Yesterday marked the end of two coinciding celebrations. The first was the conclusion to the Year of Mercy, proclaimed throughout the world by Pope Francis and featured in our daily lives from the feast of the Immaculate Conception to the feast of Christ the King, the end of the Church’s liturgical year.
I’m often asked “What do you do exactly in your role as Parish Family Liaison Officer?” Well, after four years on the job it’s fair to say that it’s a responsive ministry where no two days are the same. I sub- title the role ‘Faith, Family, Food and Fun’.
170 years ago, in 1846, the people of Maitland opened St John the Baptist Church in Maitland, right next to the Hunter River. Then in 1866, Bishop James Murray proclaimed this church as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Maitland.