Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Setting out on Mission again

The week before last I took part in a Parish Mission in Annandale, Sydney. This nine day event was lead by the Parish Priest and Bishop Julian Porteous, an auxiliary Bishop in Sydney. I joined them and a whole team of seminarians, Franciscan postulants, members of the Immaculata Community and members of a month-long formation course for young people. We took the Mission to the streets, to house to house visits, to the shops, the schools and a number of secular venues in the parish. "Open the doors to Christ" was our moto and theme. It was a great joy and privilage to work with a Bishop during a Parish Mission, and to make so many new friends from among this huge new wave of young missioners of Sydney. During the Mission I was employed in leading a whole primary school in Adoration, in house visits, meeting parents, celebrating Mass, preaching and hearing hours on Confessions - the New Evangelisation is certainly warming up in the city. Next time they may use me in the kitchen as well! Special thanks to Fr Julian and the students of Catholic Chaplaincy of Birmingham University, UK, for their prayers throughout the week in support of this Mission.

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