Residents, employees, local people members and Catholic Healthcare representatives have attended the formal blessing of the Jemalong Residential Village Chapel.
The ceremony was a proper Liturgy of Blessing of the Chapel and in addition marked the official re-naming of the Chapel to the ‘Mater Chapel’.
The Chapel has been named in recognition of the Sisters of Mercy and their devoted contribution to well being and aged care within the Forbes area.
The chapel options the gorgeous stained glass home windows that was once within the Forbes Mater Aged Care Dwelling.
These home windows are greater than 100 years previous, Catholic Healthcare stated in a media launch, and have been hand-made in France.
They have been fastidiously moved from the previous website in 2019 when all of the Mater residents have been moved to the newly expanded Jemalong Residential Village on Edward Road.
The blessing of the brand new Chapel was carried out by Bishop Columba Macbeth-Inexperienced, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia Forbes, and assisted by Reverend Simon Apablaza, native Parish Priest of St Laurence’s Parish Forbes.
In a particular service for all attendees, the ceremony included a liturgy, prayers and a sequence of hymns as accompanied by the Jemalong Residential Village employees on vocals and the Uniting Minister as volunteer on piano.
Administrators of the Catholic Healthcare Board and Trustees together with David Robinson, Stephen Teulan and Dr Peter Steane MSC, in addition to Catholic Healthcare’s Interim CEO, Belinda Moyes, the Mayor of Forbes Council, Phyllis Miller OAM, have been delighted to attend and meet with employees and residents from Jemalong.
Additionally in attendance have been representatives from the Sisters of Mercy, Sr Carmel Carroll, Sr Michelle Farrugia and Sr Elizabeth Younger.
A morning tea with gentle refreshments served by the employees to residents and visitors adopted the ceremony.