Jack’s work not taken for granted
THE Archdiocese’s oldest serving acolyte Grenfell’s Jack Grant has received a papal blessing for his dedicated service.
St Joseph’s parish pastoral council applied to the Apostolic Nuncio to request one from Pope Francis.
Parish priest Fr Tom Thornton made the presentation and thanked Mr Grant, who turned 97 on March 31, for his outstanding contribution over many years.
The Grants moved from Moyne Farm at Warraderry to Grenfell in 1994.
Following Mass, parishioners and Mr Grant’s family enjoyed morning tea in the parish school library.
Parish pastoral council president Liz Carroll congratulated Mr Grant and thanked those who had helped to acquire it.
Long-time friend Terry Carroll also spoke of Mr Grant’s efforts.
Mr Grant and wife Meg were delighted to have their daughter Felicity Suckling (Wagga Wagga), son James (South Australia), son-in-law Giles McDonald (Canberra) and granddaughter Emily and her daughter Willow (Queensland) attend.
Apologies were received from Mr and Mrs Grant’s daughters Patricia (New Zealand) and Carmel (Wagga Wagga) and son Fr Paul (USA), as well as son John and his wife Sharon.