The Southern Cross : October 2010
Page 2 October 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Message from Archbishop Philip Wilson Inside The Southern Cross Editorial/Opinion 11 Canonisation feature 12-17 Schools 18-21 Crossword 18 Pastoral 24 Obituaries 25 Public notices 25-26 Diary Dates 26 Mass times 27 Published by Solstice Media Ltd., Suite 4, Cinema Place, Adelaide, SA 5000 (off Vaughan Place). Printed by Rural Press Printing, Adelaide Rd, Murray Bridge, for the publisher. ABN 63105598187 The Southern Cross newspaper, the official publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000 | GPO Box 1468, Adelaide SA 5001 Editor: Jenny Brinkworth T: (08) 8210 8117 Production: Rosie McMutrie T: 8210 8160 | Advertising: Alison Young T: (08) 8224 1600 E: email@example.com | Print Post Approved P530028/0064 As a condition of every contract of publication, the Publisher may in its absolute discretion at any time before publication and without assigning any reason, refuse to accept for publication or to publish any copy or other material whatever submitted to it for publication. If any copy is refused by the Publisher, any payment made will be refunded to the customer who will have no other claim of any nature whatever against the Publisher. The Southern Cross is now available online at www.thesoutherncross.org.au As we rapidly approach the joyful and historic occasion of Mary MacKillop's canonisation, I am reminded of one of Mary's quotes, etched in the ceiling of one of the buildings at the Sisters of St Joseph Motherhouse in North Sydney. I was walking along the corridor one day and noticed one that says, "Lean on God". That is a very good rule of life -- we lean on people to help us when we are in difficulty, we lean on people in order to get support and Mary is quite right in telling us that in living our lives that we need to lean on God. When we look at Mary's life we can see that this was a dominant feature -- she lived leaning on God and as a result of that she was free in the midst of all the things that she experienced in her life. She had great suffering from the beginning of her life to the very end. Every element of human suffering that could come to a person can be found in her life. Mistrust, anger and bitterness on the part of others, betrayal by people who should have loved her, disappointment from the lives of the people who were closest to her, chronic pain every day of her adult life and at the end, when everything seemed to be coming together, she had a stroke and had to live the last part of her life as an invalid dependent on others for all her care. But she lived with freedom because she knew that the Lord loved her and she loved the Lord in return. She could easily have been self-centred and concerned about her own self and yet the whole time she was concerned about everybody else and went on with the work of the Lord. She could do that because Jesus was the centre of her life. She loved him and her love for him in response to his love for her was the energy that enabled her to become such a good and holy person. It was prayer that fueled her actions and her desire to "never see a need without doing something about it". Mary teaches all of us that without prayer we can never be disciples of God. Lean on God, like Mary CELEBRATING DIVERSITY: More than 400 people attended this year's annual Migrant and Refugee Sunday Mass at St Patrick's Church, Grote Street. Pictured is Deacon Nicholas Kerr, Archbishop Wilson and Stanislaw Kolodziej, leader of the Polish Highlanders group, in traditional costume.