Mass for Australians at World Meeting of Families
CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta Senior Manager Ann O’Brien reports from The World Meeting of Families (30 May to 3 June). Ann and her husband Peter represented the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta at the Conference in Milan, Italy, along with Diocesan Seminarian Jack Green, his parents Stuart and Donna and sister Anna.
On Saturday 2 June we were fortunate to be able to gather together for a special Mass for all the Australian pilgrims and participants at the World Meeting of Families in Milan.
We all gathered in the historic church of St Maria Presso St Satrio built in the 15th century and is attached to a chapel that was built in the 9th century. The church has beautiful frescoes and adornments, but as in many ancient churches, we were not permitted to take photos.
His Eminence Cardinal Pell presided and Bishop Terry Brady concelebrated. It was a peaceful haven in the bustle nearby in the Duomo (Cathedral) Piazza and wonderful to have a Mass in English with music and hymns we could sing.
The Australian delegation consists of about 60 people made up of many families with about 20 children under 10. It was great to have the sounds of children as part of the Mass.
Bishop Terry Brady gave an inspiring homily drawing together the essential messages of the Conference and the great hope and blessings of family life and the great privilege we have as Australians in this world. He urged us to continue to be disciples for Christ in bringing our children and many others to know and love God.Following Mass some of us were able to share a meal together before heading out the Testimonies of Families and another meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.
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