For a copy of the full newsletter, please click on the link: Easter Second Sunday 230417
Peace be with you
We hear in the gospel today that three times Jesus speaks words of peace to his disciples as he comes among them in their fear. The disciples are afraid that they will suffer the same fate as Jesus. But their fear is turned to deep and abiding joy when the risen Jesus reveals himself to them. This great joy in and through the gift of the Holy Spirit provides a new foundation for the disciples belief in Jesus risen, and their acceptance to leave the locked room behind and be transformed for their mission of dsicipleship.
As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.
A central aspect of the Cathedral’s mission of being sent by Jesus is the provision of the Church’s liturgical life in the City of Brisbane and as representative for the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. And, central to the Cathedral’s liturgical life, as it is for the whole Church, is the celebration of Easter. Through the celebrations of Holy Week, through to the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, we reach out in mission to the people of our city. Again, this year, the evidence that people responded to this outreach was clear, if by nothing else than the numbers of people who were drawn to the Cathedral over this time. But these liturgies do not simply happen, there are many people who work together to bring the liturgies to life and fruition. Among these are the Cathedral Office staff, the Sacristans, the liturgical ministers of Word and Eucharist, those workers who set up the Cathedral, members of YAM, our servers and MC’s as well. The list could go on! However, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those who regularly participate in our mission in these roles, and those with them who played their part this Easter. We are blessed to have so many people who take their call to discipleship so seriously, which enables the Cathedral to reach out as we do. I am grateful to you all: thank you and may the peace of Christ be with you always. I would like to say a particular thank you to Fr Leonard who guided the liturgies of Easter with such faith and expertise. We wish him well in his new appointment in Wilston Parish.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Fr Odinaka back to the Cathedral staff, this time as the Associate Pastor. We remember him well from during his time as Deacon with us, and are very pleased that he has returned to us now as priest.
May you all have a blessed Easter-time.
Fr David Pascoe