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For a full copy of the Newsletter for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time please click on the link;  Ordinary Time 19th Sunday 12082018 update

The Cathedral was filled to overflowing last Wednesday as we celebrated the Mass for the Solemnity of St Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint but also Patroness of our Archdiocese. Joining the Archbishop were the Sisters of St Joseph, representatives from Brisbane Catholic Education schools and parishioners from around the Archdiocese and beyond. The Mass was a joyous celebration of faith.

At the end of the Mass the Archbishop launched the new Mary Mackillop Walk – an informative, interactive booklet that allows you to “pray in the footsteps of Mary”. It is amazing to think that not only did Mary MacKillop live and work in Brisbane, but we are standing on the same ground that Mary walked!   In preparation for the launch of the booklet the Mary Mackillop Windows at Penola Place were refurbished. Showing objects and images related to the life of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph, this year the windows explore the devotion to St Joseph and the Sacred Heart as well as Josephite Education. If you have not had the chance, after mass take a few moments and have a look at the windows and view the artefacts and display boards.

It is from the Mary MacKillop Windows that the “walk” begins. The booklet invites you to follow the plaques that eventually leads to the chapel.   Using historical facts, prayers and reflections, with further information available through QR codes, the booklet is a journey that connects Mary MacKillop with our journey today.

If you are in the city during the week and would like to explore the Mary MacKillop Walk, the booklet is available from the Guides and Welcomers desk at the entrance to the Cathedral. Enjoy the walk!

Fr Peter Brannelly

Dean

Australia is a continent of extremes! From floods and torrential rain to destructive bushfires, those who live beyond the city fringe face many challenges. The news reports and visual images of the current drought affecting so much of the country are particularly disturbing. The devastation caused by the lack of rain tears at the very fabric of families and country communities. In response to the hardship faced by our sisters and brothers on the land, the Archbishop has established the Archbishop’s Drought Relief Fund which will help directly those most in need. You can support the fund by going online- https://catholicfoundation.org.au/drought-relief-appeal/

or next weekend placing your donation in an envelope marked Archbishop’s Drought Relief Fund on one of the collection plates.

 

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