“We come to liturgy to celebrate together as a community, not as a group of separate individuals. We come to liturgy not to get something but to become something – to become more like Christ so we live in the world as the face and hands and feet of God’s mercy.”
An initiative that began at St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton, some years ago, under the auspices of teacher Robert Sheridan, has flourished, benefiting both ‘SFX’ students and those they assist in local primary schools.
Perhaps the fictional Eliza Doolittle best sums up the household of Les and Valerie Murray at Bunyah, a rural hamlet off the road north to the Manning region.
"Words, words, words!" Eliza sang to Henry Higgins, with barely concealed frustration. However, the frustration is missing in the Murrays' case, unless it's the understandable frustration of declining mobility as the years roll by.
Bishop Bill captured the spirit of the occasion when St John’s Chapel, formerly St John’s Cathedral, was dedicated before a large assembly on Sunday, 6 November. He said, “There are so many good things about this day, not least that we have a church full of singers!”