Bob & Monica with their family after the presentation

Congratulations to Bob & Monica Binder who were awarded special Papal medals ‘Bene Merenti’ (Well Deserved) for their many years of service to both our parish and the local community. The medals were presented to them at the beginning of Advent by Canon Harry and Deacon Gerard. The awards came as a complete surprise to them though their family were in on the secret and had joined the congregation unbeknown to Bob and Monica.

‘Bene Merenti’ medals come from Rome via the Apostolic Nuncio, on the recommendation of the Bishop. This is the fourth time that St. Paul’s parishioners have been honoured in this way.

With grateful thanks to Patrick Black for photographing the happy event.