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‘Phillip Hughes a shining light’, Macksville priest says

NAMBUCCA Valley priest Fr Michael Alcock is still adjusting to ordinary parish life after his recent role as celebrant at the funeral of Test cricketer Phillip Hughes.

Fr Alcock led the funeral service attended by thousands in the fallen cricketer’s hometown, Macksville, NSW, on Wednesday, December 3.

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“I have never been a part of anything as big as Phillip’s funeral,” he said.

“I have had hundreds of emails, texts and phone calls from as far way as USA.

“Sadly I never got to meet Phillip personally as he was away most of the three years I’ve been here.

“He did go through Macksville’s St Patrick’s Primary School and is remembered fondly by his teachers.”

Fr Alcock said it had been a privilege to be part of the day.

“My thoughts were with Phillip’s family and friends, rather than on the international focus of the funeral,” he said.

“One of our altar servers said it best: ‘I am going to do my job well, and pray for the family’.

“That too, was my intention, with the grace of God.”

Fr Alcock’s homily referred to Hughes’ baptism.

“We have our Easter Candle lit here today for Phillip,” he said.

“It reminds us that this young man was a shining light to those who were privileged to have known him, and to the many more who knew of him.

“In his short time with us he truly walked as a child of the light in his natural, unassuming and passionate way.”

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