BRADBURY'S David Vassallo has played the organ at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church at Rosemeadow for the past 25 years.
Considering he's only turning 38 this year, that's impressive.
His commitment was recently noted by Pope Benedict XVI who recognised Mr Vassallo's long service to the church with a blessing sent from the Vatican.
Parish priest Father Christopher Sarkis presented the award to Mr Vassallo at a recent lunch to celebrate his 25 years as organist.
The former John Therry Catholic High School student began playing the organ at the church on Saturday nights at 13. "I got in playing with the choirs after that for Sunday masses and I've been playing with the current choir group for about 20 years," he said.
As a Catholic, he said it was very special to get an award from the Pope.
"It's an honour, it's a major honour, and it's the first time I've ever heard of it. It's amazing and I feel very privileged and very honoured.
"I enjoy doing it. It's good to be able to use my talents to serve the church. Playing the organ is a very satisfying experience and it also enhances the eulogy of the church which, I guess, is the important thing.
Mr Vassallo said he had no intention of stopping. "I'll just continue on playing — it's a bit of a dedication thing as well."