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The Southern Cross : February 2012
February 2012 Page 3 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | Father Philip Marshall has taken on the role of Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, the administrative head of the Archdiocese. This follows the retirement of Monsignor David Cappo as Vicar General of the Archdiocese. Fr Marshall was appointed Pro- Vicar General in December 2009 and has gradually increased his role of assisting the Archbishop in his ministry and leadership, with the support of Monsignor Cappo. The transition period ended on January 31. The next issue of The Southern Cross will feature a more detailed story on Father Marshall and his new role. An Adelaide parish is offering parishioners unique PIN-numbers for round-the-clock access to its new chapel, housed within the recently renovated St Anthony's Church in Edwardstown. The tech-savvy chapel, with its own entrance, will allow visitors to pray in silence before the Blessed Sacrament even when the church is closed. "We are giving people the opportunity to contemplate the Word of God before the Blessed Sacrament at any time of the day in a safe and quiet environment," said Edwardstown Parish Administrator Father Phillip Alstin. Fr Alstin said there was growing demand for private worship and prayer outside of traditional church hours. "It reflects a worldwide movement to explore, discover and venerate the divine in the Word and a changing society finding it difficult to pray in silence in a busy and confusing world." He said in recent decades, many churches have been forced to close their doors in the late afternoon or early evening for security reasons. St Anthony's Church is open most days from 8am to 4pm. St Francis Xavier's Cathedral in the city is open most days from 6.30am to 8pm. Fr Alstin said the $1 million refurbishment to St Anthony's Church, built in 1959, and the adjacent parish hall and annexes had given the parish a chance to create a modern, easily accessible church without compromising the safety of parishioners or the security of parish property. He said the renovations were also a symbol of a new beginning, uniting the two faith communities of Edwardstown and Ascot Park and reflected the call of the Leap Ahead Program for innovative use of assets and resources to create an engaging church for the future. St Anthony's School (R-5), adjacent St Anthony's Church, has also received an upgrade through Federal Government funding, creating a more seamless integration with the nearby parish and church. "While the renovations are important, St Anthony's is also a place of spiritual renewal, where people are formed and refreshed continually in God's love," said Fr Alstin. "The renovations began in 2009 with the sale of the Saint Maria Goretti Church, at Ascot Park. Site works at Edwardstown began one year ago and are to be completed later this month." The significant make-over has included: a refurbished facade to St Anthony's Church; new flooring; double glazed windows to quieten South Rd traffic; an upgraded parish hall/resource centre (built in 1929) including a new kitchen, air-conditioning and toilets; a covered walkway joining the church and hall and the new chapel within the church. Open for prayer 24/7 OPEN HOUSE: Father Phillip Alstin in the soon-to-be completed 24-hour access chapel housed within Saint Anthony's Church in Edwardstown. Photo: Nat Rogers By Rebecca DiGirolamo Schooling row Vicar General change Continued from page 1. There were about 30 people housed at the Port Augusta residential immigration facility, at the time of publication. A breakdown of ages was not provided by the Immigration Department, however it is understood at least half were unaccompanied minors. Bishop O'Kelly says the "dire circumstance of many detainees requires more immediate action". In a statement last month the Australian Catholic Bishops used the spirit of Australia Day to urge the Federal Government to limit detention of innocent immigrants to no more than 12 weeks. The Bishops called on all political parties to unite and honour the Australian sense of justice and compassion by immediately defining a limit to detention. Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders, who regularly visits the remote Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in Derby, said: "Detention should be only to establish asylum seekers' identities and to ensure that they are not a threat to Australia's health or security. These checks should take no longer than three months." Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley added: "The fact is that the vast majority of asylum seekers held in these detention centres will be found to be refugees, and as such they have a perfect right to be here. That is clear. The real problem is the way we respond as a community."