Mass for Year of Consecrated Life and Vocations Fest
Get excited about celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life on a diocesan level with Very Rev Peter G Williams, who will be the principal celebrant of the Solemn Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral this Sunday 9th August at 11am. It will be a wonderful chance to see the beauty of consecrated life, to mingle with religious priests, brothers and sisters, and to honour those consecrated men and women you work with and serve alongside in your parishes, schools, hospitals and ministries.
After Mass, stay on for Vocations Fest from 12.30-4pm. We will open up the gift of Consecrated Life with talks, interviews, Q&A, live music, laughter, information tables, entertainment for the whole family and conclude with a Holy Hour for Vocations. Absolutely everyone is invited and you're guaranteed to get a lot out of it.
In the November 2014 edition of the Catholic Outlook, Sr Ailsa Mackinnon RSM explained that the Year of Consecrated Life provides an opportunity for consecrated men and women from across the diocese to celebrate together in a true expression of diversity.
"It is a little-known fact that there are about 360 men and women religious who live and work in the Diocese of Parramatta. We live in communities across the length and breadth of this vast Diocese, reflecting the multicultural mix which makes Western Sydney such an interesting place in which to live. We cross the decades of age groups and are involved in many ministries, including education, healthcare, social welfare, parish work, retreat work and chaplaincies.
"His Holiness, Pope Francis has announced that this Church Year is to be dedicated as the Year for Consecrated Life. Belonging to a religious order (the Jesuits), the Pope has a profound understanding of the role played by religious in the Church and in society. In announcing this year the Pope said: I want to share a message, and the message is joy. Wherever consecrated persons are, there must always be joy.'
"Our diocesan celebrations will be part of a collaborative effort as we witness to the value of religious life in our world."
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