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At eleven o'clock yesterday Pontifical l/.igh Ala sis was celebrated at St. Patrick s Church, South Dunedin, by the Moat Key. Dr Moran, assisted by the Rev, bathers 0 Neil aud M‘Malian, who acted as deacon and subdeacon respectively, the Rev, Father Vereker acting as master of coremonies. It being His Lordship’s first official visit since his return to his diocese, considerable prepai • tions were made to give him a hearty welcome. Over the entrance gate an arch was formed of green boughs, bearing the motto “Cead Mille Failthe”; whilst the church, under the guiding hand of the parish priest (Father Vereker), was beautifully decorated. As tho bishop entered, the choir sang the ‘Ecoo Sacerdos’ (Webb’s). Mr C. Lemon presided at the organ, and Mr P. Lemon eonducted the ‘Eyrie,’ from Haydn’s No, 9; ‘ Gloria and Credo,’ from Mozart’s No, 7; ‘Sanctus,’ Weber’s Mass in G; ‘Agnus Dai,’ Mozart’s No. 7. The solos were taken by Mrs P. Lemon and Miss Rose Blaney (contralto), and Miss K. Druram ; tenor, Mr E. Eagar; bass, Mr P. Lemon. The ‘Et in Carnatus est ’ was nicely rendered by the Misses Drumm and Blaney and Messrs Eagar and Lemon. An address of welcome on behalf of the congregation was read by Mr Michael Sullivan. His Lordship, who was visibly affected, said in the course of his reply that he could not give expression to the great pleasure he felt to be once more amongst his flock. He could never forget their kindness; he had always remembered them in his prayers, and was sure that they had prayed for him. Under tho goodness of Almighty God he attributed to their fervent prayers for him the great success which attended his mission to the Home Country. He was met every where with affection and loving-kind-ness. He was very much pleased and edified by this mark of their esteem, and congratulated them on having as their parish priest the Rev, Father Vereker, who was so devoted to and zealous for their spiritual welfare. He also complimented them, on visiting the school children, on their efforts for the progress of Catholic education. He was very much gratified at everything he had seen. The conduct of the children was admirable, ond he congratulated the sisters •n tho great success they had achieved. He sincerely hoped that every child in his diocese would be enabled to receive a sound moral and religions education. They conld all see that thechurch was becomingtoosmall ; in other words, the congregation had become larger. He described how in the early days he had decided to purchase the property on which the present church was built, and now he was very much pleased at the zeal they had displayed in collecting, by weekly subscriptions, a large sura of money. In six months no less a sum than Ll5O had been gathered. That would be at tho rate of L3OO a year ; so that in a couple of years they would be enabled to erect a new and spacious church to the honor and glory of God, and which would be a blessing to themselves and children. His Lordship also complimented the choir, and expressed his pleasure at the manner in which they interpreted the music of the mass, concluding his remarks by again thanking the congregation for their kindness and generosity. At tho evening vespers the ‘ 0 Salntaris ’ (arranged from flummell by V, Novello), in E, was rendered by Mr E. Eagar in good style.

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BISHOP MORAN AT SOUTH DUNEDIN., Evening Star, Issue 8043, 21 October 1889

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BISHOP MORAN AT SOUTH DUNEDIN. Evening Star, Issue 8043, 21 October 1889