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Dear friends,

Today marks a number of celebrations.  Firstly, happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in our community.  May God’s blessings be upon you today and always and may God reward you for the protective and generous care you offer your children.

Secondly, today also marks the first day of spring when we begin to sense the rejuvenation of the natural world after the cooler months of winter. Thirdly, today is also the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and is the beginning of the Catholic Season of Creation.  This season runs from today until the 4th October, which is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.  Today in the Cathedral of St. Stephen, we welcome Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, Fiji, who is also the President of the Oceania Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences.  Archbishop Peter will celebrate with us at our Midday Mass.

Today, and throughout this Catholic Season of Creation, we pray for the ecological conversion of our own hearts and stand in solidarity with all those who lives and future wellbeing are dependant upon our collective efforts to live more harmoniously with each other and the natural world.  As Pope Francis has written, “Christians or not, as people of faith and goodwill, we should be united in showing mercy to the earth as our common home and cherishing the world in which we live as a place for sharing and communion.  As an integral ecology emphasises, human beings are deeply connected with all of creation.  When we mistreat nature, we also mistreat human beings.  A single question can keep our eyes fixed on the goal: ‘What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?’” Let us rejoice in God’s gift of creation and honour our Creator by protecting the earth……Fr. Anthony

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