Father Michael's time in Goondiwindi comes to an end

Fr Michael O'Brien.

Fr Michael O'Brien.

It’s going to be  a sad, sad day for Goondiwindi on Sunday when it farewells one of its favourite sons, and “Fathers”.

St Mary’s Parish Priest, Fr Michael O’Brien will soon depart for Toowoomba but not before one final celebration in the place he calls home. The beloved priest loves life, people and guiding all those who need it through the good times and the bad, but on Sunday it will be all about sharing and remembering the great joy Fr Michael has given us over a cup of tea or even a cold glass or two.

He wrote to us on Monday saying:

Dear Goondiwindi Community,

For the last 13 years I have made Goondiwindi my home.  I don’t use the word loosely, as  it has indeed been a great place of joy and fulfilment for me.  St. Mary’s was my first posting as Parish Priest, so I was quite anxious about how it would go.  From the moment I arrived I was welcomed and encouraged.  This included an invite to come to the Railway Hotel on the first Saturday I was here, as there were “sinners down here that need a priest”.  I, of course reluctantly accepted and had a couple of beers with them! Ask Mick Bell for the full story!  Over these years you have welcomed me into your homes and lives, where I have celebrated with you the good times, and hopefully been some help in the more difficult days.  I simply say thank you for this privilege.  Thank you especially to the St. Mary’s Parish and School community were I have felt most at home and  found a place of great joy.  So as my days in Gundy come to a close, I say thank you very sincerely for welcoming me and giving me a great sense of joyfulness in my priesthood.  May God continue to bless this community and I look forward to returning from time to time, and of course if you are passing St Pats Cathedral in Toowoomba, don’t hesitate to call in!

God Bless, Father Michael and Sister Rosie.

Mass will be followed by the farewell at St Mary’s on Sunday morning.