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All the Christmas Masses were well attended and the church was filled with many joyful voices singing carols.
The 6pm Family Mass started with a Nativity Play which involved children who attended two prior rehearsals and did a fantastic presentation on the night.
This Mass was packed to the rafters with little standing room!
Representatives of our youth showed their commitment and dedication to this special event by attending all the music rehearsals and practised singing Christmas Carols which they sang during the Mass. They were led by Patrick, Kiera and Lukas on Guitars.
Also at this Mass we had a special “Baby Jesus” – Luke who was carried in by his mum during the Entrance Procession and placed in the Manger, where he stayed quietly, even falling asleep until the Readings.
It is always exciting to see young people step up in service to the Lord.... there is nothing more precious than serving Our Lord on the Altar.
Last weekend we welcomed 12 new Altar Servers as they begin their liturgical ministry in our Parish. 11 were commissioned at the 10am Mass and 1 at the 5pm Mass.
Congratulations to James, Brian, Lukas, Anthony, Hannah, Julian, Meredith, Angel, Aidel, Sienna, Danielle and Robbie!
We pray that all our new Altar Servers, and their parents, will be abundantly blessed in this very special ministry!
On Friday the 17th August our Parish was honoured to welcome at 12noon, the Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima.
Fr Francis did the Re-coronation and Imposition of the Holy Rosary & Scapular. This was followed by placing of floral tributes from Student Leaders representatives from St Simon Peter School and Prendiville Catholic College. Year 4 students from SSP school also came over to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Throughout the day we said many decades of the Rosary, had Exposition and Benediction, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and silent adoration.
Sister Claire gave an insightful talk about the 'Urgent Call for Prayer'. This was followed by Holy Mass at 7pm where the parishioners received their scaplar and placed their floral tribute, then it was time to farewell our Lady at 9pm! Ave Maria!
At our Holy Thursday evening Mass, Fr Francis invited parishioners from all ages and gender to have their feet washed. The Blessed Sacrament was placed in our Adoration chapel where people 'kept watch' to 11pm.
After the 11am morning Stations of the Cross on Good Friday we held a 3pm Service and transferred the Blessed Sacrament to our 'Tomb'.
Our Easter Vigil Mass celebration began with the lighting of the Easter Candle from a fire lit outside the church where all the ministers and RCIA Elect gathered.
Then followed with the procession into the darken Church by Fr Francis with the lighted Easter Candle and as we held our own lighted candles which had filled the darken Church with ‘The Light of Christ’, the Exsultet was sung by Thierry Venaille. During this celebration we witnessed the Baptism of Linley Tadman and welcomed into our faith community Hannah Turner. They were also Confirmed and received their First Holy Communion. After our Mass celebration there was a gathering in the Parish Centre and a light supper was served to welcome our new members of the Faith.
Many thanks to the fantastic team of people in our Parish who helped to prepare for our Holy Week celebrations!