The Southern Cross : April 2010
Page 20 April 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au pastoral 10% OFF IF YOU MENTION THIS AD WHEN ORDERING 35 WHITEHORSE ROAD, BALWYN, VIC, 3103 PH: (03) 9816 0888 FAX: (03) 9816 0899 Website: www.freedompublishing.com.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Postage & Handling Rates: $5 first item $2 each subsequent item up to $11 PUBLISHER AND DISTRIBUTOR OF QUALITY BOOKS WAY OF THE CROSS (CHILDREN'S) $16.95 LENT AND EASTER IN THE DOMESTIC CHURCH $31.90 THE GLORY OF THESE 40 DAYS $20 reduced to $15 This Easter about 100 people have been on a journey to become members of the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The parish-based RCIA program comprises three main groups of people -- enquirers, candidates and the received. The enquirers are those seeking the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and eucharist. Candidates begin as enquirers but have already been baptised in another Christian Church and now seek the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. The Archbishop has personally visited six of the seven Deaneries for the Lenten Stational Masses to personally encourage candidates in their journey to Easter, as well as encourage us in our Lenten practices. The received are those transferring from an Or thodox Church to the Roman Catholic Church, usually into the Latin Rite. These people have already received the three sacraments, so they are simply received at the Easter Vigil, by proclaiming the creed and then receiving Holy Communion for the first time in the Latin Rite. This Easter, the Archdiocese had 52 catechumens, 34 candidates and a smaller number of received, as well as those adult Catholics being confirmed after their period of preparation. The Mass for the newly received from which ever journey they have made is on Sunday, May 2 at 6pm when the Archbishop will welcome them into the Archdiocese. Special time for new Catholics Marian Procession Sunday May 16 2.15pm South Parklands, between Peacock Road & Sir Lewis Cohen Ave. For further information phone John Luttrell on 8210 8220. You are invited to be among those pilgrims present in St Peter's Square, Rome as Blessed Mary MacKillop is canonised Australia's first saint by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. Harvest Pilgrimages sample itineraries: ROME: 4 or 6 nights from $3190.00 ex Adelaide. ITALY & ROME: $4390.00 ex Melbourne. FRANCE & ITALY: $4790.00 ex Melbourne. SCOTTISH HEARTLAND $5990 ex Adelaide. THE HOLY LAND & ROME $6350.00 ex Melbourne. Costs are based of twin share accommodation. Single room supplements available. Reserve your place in History! Inclusions: • Return economy class airfares from Australia to Rome • All flight taxes & levies / Tips and gratuities included • Deluxe coach travel & transfers throughout • Hand chosen moderate central accommodation throughout • All breakfasts and dinners daily • Entry passes to Canonisation and Rome official ceremonies • Professional Escorts and guided sightseeing throughout • Services of a Harvest Support team during the Rome week • Quality Harvest Cabin bag • Canonisation journal and ticket wallet. For the full range of itineraries available please contact: Ian Maitland Telephone: 8234 3530 email: email@example.com Canonisation of Mary MacKillop, Rome - Sunday 17th October I was baptised as an infant in the Jamestown Methodist church and raised in a ver y loving Christian home. I have many happy memories of going to church as a boy and remember nagging Mum and Dad to stop talking after church so we could go home. When I was fifteen I chose to be confirmed in the Uniting Church. Most received their confirmation at about 12 years of age but I chose to wait. It did not feel right to be confirmed just because my friends were being confirmed, so I waited until I felt ready. My confirmation into the Uniting Church was a special time that I remember with great joy. InmylateteensImetagirl-- Andrea and began to attend Catholic Mass with her on a regular basis. This made her mother happy. A number of years later I married Andrea in a Catholic church. We regularly attended Mass but I never felt a calling to officially join the Catholic faith. After a number of years of marriage we were blessed with a beautiful girl -- Melissa. I actually came to this beautiful place of worship to say thanks the morning after Melissa was born, on the way to the hospital. When my daughter was born I felt closer to God than ever before. Maybe only then are the true values of life revealed to us. Children are truly a great gift from God. Tragically Melissa was diagnosed at 9 months of age with leukaemia and passed away 13 months later, she was with us for such a shor t time. I thought I understood about free will and that God allowed us to live our lives as we chose while on Ear th but I could not stop asking the question "why would God allow our beautiful girl to be taken away?". My relationship with God grew distant but as I travelled the road of grief, the ups the downs, the pain of great loss, the questioning, I began to understand that one of the great things about living is the free will God has given us. The fact we have the ability to make our own destiny, makes us who we are. After Melissa's death I left work and went to University; fur ther study allowed me the privilege of working in Catholic Schools and there, I found a true sense of community, a place where God is truly at work. Ten years after Melissa's death we were blessed with a beautiful boy -- Ethan. He is now six and a half and truly another gift from God. My decision to join the RCIA program and eventually join the Catholic faith has been a ver y long journey (20 plus years). During the RCIA program I began to feel a strong sense of belonging and now feel ver y much par t of the Catholic Church. Now it is Ethan nagging me to stop talking so he can go home. I thank God for the blessings he has given me and my family and understand that he was, and is always by my side, guiding me. At my confirmation I asked God not to make me great but to be by my side and allow me to do great things for others. ❏ Enquiries into the RCIA can be made to Br Patrick Cronin at the Office of Worship on rcia@ ow.adelaide.catholic.org.au Here is the story of Michael White, one of the many people who joined the Catholic Church. My faith journey Michael with his wife Andrea and children Ethan and Ava.