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Fr. Ray Ball transferred to Concord parish



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Father Ray Ball, center, of Gate of Heaven Parish has been reassigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Concord and will be leaving to take up his new duties shortly after St. Patrick’s Day. He served as the DJ for the Col. Town Father-Daughter Dance on Sunday afternoon in Lancaster. Father Ray is well known having a great rapport with youth groups. Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
February 16, 2011
LANCASTER — An announcement was read this past weekend in the churches in the Gate of Heaven Parish.

Bishop John McCormack of the Diocese of Manchester sent word to area parishioners that he is transferring Father Raymond Ball from his current assignment to that of pastor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (www.ihmnh.org) on Loudon Road in Concord, beginning on March 23.

This large, active parish has some 1,100 families.

Fr. Ray, as he is known as, has been pastor of All Saints Parish, including St. Agnes Church in Jefferson, for more than eight years, beginning on Oct. 2, 2002.

For the last two-and-a-half years, since Sept. 17, 2008, he also has been pastor of St. Matthew's Parish in Whitefield, including St. Patrick's Church in Twin Mountain and Our Lady of the Mountains Shrine in Bretton Woods.

Fr. Ray was the founding pastor of the new parish that was formed when all five of these churches were merged on July 5, 2009, into Gate of Heaven Parish and has been successful in knitting it together.

Well-known as a Yankee's fan, Father Ray coaches baseball and basketball in White Mountain Regional School District schools and has worked with both local Catholic and non-Catholic youth in a variety of activities, including serving as a DJ for dances, ensuring that appropriate music is played.

According to business administrator Kathi Marshall, no new pastor has yet been named to replace Fr. Ray.

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