I hope you had a Happy Easter celebration in your family and community, and that it was a time of grace as well as joy, especially in this Year of Mercy, as we open ourselves to new encounters with the Risen Christ, the ‘face’ of the loving and merciful Father.
Pope Francis has discerned a need for mercy everywhere in the world and the Church and has declared an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy which begins on 8 December.
So we have a new Prime Minister, again. And once again, the change has come about through a coup in the government party room, without any reference to the Australian electorate and not because of any profound differences within the government on policy, apparently, but simply to benefit the party’s prospects of re-election.
If you live in Maitland or travel through the city centre regularly, you will be aware that significant restoration work has begun on St John’s Church in Cathedral Street. St John’s was opened in 1846 and on I November, 1866, Bishop Murray took possession of St John’s as his Cathedral. The diocesan community is preparing to commemorate 150 years of faith, service and worship. Bishop Bill Wright provides a historical overview.
I am writing this in a hurry. It could and should have been done some time over the last few days, but I have been afflicted with a bit of a medical problem which, while quite minor, has been a source of persistent physical discomfort. This has militated against two elements of the writing process: sitting still (emphasis on sitting) and composing the mind. It has been all too easy to conclude that it would be wise to put off the writing until I was feeling better. Which is what I have done.