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St Brigid’s icon caps Nerang work

Fr Rucinski blessing the icon of St Brigid of Ireland.

Blessing: Fr Rucinski blesses the icon of St Brigid of Ireland. Photo: Robin Williams

THE final “piece” in the refurbish-ment of the Blessed Sacrament Prayer Chapel at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, has been blessed and installed.

Nerang parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski blessed an icon of St Brigid of Ireland during Mass on November 17.

He said the icon, along with new security features, completed the refurbishment.

The chapel is available 24 hours each day for parishioners to pray.

“People need to come to pray at a time that suits them,” Fr Rucinski said.

“It is what Pope Francis said ‘open your churches and wait in the confessionals and they will come’.”

The refurbishment included a new     tabernacle sourced from Poland, Fr Rucinski’s homeland, and timber kneelers hand-crafted by Polish artisan Janusz Blach.

“This project was made possible by the support of parishioners, those who volunteered their time to carry out building, tiling and painting, to those who sponsored the construction of kneelers and seating,” Fr Rucinski said.

“We are a small parish and without that support this would not have been possible.”

Fr Rucinski said it was wonderful to have so many of those involved in the work present for the icon-blessing and community celebration that followed.

– Robin Williams

Fr Rafal Rucinski and Mercy Sister Brigid Frawley with the icon of St Brigid of Ireland as some of those involved with the refurbishment at St Brigid’s Church try out the kneelers

Opening the churches: Fr Rafal Rucinski and Mercy Sister Brigid Frawley with the icon of St Brigid of Ireland as some of those involved with the refurbishment at St Brigid’s Church try out the kneelers

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