Once again it is Sunday evening and I have returned home from Mass at the Cathedral where we prayed the prayers of the Perpetual Day of Remembrance. I hope these prayers were prayed in every Mass across the Diocese over the weekend. If you missed them please go to The Office of Safeguarding website, where you will find a very short but powerful YouTube video, along with the resources that were produced for this day, September 15. The theme chosen for this year’s Perpetual Day of Remembrance was Shine the Light of Christ, with the strong message of, 'together, we can shine the light of Christ, a light of solidarity and hope.'
I feel privileged to have been asked to write for Tuesday with Teresa. As I have worked in the area of Marriage and Relationship Education for 20 years, I am keen to focus my article on one of the topics we cover with couples when preparing for or enriching marriage.
I write this message on Father’s Day, after having spent the weekend on the Gold Coast celebrating our second daughter’s 40th birthday with family and her friends. It was also wonderful to celebrate Father’s Day surrounded by our children, their spouses and grandchildren.
On Thursday night, I had the honour of presenting, as part of a panel, composed of David Gubbay (Jewish), Farooq Rah (a Muslim) and myself as a Christian, at the Interfaith Dialogue event where we gathered with about fifty very interested multifaith people. The title for the evening was, 'Is there Anti-Religious sentiment in Australia?'
I don’t know about you but so much can happen in a week and this past week has been no different. On this Sunday night of writing this week’s message, Allen and I have just arrived home from Canberra where we visited our son, his wife and our grandson for the weekend. It was a chilly but homely weekend, where we enjoyed the comforts of their new home and just hanging out with each other.
Thank you to Helene O’Neill and Louise Gannon for taking the time to write the Tuesday’s with Teresa column over the past two weeks. I had arranged some occasional writers at the beginning of the year, so as to feature their thoughts about different aspects of diocesan life.
Earlier in the year I was asked to write something about Religious Life. The week when we celebrate St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and St Dominic seems apt, so here goes.
Last Friday I enjoyed my day at the annual Chaplains get together as we gathered on Wangi shores with Bishop Bill and Teresa Brierley to share experiences, enjoy each other’s company, partake in some hospitality and celebrate Mass together. There were 11 of us present (just missed out by 1 of the chosen 12 but disciples nonetheless).