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The Southern Cross : December 2011
Page 10 December 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news An important piece of Jesuit history in South Australia -- Weikert Cottage at Sevenhill -- has been earmarked for restoration. A fundraising appeal has been launched to support the Clare Valley site and create a place of pilgrimage that honours the foundation of the Jesuits in Australia. Director of Sevenhill's Centre for Ignatian Spirituality, Brother Ian Cribb SJ, said the cottage's restoration was an ambitious project that would cost approximately $500,000. "It is certainly a major undertaking, but one which will ensure that the religious and historic significance of this site is protected and shared with the community," he said. "Funding for the project will rely on a combination of grants and the support of donors. We are relying on the generous spirit of these donors to bring this project to fruition." Weikert Cottage is linked to the settlement of the Jesuits in Australia in the Clare Valley and their association with Franz Weikert, a Silesian farmer who led a group of 130 Catholics to South Australia in 1848 seeking political freedom. They were accompanied by two Austrian Jesuit chaplains, one of whom was Father Aloysius Kranewitter, the original Jesuit settler at Sevenhill. This settlement established wine production at Sevenhill, starting with creation of the cellars in 1851, followed by construction of the College building and St Aloysius' Church. It was also from this base at Sevenhill that the Jesuits were influential in establishing churches and schools in the northern region of South Australia. Saint Mary MacKillop stayed at Weikert Cottage in 1871 when her brothers, Donald and Peter, were at school at Sevenhill College. Weikert Cottage lost its roof in the Ash Wednesday bushfire in 1983 and deteriorated through exposure to wet weather. Recent repairs have stabilised the building and will protect the stonework from further damage. If you would like to receive information about donating to the Weikert Cottage Restoration Project, phone Br Ian Cribb SJ on (08) 8843 4062 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Journey of grace Archbishop Philip Wilson, as President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, has written to all parishes in Australia to announce the forthcoming Year of Grace -- Starting Afresh from Christ. The pastoral letter acknowledges "with sadness" that "we are a Church in need of healing". "There are many wounds -- most especially the wounds of abuse which have left not only those abused but the whole Church in need of healing," Archbishop Wilson wrote. "There is also the struggle to defend the dignity of the first Australians and those who come as migrants and refugees to our shores. We need to extend the hand of friendship to those of other nations and faiths and to be good stewards of the created world. Most deeply, we desire for the light of Christ to burn more brightly in the heart of each Australian." Archbishop Wilson invited Catholics around Australia to "walk this journey with us in hope". The Year of Grace will commence in Pentecost 2012. The letter and video of Archbishop Wilson can be viewed at www.yearofgrace.catholic.org.au Cathedral website Following significant changes to the Adelaide Cathedral Parish, a new website has been developed with updated information and more advanced technology. The parish now includes the former parishes of Holy Name, (St Peters), St Mary's, (Lower Nth Adelaide), St Peter Claver, (Dulwich), St John Vianney, (Burnside) and Queen of Angels, (Thebarton). The website was developed by a working party of volunteers with guidance from the Assistant Administrator, Fr Dean Marin. It contains Mass times and other services at all the seven churches, sacramental information (baptism, confirmation, weddings), details of activities and groups, news from across the parish and the wider Catholic environment, an events calendar and a community blog. Visit www.adelcathparish.org to view site. JESUIT HISTORY: Weikert Cottage at Sevenhill is closely linked to the Order's pioneers. Photo: Don Brice Appeal for cottage restoration IN BRIEF Pray your own prayer in a very special way. Pray Patience (Solitaire) and on completion you have said the Rosary. You receive TWO beautiful Holy Decks of Cards plus simple instructions. Fr Rick McCann, parish priest of The Oaks (NSW), has developed these cards in order to encourage prayer, and also help fund a desperately needed new church. The cards are of good quality and the picture cards are adorned with religious symbols.The king is represented by Jesus, Our Lady is the queen and the jack is illustrated with the Holy Spirit. For your boxed set, send a cheque or money order with your name, address and phone number to Fr Rick McCann PO Box 169, The Oaks, NSW 2570 For more details call (02) 4657 1191 Only $20 (includes postage and handling) Visit www.prayingcards.net.au The gift of gifts Fr Rick's PRAYING CARDS! Fr Dean Marin Ph: (08) 8232 8688 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Priesthood looking for... may be what you ve been What will stick with? you You are welcome tothe' Inquirers Mass' *St Mary' s Church, 179 Stanley St, North Adelaide Next Masses 7.30pm Fridays 3rd February 2012 and 2nd March 2012