covering the whole Archdiocese and meeting people across the State. Mr Onyirioha is completing a pastoral year in the Archdiocese and is currently based at the Cathedral Parish.
The Race Day, held on February 23, followed on from the annual Racing Mass held on Hobart Cup Eve, February 8 at St John’s in Glenorchy.
There were fascinators, glasses of bubbly, a wonderful buffet spread, and, of course, fundraising raffles, auctions and a punters’ club.
There were two races named by the Parish: the Fr Gerry Sheedy Maiden Plate and the Fr John Wallis Maiden Plate. The prize for the Fr Gerry Sheedy Plate was presented by Parish Priest, Fr Lawrie Moate, and the Fr John Wallis Plate was presented by the Archbishop.
Interestingly, the winner of the Fr John Wallis Plate was Hugo, trained by Brendan McShane, a cousin of Sr Frances McShane, who is a Missionary Sister of Service, the order of sisters founded by Fr John Wallis.
The Parish not only benefited socially through the Race Day, but financially, as over $4,000 was raised for parish funds.
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Source: Archdiocese of Hobart