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School’s ‘heartbeat’ revived

Thrilling return: Eve McClurg, Joanna Chang, Anthony Hamilton-Smiles and Micheal O’Sullivan are happy St Joseph’s Church Kangaroo Point is open after being closed for renovations.

Thrilling return: Eve McClurg, Joanna Chang, Anthony Hamilton-Smiles and Micheal O’Sullivan are happy St Joseph’s Church Kangaroo Point is open after being closed for renovations.

By Emilie Ng

ST Joseph’s Primary School, Kangaroo Point students and staff are thrilled about the revival of the “heartbeat” of their community.

After a near three-month closure following last November’s destructive hail storm, St Joseph’s Church reopened for Sunday Masses on February 15.

The renewed church was recarpeted, fitted with new marble high altars and lecterns, while the new stained-glass windows are yet to be installed.

St Joseph’s primary school staff and Year 6 students were among the packed congregation giving thanks to have their church back.

St Joseph’s church and school share the same campus at Kangaroo Point.

Principal Micheal O’Sullivan said the church was “the heartbeat of the school”.

“It’s good to have it back,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Not having it was a real hole.

“This is probably the heart of what we’re on about in a Catholic school, to be able to have a worshipping place to come to.”

St Joseph’s church is part of the St Stephen’s Cathedral parish.

Parish administrator and Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe blessed the new Year 6 badges at the first Mass on Sunday, February 15.

Fr Pascoe said the reopening Mass “reinforced” and “strengthened the bonds” with the school and parish.

He said the church doors would now be open on Sundays once more.

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