A good story

I was going to blog on this on the weekend, but found myself caught up the whole weekend on setting up a new computer at home (what a chore – Windows 7 doesn’t want to talk to half my software! Anyone want a hardly used logitech webcam?). Cathnews reproduced the story in their bulletin this morning.

The Saturday Age ran this story on a north-eastern country Catholic church that was closing, St Brigid’s in Greta. I have actually been out in that parish not so long ago. Lots of faithful people out there, and some good priests too. Anyway, here’s the story. Have a giggle.

Dan Ryan first went to Mass at St Brigid’s in 1932, when his father piled the family into a canvas-topped Essex to drive the five kilometres to church.

Now 87, Mr Ryan remembers the reluctance of parishioners in the 1970s to buck traditional roles and join the priest in giving out Holy Communion. Father Bill Bachelor, the parish priest for 30 years, grew tired of the reluctance and so walked around the churchyard after Mass one Sunday asking whether just one parishioner would accept his request. Paddy Murnane, a dairy farmer, spoke for many when he told Father Bachelor that he would consider giving out communion if the priest would come down to his farm to milk his cows.

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  1. matthias

    Yes i read this and thought how sad that this little church was closing. Greta’s loss-where Ned Kelly grew up- of Catholics at mass as they now drive to Moryu and Wangaratta.
    For once I felt tha this was a positive article about Christianity and the fact that the church was obviously at the centre for a long time in a Irish Catholic settled area

  2. Tom

    what model logitech? Chances are Windows 7 Drivers can be found for your webcam. The model number is going to be something like C#### (ranging from 200-9000, although the 9000 isn’t C9000, it’s just 9000).

    Logitech are pretty good with their driver updates, and most of the time big name developers like that will design software that can be applied from newer platforms to older hardware. I had the same problem with my webcam when i got Vista, and logitech had drivers for it. Anyway, if you tell me the model, i’ll try and find drivers for you.

  3. Son of Trypho

    Talking about good stories:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/02/2807634.htm

    An interesting perspective on baptism expressed by the folks involved to say the least!