All are invited to participate in this year’s Walk With Christ Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday 3 June 2018.
Participants will gather at the corner of Pitt St and Martin Place in the CBD at 2:30pm. The procession will follow the Blessed Sacrament through the Sydney CBD, finishing at the St Mary’s Cathedral Forecourt with Adoration and Benediction. If you are unable to join us for the Procession, you are more than welcome to join us for Adoration and Benediction from approximately 3.30pm in the St Mary’s Cathedral Forecourt. The event will conclude at approximately 4:30pm.
The procession will help mark the 200th anniversary of a little known, but most heroic and faith-filled time in the history of the Australian Church. In 1818, the Government forcibly removed the only Catholic priest in Australia, Fr Jeremiah O’Flynn, from Sydney. Fr O’Flynn’s last pastoral act was to leave the Blessed Sacrament reserved in a faithful Catholic’s home so that the colonists and prisoners could come to adore Christ present there. For two years, the Blessed Sacrament, in this lay Sydney home, was the source and centre of worship and consolation for the priestless Catholics of the Australian colony.
Please look for the Books of Life in your parish to write your prayer intentions that will be offered at the end of the procession.
In my searching for Pope Francis activities, I found a good story about Emanuele, a little boy who was very sad after the death of his father who was an atheist. Emanuele was worry about his father’s fate. It was a very moving story which match with our Gospel this weekend.
“A tearful boy mustered the courage to approach Pope Francis with questions about the fate of his deceased father, according to HuffPost, and received an embrace and consolation in return.
Francis, during a papal visit to the St. Paul of the Cross parish outside Rome, referred to the child as Emanuele.
The boy approached the microphone during a question-and-answer session with children of the parish, according to Newsweek.
Emanuele can be seen smiling at the Pope in a video before freezing. “I can’t do it,” he says.
The pope summoned the young boy to come to him. “Come, come to me, Emanuele,” Francis said. “Come and whisper it in my ear.”
A papal aide helped the boy up to the platform where the Holy Father sat.
Francis embraced him. Their heads touching, the pope and boy spoke privately before Emanuele returned to his seat.
After asking permission, the pope shared the boy’s question with a small crowd.
“‘A little while ago my father passed away. He was a nonbeliever, but he had all four of his children baptized,” the pope recalled the boy saying. “He was a good man. Is dad in heaven?’”
“That man did not have the gift of faith, he wasn’t a believer, but he had his children baptized. He had a good heart.”
Francis asked the children in the crowd if they thought God would abandon a father like Emanuele’s, who was a good man.
The children shouted back: “No!”
“There, Emanuele: That is the answer,” the pope said, according to a translation provided by the Catholic News Service.”
Our God is a loving God, who loves us unconditionally. We are blessed as Christians because we could hear him saying to us: “As the Father loved me, so I have loved you” (John 15: 9). And in our journey of following him we learn how to love God and our neighbours: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Emmanuele’s father has done this even though he was an unbeliever. Emanuele was consoled with the way Pope Francis attended to his question and the faith of the crowd.
Last year, Our Lady of the Rosary did its part for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea by hosting this event after the 9:30am Mass on 28 May 2017. We were able to raise $345.50.
This year we’re hoping to get more people involved. It is expected that more than a million people across Australia will be having fun sipping their way through morning teas at work, school, home and in the community while helping raise funds for cancer research, prevention and support services for those affected by cancer.
This year, we at Our Lady of the Rosary of Kensington Parish Community will again show unity with the many members of this Parish whose lives have been affected by cancer. We are holding our morning tea on 10 June after the 9:30am Mass.
We hope that you will all be generous participants to this event by coming along, bringing your sweet morning treats and giving your donation in for a bigger and better outcome!
This weekend is a great opportunity for you to help out your parish in a meaningful way by supporting one of its charitable appeals. The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is the premier charity of the Sydney Archdiocese, covering social and pastoral services, education and training, and advocacy services to all sections of your community – regardless of race, religion or social status. To continue its work, the CWF needs your financial help. Making a donation is easy: Use the appeal envelope provided or phone the Fundraising Office on 1800 753 959. For a quick and secure credit card donation, visit www.cwf.org.au. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Your gift will help someone in your community who could use a helping hand or be given better opportunities, so please give generously. Thank you.