On 29. July. 1971 the Foundation Stone of our Church was blessed by Bishop Cornelius Lucey. In the photograph he is surrounded by so many people and families of the parish. On that day we became a family of families, gathering around the table of the Lord. In this photo Bishop Lucey blesses the spot where the Altar of God will be placed.
Fifty years later we continue to be a family of families, gathered around the table of the Lord, even virtually during the COVID-19 Pandemic (in the photo below, Bishop Fintan Gavin is pictured with parishioners at the first public Mass in May 2021 after the National Lockdown).
Fifty years after our foundation stone was blessed, Togher Church continues to be a family of families gathered around the table of the Lord Jesus.
In keeping with Covid 19 regulations, we are counting down to the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of our church (29.07. 1972). As we make our way to that day, we will pray our way through, keeping in mind the words of Jesus "my house shall be called a house of prayer" (Matthew 21)
July 29th 2021: (Foundation day) We blessed the walls of the Church,asking God's blessing on this, his house.
August 6th 2021: We held a Jubilee holy hour, asking God to bless all christian leaders. We prayed through the intercession of Pope St Paul VI. He was the Pope when our church was opened. Many parishioners have papal blessings in their homes, with his photo on them. Paul is a role model for leadership. However, we asked God to bless all leaders. We think of parents at the kitchen table, teachers, nurses, and all people, who must make decisions each day, inspired by the gospel of Jesus.
August 17th 2021: We held a Jubilee holy hour, praying with Our Lady of Knock. Due to the pandemic, many of our parishioners could not visit Knock this year. However, when we could not go to her, she came to us !!
August 24th 2021: We held a Jubilee Holy Hour praying with Little Nellie of Holy God on her 118th birthday. We also blessed an art display, based on scenes from her life. These were created by a local man John Doolan.
September 23rd 2021: We held a Jubilee Holy Hour praying with St Padre Pio: one of the most popular men in Togher! He is held in very high esteem by our parishioners, and he is another one of the people who has become a saint in our life-time. As he said himself, "you love me because I teach you how to love God".
October 19th and 20th 2021: We celebrated the enrollment ceremonies for our candidates for first holy communion and confirmation. Our candidate were reminded that they are making history, as they receive sacraments in the jubilee year.
November 2-11: Together we prayed the Novena of Prayer for the Holy Souls. We asked god to have mercy on the dead and to protect the living. During the Novena, we honored all those whose funerals took place from this Church in the past twelve months. The boys and girls of the Togher schools participated in a special way.
December 8th: We held a Jubilee holy hour in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, asking that she bless our Church as it prepared for its fiftieth Christmas. Miraculous Medals were blessed and distributed.
Fourth Sunday of Advent: the Commemorative Key Ring was blessed and distributed to the parishioners as a Christmas keepsake.