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Birtley Conference, St Vincent De Paul, sponsors:

at St Joseph's Church celebrated by Fr Tony Duffy, assisted by  Deacon Peter Lavery,
ollowed by afternoon tea in the Parish Centre, served by members of the Catholic Womens' League, and other helpers of the Parish.

Birtley SVP expresses grateful thanks to those Volunteers and Helpers who assisted to make the day a success!

Father Tony Duffy, Parish Priest, St Joseph's of Birtley (67Kb)
Photographs courtesy of Kevin Jobson






1. Photo left:
Congregation of sick, elderly & housebound parishioners, and their Carers, gather to await the start of Holy Mass.






2. Photo right: Father Tony Duffy celebrating Mass for the sick & housebound, assisted by Decon Peter Lavery.






3. Photo left: Father Tony & Deacon Peter, with Eucharistic Minister Kevin Haigh bring Holy Communion to the sick, elderly & housebound in the congregation, followed by the Annointing of the Sick with holy oils.







4. Photo right: Parishioners leaving church after Mass, enroute to the parish centre for afternoon tea.  In the foreground is Mrs Peggy Finnegan and friend(?).






5. Photo left: Ladies of the Catholic Womens' League: Mrs Olga Towns (front left) and Mrs Ursula Jobson (front right), ably assisted by ladies (l-r) of Birtley SVP: Mrs Eunice Ford, Mrs Kathleen Haigh & Eucharistic Minister: Mrs Margaret Lee.






6. Photo right:  Afternoon tea being served - efficiently supervised by Brian Towns (right in cheque shirt)!






7. Photo left:  Afternoon Tea continues ...................






8. Photo right (l-r):  (?) in wheelchair with back to camera, Mrs Mauren Bailes, Mr Bob Bailes waving for more tea, Mrs Rita Siddaway and Ian Siddaway looking on in amusement, with Norman (?), simply tucking in!






9. Photo left (l-r): Dennis Welsh, Joe Brookes, Theresa Brookes, Tony Carey & Kevin Haigh all enjoying the day.





10. Photo right (l-r):  Sarah Fraser, Vera McEvoy, Dorothy Bates, Eucharistic Minister Margaret McLeman, Hilda Fraser, Mrs Carey.





11. Photo left: Tea continues to be served but they are all really waiting for the raffle & Bingo to start!






12. Photo right: Everyone is enjoying a good chin-wag too!






13. Photo left:  Nancy Loughlin & Margaret Hattam, Peggy Finnegan & ?.









14.  Photo left:  Olga Towns with a cake donated by Fr Tony, bearing the logo of the Armed Forces charity 'Help for Heroes'.










15. Photo left: Two of the Junior members of the SVP, 'The Minny Vinnies', kindly entertaining their elders with a song.





16. Photo right:  'The Minny Vinnies' in full song much to the enjoyment of everyone!






17. Photo left: (l-r):  Molly Menim, ?, Eucharistic Minister Anne Tyrell, Lucy Rutherford & Maureen Tracey.






18. Photo right: Eucharistic Minister Kevin Haigh (you can't miss him 'cos he is the one in the shorts) serving at one of the tables.






19. Photo left: (l-r):  Peter Monaghan, Chair of Birtley SVP's family ?, ?, SVP member John Littlewood, Fr Tony Duffy, Dennis Welsh, Joe Brookes.

Photo 20. Above:  The long and the 'short' of it - Kevin Haigh at long last posing for the camera!

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