On Tuesday 3 August 2021, Bishop Brian Mascord made the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Fr Peter Caruana—retired parish priest of 36 years at Holy Family Catholic Parish, Ingleburn. Fr Peter died at 9:15am this morning in Wollongong Hospital. His condition deteriorated very quickly this morning.
Due to COVD-19 restrictions, there will be a private funeral for Fr Peter. Once details of the funeral have been finalised, we will provide any information as to online participation if this is a possibility.
Fr Peter had an unfailing commitment to Jesus Christ and his Church, and to his role as a priest, especially his love for celebrating the Mass and other sacraments. As detailed in the parish’s 50th anniversary celebration book: “When we watch him celebrate the Eucharist, there can be no doubt in our mind that a miracle has taken place as the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. If he never did anything else but that, he would have fulfilled his vocation as a priest!”
We pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Peter Caruana and offer our condolences and prays to the Caruana family, as well as Fr Peter’s friends, parishioners and priestly colleagues.
May he rest in peace.
– Bishop Brian Mascord
O God, you raised your servant Fr Peter to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men and women in your own Holy Name. We beseech you to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into your Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labours. This we ask through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Requiescat in pace.
Mass of Christian Burial for Fr Peter Caruana
A Mass of Christian Burial for Fr Peter Caruana will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday 11 August 2021 from St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral Mass will be a private event, however, it will be livestreamed below:
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.