World Mission Month Mass

On Wednesday 25 October, Children's Mission Day, representatives from more than twenty schools across the diocese gathered at St Francis Xavier’s Church, Belmont, to celebrate World Mission Month.

The annual Mission Mass for schools is a peak event in Mission Month and is organised by Catholic Mission, the Australian arm of the international Pontifical Missionary Societies.

The opening hymn Gather as One set the tone for the Mass, as approximately 350 students and teachers joined with Bishop Bill to pray for the success of efforts to support the children of Cambodia.

Students from across the diocese contributed to the liturgy, readings and the ukulele orchestra from St Patrick’s Primary School, Swansea, joined the band to lead the congregation in Do this in Memory of Me.

The invitation for the Mass was extended to students from non-Catholic schools and prior to the Mass Father Gerard Mackie gave the students a tour of the new church and explained the symbolism used throughout the design, a perfect welcome for the students.

Mark Toohey, Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission, thanked those present for funds already raised from ‘Socktober’ that have been put to good use in Cambodia.

“Our students are developing a strong commitment to being responsible global citizens,” he said, “their empathy and concern for children in need around the world is truly moving, their actions are motivated by their deepening understanding of the Gospel and faith in Jesus Christ.”

“By putting our faith into action we hope to provide a credible witness to the Gospel, encourage and nurture the faith of our students and provide essential funds to support the human and faith development of children around the world,” said Mr Toohey. 

Teachers, students and parents shared lunch provided through the hard work and generosity of St Francis Xavier’s Primary School, Belmont.

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Amanda Skehan was the Marketing Team Leader for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and a regular contributor to Aurora and