There was a focus on “unity in diversity” which was echoed in the Liturgy of the Word, hymns and adornment of the church. Representatives of all the regional schools participated in liturgical movement, singing and playing a variety of instruments. St Clare’s teacher Carmel Brown conducted the choir and band most ably!
A blessing prayer highlighted the blessings of the Spirit, captured by children bearing swathes of fabric in all the colours of the rainbow.
In his homily Bishop Bill asked, “Who can those sheep of Christ be, but all of us, by our baptism? Jesus said of the children, ‘Let them come to me’. That was nice, but it went way beyond that! Jesus could recognise gifts in people that they didn’t even see in themselves. So just let God’s word speak, and let us speak back, as we do in the Eucharist.”
The local planning committee had invested a great deal of energy in the preparation of the liturgy.
The annual Special Needs Mass is one way of proclaiming and reiterating the diocese’s support of children with special needs.