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Pray and care for each other in testing times


In the wake of churches closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, members of different Christian communities in Adelaide are being encouraged to pray together at the same time each Friday morning.

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The ‘pause for prayer’ initiative has been introduced by the Catholic and Anglican churches as a way for the faithful to show their support for each other and the wider community at this time of uncertainty.

Administrator Delegate Fr Philip Marshall said members of Catholic communities were invited to stop and pray at 8am each Friday.

“This pause can be for just a few minutes to pray for an end to the pandemic; for healing for people suffering from the illness; for those researching a vaccine; for political and community leaders as they try to provide wise leadership; and for health workers as they are at the front line,” he said.

“We also invite where possible, and within community regulations, to ring church bells at 8am on Fridays as an audible sign of the Christian community in prayer for the wider community.”

At this stage it is proposed the Friday morning prayer will continue until at least Pentecost.

Several parishes within the Archdiocese have also started using different social media platforms to stay in touch with their flock.

Some are live streaming Masses on their Facebook page, while the Hindmarsh-Findon parish has chosen the Zoom video conferencing facility as the best way to connect with its elderly congregation. (Zoom sends an invitation via email for people to participate).

Also recognising that some members of its congregation have no access to computers, parish representatives have been hand delivering bulletins to the letterboxes of those people to advise of the new ways to ‘participate’ in Mass. They hope that a close family member may be able to assist the elderly to ‘connect’ via Zoom so they can be part of the Wednesday evening and Sunday morning Masses – from a distance.

Clergy are also being asked to use the time they now have free from normal pastoral duties to keep in touch with their congregations via regular phone calls or social media.

The mandatory closures due to the coronavirus have impacted many businesses and community groups and the Mary MacKillop Precinct at Kensington is no exception.

Closing its doors last month, museum director Sr Mary Ryan RSJ said she hoped that Mary Mackillop’s 1893 observation, ‘let no obstacle deter us from proceeding with courage’ would provide inspiration for everyone during these extraordinary times.

“We hope that Mary, whose courage and resilience shone through her many times of adversity, will continue to be a beacon of hope for those whose lives are being impacted so seriously by COVID-19,” Sr Ryan said.

Since opening in December the museum has welcomed 853 visitors from South Australia, interstate and overseas. They have been impressed by an array of historic artefacts and contemporary features which tell compelling stories of co-founders Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods, as well as the pioneering Sisters who helped their dream become a reality, and those who, captured by the Josephite spirit, continue to respond in a myriad of ways, to the needs of our times.

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