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St Pius X Golden Jubilee in November 26.09.08

by Simon McGeady, Inishowen Independent

Moville chapel St Pius X will be 50 years old next month, and to celebrate the occasion a group of parishioners are producing a commemorative booklet.
The dedication of St Pius X took place on the 26th of October 1958 – the Feast of Christ the King. It replaced the old convent chapel, which was razed two years earlier to make way for the new chapel.
This year the Feast of Christ the King falls on the 23rd of November and that’s the date the six-person committee producing the booklet are working towards.
“The committee have been meeting regularly since the middle of the summer. We have gathered a lot of old photographs and put together articles for the [booklet],”
said committee member Sheila Meehan, daughter of John McGuinness, the contractor who oversaw the building of St Pius X half a century ago.
Sheila added that the booklet would contain roll of honour listing the names of all the men involved in building St Pius X.
Her cousin, Sheila McClean created the paintings of the Stations of the Cross that went into the chapel 50 years ago. She has written a piece for the booklet and has put together a photo collage of all the paintings.
Moville teacher and local historian Colm Doherty is bringing together the various contributions for the booklet.
St Pius X chapel in Moville
Fr William Rafferty was a young curate in Moville parish at the time. He helped bring in funds for the project through a silver circle draw among other initiatives.
“I think it’s fantastic that the occasion is being marked,” he said.
Though frail and without most of eyesight, the 88 year old, who still lives in Moville wants to be part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
“I will do my best to attend the celebrations. It will be a special occasion.”
Speaking to the Inishowen Independent, current Moville Parish Priest, Fr Paddy O’Kane said it was too early to reveal details of how the diocese planed to mark the occasion but added he would be happy to do so in the future.
It’s understood Bishop Seamus Hegarty has been invited to attend a special event in Moville.
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