I have returned to work after a week with our family, celebrating our son’s wedding. It was a great occasion, on a perfect day. We are proud of Edmund and Karen, and their willingness to commit to the promise of a life-long relationship. So many people spoke highly of both of them, and so the union of these two families has been enshrined in a ritual and celebration to be remembered.
I am conscious, as I write this message, that many of your will read this on the eve of the United Nations International Day of Families, 15 May. Each year, in Australia, we celebrate National Families Week from 15 to 21 May. Interestingly, for us it falls around Mother’s Day, a day when many families celebrate with their mums or gather to remember them.
Last week I shared with you a number of links for your consideration, in the hope of providing us with what we need to be consider when giving voice to our vote in the upcoming Federal election, and that could be of benefit for the whole community.
My regular readers are aware that my usual pattern for writing this message is to sit at my desk on a Sunday evening. So here I am at the beginning of a new week having had a very engaged weekend in the life of the diocese.
What a week it has been for those of us immersed in the many ceremonies that make up our Holy Week. Just over a week ago, my family welcomed Rowan Samuel into the family of the Catholic Church at his Baptism. It was a lovely celebration with the priest being attentive to Rowan and sharing in the joy of this sacrament. As he offered Rowan the candle with the words, “Receive the light of Christ”, Rowan reached out with enthusiasm, bringing great joy to those gathered to celebrate. I hope he always walks as a child of the Light.
“Where are the young people?” This same question has been asked for generations and generations. The youth are around. Sure they may not all be in active ministry or bringing groups of friends to Sunday worship but they are there, in our pews with their families or sitting by themselves, in our schools, in our cafes making us coffee and stacking shelves at our supermarkets. They may not always be in the brick building that many of us consider our “Parish” but they are within our communities. I believe the question should be more along the lines of how are we as communities of faith encountering, engaging with, and encouraging active participation with our young people?