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Bush setting for prayer service


Surrounded by the beauty of natural bushland, the faithful gathered at Belair National Park recently to celebrate the Season of Creation.

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The ecumenical prayer service was held in Mercy Grove, a piece of land granted to the parish of Blackwood in the Year of Mercy in 2016 so members could plant, grow and maintain the natural habitat.

Members of Catholic parishes throughout Adelaide and Victor Harbor as well as people from other churches joined together for the event. At the centre of the liturgy and reflections was this year’s theme, ‘Earth as God’s home for all – hospitality and habitat’.

Deacon Tee Ping Koh, who coordinated the event and is a member of the Archdiocese’s Council for Integral Ecology, said the sunshine, gentle temperatures, perfect natural gardens of flora and fauna, and wildlife combined to make the “gentle celebration” a “spiritually uplifting event”.

“We had a group of enthusiastic people and the company of wildlife, including the kookaburras. Even a koala was having a snooze up in a gum tree not far from us,” he said.

“The liturgy and reflections were well received and 20 additional seedlings were planted on the day by the people.”

Deacon Tee Ping thanked everyone for attending, encouraging them to continue to embrace Laudato Si’ actions and to care for our common home.


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