On Saturday 9th November we had a wonderful celebration to commemorate the 100th year of the Sacred Heart Whangamomona Church. Settled within the heart of New Zealand’s only self-proclaimed republic, people gathered from far and wide to share stories and memories of family baptisms, weddings and also to remember those who have gone before us. There was lots of laughter and it was mentioned that it had taken 100 years to hear some decent singing in the church!
Sacred Heart Whangamomona Church was full to the rafters. Friends from all corners of the Diocese were treated to wonderful country hospitality. Family’s whose roots lay in Whangamomona, were well represented. Mass was celebrated by Father Brian Carmine, Monsignor David Bell, Father Adonis Rancho and Father Vui, all who have served the community and Parish over recent years. It was a very prayerful and moving occasion for all.
Following the celebrations the church was deconsecrated. A local family has brought the church, so it can remain a historic treasure within Whangamomona. The Republic turned on a wonderful day for us and it will be remembered with fondness by everyone.
Parishioners from across the Diocese gathered for Mass.
From left: Fr Vui Hoang, Fr Brian Carmine, Mons David Bell, and Fr Adonis Rancho.