After years of work and planning, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Kiln-Delisle Road in Harrison County welcomed parishioners home on Christmas Eve.
After ten years, Father Paddy Mockler and parishioners of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Pass Christian worship in their new home, but they haven’t gone far from where they’ve spent the past decade. They moved next door. “In 2011 they brought together three churches, St. Stephen’s, St. Ann’s and St. Williams, and they built a multipurpose building with a view that would become the parish center and that would become the church. We had been there for a while, about 10 years, and now we are in a new church.
Father Paddy says years of fundraising and giving have helped build the church and if you look around you will find the work of some parishioners including David Niolet who is the president of the building committee. “I’ve been a cabinetmaker for a while, but I’ve never made any major pieces of furniture. My wife, Mae, offered to try building the altar, the ambo, and the tabernacle table. I decided it would be a good challenge.
A must-see piece is the painting that stands front and center, also by a parishioner. “The man who did the painting, he had 12 of our guys dress up as apostles and then he took their picture and painted them from the picture. He found Jesus on the golf course in Alabama and he said I wanted to take your picture, so I could paint you and that’s where he found Jesus.
Over the past five decades, the number of priests in the United States has dropped dramatically, leaving thousands of parishes without resident priests, but for Father Paddy, he says it’s a way of life he’s happy to ‘having chosen. “Honestly, I am a 42-year-old priest. I love it. If I could redo it, I would. I have no regrets. I love every day and I hope I can continue to do so for a long time.