Address Delivered by Rev. J.J. Flood P.P Arran Quay, on the occasion of the opening of the Church of Christ the King, at Cabra, on Sunday October 29th, 1933.

 

 

My Lord Archbishop,

 Our first duty is to thank your Grace for your presence amongst us and to express our appreciation of your care and anxiety for the welfare of your subjects in the Cabra area, a care and anxiety well exemplified in the present Church and in the schools now about to be erected. It has been your earnest wish that the Church and Schools be completed within the shortest time possible.

 

Thanks to the energy of the Architect, Mr Robinson, to the constancy of the contractors Messrs. Fitzgerald and Leonard, and to the earnestness of their men in their various capacities, this anxiety as far as the Church is concerned no longer exists.

 

This Spacious building, designed in such generous proportions by Mr Robinson, fulfils the undertaking of building and furnishing, that their efficiency and promptness shall always remain to us a happy memory, and not only a happy memory, but also a proof of the capability of Irish labour and workmanship, a testimony that must be pleasing to your Grace as it is to all here present. This acknowledgement we consider a debt due by us to all those with whom we have been so closely associated during the past eighteen months.

 

We now present you with a detailed account of the expenditure incurred, the money actually received, and the debt still existing. As you may recall from our previous meeting here, the amount of the total £39,000. The amount collected was £17,000, when subtracted from £39,000 leaves a deb of £22,930. Large as the deficit is, it is unfortunately not the only liability we have to face. The Contract for the Schools is already in the hands of Messrs. Stone and Co. at the cost of £30,000, of which the amount of £10,000 has been provided parochially. This gives a total of £32,930. This debt is a painful necessity. Your Grace has no option in the matter. The presence of so many new houses teeming population demanded fresh facilities for worship and Christian education, and also additional priests. However, as faithful and loyal subjects we shall endeavour to assist and to bear and liquidate this heavy liability.

 

Your Grace has been most generous in the matter, but the burden must rest on the shoulders of the parishioners. Many indeed have done their part, but many have not, for these happily the opportunity still remains. It is however, on the weekly collections that we must place our chief dependence, and here I should like to thank in particular those self-sacrificing ladies and gentlemen who week by week give their spare time and labour in this meritorious work. We ask you then to be kind and generous to the weekly collectors, because they, but your generosity, must be our chief hope for years to come.

 

Remember it is the little gift you can afford easily when given persistently that will in the long run amount up, and enable us not only to pay the annually amounting interest, but finally the debt itself.

 

This my Lord Archbishop, Ladies and gentlemen, is all we feel called on to state except to thank you sincerely for your generosity.

 

Mr Robinson has a short statement to make, a statement of a more spectacular character, but none the less interesting.

Rev. J.J. Flood, P.P.