|6/30/2017 11:25:00 AM|
Fatima parish marks 60
Courtesy Susan Pemberton
Lucy Cordeiro enjoys the celebration at Shady Cove’s Our Lady of Fatima Parish, marking 60 years since the church’s dedication.
Halie Mauer, one of the parish’s original founders, joins parish sacristan Pam Williams for the festivities.
SHADY COVE — Sunday, June 11 was a day of celebration for Our Lady of Fatima Parish here. The day marked the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the church by former Portland Archbishop Edward Howard.
Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith was the main celebrant for Mass and Father Ben Tapia, current pastor, served as concelebrant. The small church was filled with parishioners from the Upper Rogue Valley area.
Honored guests included Halie Mauer, the parish’s first organist and one of the visionary Catholics who first had the idea for the parish and worked to see it built and dedicated. Another long-time member is Lucy Cordeiro, who has given many volunteer hours toward the success of the parish. Both women were honored during the celebration.
“We are proud of this small church which was built for the people, and by the people, who did everything from raising the money, purchasing the land, procuring the lumber and building it from the ground up,” says parishioner Susan Pemberton. “It stands today as a symbol and tribute to those hardworking early volunteers who believed ‘where there is a will, there is a way.’”
Those who attended enjoyed a photographic tableau of the church from its beginnings to present.
“We look forward to our next 60 years as a parish,” says Pemberton.
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