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I always remember my mum saying how happy she was when Dad took us kids off to the footy on a Saturday afternoon. I’d feel a bit guilty about her being left on her own while we cheered on our beloved Blues from the Unley Oval mound, ate Polly Waffles at half time, and enjoyed a ‘raspberry’ at the Avoca Hotel after a win.
Our Church is currently still basking in the surge of newness of life and purpose ushered in with the celebration of Easter.
Train loads of events fill our daily lives. If we don’t reflect on our experiences, we will never pick out what our experience of the major events is telling us, how the finger of God is tracing its patterns through our lives. So what has our experience of the major Seasons of Lent and Easter taught us?
What extraordinary and terrible times we live in! Amidst the tragedies of Christchurch and Sri Lanka, we almost lose Notre Dame, the much-loved icon of the Catholic Church of France and of the entire world for that matter.
Shari is a good friend of mine from my parish in the USA. She’s a long time member of the community, a former music teacher and school principal, a trustee of the parish, and a faithful volunteer in the parish youth ministry. A single woman in her 70s, never married, no children, Shari is a sort of surrogate grandmother to young people in the community.
On Sunday, May 19 this year, many communities within the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide will gather to take part in the annual Marian Procession and Peace Rally. This year’s procession is the 70th in the series and will be a public honouring of Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of the Church.
Role of the laity
Extremism has reared its ugly head close to home in recent months – firstly the Christchurch mosque shooting and then the Easter terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
On Ash Wednesday one year ago a school shooting massacre occurred at the Parkland High School in Florida, resulting in 17 deaths and a large number of wounded. Displayed prominently was a photo of anguished mothers arriving at the school to find out whether or not their child was a victim.