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THE PARISH OF GREENWOOD, WESTERN AUSTRALIA CELEBRATED THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES 2019

 

Archbishop Costelloe celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes at All Saints Church on 11 February. Photo: Matthew Lau.

By Matthew Lau

The All Saints Catholic Church faithful prayed novena devotions from 2 to 11 February in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The final day culminated with a Mass with special guest celebrant Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB along with concelebrants Fr Elver Delicano (Greenwood Parish Priest) and Fr Cyprian Shikokoti (Whitford Parish Priest).

Geraldton Emeritus Bishop Justin Bianchini commenced the 10-day period of prayerfulness by celebrating the first Mass on Saturday 2 February.

Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe SDB preaches at Greenwood Parish on Monday 11 February. Photo: Matthew Lau.

 

 

More than 200 people convened for the feast day Mass on the evening of Monday 11 February, which was followed by Benediction, a candlelight procession around the church, and burning of petitions.

The rosary was prayed in English, Italian, French, Latin, and Burmese.

In his sermon, Archbishop Costelloe said the fact that numerous Archdiocese of Perth parishes are dedicated to Mary the Mother of the Lord, indicates just how important Mary is in our Catholic understanding of the faith.

“Many Christians of other traditions sometimes are puzzled by our focus on Mary. So too, sadly, are some Catholics,” he noted.

“To them, it seems that focusing on her runs the risk of diverting our attention from Jesus, who is the heart and centre of our faith. They think that perhaps we exaggerate Mary’s importance.”

A candlelight procession with the statue of Our Lady took place after Mass on 11 February at Greenwood Parish. Photo: Matthew Lau.

Greenwood Parish Priest Fr Elver Delicano burns the faithful’s petitions to bring the 10-day novena to a finish. Photo: Matthew Lau.

 

This is true of each of us as individuals, he said, as it is equally true of any given Catholic community gathered in a parish.

Girrawheen parishioner Jim Peters last year began organizing annual novenas to be held at All Saints Church.

“I am just a believer of Our Lady, whatever I ask for she seems to give it to me,” Mr Peters said.

“She always intercedes and asks for her Son to look after me.”

Mr Peters believes hosting devotions is one way of bringing the essence of Lourdes to Perth.

“My aim is that if every night I can get 10 people to pray the rosary with me before the statue of Our Lady, then I have achieved something.”