The Parish of Christ the Living Vine celebrated The Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians in a very special way for the Year of Mercy. The parishioners joined the children from Leschenault Catholic Primary School who led the community beautifully in praying the “Living Rosary”. This forms part of a series of monthly events at the Parish rejoicing in the Year of Mercy.
Cathedrals have fulfilled a unique purpose in the lives of the communities in which they are built since the earliest days of Christianity.
The word “cathedral” goes back to at least the third century. For almost two thousand years, followers of Jesus Christ have gathered around their Bishop who – literally – from his seat (“cathedra” in Greek) serves the diocese in various ways. These include teaching and leading the diocese in love.
It will be from the new Cathedral that services to help the poor, sick, young, elderly and disadvantaged will be strengthened to meet the needs of the future.
Catholics look to cathedrals for inspiration. A cathedral is a place where all are welcome, a place for goodness. Most of all, a cathedral is a sign of infinite hope
At the heart of the Catholic Diocese is its Cathedral Church and the Cathedral Precinct – the arms and legs that will ultimately fulfill the Diocesan mission of liturgy, education and service. This precinct is made up of several components including:
St Patrick’s Cathedral
This is the mother church and spiritual home of all the members of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Bunbury, which inspires our diverse community across the south west of Australia. The Cathedral functions as a “palace of the poor,” serving those in need by appealing to volunteers and donors who support cultural and community projects from a platform that will exist for centuries.
The Cathedral’s Crypt is located directly beneath the sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The crypt is a small space that will allow for the burial of past, present and future Bishops of Bunbury.
The first Bishop of Bunbury, the Most Reverend Lancelot J Goody DD PhD, was remembered in the Crypt at a special service after the Cathedral is dedicated.
The parish offices is located adjacent the historic Parish House and houses the pastoral and support services of the Bunbury parish. It includes several offices for priests and deacons as well as meeting rooms for the various parish committees including the Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Finance Committee. In their new home the parish welcomes new parishioners who move into Bunbury.
Vital to the teaching and service mission of the diocese and parish, the parish hall is open to all diocesan entities and parishes, as well as to the community at large. It is located between the diocesan offices and Cathedral and includes conference facilities, audiovisual equipment and a fully fitted out kitchen.
The diocesan offices enables all diocesan staff to work together under one roof. The social services, liturgical, pastoral, financial, administrative and educational departments of the Diocese are all housed within this space, including the office of the Bishop.
The Bishop and priests who are responsible for the parish and the Cathedral have their residences within the Cathedral Precinct. Visiting priests are also accommodated within the precinct.
Lawns and Garden
The Cathedral precinct has been beautifully landscaped, with space for the parishioners, the local community and visitors to enjoy.
The Cathedral shop provides a range of items for sale and welcomes all to the Cathedral Precinct.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is a significant building for the parish, for the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury, for the City of Bunbury, and for the communities of the southern portion of Western Australia.
For the parish, it is a place of worship and a place to celebrate marriages, witness baptisms and to grieve at funerals.
For the diocese, it is a spiritual font of faith and a symbol of belonging to the wider Catholic family.
For the city, the Cathedral is a a major landmark and icon.
For all, it is a reminder of God’s presence and love for all, be they religious or not. It is a place where many with no other connection to formal religion can come just to sit, to reflect, to pray and to enjoy the peace and the quiet of this special place.
The original Cathedral was built by past generations as a statement of their faith and pride. The new Cathedral has been built with the same faith and pride.
It has been said that great cities are blessed with great cathedrals. The new St Patrick’s Cathedral on the Bunbury skyline will help make the great city of Bunbury even greater, by honouring our heritage and looking towards the future.
In the last Grapevine we published a picture of the new portico in progress.
We are delighted to present our “new look” church.
Originally built 60 years ago the small portico didn’t protect our parishioners from the cold Manjimup wind and rain.
The new portico protects the entrance and has given a wonderful area to meet up before Mass, or stay afterwards to chat and catch up with friends and community members.
This would not have been possible without the generosity of our wonderful parish community who donated time, through the many busy bees, and financial support, through our fundraising efforts.
Come and visit the next time you are in the Southwest!
Bishop Holohan confirmed twelve young people at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Esperance on Sunday 29 May. The twelve young people, Caitlin Brown, Jordan Cole, Grace Davey, Tayla Docherty, Sean Fowler, Shelby Kennedy, Cassandra Louise A Libo-on, Henry Meiklejohn, Oliver Newman, Nicole Sheree Norwood, Fletcher Riggs and Ryan Totten received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in the presence of their families, the Parish community, Bishop Holohan and Parish Priest, Father Adam Babinski. Grace, Fletcher and Cassandra also took their First Holy Communion.The candidates had decorated the church with their confirmation art and their chosen saint’s project. A very happy occasion for everyone to celebrate in the Parish.
Students with Bishop Holohan and Father Adam Babinski after celebrating Confirmation. From left to right Cassandra Lib-on, Grace Davey, Jordan Cole, Sean Fowler, Fletcher Riggs, Henry Meiklejohn, Ryan Totten, Oliver Newman, Nicole Norwood, Shelby Kennedy, Tayla Docherty and Caitlin Brown.
Bishop sharing the cutting of the cake
On Sunday 29 May, fourteen students in our Parish received Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time. After Mass, they cut the celebration cake with Fr Wayne.
The week before, in preparation, the students joined in a shared family meal, where Fr Wayne related the elements of the meal to the example of the Eucharist.
On Sunday 29 May, Lauren Hester and Rosie Guazzelli-Page received the Sacrament of the First Eucharist. Fr Wally made the receiving of this sacrament extra special through his thoughtful words and prayers. It was lovely to have the support of family, parish, teachers and prayer friends from Lauren’s and Rosie’s class to celebrate this special sacrament.
On 22nd May 2016 during the family Mass, Fr Tony Chiera, our Vicar General officially opened the Door of Mercy of Our Lady’s Assumption Church Mandurah as a Pilgrim Centre for the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016. Participating in the privileges granted by the Holy Father we, the parish community cordially welcomes everyone to be a part of this Holy Pilgrimage. May the Lord of Mercy bless you all.
On Friday 20 May, we celebrated St Mary’s Feast Day with a beautiful Mass led by Fr Wally and our Year 5/6 students. Cake was enjoyed by all and the students loved the old school games. A big special thank you to the Year 5/6 students, who researched, promoted and organised the games to end a fabulous day.