The Tuesday evening of Holy Week, 7.00pm in the Sacred Heart Cathedral. It is an amazing liturgy. People gather from all over the diocese. They come by bus and car and by 6.30pm the cathedral and its precinct are full of people, all catching up and preparing to be part of this most significant celebration of our faith.
Death and bereavement are part of our common human experience. Ministry with the dying and the bereaved, particularly around the time of the funeral, is an important aspect of the life and mission of parishes.
Father Richard Shortall is a familiar face to many in the local community, thanks to his ‘retreat in everyday life’ offered in several parishes and his accompanying the relic of St Francis Xavier back in 2012.
I am what people call a ‘cradle Catholic’. Twelve days after I was born, my parents took me to St Columba’s, Adamstown, where I was baptised by Fr Doran. Since then, Sunday Mass has been a regular part of my life.