NEXT week is a very special one for the parish of Monasterevin as the much loved SS Peter and Pauls Church celebrates its 175th anniversary.
A series of events are being help to commemorate this important occasion and Fr Liam Merrigan PP and his parish team have issued an invitation all parishioners and residents in Monasterevin to attend. “Everyone is welcome,” he said.
The commemoration events get underway on Thursday, 30 June with a talk on the history of the church with Barry Walsh at 8pm.
On Friday 1 July there will be a free concert with local artists from 7 to 9pm.
On Saturday 2 July there will be a parish family picnic in the Riverside Park starting at 3pm ( Bring your own picnic).
The main events will be on Sunday 3 July with a walk from Passlands to the church at 10.45am followed by Latin Mass with Bishop Denis Nulty at 11.30am.
Monasterevin parish records show that the foundation stone of the church was laid on the 26 August in 1840 and that the first mass was celebrated on 29 August in 1847 meaning the church was built during the famine 1846 to 1847.
The architect was William Deane Butler who also designed Portlaoise prison Tullamore courthouse and Amiens Street Railway station now Connolly Station.
Fr Philip Healy was the parish priest at the time and the church is built in the gothic style. There is speculation as to why the church has no spires such as that the foundations could not support them or simply there was just not enough money.
Monasterevin people are very proud of their church and rightly so as it is one of the finest churches in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin and it is unique both in its architecture, stained glass windows and stations of the cross.