The word Parish can mean any number of things, from an area of land bounded on either side by other parishes - to a group of people with a common sense of place - to a community united by their belief in Jesus Christ, seeing him as their light, guide and inspiration.
It can in fact be all of these - A Parish is its people, not its structures. Its boundaries are there to be breached in our efforts to reach out to one another, in a spirit of friendship and care. A parish is above all the worshiping community.
The church is the focal point of this vision of parish – the place around which the Community gathers for all the key events of life. There we gather to be nurtured and nourished as one people of God.
It is important that we as a Church keep up with the times - being able and willing to read the signs of those times and find ways to guide and challenge people in the way of the Gospel.
In times past the major responsibility for Church and Parish fell to the Priest. Since Vatican II this has changed and laity are seen as having responsibility for Church by virtue of their Baptism.
The growth of this area in the 1970's called for a new parish in order to facilitate a sense of community. Up to that point this area fell under the Castlegar boundary. Our first Parish Priest was Fr. Paddy Toher (RIP 1998) who ministered to a Parish without a Church, School or Presbytery. He was replaced in 1982 by Fr. Sean Foy (RIP 2003) who did trojan work in building up the Parish and oversaw the building of the Church which was opened in 1984 - the Church of the Resurrection - Our Church.
The initial gathering place of community was 74 Tirellan Heights, the present St. Mary's Hall. The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary had great input into the beginnings of the Parish, and are still actively involved today
Since the 1960's parishes have had Parish Councils and Parish Teams involving priests and people working together to develop a sense of Parish around Church and to foster a sense of Christian Community.
Since achieving its own identity in 1987 this Parish has worked to find ways to encourage greater consultation and participation of the people of the Parish. The parish has an active Parish Pastoral Council which exists as a representative of the people. It aims to seek out the needs of the people and see how they can be pastorally addressed through greater involvement of lay people taking responsibility for their own church.