The Building of the Wall of Remembrance
At the request of many parishioners it was decided to build a wall of remembrance. There were two proposals as to where to situate the wall. The first was to build it just below the church, and the second along the side of the church, where it would be built into an existing wall. The proposals were put to the parish and the response was overwhelming for it to be placed at the side of the church.
On the 18th November 2000 the Wall of Remembrance was blessed by Wilfred Cardinal Napier O.F.M.
The Bluff parish has come a long way in it’s 125 years of existence and has in many ways reflected the history of South Africa. What originally started, as a black mission station became a mainly white parish, and today 10 years after South Africa’s first democratic elections, it reflects the diverse population of South Africa. During this time there has been a phenomenal growth in the parish, and yet there is still capacity for further growth. No doubt as the parish grows to full maturity and becomes a parish of true “Community of Communities” will it be like the Cross of Love – a shining light on the hill.
Message from Cardinal Napier | Message from Fr Stuart Bate OMI | Forward: Professor Joy Brain | Introduction | A history of the St Francis Mission | Establishment of the Church at Fynnland | The Church at Wentworth | Centralisation of St Francis Xavier and Building of the New Church | The Building of the Parish Hall | The Building of the New Presbytery | The Building of the Wall of Remembrance | The Architectural meaning of the New Church | Your Church in Rhyme by Fr Andy Slowey | The Human Contribution to the Growth of the Parish | Groups and Organisations that have contributed to the Parish | Current Groups within the Parish | Local Vocations | Awards and Recognition | An Armchair tour of the Parish | The Shrine to Our Lady of Natal | Landholdings of the Catholic Church on the Bluff | A Portrait of the Life and Times of St Francis Xavier | Picture Gallery | Timeline of incidents of the Bluff Parish