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Celebrating where it all began

It was a case of life going full circle when Monsignor John Swann celebrated Mass at St Rose of Lima Church, Kapunda, last month – on the anniversary of the day he was ordained to the priesthood in the very same church 65 years previously.

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Fr Peter Sheedy holding a ‘heart’ medal presented to him by Sacred Heart College, together with messages of congratulations from students at Christ the King School, Warradale, on the occasion of his 50th anniversary as a priest.

Humbled to be welcomed into people’s lives

Raised in a staunch Catholic family at Semaphore, Fr Peter Sheedy believes his call to the priesthood came early in life, when he started serving as an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church.


Saying ‘I do’ country-style

Perched on top of a hill, overlooking the township of Kapunda and with the beautiful vista of the Barossa Valley beyond, there is little wonder that St Rose of Lima Catholic Church is proving popular for ‘destination’ weddings.


Sign honours the past

Parishioners at Kapunda, in St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Northern Light parish, had two things to celebrate on May 9.


Medals help tell St Patrick's Day story

Growing up in Kapunda, an area with a strong Irish Catholic presence, and being a descendant of South Australian Irish families, Simon O’Reilley has always been drawn to recording and preserving Irish heritage in South Australia.