At 10:30am on Sunday 31 July 2016 at Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral Wollongong (36 Harbour Street) Fr Ron Peters will celebrate Mass specifically for the intention of world peace. There has been so much sadness of late and the most recent act of horror committed in France in the church of Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray with the murder of the elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, brings to our attention again the need we have to pray for peace. All people are most welcome to participate in this Mass.
On Wednesday 3 August at the 12:10pm Mass at the Cathedral, the Mass will again be offered for this special intention. Fr Ron has asked members of the five schools – Holy Spirit College, St Mary Star of the Sea College, Edmund Rice College, St Brigids Catholic Parish Primary School and Good Samaritan Catholic Parish Primary School – to take charge of the various ministries within that Mass. Everyone is encouraged to come along to pray for the gift of peace. You are all most welcome.
Message from Bishop Peter Ingham
It is in moments of terrible evil, such as the murder of my brother priest in France, that we are challenged as a civilisation to choose what kind of people we want to be. Hate for hate will not produce love, violence for violence will not produce peace, nor anger for anger produce self-control.
So today I echo the response of my brother, Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen, who has left us at World Youth Day in Kraków to join his Archdiocese in mourning:
“The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men. I leave here hundreds of young people who are the future of humanity, the true ones. I ask them not to give in to the violence and become apostles of the civilisation of love.”
I invite all people of good will to pray with me for Fr Jacques, his family and the parishioners at St Étienne-du-Rouvray. I also pray for his executioners and join in the cry of our Lord during his Passion, “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Saint Stephen the Protomartyr, Pray for us. +P.I.