Ward church decommissioned ahead of demolition

Marlborough’s Catholics marked the end of an era on Sunday when the earthquake-damaged Ward church was formally decommissioned ahead of demolition.

After singing, a reading, and a prayer at the site, the congregation took the church’s altar and sign and processed to St Peter’s Anglican church nearby, where the sign would be installed and the rest of the service held.

The Catholics and Anglicans in Ward would have a close relationship, as do the Catholics and Presbyterians in nearby Seddon.

There, the Catholic church is shared with Presbyterians, whose St Andrew’s church is to be demolished shortly. It was decommissioned last weekend.

Ward priest Fr Aidan Kay said that after the decommissioning, it was planned that everyone would go to the East Coast Tavern for refreshments.

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