Mildura Weekly : Friday January 16 Vol 9 No 10 2015
NEWS 07 FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By VINNIE RODI CONSTRUCTION of the $600,000 Frank Monaghan Centre is nearing completion, with the building – named in honour of long-serving Par- ish priest Father Frank Mona- ghan – to celebrate its official opening on Saturday, Febru- ary 14. The opening will be at- tended by Bishop Paul Bird of the Catholic Diocese of Bal- larat, and will follow the Sa- cred Heart Catholic Church’s weekly 6pm mass. Bishop Bird, alongside Sacred Heart Parish priest Father Mick McKinnon, will run the mass, before officially blessing and opening The Monaghan Centre later that evening. The Monaghan Centre, which is located at the front of the church, will serve as a fully enclosed, multi-pur- pose space for members of the Catholic and wider com- munity, and will be nestled between two already existing entrances. Sacred Heart Parish priest Father Gregory Tait said the space was already being uti- lised by both the church and wider community, with only minor works to be completed prior to the official opening. “The space is scheduled to be utilised this weekend, and it’s certainly exciting to see it nearing completion,” he said. “There’s mostly just some paving to finish off, and for the most part construction is nearing an end.” The construction of the Frank Monaghan Centre has been close to two years in the making, with one of the driving forces behind the ini- tiative, Fr Mick McKinnon, telling the Mildura Weekly in July, 2014, that the idea was to “build a gathering space on the side of the church that ev- eryone will be able to utilise.” “While it will be attached to the Sacred Heart Church, it won’t be located inside the actual place of worship,” Fr McKinnon said prior to con- struction getting underway. “People will be able to gather in the space before or after celebrations, mass, etc., and it will also be a place where people can gather dur- ing our busiest times – name- ly during Christmas and Eas- ter mass, and for some of the our bigger funerals. “Extra seating will be available inside the centre, with a television monitor to allow people to see what is happening inside the church. “We are also planning to operate our Parish Soup Kitchen from the Centre in the future. “This space will also be one where our church’s many cultures can celebrate their identity and contribution not just to the parish community, but the broader community.” A large number of Catho- lic schools in the district – namely St Joseph’s College and St Paul’s Primary School – will also utilise the space once the new school year commences, while a number of pastoral initiatives aimed at adults and youths will also be based at the Monaghan Centre. The decision to name the centre after Fr Monaghan was made 18 months prior to con- struction beginning, with a lot of work going into getting the project off the ground. “Frank was such a well- known and well-liked person not just within the Catholic community, but the wider Sunraysia community,” Fr McKinnon said at the time. “There was no doubt that this centre should be named after him. “It was what the commu- nity wanted, and while Frank was an extremely modest man, we were able to con- vince him prior to his death that the community wanted to name this centre after him. “In typical Frank-fashion he gave us a nod of approval, shrugged his shoulders and left it at that.” Fr Frank Monaghan first arrived in Sunraysia in 1956 as a curate, and stayed in the region until the early 1960s. He performed stints in a number of communities around the Mallee through- out the 1960s, before return- ing to Sunraysia to act as Par- ish Priest at Merbein in the 1970s. In the 1980s he returned to Sacred Heart, while also serving in Red Cliffs. Fr Monaghan died at age 84 – the same night the deci- sion was made to name the proposed centre after him. More information about The Frank Monaghan Centre – or the official opening – is available by contacting the Sacred Heart Parish office on 5021 2872. Monaghan Centre to open on February 14 www.brendanstours.com.au Freecall 1800 981 187 / ARARAT • Tour costs include: Luxury Coach Travel, Motel Accommodation twin share, Admissions, Meals and Air Fares as per itineraries. • For bookings or to request a full itinerary that details the many tour highlights, please contact Brendan’s Australian Tours, Ararat. 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YARRA VALLEY, HEALSVILLE & MELBOURNE 6 days 5th October $2085 “See the itinerary for the many tour highlights”. TASMANIA 10 days 14th October $4160 (pension) $4250 (adult) “See the itinerary for the many tour highlights”. NEW ZEALAND DISCOVERY 19 days 26th October $6235 “See the itinerary for the many tour highlights”.
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