For the past five decades, the St Lawrence’s Catholic Church has housed the sadness, happiness and hopes of the Coonabarabran community.
To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the church’s official opening, a special celebration was held on Sunday, 13 November, which was well attended by parishioners.
After a gracious service, 16 altar servers and all children who had received the sacraments of reconciliation, eucharist and confirmation during 2016 were presented with medals and cards.
Current parish priest, Fr Reynold Jaboneta, was assisted by visiting priest, Fr Suan Henry, from Ireland.
Morning tea was served in the gardens of the presbytery and a commemorative cake was enjoyed by all.
A photographic exhibition of past bishops, priests and old church buildings was on display and these were of great interest to everyone.
The celebrations also coincided with Saint Lawrence O’Toole Feast Day the following day. Built by local contractors, the Thorby Brothers, in 1966, the church was opened by Right Reverend Dr Albert Reuben Edward Thomas, Bishop of the Bathurst Diocese from 1963-1983, and Monsignor Thomas Healey, who was the parish priest of Coonabarabran at the time.
Fr Reynold Jaboneta, pictured inside the Coonabarabran Catholic Church during celebrations on Sunday, 13 November. Photo - Judy Over.