WelCom August 2020
Parishioners gathered at Holy Family Church, Whanganui, at a vigil Mass last November to thank and farewell Pat Rhodes, a much-loved and respected parish worker who was moving to Hamilton.
Pat came to Whanganui in 2005 after teaching in Tonga. He was initially parish secretary and then parish co-ordinator. He continued as a volunteer overseeing the smooth running of ministries, supporting the priests and was the ‘go-to’ person for anything parish-related. He was awarded the Benemereti Medal in 2012.
Pat’s cousin Monsignor Gerard Burns, Vicar General for the Wellington Archdiocese, co-celebrated Mass with then-parish priest, Fr Marcus Francis.