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Catholic community life: blessing cars, Lower Hutt, 1958 (4th of 5)

Catholic community life: blessing cars, Lower Hutt, 1958

In a ceremony common in other Catholic countries but seldom seen in New Zealand, Irish-born Father J. J. Sweeney, the parish priest of St Bernadette's Catholic church in Naenae, Lower Hutt, blesses the cars of his parishioners in 1958. Father Sweeney, accompanied by an altar boy, sprinkled holy water on 91 vehicles and pronounced a blessing to make them safe and reliable.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1958/0081

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Rory Sweetman, 'Catholic Church - Fitting into New Zealand society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Rory Sweetman, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 17 Jul 2018