April 13, 2021
I don’t know about you, but I have been captured by the deaths and three funerals that have occurred in the past week: that of Carla Zampatti, Prince Philip and Cardinal Idris Cassidy.
April 06, 2021
This message, written on Sunday 4 April, is special to me in many ways – it is Easter Sunday, it is Allen and my wedding anniversary, and it is also our son’s 40th birthday. So much of this is about new life, new beginnings and about faith, hope and love. This is what Easter stands for and I am glad to have been brought up in a faith-filled Christian Catholic family which provided me with a meaningful life and a reason to serve.
March 30, 2021
I hope that you were able to experience the exhilaration of being able to sing as a whole community on Sunday. For me, this began on Thursday, as I joined in our choir practice for the Holy Week ceremonies at the Cathedral. I realised that without this community singing, I had not woken up during the past year with hymns being ‘played’ in my head - a whole year without that sound of joy to greet my days. I was thrilled to be able to sing the parts of the Mass tonight (Sunday) and to hear the voices of those gathered. The other aspect of Mass at the Cathedral this Sunday evening was the swelling of the numbers of those who attended. It was awesome to have something near normal for the first time in over a year.
March 23, 2021
During this past wet week, I trust you have taken time to reflect on the Mission and Outreach section of our contemplative dialogue – Building the Kingdom of God Together – Our Journey, in preparation for our diocesan synod.
March 16, 2021
I trust you continue to be inspired by the Lenten contemplative dialogue program, which has been created to assist all of us in preparing for our diocesan synod on Saturday 22 May. If you open this message on Tuesday 16 March, there remains 100 days before we gather for Session Two of our Synod.