30 YEAR JUBILEE
Sunday, 3rd. September,
of the parish council I would like to welcome all of you here to celebrate the
30 year jubilee marking theblessing of Mariukirkjan.
Mariukirkjan has been a blessing. This church is a “pearl.” Some of the
tourists have referred to it as such. Our parish is not a dying one: the numbers
of Catholics has greatly increased.
like to thank Fr. Paul Marx, our parish priest, who for quite a number of years
have been serving our parish here in Tórshavn. Unfortunately he cannot be with
us today as he will be operated on the 12th September. He sends greetings, is
praying for us and asks for our prayers for his speedy recovery. We thank Fr.
Allen Courteau, his co-frère, who is here for the first time and we pray it will
not be the last either.
also thankful and grateful for all the priests who have served us over the past
30 years and who still do, year after year, time after time. Some a few of them
are now with the Lord. It is good to open your houses to our priests to welcome
them for a cup of coffee and a chat from time to time or to take them for a
drive around our beautiful country. Without them, we would not be here for long.
Christian, our faithful, deacon, who is always ready to serve in the parish, and
to his wife Inger. Thank you also to Ole Jacob who helps make our liturgy so
prayerful,the readers, those who prepare church coffee, the parish council,
Ethelda who keeps the church clean and all of you who give of your time in
church is not just the building. Each one of us is the church, the Body of
Christ. The body has arms, legs, head and feet. We need one another. We help
make Christ known and visible. As St. Paul writes: ”Just as a body though one, has many parts, but all its many parts
form one body, so it is with Christ.” (1. Corinthians. 12:12)
It is not
only you, the parishioners and friends, who are thankful for the church.Many
tourists are also delighted to find the church open. They sit, pray and enjoy
the peace and the presence of the Lord who is always waiting for us and who
says: “Come to me all you who labour and are heavy
burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) and
again: ”Be still and know that I am
as the administeration of the sacraments and our life of prayer, we have also
had many concerts, groups coming for information and inquiring about the
Catholic faith, people doing projects about Catholicism and other subjects,
media interviews, Mass being televised on national television and broadcast on
national radio, AA groups, ACA goups, prayer groups, conferences, Sunday class,
instruction and preparation for the sacraments, the Women's World Day of Prayer,
Christmas Child box collection, Art and Prayer days, jumble sales for Caritas
Danmark projects, etc.
also good that ideas come from the parishioners as to what one can do for you –
or what can we do together.
how many of you know who the parish council members are. I will ask them to
stand forward so as every one can see them. We are here for you. It goes both
ways. We need your support by taking part in whatever goes on in the parish.
come to an end, I would also like to say thank you to all the sisters. We should
not be taken for granted. Much is being done behind the scenes. We are sent here
to help you, but we are not getting younger. We all need to pray for vocations
to the priesthood and the religious life, and that more sisters will be sent to
stop here for now by wishing you welcome and inviting you to enjoy a cup of
coffee and something good to eat. Thanks to the Philippino ladies who prepared
the food for us today. Thanks also to Annette and Raymund for the music. I have
never yet been refused when I asked them to play during Mass. We are ever so
May God bless you