The Southern Cross : February 2011
Page 2 February 2011 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Message from Archbishop Philip Wilson Inside The Southern Cross Editorial/Opinion 7 Pastoral 8 Education feature 11-18 Vocations 22-23 Crossword 23 Diary Dates 25 Obituaries 25 Public notices 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. 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The Southern Cross is available online at www.thesoutherncross.org.au Pope John Paul II will move a step closer to universal sainthood when he is beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, in the Vatican. The Adelaide Archdiocese, in particular the Polish Catholic community, will mark the occasion with a special Mass and celebration in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral at 6pm on May 1. Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was appointed as a bishop and as Archbishop of Adelaide by Pope John Paul, said it was wonderful news. "I had the opportunity to have two personal meetings with him and to be engaged with him very closely on five different occasions in my life as a bishop. I am very deeply touched by that," he said. "The beatification of John Paul II certainly does carry much meaning for Australian Catholics, having travelled here twice during his pontificate, in 1986 (when he visited Adelaide) and then in 1995 for the beatification of Mary MacKillop. Many Catholics, including young people feel a strong connection to him, and I expect that people will indeed pray to him for intercession." A communiqué from the Congregation for Saints' Causes announced last month that the Pope had "authorised the dicastery to promulgate the decree of the miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)". This was the final stage in the process for beatification, which will be celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day instituted by John Paul II. The communiqué noted that his cause for beatification had begun before the end of the five-year period after his death, saying "this provision was solicited by the great fame of sanctity which Pope John Paul II enjoyed during his life, in his death and after his death." "In all other ways, the normal canonical dispositions concerning causes of beatification and canonisation were observed in full," it stated. The congregation examined the report of a miraculous healing through the intercession of John Paul II: the cure from Parkinson's disease of Sister Marie Simon Pierre Normand of the Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood. The prelates expressed belief in the miraculous nature of the recovery of Sister Marie Simon Pierre, "having been achieved by God in a scientifically inexplicable manner following the intercession of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, trustingly invoked both by Sister Simon herself and by many other faithful". ̨ Further information about the celebratory Mass in Adelaide will be made available in the March issue of The Southern Cross. During January we have been looking at the great example of John the Baptist in the way we are meant to live our lives and that just as he witnessed to the Lord and said "look there's the lamb of God, the one that takes away the sins of the world", in our own lives we are meant to do the same thing. At the same time we were informed about the great news of Pope John Paul's impending beatification and it led me to think about the way he was such a great example of being witness to the Lord in all the different elements of the way we live out our Christian values. There are two images which strike me most about how he did that: one is when he went to the prison to see the man who tried to kill him and he offered him his forgiveness and sought to do all he could to reach out to him to help him. This was such an incredible example of the way that we are meant to be agents of peace and reconciliation. The second is an image associated with his last days on earth when he was unable to speak and he appeared at the window and tried to talk but couldn't get the words out and couldn't raise his hand to make his blessing. You could see from every aspect of this, his strong communication of his belief in the Lord, his witness to the resurrection and his love for God's people. So as we come to his beatification it's an opportunity for us to reflect that we are meant to be like John Paul maybe not on a grand scale like him but in the ordinary little ways of our lives that we are meant to be witnesses to the Lord and all the little choices we make to do good, to be kind, to forgive -- they are the ways we have of very eloquently pointing out that we believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God, the one who takes away the sins of the world. The extraordinary thing about John Paul was that the more he wasn't able to speak the more eloquent he became as witness to the Lord, so at the very end of his life when he was hardly able to voice anything, he was a great witness by the way he lived his life. We can learn the same thing, that little things we do, not so much about what we say but the way we act, are great signs that we believe in the Lord and want to be his witness. Being witness to the Lord Fitness, pub talk and embroidery are what have earned three South Australians the title of exemplary Catholic role models in the latest Archbishop's Awards. Joshua Davies, Michael Migliore and Elsie Moss received the 2010 awards at the Archbishop's House on December 11 for service to parish life, service to educating youth and service to the community. The trio were among 35 people nominated for the awards. Dernancourt Parish youth minister and teaching student Joshua Davies was recognised for organising youth gatherings, youth Masses and using community fitness meetings to encourage youth participation. He also runs sacramental programs for children in public schools and is a youth minister at Kildare College, Holden Hill. Michael Migliore co-founded the popular Pub Theology in Adelaide as a way for young Catholics to discuss social justice and faith in a relaxed and casual space outside the church. A full-time accountant, Michael said Pub Theology shrugged off the idea that religion has to be "stuffy" and "only in church". Blackwood embroiderer, sewer, knitter and patch-worker Elsie Moss has for many years been making the beautiful vestments for her parish church. She has also led the local St Vincent de Paul Society's sewing group, stitching up over 600 items each year for needy families and children. "It is good to make a contribution," said Elsie. "It is not too hard and it makes me go out," she said. "I cannot picture myself sitting around twiddling my thumbs and watching television all day." Trio awarded for service TOP HONOURS: Archbishop Wilson presented the 2010 Archbishop's Awards to (L-R) Elsie Moss, Joshua Davies and Michael Migliore at a reception in December (see scrolling photos from the event). Photo: Ben Macmahon John Paul to be beatified FORGIVING: Pope John Paul visits the Turkish gunman who attempted to assassinate him, Mehmet Ali Agca, in prison.