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St Thomas Aquinas Chapel Celebrates its Centenary

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St Thomas Aquinas Chapel will celebrate its centenary on Saturday 19 October. Celebrations will kick off with a Mass at the St Thomas Aquinas Church in Springwood.

The chapel has an interesting 100-year history.

In 1891, a weatherboard, iron roofed church on Bathurst Road, Springwood was built on a parcel of land donated by the Boland family. With an increase in population, this building became too small and another site was sought. In 1918, a block was purchased from the Frazer Estate on the corner or Hawkesbury and Bathurst Roads. On 11 May 1919, Archbishop Kelly laid the foundation stone of the new church which was officially opened on 19 October. This was the Catholic parish church until 1989 when the growing population of the area demanded a larger church and was erected at the site of St Columbas Seminary. This century old building, the second church in Springwood, now hosts the important role as the community room and chapel for the residents of Aquinas Court Retirement Village.

The Mass will be followed by an open day at Catholic Healthcare’s Aquinas Court Retirement Village. Come along and enjoy a delicious sausage sizzle, listen to the talented voices of the Saint Thomas Aquinas School Choir, explore the picturesque village grounds, walk through the 100-year old chapel and learn about its wonderful history.

Aquinas Court is an intimate boutique style village community surrounded by cottage gardens in the heart of the lower Blue Mountains. Residents live an active, positive and social lifestyle in a warm and welcoming environment.

The public are invited to attend both the Mass and open day.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

9.30am Mass at St Thomas Aquinas Church, 168 Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood,

11am Open Day at Aquinas Court Retirement Village, 2 Hawkesbury Road, Springwood