Early Years page 03


His Grace the Coadjutor-Archbishop of Sydney (Most Rev. N.T. Gilroy, D.D.) officially opened and blessed the handsome new church-school at St. Joseph’s, Narrabeen, on Sunday last, 22nd inst. (What year?)

The inspiring story of the erection of this imposing red brick building has for its central character the well loved parish priest of Dee Why and Narrabeen, Rev. Father M. Farrell, who, despite the burden of his usual priestly duties, found time to act as the architect and builder of the new church-school. 

Loyal co-operation was given to Father Farrell by an enthusiastic men’s committee comprising the following members: 
Messrs. L.P. Gehrig, B.P. McEvoy, J Hayes, M. O’Reilly, B. Gehrig, J.C. Mullin, J.P. Mullin. 

Many leisure hours did Father Farrell and his band of helpers sacrifice, but now the result of their labour of love is to be seen in what may be described without exaggeration as an architectural adornment to this increasingly popular surfing resort. 

The total cost’ of the undertaking was about £4000, including land £300, building £3200, seating £250, furnishing £125. On last Sunday, the debt stood at £2163. During the afternoon £202 was subscribed, which included a cheque for £20 from his Grace Archbishop Gilroy. 

When His Grace, who was accompanied by his secretary, Rev. J Toohey, arrived on Sunday afternoon last, he was greeted by a guard of honour composed of the members of the Children of Mary Sodality. 

Those associated with His Grace at the public meeting which was held afterwards included the 
Right Rev. Monsignor J.J. Nevin, D.D., D.C.L. (President, St. Patrick’s College, Manly), Very Rev. Fathers J. McDonald, P.P., P.A. Doherty, P.P., Rev. Fathers G. Bartlett, P.P., J.P. Hyland, P.P., M.Farrell, P.P., W. Nelson, P. Brennan, P. Kelly, C.SS.R., K, Crowe, C.SS.R., H. Conahan, P. McManus, J. Moreau, G. Wallington, Mr B.P. McEvoy. 

Father Farrell extended a cordial welcome to His Grace Archbishop Gilroy who had shown great sympathy towards the people of Narrabeen in their undertaking. He thanked Father Bartlett for coming to deliver the special appeal, and voiced his greetings to the other members of the clergy, mentioning especially Monsignor Nevin. Father Farrell thanked all who had assisted in the undertaking, and then gave a brief financial statement.

1 To fund the construction, Fr Farrell sold the bricks for 1/- each.