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Lest We Forget

In loving memory of those brothers and sisters of faith who have gone before us, we cherish the good memories we shared with them. We pray that the risen Lord guides them to our Father in heaven.

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A Group

 of Favoured People

Monsignor Tom Liddy, who grew up in Fairlie, died in Christchurch on 24 January 2002.  In his sermon at the 90th Jubilee Mass on 11 October 1992 he reflected in a moving and powerful way on what his Parish had meant to him.  

Now that I am old, I have more opportunities of looking back and recognizing God’s gifts in my life, and apart from the most evident ones of faith and grace, church and sacraments, good parents and faithful friends, I think that the most sustaining gift given to me over the years is the experience of growing up in the special atmosphere and the impressive surroundings of this town and this countryside.

 

I hold the memories in my heart of mountains - awe-inspiring and immovable like God himself.  The kinder hills and beautiful valleys, the river flats, and the willow-lined streams all combine to cry out the poetry of God’s presence here and God’s goodness.  Each varied season has its mood and light; the crisp winter snow, the new surprise of spring, the clear summer heat, and the varied colours of autumn.  They all speak of God in their own way.  And I come back to join you in your thanks to God for all these treasures that surround us.

 

But our memories today are of persons too and it is from the people of Fairlie that I learned as a child the experience of kindness, of faithfulness, and of generosity.  I would like to pay tribute to the faith and example of the parishioners of St Patrick’s who came Sunday after Sunday, some from long distances in frost and rain in winter and howling northwestern in summer to draw spiritual strength from the Mass they loved and cherished.  Their strength of faith becomes part of our faith and again we thank God for the power of their example.

 

And we recall today the parish priests of those ninety years – the Marists first of all and then the priests of the diocese.  Each one in his own way, contributed something to the total life of the parish and the pastors helped to make the parish what it is today.  Some were respected, some were loved, some were practical, and others were more prayerful.  Some had good business heads, others were friendly.  Some were eloquent, others learned. 

 

It is the same with the Sisters and it is the same too with the people of the parish.  Taken altogether they provided an atmosphere of living charity that benefits and inspires all.

 

You see that is what a parish is for, to nourish us spiritually and to form us in Christ’s image, so that we can witness to others that God is present in our lives, that God is here amongst us, and that we are His people. 

 

That is what a parish is supposed to be – a group of favoured people united with their pastor and drawn together by the faith they love and cherish and blessed by God in that faith, in his Word and in his Eucharist and sacraments, so that they can witness by the way they live that Christ is present amongst us in his love.

Fr Tom Liddy, 1992

The First Mass

Prior to being made a separate parish, with a resident priest, the spiritual wants of the few and scattered Catholics in the districts from Cave through Albury to Fairlie, in South Canterbury, New Zealand, were first attended to by the clergy from Timaru.  

 

Old identities remember Fr Chataigner paying visits at intervals to the few Catholic families residing in the Albury and Fairlie district.  When Fr Chataigner returned to France, and in the subsequent course of events, Fr (later Archdeacon) Devoy SM was appointed parish priest of Timaru, he at once made arrangements to have Mass celebrated at a private house in Fairlie and appealed to the people for funds to build a church.   

 

The result was the purchase of a site of five acres at a cost of £100.  To Fr Devoy’s successor, Fr Foley SM, was reserved the work of erecting a church, and in 1889 his Lordship Bishop Grimes laid the foundation stone of St Patrick’s.  The next pastor of Timaru, Fr (now Dean) Tubman SM, added a block of ten acres to the church property at Fairlie.  After Fr Foley’s first visit to the District, the Catholics of Albury and Fairlie were regularly attended.

The Church in New Zealand – In the Path of the Pioneers, 1912

In a letter to Mary Goulter about 1935, T D Burnett MP wrote:

 

For years the Catholic element in the Mackenzie County was very small with the exception of a few West Highland Catholic sheepmen, John McGregor and John Mackintosh for instance.  In the late seventies, considerable numbers of South Irish roadmen flowed in, clearing tracks for the wagons and making roads and cuttings.  Also doing the shearing, a big population were South Ireland Catholics.  It wasn’t until agricultural settlement in the Fairlie Basin took place, that the Catholic element began to grow.

 

Archdeacon Thomas Devoy from Timaru celebrated the first Mass in Fairlie in 1882 in the kitchen of the Sheehan family home at the Eversley Reserve.  Tradition has it that 30 people were present, both Catholic and non-Catholic.  Three Sheehan children were baptised that day as were two or three children from the Keefe family.

 

After that the people of Fairlie had Mass about once every three months.  The priests continued to come from Timaru and stayed with local families, but in 1884 the Gladstone Grand Hotel was built which meant that the accommodation of visiting priests was more easily managed, though it apparently depended on the identity of the proprietor whether it was for money or for love! 

 

Memorials

January

2nd - 1978 John Hyland
4th - 1946 Cecil Jones
5th - 1903 John McIntosh; 1946 James Breen
7th - 1969 Eileen Robinson
8th - 1955 Mervyn Breen
14th - 1988 Elsie Smith
17th - 1992 George Watt
19th - 1927 Maurice Hannigan
20th - 1950 Annie Quill
24th - 1955 Cornelius Brosnahan; 1972 John Gallen
25th - 1935 Margaret Tonders
26th - 1966 Leo Siegert; 1968 Victor Casey
28th - 1913 John Robertson; 1922 Janie’s Creighton; 2009 Ross Kinsman
30th - 1997 Martin Collins
31st - 1959 Mary Keenan; 1968 Ada Jones; 1985 Patrick O’Neill

February

1st - 1918 Alice Keffe, 1954 Fr Augustus Galerne
4th - 1932 William O’Neill
6th - 1936 William Casey; 1984 Christopher Millard; 1994 Jack Millard
9th - 1961 Nellie Brosnan
11th - 1965 Christopher Edwards
12th - 1968 Elizabeth Searle; 1994 Norman Davis; 2019 Kate Sheehan
14th - 1938 Michael Gallen
15th - 1930 Henry Manaton; 2014 Colleen Kearns; 2012 Margaret Brien
18th - 1981 Monica Dorgan
19th - 2000 Frederick Surridge
21st - 1980 Charles Kerr; 1999 Jack Keenan
22nd - 1906 Bridget Keeffe
23rd - 1941 Kathleen Cuthill
24th - 1938 Joseph Gallen
25th - 1977 James O’Neill; 1985 John Mackintosh
26th - 1982 Nellie Fraser
27th - 2014 Noreen Beckett
29th - 1928 James Loughnan

March

2nd - 1993 Kevin Ryder; 2016 Maureen Gray
5th - 1974 Arthur Campbell; 1988 Frederick Smith
7th - 2003 Kathleen (Pat) Adair
8th - 1933 Mary O’Reilly; 2001 John Thomas O’Connor
9th - 1943 Edward Gallen
10th - 2023 Pauline Mary Gallagher
11th - 2021 Brian Dwyer
12th - 1968 Mary Brosnan
13th - 1999 Joseph Brien
14th - 1978 Guido Hellmrich
16th - 1942 Eleanor Robinson
17th - 1977 Jack Connor
18th - 1922 Molly Searle; 1969 Mary Gallen; 2012 Margaret O ‘Connor
19th - 1912 Nora Rae
20th - 1955 Margaret Gallen
24th - 1938 Catherine Gallen
26th - 1985 Barney Brien
27th - 1957 James Gallen
30th - 1917 Denis Dillon; 2012 Albert Hayley

April

1st - 1957 James O’Connor; 1965 Alan Gallagher; 1965 Mary Broadley;

     - 1997 Ita O’Connor
2nd - 1969 Peter Hand
3rd - 1920 Thomas McCort
4th - 2000 Miles Anthony Steven
5th - 1924 Edward Gallen
7th - 2005 Malcolm Campbell
8th - 1957 Letitia Jones
10th - 1966 Elizabeth O’Neill; 1986 Elizabeth Casey
11th - 1911 William Blair; 1946 Katherine Gallen
12th - 1955 Margaret Diak
14th - 1976 David O’Sullivan
15th - 1947 William Dick
16th - 1941 Thomas Hone
17th - 1991 Fr Adolph Setz; 2007 Mark Millard; 2022 Teresa Mae Jones
20th - 1903 Joan Rae; 1978 Ethel O’Neill
22nd - 1992 Cass Brophy
23rd - 1994 Grace Mackintosh
25th - 1994 Bill Bartlett
26th - 1917 Julia O’Neill; 2009 Benjamin Waters
27th - 1993 Les Stevenson; 1995 Bernie O’Neill
28th - 1947 Daniel O’Reilly
30th - 1917 James Coll; 1941 Bridget Murray; 1974 Catherine Simpson;

         - 1980 David Gallagher

May

1st - 1949 Patrick Manaton
2nd - 1968 Hillary Siegert
3rd - 1955 Helan Murray
4th - 1953 Margaret Murphy
5th - 1981 Dorothy Gallagher; 2001 Adam Hand; 2001 Connor Gal-lagher
6th - 1973 Katherine Parkin; 1977 Fr Arthur Gregory
7th - 1944 Dorthy Gallagher
9th - 1977 George Jones
10th - 1912 Hannah Cummins; 2007 Eileen Stevenson
11th - 2005 Naumai Gallen
13th - 1939 Humphrey Brosnan; 1922 Mary Ure; 2012 Monica Smith
15th - 1921 Sarah Power; 1963 Patrick Keenan
16th - 1960 Neils Redmond
18th - 1958 William Keating; 1984 Edmund Robinson
19th - 1934 George Keefe; 2020 Mary Gwendoline Kane
20th - 1926 Alexander Hamilton; 1959 Neil Brosnan; 1973 Norman Martin;

         - 2023 Mary Rose Brosnahan
21st - 1962 Margaret McDonald
23rd - 1954 Mabel Gardiner
24th - 1918 Mary Manaton
25th - 1921 Elizabeth Keeffe
27th - 1997 Frederick Dean
28th - 1979 Mary Brosnan
29th - 2006 Thomas J Brosnan
31st - 1962 James Watson; 1996 Vince Jones

June

2nd - 1975 Gerald Gallagher; 2018 Michael Corbett

3rd - 1922 William Macdonald; 1966 James Mills 

4th - 1959 Hannah Marston

6th - 1932 Sheila O'Neill 

7th - 1966 Sheila Keefe; 2007 Mary Eady

8th - 1944 Mary Gallen

9th - 1960 Elizabeth Adair

10th - 1941 Ellen O'Carroll; 1988 Mary Norris

11th - 1949 Mary O'Reilly

12th - 2008 Raymond Caughley

14th - 1940 Eileen O'Connor; 2017 Coral Webster 

15th - 2016 Thomas Gallagher

16th - 1979 Julia Wall

17th - 1952 David Gibson

18th - 1939 Ann Creighton

19th - 1958 Constance McLean; 1978 Kyran Brophy; 1989 Eileen O'Connell

20th - 1927 John Robinson; 1965 William Wall

22nd - 1922 Winfred Harnett; 2013 Eugene Lane

23rd - 1921 John Dooley; 1978 Fr. Owen Gallagher

24th - 1943 Margaret Cundie

25th - 2012 Patrick Clarke

27th - 1928 Ellen Angland; 1938 William Gallen

29th - 2007 Mary (Maureen) Caughley

30th - 1975 Catherine Brosnan

July

1st - 1918 John McGregor; 1959 Con Mackintosh; 1972 Peter Barry Kane
2nd - 2020 Isobel Habraken
3rd - 1941 Alexander O’Rourke; 1944 Jeremiah Mannix
4th - 2016 Mary Guiney
5th - 1916 Catherine Sheeran; 1918 John Siegert
6th - 1930 Maria Stevenson
7th - 1916 Bernard O’Connor
8th - 1927 James Guinness; 1976 Gordon Breen; 2022 AnnBrad-dick
11th - 1978 Eugene O’Sullivan; 1983 Cyril O’Connor
12th - 1927 David Cuthill
13th - 1940 Louisa Breen    ; 1953 Hannah Gallen; 1966 Grant Robinson;

        - 1979 John O’Connor; 2001 Oswald Gibson; 2012 Sally Whittaker
14th - 1927 Raymond Cuthill; 1928 Margaret Brosnan; 1954 Ed-mond Connor;

        - 1992 Peter Siegert
15th - 1941 Robert O’Neill
16th - 1971 Julius Siegert
17th - 1983 John Gallen; 2020 Marge Jones
18th - 2012 Etne Whittaker; 2012 J William Guerin
20th - 1937 Gertrude Manaton; 1995 Annie Gallen
21st - 1973 Benjamin Jones
22nd -1907 Peter McEray; 1943 Charles Jones
23rd - 1946 Arthur Gardiner; 1976 Alister Mackenzie; 2005 James (Johny) Conaghan
25th - 1943 Julia Siegert; 2001 Mavis Campbell
26th - 1925 Verdon Wall
27th - 2007 Nina Sheeran
28th - 1941 Mary Jones; 1952 Honora Welsh
29th - 1991 Kathleen Cuthill
30th - 1959 John Brosnahan; 2014 Florence O’Neill
31st - 1943 Richard Fantham; 1990 Mary (Eileen) Mackintosh

August

1st - 1995 Frank Gibson
2nd - 1906 Thomas Lawlor; 1926 Jean Loughnan
3rd - 1957 Lawrence Siegert; 1989 David Galway
4th - 1925 Edward Brosnan; 1994 Bernice McMurtrie
5th - 1922 James Murray
6th - 1962 Catherine Siegert
7th - 1973 George Jones; 2003 Vic Wareing
8th - 1955 John McDonald
9th - 1906 Margaret Wallace
10th - 1910 Jacob Keeffe; 1988 Helen Miles
11th - 1974 Paul Sheeran
12th - 1949 Fr John Barra; 1994 Ian Swann; 2003 Karl Raymond Burtcher
13th - 1945 Hannah Scannell; 1961 Mary Harvey
16th - 1938 Michael O’Reilly
17th - 1994 Bevan Mears
18th - 1944 Leslie Whyte; 1993 Fr Clen Horgan
19th - 1993 Peter Carson
21st - 1939 Margaret Annie
26th - 1968 Lillian Rose Jones
31st - 2015 Mary Macdonald

September

1st - 1965 Bat Brosnan; 1999 John McColl
4th - 1970 Horace Dixon
6th - 1973 Kate Corbett
7th - 1930 Alexander McDonald; 1930 Hannah Casey
8th - 1994 Theresa Andrews
10th - 1977 James Gallagher
11th - 2009 Terrence P Kane
12th - 1952 Charles Searle
13th - 1936 Julia Larkin; 1965 Hugh Parker
15th - 1943 Hannah O’Neill
18th - 1928 Catherine Small; 1952 Michael Hannifin
21st - 1929 John Nolan; 1982 Bob Gibson
22nd -1963 Linda Siegert
23rd - 1973 Doris Collins; 1981 Kevin Lammas
24th - 1966 Bob Sullivan; 1967 Jessie Breen; 1987 Margaret Kerr
25th - 1996 Elsie Gallagher
27th - 1958 Bernard Scannell
28th - 1916 Jacob Tondrer; 1977 Richard McNeilly; 1982 Alexander Bateman;

          - 2009 Eulalie Keenan

October

1st - 1989 Eileen Mackintosh; 2014 Mary Colombian
2nd - 2004 Mary Ita Mills
3rd - 1967 Isabella Macdonald; 2005 Paul William Rose
4th - 1929 Margaret Campbell; 1975 Nellie Macdonald; 1981 Lorna Forester;

        - 1984 John McMurtrie
5th - 2020 Mary Gibson
6th - 1965 Tom Creighton; 2009 Noel Miles
7th - 1928 James O’Neill
10th - 1918 John Connor; 1949 Doreen Cochrane
14th - 1938 Henry Campbell; 2008 Alexander Gray
15th - 1933 Robert Murray; 2003 Mary Catherine (Kate) Corbett
16th - 1976 Mary Devlin
17th - 1998 John Hand
18th - 1983 Allison Hand
20th - 1949 William Campbell
21st - 1928 John Manaton
22nd -1971 Joan Dorgan
23rd - 1919 Agnes McDonald
24th - 1981 Lachlan McKenzie
25th - 1929 Patrick O’Neill
26th - 1936 Fr Francis Kerley
28th - 1997 Kathleen Ryder
30th - 1911 Julia Conway; 2004 W D (Don) Smith
31st - 2009 Alf and Joan Barwood

November

1st - 1939 Margaret Siegert; 1995 Winifred Creighton
3rd - 1936 Mary Bradley; 2004 Christianne G Millard
5th - 1999 Helen Veronica Smith
7th - 1914 Michael Scannel; 1947 Roland Quill
8th - 1997 Jessie Hyland
9th - 1914 Harold Bennett
10th - 1946 Patrick Brosnan; 2009 Mary Wareing
13th - 2007 Bronwen O’Sullivan
14th - 1984 Kathleen Jones
15th - 1932 Michael Gallen
16th - 1942 Charles Jones; 2009 Margaret Mary Wareing
18th - 1931 John Mackintosh; 1954 Veronica Edwards; 1962 Mau-rice Small
20th - 1936 Timothy Harnett
24th - 1918 Cecilia Holt
25th - 1958 Harry Collins
26th - 1986 Cassie Collins; 1989 Alfred Kerr; 2017 Kevin Sheehan
28th - 1918 Mary Thompson
30th - 1989 Maureen Bateman; 2008 Brenda Hyde

December

1st - 1992 James Guerin
2nd - 1995 Eric Smith; 2015 Mary Evelyn Gallagher
3rd - 1929 John Grant
4th - 1978 Denis Gardiner; 2008 Geraldine O’Boyle
5th - 1954 Susan Smith
7th - 1928 Thomas Hone; 1987 Lilian Maxwell
8th - 1949 Bridget Mackintosh
9th - 1989 James Anthony Kane
11th - 1920 Fr Augustine LePetit
13th - 1920 Denis Murphy; 1985 Paul Kane
14th - 1932 Margaret McEwan; 2001 Charles Anthony Gallagher
15th - 1971 John MacDonald; 1995 Mary Smith
17th - 1929 Julius Siegert
19th - 2011 Elsie Crampton; 2011 Gerald Gordon
21st - 1947 Francis Dick
22nd - 1952 Thomas O’Carroll
23rd - 1968 Hannah Brosnan
25th - 1973 Lucy Campbell
26th - 1967 Theresa Loomes
28th - 1942 John Small
29th - 1907 William Topp; 1986 William Mackintosh
30th - 1932 Annie Gallen; 1935 Sarah McDonald; 1977 William O’Brien
31st - 1974 Margaret Davis

Gallery

The Old Albury Church
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