Molly Hurley feels ‘very blessed’ to lend a helping hand


Catholic Outlook May Molly Hurley Story
Molly and grandson Matthew with St Thomas Aquinas Springwood Parish Priest, Fr Paul Slyney.

By Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook May 2013 

At the end of 2012, Mary ‘Molly’ Hurley received the Diocesan Medal of Honour for her compassionate, practical and spiritual assistance to those in need in her parish and school communities of St Thomas Aquinas at Springwood.

The medal also recognises Molly’s wider community involvement through her work with the Catholic Women’s League and the St Vincent de Paul Society.

When her fellow recipients received their medals from the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, in St Patrick’s Cathedral on the feast of Christ the King, Molly was attending her grandson Matthew’s First Holy Communion at St Thomas Aquinas Parish in Springwood.

The medal presentation was made at the conclusion of Mass by Pastor Emeritus Fr Peter Connolly and Parish Priest Fr Paul Slyney.

Through her volunteer work with St Vincent de Paul, Molly said she felt very blessed. “There are those who through no fault of their own need help and I feel that if you can do something, you should,” she said.

“A lot of those you help just need someone to visit once in a while, and they are so grateful. It gives me a sense of fulfilment because I really like doing it.”

When Molly was informed of the award in a letter from Fr Arthur Bridge, Chairman of the Diocesan Honours Committee, she received it with mixed emotions.

“I was delighted, but when I read in the letter that the ceremony was to be held on the same day as my grandson’s First Communion I knew I had no chance of attending as I was going to be with Matthew,” she said.

“Fr Paul and Fr Peter made it a very special occasion. I received the medal at the end of Mass after all the first communicants had been acknowledged.

“It was lovely to be in our own parish, with family and friends who came along especially for both events. And it will be a lovely memory for our family as it was a joint celebration. Matthew still talks about it.”

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