Catholic Church congregation thrilled with repair work

Thrilled: Brendan Burke and Simone Van Rijin of the Naracoorte Catholic Church's congregation are thrilled with the repair work that has been completed on both the church and the hall alongside it.
Thrilled: Brendan Burke and Simone Van Rijin of the Naracoorte Catholic Church's congregation are thrilled with the repair work that has been completed on both the church and the hall alongside it.

The congregation of the Catholic Church in Naracoorte is thrilled with repair work on the building and hall after many months of hard work.

The church is one of two magnificent places of worship on a hill overlooking the town.

Repairs to the Catholic church were performed between February and June this year.

Church secretary Simone Van Rijin outlined the repairs to the Herald and told how parish priest Christopher Matala had recently shown initiative in instigating the cleaning and repair work to the church as well as ensuring the building is kept updated.

"We have repaired and cleaned both roofs this year - it has been more than 30 years since the church's roof has been cleaned," Ms Van Rijin said.

Ms Van Rijin explained that the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions had initially prevented the church from holding any services within its buildings, allowing the opportunity for repairs to be done with limited interruptions.

Repairs: The repairs to Catholic Church took four months to complete, with the church using the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions to their advantage by undertaking the work while they were unable to hold any services.

Repairs: The repairs to Catholic Church took four months to complete, with the church using the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions to their advantage by undertaking the work while they were unable to hold any services.

"That was our flipside and that allowed a work to happen," she said.

The work was completed by carpenters, tilers and finally painters.

Ms Van Rijin said that church parishioner Peter Kiernan had been instrumental during the coordination of the repair work.

"As a parish we are so grateful for him," she said.

The repairs were mostly funded by a bequest to the parish several years ago.

The original - but now long gone - church was built in 1883 and was situated where the Woolworths carpark is now - it was located on this site for more than 50 years.

The new church of St Thomas Aquinas was blessed on June 27, 1937, and was built at a cost of 5000 pounds or $8467 with builders taking just six months to complete it.

The congregation has stressed that the building is one of the oldest in town and it is important that it is continually maintained in the years to come.

Churches: Both the Anglican Church, on the left, and the Catholic Church have a beautiful view from the hill overlooking the town.

Churches: Both the Anglican Church, on the left, and the Catholic Church have a beautiful view from the hill overlooking the town.