During Mass at the SMA Church in Blackrock Road on Sunday 21st of May, Margaret O’Regan, a parishioner and volunteer, was presented with the Benemerenti medal by Fr Malachy Flanagan, Provincial Superior of the Society of African Missions accompanied by Fr Jerome Anoumou-Sassou, parish Curate. This award is granted by Pope Francis as recognition for exceptional work on behalf of the Church.
During his homily Fr Malachy spoke of the need for Christians to witness to their faith and noted that this ties in with the presentation of the Benemerente Medal in recognition of more than thirty years of service to the Church. He said;
“We are honouring Margaret O’Regan for her commitment, her witness and service to the church in this parish since 1992.”
During this time, she contributed to and helped in organising he life of the Parish in many ways through her involvement in activities such as, the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, distribution of Holy Communion as a Minister of the Eucharist, the Church cleaning rota, bringing neighbours to Mass and helping in the Sacristy. One Parishoner said: “She could not say no to anything that involved the Church, she would always find a way. Margaret is a very reliable, loyal and helpful good friend to all of us.”
After the presentation Margaret thanked all in Blackrock Rd, priests, sacristans and staff who have helped her over the years and especially in recent times, for the assistance given to bring her to the church and to go home.
“I would do it all over again if I was able and I hope there will be plenty of volunteers come to keep the Church well.”
Congratulations on receiving this well- merited award.
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