The Southern Cross : April 2011
Page 2 April 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au INSIDE 11 Editorial/Opinion 18 Ways of worship 20 Crossword 21 Obituaries 22 Public notices 23 Mass times FEATURE Family Jack A bus trip to the Adelaide Hills set State Treasurer Jack Snelling's career on a path not even he imagined would be realised, pg 13. The Southern Cross Truths of our faith 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. Published by Solstice Media Ltd., Suite 4, Cinema Place, Adelaide, SA 5000 (off Vaughan Pl). Printed by Cadillac Printing, for the publisher on recyclable paper. ABN 63105598187 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: (08) 8210 8160 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Caroline Edginton T: (08) 8224 1607 E: email@example.com Print Post Approved P530028/0064 The Southern Cross The wonderful gospels that we hear throughout the season of Lent tell us extraordinary things about Jesus -- about who he was, what he did and how he engaged with people. What we need to do is remind ourselves that he is available to be involved with us in our lives, just as he was to the man born blind and to the woman at the well. Just as he engaged with them and changed their lives, he can do that with us. I ask you to listen carefully to the gospel readings and to carry those thoughts with you during the week and enable them to illumine the way you experience Lent and Jesus in these times. During the great feast days of Holy Week -- Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday -- we can sometimes feel like we are in church all day and going from one celebration to the next. It is quite extraordinary the way these days run from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday and it does gather us in. The reason is that we are actually just celebrating one big feast; we are celebrating what's called the Paschal mystery, the Passover mystery of our Lord, the great mystery of our salvation from sin and death. The events of Good Friday and Holy Thursday run together, the events of Good Friday and Holy Saturday run together and the events of Holy Saturday run together with Easter Sunday. The great culmination of all this is the celebration of the Easter vigil on the Saturday night when we receive people into the life of the Church by baptising new members of our faith and receiving other baptised Christians into the fullness of the communion of faith. But it's an opportunity for us all to reflect on the richness of this life that we have in Jesus, as reflected in those gospel readings and which really comes together when we think about all that he was able to achieve through his death and resurrection. Just as powerful as it was on the first Easter Sunday, it's powerful today and can have a big influence on our lives. We need to allow Jesus' love to become the centre of our lives and allow him to really thrill us with his love for us and with the fact that because of his love we have been saved and we have the opportunity for eternal life. So in wishing you a happy Easter it's a happiness that doesn't come simply from my wishes but from the truths of faith that we celebrate; that Jesus has risen from the dead and he is alive and he gives to us today the gifts of his life and of his love. Judge happy to talk taboo, pg15 Catholics around the State celebrated St Patrick's Day on March 17, with the highlight a Holy Mass at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral. The patron saint of the Adelaide Archdiocese, St Patrick was a great example to the many Irish priests, religious brothers and sisters who came to Australia as missionaries. When the first Bishop of Adelaide, Bishop Francis Murphy arrived in 1844, he named the temporary Cathedral at the end of Grote St in honour of St Patrick. St Patrick's Day Mass organiser Stan O'Loughlin said St Patrick's Day had always been celebrated with gusto since Irish settlers first arrived. "Every St Patrick's Day is an opportunity to celebrate not only in thanksgiving for the life of a remarkable saint but to remember and celebrate for all those who followed St Patrick's example, giving us our faith and a wonderful culture so generously shared," he said. The Mass featured performances by young piper Cameron Knox and the procession of gifts by members of the Academy of Irish Dancing. There was a tinge of sadness due to the recent death of St Patrick's Day stalwart Paddy Coburn but his wife Maureen carried on the family tradition. Honouring St Patrick GREEN DAY: (Left) Piper Cameron Knox with Stan O'Loughlin, Maureen Coburn and Brian Callahan. (Right) Owen McDonald from Elizabeth Parish, Bronwyn Hickey from Clearview and Noramay O'Regan from St Mary's were amongst the St Patrick's Day Mass-goers.