Message from Jennifer Graham-Dillon (Parish Secretary)

Due to personal reasons, the Diocese and I have come to a mutual decision to end my working contract at St Peter’s as of Friday 31st July 2020, after 17 years of loyal service.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues, parishioners, volunteers and the many wonderful friends I have made over the years. Special thanks to the Sisters of Providence and Sisters of St. Gildas’, who have supported my family over the years.

Sadly, I lost my mother at the height of the pandemic back in April. This was a very sad and difficult time for me. I would like to thank our dear family friend sister Margaret Begley, who visited mum regularly and was a great support and strength to my family over the past 45 years.

It has been a joy to work with the many priests that passed through the church over the years and I was lucky enough to have served over 12 priests (parish priests, assisting priests and supply priests.) We shared laughter, tears, sadness, happiness and many many losses.

My children grew up in the parish and attended the wonderful parish schools, St Peter’s and St Gildas’, under the excellent leadership of Miss Falvey and Mrs Rincon, where they flourished and went on to excel in their chosen University degrees, thanks to their excellent Catholic foundations in the early years.

There were many highs and lows working in this role and I witnessed many passings, two in particular, remain close to my heart, our dear Sister Margaret Corbett, my mentor, and dear friend Barbara Cotter who was a beautiful soul.

I will also take with me so many wonderful memories of parishioners and friends and those who have passed along the way.

God bless the parish and parishioners. You will be forever in my heart and prayers.

Finally a big “Thank You” to Steve Bethell who really supported me over the past two years.

Jennifer

6 thoughts on “Message from Jennifer Graham-Dillon (Parish Secretary)”

  1. Thank you Jennifer for being such a truly devoted parish secretary to our parish for the last seventeen years. You were always so personally attentive, kind and supportive in everything you did for us – you gave us your friendship and example. You set a high standard and we shall miss you very much. With so much appreciation, God bless you always, and lots of love, Sue Hessel x

  2. Dear Jennifer, it’s sad to hear that you are leaving the Parish after 17 years of love, dedication and support that you gave to the parish and parishioners while you served our parish. A big thank you for the support you gave to me while I served as a Catechist, as well as, helping when I arranged trips to Belgium for the parishioners. You will be greatly missed but may God bless, keep and support you on your new path and all the rest of your life.

  3. Dear Jennifer,

    I have been missing you! I’m sorry that I did not know about your Mother, so my sympathy is belated, but now prayers for you all. You were always so helpful and your work for all the parish is much appreciated. You do, however, deserve a rest and move forward in God’s new time of life for you. All the best of blessings for you and your family.

    Joan Griffith

  4. Thank you for your many kindnesses. You served with love. There is someone who sees all and knows all. Hold tight to your beautiful spirit as the next chapter of life unfolds. With all good wishes to you and your family

  5. Dear Jennifer,
    Sadly I haven’t seen you for some time due to my mobility problems, but you may be sure that you will be sorely missed by us all at St Peter’s. Cheerful, reliable, efficient; what else can I say? Joan and I wish you every happiness and good health in your new life. Our prayers and thanks go with you.

  6. Dear Jennifer,

    It’s so sad that you’re leaving and I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum. It’s a lovely farewell piece you wrote and there are lovely responses to it.

    God bless you and your family going forward,

    Kevin

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