Last hurrah at Muttama
Parishioners and visitors gathered at the Immaculate Conception Church at Muttama on Sunday October 28, 2018 for a final Mass.
The Mass was concelebrated by Father Joshy Kurien, the Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart Parish, Cootamundra and Father Bernie Hennessy who was Parish Priest from 1998 to 2005.
Father Kevin Barry Cotter, Parish Priest from 2005 to 2013 was unable to attend the Mass due to his priestly commitments in Adelong.
The Immaculate Conception Church, built of ‘wood and iron’ by Father Butler, was opened in March 1902 by Bishop Lanigan. Until recent years, Mass was celebrated in the small church on a monthly basis. However, with the decline in congregation and the shortage of priests, Masses were no longer possible.
Over the years, a number of baptisms, weddings and funerals have taken place in the church.
The final Mass was also the occasion of Zoe Joenne and Abigail Samantha Last’s baptisms.
Following the Mass a community luncheon was enjoyed in the church grounds.
Although a sad day for many of the congregation, it was a memorable event and a chance to reminisce.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn trustees will determine the selling of the Immaculate Conception Church at Muttama.