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Mission News

At Mass yesterday morning (Thursday 22 March), Fr Bryan mentioned the Gospel readings for these last days of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week.  The Gospels build to the climax of the Easter Triduum and are a great way to reflect as we move towards the high point of the entire liturgical year.  The Gospel Readings are a wonderful way of reflecting as we conclude the journey to Easter.

Palm Sunday (25 March)

This feast remembers Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem and often begins outside with palms then being carried into the Church.  This begins what is termed as ‘Holy Week’.  At the Vigil this Saturday night a group of young people will be assisting with the music to help celebrate Year of Youth and 10 years since World Youth Day was held in Sydney.  Masses this weekend at St Joseph’s Cathedral are:  6pm Saturday; 6.30am, 9.30am, 6pm Sunday.

Holy Thursday (29 March)

Holy Thursday begins the celebration of the Easter Triduum, the main events of Easter celebrations.  The Mass on Holy Thursday commemorates the Washing of the Feet and the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Bishop will wash the feet of others as a sign of service.  At this Mass, enough hosts are consecrated for use on Good Friday.  At the end of the Mass the altar is stripped and crosses removed or covered.  Mass on this day at St Joseph’s Cathedral is at 6pm.

Good Friday (30 March)

Good Friday is celebrated at 3pm on that day.  This is one of the most well attended celebrations in the Church year.

The altar is bare, no candles or cross are evident at the commencement.  The Passion is read in parts.  After the homily, 10 special intercessions are read, including prayers for the Church, the pope, those in need and others.  The large wooden cross is brought forward and people are invited to come forward to venerate (touch or kiss) the wood of the cross. Mass is not celebrated but Holy Communion is distributed from the bread that was consecrated on Holy Thursday Mass.  The celebration on this day at St Joseph’s Cathedral is at 3pm.

Holy Saturday (31 March)

No Masses are held on this day until the Easter Vigil.  This celebration begins with the lighting of the fire and the Easter Candle.  All present carry candles in procession into the Church and then there is the singing of the magnificent Exsultet.  At this Mass some people are baptised and confirmed.  One of TCC’s 2017 graduates, Stevie Waterson, will be Confirmed at this Mass.  We all renew our baptismal promises as part of this Mass.  This is the climax of the Easter Triduum.  The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph’s Cathedral commencing at 6pm

Easter Sunday (1 April)

The joy of the Easter Season continues on Easter Sunday and right through until Pentecost Sunday.  For those who miss the Easter Vigil, Masses on this day at St Joseph’s Cathedral are at 6.30am, 9.30am and 6pm.

I encourage you all to try to make as many of the celebrations as you can.  This is the height of the Liturgical year and is sometimes overshadowed by Christmas.  It is at this time of year that we go to the heart of what God has done for us. 

‘The Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love:  it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and outcast….’

                                                                                                         Pope Francis, Easter 2017

Sacraments Preparation

I will be running sessions starting at the beginning of Term 2 for any students who would like to complete any of the Sacraments of Initiation (baptism, confirmation, eucharist) and/or the Sacrament of Penance.  Please contact if you would like further details.


Mrs Claire Stitt (Deputy Principal: Mission)