Home' The Southern Cross : February 2016 Contents 1. The first Lenten Stational Mass is at Kapunda on
Thursday February 11 at 7pm.
We hope that many pilgrims from
Adelaide and the Mid-north will
make this journey to be with the
Archbishop, and in a sense with Pope
Francis, to dedicate themselves to
the Year of Mercy: merciful like the
Following the Penitential Act,
Candidates for Full Communion of
the Catholic Church from this deanery
will be made welcome. They will be
sprinkled with holy water not only to
remind them of their own baptism,
but to remind us that we too will be
renewing our baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil.
Pope Francis writes in Evangelii Gaudiem: “If the whole church takes up
this missionary impulse, she has to go forth to everyone without exception.
But to whom should she go first? When we read the Gospel we find a clear
indication: not so much our friends and wealthy neighbours, but above all,
the poor and the sick.”
For this reason there will be a special invitation to people who are sick
or have a disability to come to the Mallala church and be blessed by the
2. Our pilgrimage continues in the Northern deanery –
where the second Stational Mass will be held on Tuesday
February 16 at 7.30pm.
Parishioners from Dernancourt,
Para Hills/Modbury, Tea Tree Gully,
Elizabeth, Salisbury, Gawler, Virginia
will gather at our host church of Holy
Trinity, corner of Kesters Rd/ James
St, Para Hills.
On this occasion we will especially
invite the youth to take part in this
special Mass. After the hugely
successful Australian Catholic Youth
Festival in December, we can be
reassured that the future of our
Church is secure in their hands.
Young people are one of the Pope’s
special concerns and we welcome them to this Lenten Stational Mass,
during which they will be called forward after the homily to receive a special
blessing from the Archbishop.
Pope Francis says: A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone
who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed
to the temper but open to God. A heart that lets itself be pierced by the
Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and
sisters and ultimately poor; a heart that realises its own poverty and gives
itself freely for others.
3. In the South-east deanery the third Stational Mass will
be held on Thursday February 18 at 7pm.
The parishioners of Mt Gambier,
Bordertown will gather at St Thomas
Aquinas, Naracoorte, with the host
parish of Mt Gambier.
This Lenten Stational Mass will
celebrate the work of catechists,
deacons and priests, as the Pope
has asked. He writes: The Church will
have to initiate everyone – priests
religious and laity – into the art of
accompaniment which teaches us to
remove our sandals before the sacred
ground of the other (cf Ex 3:5). The
pace of this accompaniment must be
steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate
gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian
Life (EG 169).
Pope Francis writes in Evangelii Gaudium: “Today more than ever we need
men and women who on the basis of their experience of accompanying
others are familiar with the processes which call for prudence,
understanding, patience and docility to the Spirit so that they can protect
the sheep from the wolves who would scatter the flock. We need to
practise the art of listening which is more than simply hearing. Listening
is an openness of heart which makes possible the closeness without
which genuine spiritual encounter cannot occur.” (EG 171). This Lenten
Twelve prominent events, each with Pope Francis
in attendance, have been scheduled in Rome for
the Jubilee of Mercy. They will have the following
• “24-hour prayer vigil for the Lord” – a prayer
vigil comprising a day-long period of Eucharistic
• “To dry the tears” – a vigil for all those in need
• Pilgrimage workers
• Those who are sick and disabled
• Our youth
• Our priests
• Volunteers who carry out the works of mercy
• Reconciliation through the sacrament of
• Devotion to Mary the mother of Jesus
• Divine Mercy spirituality
The Lenten Stational Masses will try to
incorporate as many reminders of these 12
themes as possible.
We will continue with the usual practice of
welcoming the Candidates preparing for Full
Communion with the Catholic Church, but this
year these welcomes will take place immediately
after the Penitential Act.
Since the Catholic Church accepts as authentic
baptism in most other major denominations,
these candidates will be sprinkled with holy water
as a reminder of their baptism.
Each of the seven Lenten Stational Masses
will focus on one aspect of the theme of Mercy
and this will be highlighted by having special
invitations to all in each deanery whose life or
work reflects that aspect.
After the homily there will be a special blessing
for those assembled for the Year of Mercy.
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‘Throw open the door of your heart and
let the fresh air of Jesus’ spirit of
mercy blow through.’
Pilgrimage of Lenten Stational Masses
Following the lead of Pope Francis, Archbishop Philip Wilson has set the
theme for this year’s Lenten Stational Masses as Merciful like the Father. We
will address the theme of Mercy by special invitations at each of the Lenten
Stational Masses to special groups of people. In this way, we will journey with
Pope Francis as we carry out our pilgrimage of Lenten Stational Masses.
St Rose of Lima Church –
Holy Trinity – Para Hills
St Thomas of Aquinas –
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