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Pentecost vigils


In what were memorable and joyful events – and a first for the Adelaide Cathedral Parish – children and young adults celebrated Pentecost with two separate vigils on Saturday June 3.

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At St Peter Claver’s Church in Dulwich a large group of young children and their accompanying family members gathered on the eve of Pentecost to learn and prepare for the vigil.

They listened to the Scripture readings, practised acting out the stories, made tongues of fire for their headbands which they wore for the Mass, wrote Prayers of the Faithful – some of which were spoken in other languages – and made cards for the birthday of the Church. The children then took responsibility for reading, serving and participating in the Mass, which was followed by the sharing of a birthday cake.

At St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral the Witness Young Adults Group also co-ordinated Pentecost celebrations. They began with prayers at 7.30pm and concluded with a beautiful vigil at 10pm.

In his Pentecost homily, Archbishop Wilson said that the celebration of the feast of Pentecost served as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the gospel of Jesus is “preached everywhere within the life of our parish community”.

“The only way the gospel can be preached is by the quality of our lives.

“We can talk until the end of the earth and no-one will believe us, but if we live according to the values of Jesus, especially His love and our love for Him and our love for our neighbour, then we will be truly able to communicate to the world the fact that Jesus is risen and alive, active in our world,” he said.


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