Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bunbury Diocese receive the Power of the Cross and Icon

This morning the Diocese of Perth temporarily said farewell to the Cross and Icon. The students at Kolbe College, Rockingham had had an all night vigil/ sleepover but still found the energy to accompany us to Mandurah College for the handover to the Bunbury Diocese. Bishop Don Sproxton from Perth and Bishop Gerard Holohan from Bunbury concelebrated Mass with students from various schools in the area.

We then headed to a memorial in Pinjarra. This was the site where early European settlers and soldiers killed an estimated 200 Aboriginal women, children and older men. Some students from surrounding schools joined local parishioners and Aboriginal people in remembering the awful massacre that happened in that place. We prayed and reflected on reconciliation and how the Gospel message applies to our lives in Australia.

We travelled to Harvey and were welcomed by many enthusiastic school children and parishioners. We processed to the Church and then did the Stations of the Cross.

Our final destination today was Bunbury. As the van drove into the school grounds we were greeted by the very excited WYD pilgrims! We joined the Bunbury Catholic College community for an evening event involving dance, drama, testimonies and music. We then shared a supper before the young people took the Cross and Icon to the chapel for another all night vigil.

Special thanks to Patrick from Mandurah College who helped with some maintenance on the Icon stand!


Anonymous said...

Wow JCI team we're in June - we'll see you in Sydney next month. God Bless you Fr Chris, now in your 11the month on the road :)

Anonymous said...

we had something similar like this happen at st pats dundas, and everyone loved it. CAN'T WAIT FOR WYD!!!!!!!


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