Betty Murphy's Bene Merenti Award

On Sunday January 15th 2012 during the 11.00am Mass,Father Paul was pleased to be able to present Betty Murphy with the

Papal Bene Merenti award for services to the parish over a number of years. In doing this he made the following remarks:-

Elizabeth is a retired teacher, she taught in St. Cuthbertís Senior school for one year. St. Josephís Primary  for five years and St. Anthonyís Primary for twenty four years. Betty was then an Ofsted inspector for four years.

Her parish work began in St. Johnís where she produced the newsletter for twenty five years and organised the Christmas Fair for many of those years. For three months prior to each fair, Betty ran coffee mornings to exhibit goods and take orders for the fair. 

While here at Christ Church Betty was a governor at St. Anthonyís School and also Clerk to the Governors. Currently Betty is a governor at Cheadle Catholic Infants School and is very much involved in the school.

Elizabeth is currently my volunteer parish secretary. I will find Betty each day in her office on most mornings except Wednesday when she is a volunteer in St. Annís Hospice. Betty began her secretarial work here when Fr. Peter Burke was Parish Priest. She was responsible for creating the Parish Computerised Register and updating the card index system.  When Fr. Ambrose Nicholson became Parish Priest, Betty remained as his secretary for the nine years he was here. I came in September 2007 and Betty has remained as my secretary.


As well as being a very organised and efficient administrator, Betty is also a Eucharistic Minister, A Reader.  Catechist for Baptism and Confirmation. A keen member of the parish Justice and Peace group and the Ecumenical J & P group in Heald Green.

Another strong to Bettyís bow is the co-organising of Parish Pilgrimages to Iona, Lindisfarne, Walsingham, Knock, Ireland and Canterbury. Betty also co-organises the Christmas Fair each year. In fact as well as organising Betty is always ready to roll up her sleeves and do the donkey work as well.

All this much appreciated and long standing work to the Church is complimented by forty years voluntary service at St. Annís Hospice in Heald Green. For forty years Betty has been a ward worker, patientís visitor, patientís driver, Day Care Worker, Eucharistic Minister and a secretarial relief for the Matron. This long service has been recognised by the Hospice and the community.

With all these years of hard work for both Church, school and community I think it only proper that the Church recognise Elizabethís contribution to the life of the Church with a Papal Honour.

Father Paul Lomas