Cathedral – Parish Church http://parishchurch.org.uk/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 16:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://parishchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-37-120x120.png Cathedral – Parish Church http://parishchurch.org.uk/ 32 32 Full circle: Thomas directs Saint Stephen’s Cathedral 32 years after having been a seminarian there | Characteristics https://parishchurch.org.uk/full-circle-thomas-directs-saint-stephens-cathedral-32-years-after-having-been-a-seminarian-there-characteristics/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/full-circle-thomas-directs-saint-stephens-cathedral-32-years-after-having-been-a-seminarian-there-characteristics/ Reverend John Thomas didn’t expect to step into the New Year as rector of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro. In the first four months of 2021, Thomas said he was on sabbatical in Rome, Italy, following his tenure at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green where […]]]>

Reverend John Thomas didn’t expect to step into the New Year as rector of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro.

In the first four months of 2021, Thomas said he was on sabbatical in Rome, Italy, following his tenure at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green where he had been since 2013.

“Throughout the sabbatical, I’m like, ‘OK, I’m going to go back to the Holy Spirit… I’ve been there eight years; I will be there another four years. What haven’t we done? What can be improved? What do I need to grow over the past four years? What do we need to change? “For months that was my prayer,” Thomas said.

But on May 10, 2021, Thomas received at 6 a.m. the unexpected call from Bishop William Medley, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro.

Thomas said it was the bishop who told him it was needed at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to replace the retiring Reverend Jerry Riney.

“This is how God works,” Thomas said. “I thought I was taking this sabbatical for some reasons and getting ready for some things, which would have been great. But that’s not what I was preparing for at all. That was it.

In 1990, Thomas was introduced to Owensboro when he was assigned to St. Stephen’s Cathedral as part of his pastoral year – a time when seminarians take a break from their studies and learn from the priests of the parish.

But it will be another 32 years before Thomas returns to the church, which has had a significant impact on his life.

Thomas, 56, is the youngest of six children who grew up in Union County.

Thomas entered Saint Pius X seminary at the age of 17 with a “desire and an interest” for the priestly ministry. And during this time, he obtained an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Thomas More University before going to the seminary and the school of theology of Saint Meinrad for his masters.

Initially, Thomas admitted that there were times when he had doubts about whether or not he wanted to become a priest.

“Especially in college, there were days when I thought it wasn’t … what I needed to do or what I’m going to do with my life – as any 17-year-old would think, 18, 19, ”Thomas said. . “But when I did my pastoral year in 1990, I had no doubt that I would continue on this path and become a priest.”

Thomas was ordained a priest in 1993 but did not receive his first pastorate until 10 years later.

Thomas said that most of the years leading up to his first pastorate were spent as a teacher and administrator at Saint Meinrad’s seminary and theological school.

While he enjoyed his time there, Thomas added that his preference was the pastor.

“… It was a sacrifice to be there,” Thomas said of the six years he was posted to Saint Meinrad. “I am a parish priest.

In 2003 Thomas received his first pastoral mission at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hopkinsville.

And then, in 2011, he was appointed pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Madisonville.

“I thought I would be there for a long, long time,” Thomas said of his mission in Madisonville.

But after two years, the bishop sent Thomas to Holy Spirit, the largest parish in the Diocese of Owensboro.

“It’s just a very complex parish…” said Thomas. “It’s a very diverse parish… very proactive.

For Thomas, leaving the Holy Ghost was bittersweet, but he was “humbled” when the bishop chose him to lead St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

“… It was very moving to hear (the bishop) entrust this mission because it was such a complete time for me,” said Thomas. “Nineteen Ninety, in my pastoral year, has been such a deep and powerful experience in my life and my formation in my journey towards the priestly ministry. And then being assigned to the Cathedral, I never dreamed of it for a million years.


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Remembrance of the life and work of Archbishop Tutu at the Anglican Cathedral – The Royal Gazette https://parishchurch.org.uk/remembrance-of-the-life-and-work-of-archbishop-tutu-at-the-anglican-cathedral-the-royal-gazette/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:37:47 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/remembrance-of-the-life-and-work-of-archbishop-tutu-at-the-anglican-cathedral-the-royal-gazette/ Created: Dec 31, 2018 2021 07:57 AM Desmond Tutu Celebration: Left to Right, Linda Bogle-Mienzer from BPSU, Cordell Riley from Curb, Miles Saaddyah Manders, Bishop Nicholas Dill, Aaron Crichlow from Bermuda Is Love and Kevin Grant from BPSU (Photo by Akil Simmons) Yesterday activists remembered the life and example of anti-apartheid militant hero Desmond Tutu […]]]>

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Desmond Tutu Celebration: Left to Right, Linda Bogle-Mienzer from BPSU, Cordell Riley from Curb, Miles Saaddyah Manders, Bishop Nicholas Dill, Aaron Crichlow from Bermuda Is Love and Kevin Grant from BPSU (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Yesterday activists remembered the life and example of anti-apartheid militant hero Desmond Tutu on the steps of Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton.

The rally to commemorate the South African activist and Anglican Archbishop was called by activist Glenn Fubler, a leading figure in the Bermuda anti-apartheid movement.

Archbishop Tutu died last Sunday at the age of 90 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Mr Fubler highlighted the cathedral’s connection to Archbishop Tutu, during a visit in 1985 by his mentor, the English anti-apartheid activist, Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, who was invited to the island by the Bermuda Anti-Apartheid Coalition.

Archbishop Huddleston had worked as a priest in the town where Archbishop Tutu grew up.

Mr Fubler said: “From there Desmond Tutu chose, after having been a teacher, to enter the clergy.

“It has become a platform for his work to transform South Africa. “

He added: “Remember, back then, South Africa’s apartheid regime was a police state where those working for freedom were either killed, imprisoned, or exiled.

The Right Reverend Nicholas Dill, Anglican Bishop of Bermuda, led a prayer of thanks for Archbishop Tutu’s “extraordinary contribution, not only on the world stage, but in his home country as a force of truth and reconciliation ”.

The group was joined by Aaron Crichlow, a founding member of the Bermuda Is Love volunteer group, which he said was created to promote “love for our community and our environment.”

He is the grandson of Erskine Simmons, a leading member of the Progressive Group that helped demolish Bermuda’s racist apartheid policies with the 1959 nonviolent boycott of the theater.

Mr Crichlow said: “Desmond Tutu was a world champion for peace. “

Cordell Riley, interim president of Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda, said more than 1,000 people participated in the organization’s truth and reconciliation conversation, inspired by the example of Archbishop Tutu.

Kevin Grant, general secretary of the Bermuda Public Services Union, said Archbishop Tutu stands for resilience, human rights and solidarity.

He added: “Solidarity is one of the main principles of trade unionism, especially for the BPSU. “

Linda Bogle-Mienzer, labor relations organizer for the BPSU, said Archbishop Tutu also supports LGBT rights.

She added, “One of the things I liked about Elder Desmond was that he was able to understand the intersectionality between all causes of injustice.

Mr. Fubler asked the group to meet at the drums of musician Miles Saaddyah Manders, to celebrate Archbishop Tutu’s “joie de vivre”.

He said 2022 should be the time to “embrace the example of this small but giant-hearted man who has left an example for us all”.

He highlighted a joint statement in favor of 2022 as a celebration of the memory and legacy of Archbishop Tutu.

The declaration was signed by former prime ministers Alex Scott and Sir John Swan; Joan Dillas-Wright, President of the Senate and Vice President Michelle Simmons; Lisa Reed, Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission; Dwight Jackson, General Secretary of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress; Keith Jensen, executive director of the Bermuda Employers’ Council; Kevin Grant, general secretary of the Bermuda Utilities Union; Bishop Dill; The Right Reverend Wes Spiewak, Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton; Imam Saleem Talbot of the Islamic Community of the Islamic Cultural Center of Bermuda; and Diana Kempe, a former lawyer.

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Midnight mass in the cathedral contemplates Christ as the bread of life https://parishchurch.org.uk/midnight-mass-in-the-cathedral-contemplates-christ-as-the-bread-of-life/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 05:05:00 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/midnight-mass-in-the-cathedral-contemplates-christ-as-the-bread-of-life/ By CHRISTIE L. CHICOINE Bethlehem and the manger of the Child Jesus were the highlights of the homily delivered by Cardinal Dolan during the Christmas midnight mass he celebrated on December 25 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “Each Mass is again a live nativity scene,” said the cardinal. “Our souls become a manger, where the newborn […]]]>

By CHRISTIE L. CHICOINE

Bethlehem and the manger of the Child Jesus were the highlights of the homily delivered by Cardinal Dolan during the Christmas midnight mass he celebrated on December 25 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“Each Mass is again a live nativity scene,” said the cardinal. “Our souls become a manger, where the newborn Savior resides. We all become like Mary and Joseph, holding Christ close to us. The deepest desire of the human heart is satisfied.

This holy night, this silent night, “we come together to spend our Christmas here in this House of Bread, this new Bethlehem, at this miracle not on 34th Street but on Fifth Avenue,” said the cardinal, “with our Savior outside a manger in a manger to feed His people.

The small town of Bethlehem, in the City of David, where Joseph and Mary traveled and where Jesus was born, explained the cardinal, is the Hebrew word for “House of bread.”

“The Messiah, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the promised one for centuries, was born in the House of Bread,” said the cardinal. “And then he was placed in a manger,” a manger, the wooden box where the food for the cattle and the sheep was kept.

Retired Pope Benedict XI, the cardinal said, has linked the theme of the House of Bread and the Nativity scene “in his Christmas book.”

The manger becomes a reference to the table, the altar of God, explained the cardinal.

“It is the Holy Child who, 30 years later, will miraculously feed these 5,000 with bread, who will announce himself as the Bread of Life and who, the day before his death on a cross, will exhort his friends: ‘This is my body, this is my blood, take it all and eat it. ‘

“Thus, from his birth, on that silent night, the Savior was already teaching us the Holy Eucharist, the Mass where he nourished his people with the bread of life in holy communion. “

Christ came to be consumed, said the cardinal, “to nourish us, to satisfy the deepest hunger of the human heart, in his gift of the Most Blessed Sacrament”.

After the procession, Cardinal Dolan placed a statue of the Baby Jesus in the Christmas crib at a side altar. He then knelt in prayer in front of the Nativity painting and exasperated the serene representation of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The concelebrants included Auxiliary Bishop Edmund Whalen; Mgr. Joseph LaMorte, Vicar General and Moderator of the Archdiocesan Curia, and Father Enrique Salvo, Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

“A blessed Christmas to all and welcome to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for midnight mass. We are all at home here for Christmas and we are delighted that you are all with us, ”the cardinal said to the congregation gathered in person. , and via the Catholic Channel, Sirius XM 129, the Catholic Faith Network, Pix 11 and the live broadcast from the Cathedral.

The cardinal recognized the presence of “brother bishops, priests and deacons, men and women religious, a beautiful representation of our Coptic Orthodox brothers”, as well as Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice-president of the Council of Rabbis of New York.

It also hosted New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

The prayers of the faithful were offered in English, Italian, German, Creole, Igbo, Polish, Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog.

The Covid-19 was among the prayer intentions: “For all those who suffer from the effects of the pandemic, so that they receive from God, who in Jesus became man for us, strength and serenity of heart. “

Shea, speaking with CNY after mass, said, “It’s just a big event to be here, and it’s great to see my good friend, Cardinal Dolan.”

A Catholic and a former student of Xavier High School in Manhattan, Shea added that Christmas was about “faith and hope.” It’s a great night for all Catholics.

Father Salvo spoke with CNY in the doorway of the cathedral after mass as he and worshipers wished each other a Merry Christmas.

“It was one of the best Christmases of my life,” said Father Salvo, whose appointment as rector of the cathedral took effect on November 15.

“Not only tonight, but the whole season has been such a beautiful time to welcome so many people from all over the world and to excite how much the Cathedral is loved.”


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“A Light Has Shined”: Portland Cathedral Celebrates Christmas Eve https://parishchurch.org.uk/a-light-has-shined-portland-cathedral-celebrates-christmas-eve/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 21:44:23 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/a-light-has-shined-portland-cathedral-celebrates-christmas-eve/ Shepherds, angels, and sages all came to see the newborn Jesus at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, and they all wore their masks. The Nativity play performed by the children of the parish at the start of Mass on Christmas Eve looked a little different in the event of a pandemic, but […]]]>

Shepherds, angels, and sages all came to see the newborn Jesus at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, and they all wore their masks.

The Nativity play performed by the children of the parish at the start of Mass on Christmas Eve looked a little different in the event of a pandemic, but it was also true to tradition. More than 400 people had entered the Catholic cathedral as dusk began to fall on Friday.

“We have had a good year,” said Reverend Seamus Griesbach in greeting. “It is the most complete this church has been in a while.”

The children had scattered from the altar and sat down with their families, halos of silver garlands and purple robes dotting the pews. The cathedral had been decorated with sparkling Christmas trees and wreaths with red arches. Hand sanitizer was offered at the entrance as well as song books. The congregation listened to readings from the Bible, then fell silent for the pastor’s homily.

“There is a very common way to structure a homily, especially for a big party like Christmas,” he began. “First you tell a story or a joke, then the bad news, then the good news, then you land the plane. But I’m not good at jokes, and we hear lots of bad news all the time, so if that’s okay with you, tonight I’ll jump right into the good news.

Faith Butera, center, looks down the center aisle of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland before she and other children take part in the nativity show before the start of Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. hours Friday. Gregory Rec / Personal photographer

Griesbach paused. Dusk had fallen outside, and the last sunlight was filtering through the stained glass windows.

“People who walked in darkness saw a great light,” he said, citing one of the readings. “On those who dwelt in a land of darkness, a light shone. “

His post didn’t directly mention the pandemic or other stresses of the past year, but it hinted at dark and gloomy times. He said that the life of Jesus can help people understand the larger plan that is unfolding even during these trials.

“This world is a passage,” he said. “Jesus helps us understand why a good God would allow limitations, suffering, sin, and death to afflict those he loves. It’s not because he wants to hurt us or doesn’t care about us. He allows temptations and trials to afflict us because in a mysterious way there is great good that can be brought by adversity.

Later in Mass, the congregation prayed for the sick and the deceased. By this time the sky was dark outside. The mass ended with “Joy to the world”, the triumphant organ notes filling the cavernous cathedral. People hugged and waved from across the benches and wished each other a Merry Christmas. A shepherd posed for a photo in his costume. The ushers have propped up the doors so that families and light can spread through the dark night.


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Jakarta Cathedral caps Christmas mass attendance at 650 https://parishchurch.org.uk/jakarta-cathedral-caps-christmas-mass-attendance-at-650/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 10:12:32 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/jakarta-cathedral-caps-christmas-mass-attendance-at-650/ TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Jakarta Cathedral has announced that it will limit attendance to 650 for the upcoming Christmas mass tonight and Saturday, December 25. This is equivalent to 40% of the total capacity of the Catholic Church. Cathedral spokeswoman Susyana Suwadie said worshipers who can attend Mass offline are those listed as members of the […]]]>

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta Jakarta Cathedral has announced that it will limit attendance to 650 for the upcoming Christmas mass tonight and Saturday, December 25. This is equivalent to 40% of the total capacity of the Catholic Church.

Cathedral spokeswoman Susyana Suwadie said worshipers who can attend Mass offline are those listed as members of the cathedral parish. Congregations must also be registered on the belarasa.id website to obtain a QR code which will be used to enter locations.

“The QR code, the ID card, then the PeduliLindungi app will be scanned,” she said. In December, Christmas capacity was 40% of what was initially set at 20% at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, ”Suwadie said on December 24, Antaranews reported.

Additionally, she said in-person Masses would be separated into three locations within the Church. The faithful are also invited to respect sanitary protocols and to wear their mask at all times.

Christmas Mass will take place on December 24th and 25th with the following times:

December 24:

1.10 p.m. WIB (online)

  1. 5:30 p.m. WIB (in person and online)

3.10pm WIB (in person and online)

December 25th

  1. 9:00 a.m. WIB (Pontifical High Mass, online, in person and broadcast on TVRI)
  2. 11:00 a.m. WIB (online and broadcast on Kompas TV)
  3. 5:00 p.m. WIB (in person and online)

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Vermont Catholic Church wants to demolish old cathedral https://parishchurch.org.uk/vermont-catholic-church-wants-to-demolish-old-cathedral/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 13:32:19 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/vermont-catholic-church-wants-to-demolish-old-cathedral/ BURLINGTON, Vermont (AP) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is seeking permission to demolish a closed cathedral and grove of trees in downtown Vermont’s largest city. If the city grants permission to demolish the Immaculate Conception Church on Pine Street, an existing parking area would remain and the site would be left as an […]]]>

BURLINGTON, Vermont (AP) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is seeking permission to demolish a closed cathedral and grove of trees in downtown Vermont’s largest city.

If the city grants permission to demolish the Immaculate Conception Church on Pine Street, an existing parking area would remain and the site would be left as an open lawn.

Burlington Zoning Division Director Scott Gustin said the church last week applied for a permit to demolish the church, built in the 1970s after the original building was destroyed by arson. It will take several months before a decision is made on whether or not to grant the permit.

Three years ago, the diocese said declining staff and finances forced the cathedral to close in the heart of downtown Burlington.


The Burlington Free Press reports that in an October letter to the city, Bishop Peter Routhier described the plans for the site.

“The church building and the property on which it stands are withdrawn from liturgical use and therefore, in accordance with canon law, the parish will desecrate the property – moving it from a sacred space to a secular space”, Routhier’s letter said. . “The desecration of the site will serve to help ward members cope with the loss of this parish, clean up the site and prevent any future non-sacred use of the building.”

This building was put on the market for 8.5 million dollars.


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St. Mary’s Cathedral in Perth sets up COVID vaccination clinic as WA prepares for February reopening https://parishchurch.org.uk/st-marys-cathedral-in-perth-sets-up-covid-vaccination-clinic-as-wa-prepares-for-february-reopening/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 08:35:14 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/st-marys-cathedral-in-perth-sets-up-covid-vaccination-clinic-as-wa-prepares-for-february-reopening/ Malls, hardware stores and mosques have hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinics – and now a cathedral in the heart of Perth’s CBD is helping support Western Australia’s deployment. Key points: Sainte-Marie Cathedral has opened a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic Church members say clinic is for the “common good” Public health experts say more targeted messaging is […]]]>

Malls, hardware stores and mosques have hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinics – and now a cathedral in the heart of Perth’s CBD is helping support Western Australia’s deployment.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, near the Royal Perth Hospital, is the latest pop-up clinic to open in hopes of attracting both parishioners and members of the public.

Curtin University professor of global public health Jaya Dantas said she expected the state government to continue using pop-up clinics throughout the deployment.

“When vaccines are distributed to people, it is easier for them to get vaccinated, so removing some of the logistical and transport barriers would also help,” she said.

Public health expert Jaya Dantas says she expects the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination clinics to continue.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

“These pop-up clinics would be in community centers, in places like libraries, in places like religious places.

“It means people gather in these places and there are more opportunities for people to just come in and get the shot.”

About two dozen people were at the cathedral clinic when it opened today, with more expected in the afternoon.

The Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr Sean Fernandez, received his booster dose of the vaccine.

He said it was important for the church to play its part in rolling out the vaccine.

“This is an important place in our church in Perth, and we want to reach out to Catholics in the community and the community at large, and show that we support this,” he said.

“We’re used to being behind health efforts and supporting the community, and that’s only part of that process.”

Opening of a clinic “for the common good”

Some Catholics have opposed vaccination because of concerns about the history of vaccine research.

“In some parts of the Catholic community there is concern because at the very beginning of the development of medical interventions … which ultimately led to these vaccines, there was some involvement of cell lines derived from aborted children,” said the Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe, said.

“And of course, the Catholic Church, our position on abortion is very, very clear, so there was a bit of confusion about it.”

A close-up of Timothy Costelloe inside St Mary's Cathedral.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe has said the Church’s official position supports vaccination against COVID-19.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

But Archbishop Costelloe said the Church’s position on immunization was clear.

“In our Catholic approach to things, we don’t just talk about what I want or what is best for me or my rights,” he said.

“We have a fundamental principle that we make decisions on the basis of what is right for the common good.

During the week, a priest at a church in the southern suburbs of Perth wrote in his Christmas post – published in a local newspaper – that people were being forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine for fear of losing their jobs or not to be allowed to do so. to travel.

Archbishop Costelloe acknowledged that some within the Church would have different views, but the official position was clear.

“The important thing for us, having this here, is to indicate what the formal position of the Archdiocese is,” he said.

“Some people may have difficulty with this position, but it is the formal position of the Church.”

“It’s just the convenience”

Susana and Rohan Gay visited the clinic to receive their booster dose.

A portrait of Rohan and Susana Gay.
Rohan and Susana Gay received booster doses at St Mary’s Cathedral clinic.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

Both supported the idea of ​​using pop-up clinics to bring the vaccine closer to people.

“[At GP clinics], we have to make an appointment and all that, where this one we can just show up, ”Ms. Gay said.

“It’s just the convenience, it’s close to where we live.”

Keith Claessen was also going to seek his recall.

“We come here for the Christmas service mainly,” he said.

“For me it’s been exactly five months, we thought we would get it ASAP.”

A targeted message is important: expert

Professor Dantas has been following the vaccine rollout closely and said smaller clinics would be important – not only for the main rollout, but also for the booster doses.

She said part of the advantage was that they were often in places familiar to people, like drugstores.

“Same thing with the community center, or in another pop-up clinic where there will be people who will give the health messages at the same time as the booster injections. “

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But concerns remain over vaccination rates in some communities, with double-dose rates for Indigenous Australians over the age of 15 in some regional areas as low as 42%.

These communities also need to receive more attention, according to Professor Dantas.

“We have engaged with our community health workers, but we need to do it in a much more effective way… where there is very little buy-in,” she said.

“So have targeted messages, for example, in indigenous communities or in migrant communities, where the rates are below 50%.

“We need to increase those immunization rates, and that’s where we need to do targeted interventions or messages to increase those immunization rates.”

Pop-up clinics represent a sixth of recent doses

WA has used pop-up clinics in shopping malls, schools, libraries, and even Perth stadium events to try to increase the state’s vaccination rate.

In the past 11 days, 3,619 vaccines have been administered at these clinics, according to WA Health.

That’s less than a sixth of the 27,187 doses that were administered on Friday alone.

But a spokesperson for WA Health said that didn’t tell the whole story.

“Many pop-up clinics target community groups with the lowest vaccination rates,” she said.

“The clinics were successful because they allowed people to receive their first, second and booster doses.

“These are people who protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.”

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Bahrain Cathedral Consecration Signals Latest Breakthroughs in Religious Tolerance | Catholic National Register https://parishchurch.org.uk/bahrain-cathedral-consecration-signals-latest-breakthroughs-in-religious-tolerance-catholic-national-register/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 23:09:07 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/bahrain-cathedral-consecration-signals-latest-breakthroughs-in-religious-tolerance-catholic-national-register/ VATICAN CITY – The consecration of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s first cathedral marks the latest advance in religious tolerance in the tightly-controlled Islamic majority region, although the number of churches in the Arab nation continues to be small, despite a booming Catholic immigrant population. On December 10, Cardinal Luis Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation […]]]>

VATICAN CITY – The consecration of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s first cathedral marks the latest advance in religious tolerance in the tightly-controlled Islamic majority region, although the number of churches in the Arab nation continues to be small, despite a booming Catholic immigrant population.

On December 10, Cardinal Luis Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, consecrated the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Awali, in central Bahrain, describing the new church as “a living sign of God’s concern for his flock. . “

A day earlier, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain inaugurated the 95,000 square foot arch-shaped cathedral, which has a capacity of 2,300 seats. The king donated the land to the church in 2013 and the decision to build the church there was taken on February 11 of the same year – the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Construction began in 2018.

The new cathedral is expected to be in high demand: Bahrain is home to around 80,000 Catholics, many of whom are immigrant workers from Asia, especially the Philippines and India. But like many other Gulf countries, they suffer from a severe shortage of churches.

Until now, Bahrain had only two parishes: Sacré-Cœur in Manama, the capital of the kingdom, which is the oldest church in the region (opened in 1940), and a much smaller “annex church” in Our -Lady of the Visitation in Awali, 12 kilometers from Manama.

These two churches were “insufficient to meet the needs of the Catholic population,” Archbishop Paul Hinder, who administers the churches in Bahrain, told the Register. “Therefore, for Catholics in Bahrain, the new church will be welcome. ”

Bishop Hinder, a 79-year-old Swiss Capuchin, takes care of the faithful throughout the Arabian Peninsula. As the Apostolic Vicar of South Arabia based in Abu Dhabi, his flock resides in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Yemen. But since last year, he has taken on the responsibility of serving the faithful in northern Arabia (Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia) as well, temporarily administering the vast territory after the former apostolic vicar, Bishop Camillo Ballin. , a Comboni missionary of Italian origin. , who died last year at the age of 75.

Under the leadership of Bishop Ballin, Bahrain rose to prominence after the transfer of the seat of the Vicariate of Kuwait in 2012. Bishop Ballin, who became a Bahraini citizen, felt that the kingdom would be a better “base for from which to reach more effectively the Catholics within the other countries of the vicariate ”, according to Mgr Hinder.

In his speech at the inauguration of the cathedral, Bishop Hinder noted how Bahrain became the “hub of pastoral care for Catholics residing on the shores of the Persian Gulf”, replacing Aden, the Yemeni capital, in the first half of the year. 20th century. “This was only possible thanks to the openness of the ruler of Bahrain,” said Bishop Hinder.

Converts Are Always Shunned

Bahrain’s constitution declares Islam to be the official religion and Sharia (Islamic law) as the main source of legislation. As in the rest of the Gulf, converts from Islam to Christianity or other religious groups are not well tolerated by society and come under pressure from family members, community leaders and representatives of the Church. government. Evangelization of Muslims is also illegal.

But Bahrain has relatively more freedoms than other nations in the region. According to the latest “Report on International Religious Freedom” from the US State Department, the country “ensures freedom of conscience, the inviolability of places of worship and the freedom to perform religious rites.”

And like much of the Arab world, considerable efforts have been made in recent years to make Bahraini society more tolerant and promote a more liberal form of Islam. Faced with the prospect of drastically declining oil revenues as governments move away from fossil fuels, Gulf states have been forced to reassess their religious, political and economic systems, but will that mean much? more churches and more freedom for Muslims to convert to the faith remains to be seen, observers say.

“The test of whether Bahraini rulers are stepping forward or just trying to make the country more attractive for foreign investment will come when we see whether or not they allow native Bahrainis, including Muslims who are interested in the country. Christianity, to attend. Robert Spencer, director of the Jihad Watch organization, a group that monitors Islamic extremism, told the Registry.

“A church for expatriate Catholics from the Philippines and India is a kind gesture, but it has no greater significance unless native Christians and converts to the faith are allowed in,” a- he declared.

Bishop Hinder sees the new cathedral as “a strong message of tolerance and openness” and noted various achievements which paved the way for the new cathedral, in particular the visit of the King of Bahrain to Pope Francis in 2014, when the king invited Francis to visit the country.

“This special invitation marked the start of a new shift in the relationship between followers of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula and the Catholic Church,” Bishop Hinder said.

He also noted the visit of the Holy Father to the United Arab Emirates in 2019, his signing there of his document “Human Brotherhood” with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, and similar subsequent visits to Morocco and to Morocco. Iraq.

“The freedom to practice one’s faith and to profess it in the public domain is a fundamental human right,” said Bishop Hinder. “In the various Islamic countries of the Gulf, this fundamental right is increasingly recognized”, he observed, adding that the Gulf States “are expressing themselves more on the importance of tolerance and on the way in which it is practiced within their societies ”.

By building this new cathedral, he also believes that “this gesture will have an impact on neighboring countries”.

Saudi Arabia’s turn?

This week a new church was dedicated – the first in the Al Dhafra region of the United Arab Emirates, about 150 miles west of Abu Dhabi. The Church of Saint John the Baptist in Ruwais was built on land donated by Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his first mass was celebrated on December 17.

But will such initiatives ever extend to Saudi Arabia? A long-standing question has been whether the Islamic kingdom, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad who officially prohibits the practice of Christianity anywhere in its territory (Catholic liturgies are held in secret), will eventually relax its restrictions to allow at least one church to be built in the country.

Spencer was more pessimistic about progress regarding the Saudi kingdom.

“It is extremely unlikely that there will ever be a church built in Saudi Arabia, as there is a tradition in which the Prophet of Islam Muhammad is portrayed as saying that he will expel all Jews and Christians from the peninsula Arabic, ”he said.

“The Saudi regime takes this very seriously; this is the root of their refusal to allow any non-Muslim religious practice. The Saudis are unlikely to ever break the ban attributed to Muhammad, as they would likely be overthrown if they did. “

However, Bishop Hinder noted various recent initiatives that have offered hope: King Abdullah’s historic visit to Pope Benedict in 2007 (the first such visit by a Saudi monarch), and then visits to the Patriarch’s realm. Maronite Beshara Rai in 2017 and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran in 2018.

“Such visits that take the path of dialogue and encounter help cultivate an increased understanding of the other,” said Bishop Hinder. “I believe that these recent encounters, coupled with an increasingly tolerant attitude, which can also be made worse by signs of welcome like the papal visit to the region and the construction of the new cathedral, hold promise for the future. “


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Notre-Dame de Bangui Cathedral – Bangui, Central African Republic https://parishchurch.org.uk/notre-dame-de-bangui-cathedral-bangui-central-african-republic/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 20:00:33 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/notre-dame-de-bangui-cathedral-bangui-central-african-republic/ Built in the early 1900s, Notre-Dame de Bangui Cathedral is a large red brick church built in the French colonial style. Above the three-door entrance is a white plaster icon of the Virgin Mary looking out from a niche. The interior of the cathedral features a crucifix and four massive colored glass windows. The symmetrical […]]]>

Built in the early 1900s, Notre-Dame de Bangui Cathedral is a large red brick church built in the French colonial style. Above the three-door entrance is a white plaster icon of the Virgin Mary looking out from a niche. The interior of the cathedral features a crucifix and four massive colored glass windows. The symmetrical double-tower design is reminiscent of that of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Although it now has nearly 900,000 inhabitants, the Central African Republic‘s largest town was established as a small outpost in 1889. A decree of 1906 transformed the small post into the capital of the French colony. Catholicism was introduced in the newly established colony at the same time, with the arrival of Monsignor Augouard in 1893. Augouard founded the Saint-Paul mission which opened its doors in 1894. A few years later, Notre-Dame cathedral in Bangui was built in the center of the so-called “European city”. The cathedral, along with the majority of other religious buildings in Bangui, was built with reddish-colored fired bricks.

Central African Republic home to approximately 2.9 million Christians today, of whom about a third are Roman Catholics. Many of these conversions occurred when Catholic missionaries focused their efforts on the Central African Republic after World War I.

Since its declaration of independence from France in 1960, the Central African Republic has experienced a series of conflicts. Political turmoil in the 1990s prompted then Archbishop Joachim Ndayen to start holding peace talks in the cathedral in 1996. Later in 1999, Pope John Paul II visited Bangui and spoke of the “difficult and complex situation” the country is facing.

Since 2012, the Central African Republic has been in the grip of a civil war to partly by tensions between Muslim and Christian groups. In November 2015, Pope Francis visited the cathedral as well as the nearby Grand Mosque of Bangui, offering a message of peace and resilience.


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Preparing for Sacred Heart Cathedral, QB Ray-John Spears named Northern California High School Athlete of the Week by SBLive – High School Sports News, Scores, Videos, Rankings https://parishchurch.org.uk/preparing-for-sacred-heart-cathedral-qb-ray-john-spears-named-northern-california-high-school-athlete-of-the-week-by-sblive-high-school-sports-news-scores-videos-rankings/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 20:40:09 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/preparing-for-sacred-heart-cathedral-qb-ray-john-spears-named-northern-california-high-school-athlete-of-the-week-by-sblive-high-school-sports-news-scores-videos-rankings/ Congratulations to the preparation of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart strategist Ray john spears for being voted SBLive Northern California High School Athlete of the Week for Nov 29-Dec. 5! The senior led SHCP to a 31-7 victory over Chico with three touchdown passes. Lances received 46.34% votes, beating Argonaut RB / DB Mateo […]]]>

Congratulations to the preparation of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart strategist Ray john spears for being voted SBLive Northern California High School Athlete of the Week for Nov 29-Dec. 5!

The senior led SHCP to a 31-7 victory over Chico with three touchdown passes.

Lances received 46.34% votes, beating Argonaut RB / DB Mateo Flores who finished second with 32.5%. Vanden WR / DB Jamai East QB finished third with 8.25% and Bullard QB Roland Russo finished fourth with 6.17%. Over 35,000 votes were cast this week!

We are currently accepting nominations for Northern California Athlete of the Week. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please send an email athleteoftheweek@scorebooklive.com or send us a message on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.

Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5:

Aiden “Ponyboy” Taylor, Central Catholic RB / LB: Taylor led the Raiders to a 44-41 victory over Bullard with 24 carries for 281 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for 105 yards and was second defensively with five tackles and a sack.

Kemauri Glenn, Wilcox RB / DB: Glenn carried the Chargers to a 35-21 win over Manteca 18 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns, three catches for 103 yards and another tub, a 36-yard punt return, a kick return 20 yards and five tackles.

Blake Nichelson, Manteca RB: Despite the loss, Nichelson dominated the execution of the ball with 31 carries for 344 yards and three touchdowns.

Ryan Osborne, Fall River QB / LB: In a 42-21 win over LeGrand, Osborne completed 11 of 17 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown, ran 16 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and had seven tackles.

Jalen Hankins, Liberty (Bakersfield) RB: While we normally have Kern County teams listed in the SoCal post, Liberty has been in the NorCal post this week since playing Pittsburg in a CIF Northern Region bowl game. In the Patriots’ 35-7 win, Hankins ran for 127 yards and a touchdown, and had five catches for 58 yards.

Jason Oliver, Liberty (Bakersfield) WR / DB: Oliver caught a career-high 57 yards and three touchdowns, recorded four tackles and two broken passes in defense, and recorded 83 punt return yards.

Grant Buckey, Liberty (Bakersfield) DE: Buckey finished with nine tackles and a team-high three tackles for a loss, two sacks and two rushed QBs, plus a forced fumble.

Jakobe Harmon, Pittsburg LB: Despite the loss, Harmon led the game with 12 solo tackles and 16 total tackles, plus a TFL and a sack.

Tre Dimes, Vanden QB: Dimes led the Vikings to a 56-28 victory over Windsor with 252 yards and five 12-20 passing touchdowns.

Jamai Est, Vanden WR / DB: East caught a 64-yard touchdown and also had a 45-yard pick-six.

Damian Escarcega, Windsor RB / LB: Escarcega still had a remarkable game with 89 yards and three touchdowns, 31 receiving yards, six tackles, one interception and 183 versatile yards.

Jaivian Thomas, McClymonds RB: Thomas dominated in a 40-21 win over Campolindo running for three touchdowns and 239 yards on just 11 carries.

Charles Williams, Catholic Sailor RB: Williams ran for all three touchdowns from MC in a 21-14 win over Escalon.

Owen Nash, Escalon WR / DB: Nash led the Cougars with 122 receiving yards and one interception.

Andrew Latu, Sacred Heart Preparation RB: In a 20-0 win over University Prep, Latu caught 80 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 26 yards and another tub.

Mat Bucher, Sacred Heart Preparation LB / TE: Bucher exploded for 17 tackles and three TFLs in defense, and got a 19-yard reception.

Justin Guin, San Marino RB: Guin ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs passed Sutter 35-7.

Beau Davis, Argonaut QB / LB: Davis led the Mustangs past St. Vincent de Paul 42-12 with a team record of 11 tackles (nine solo), 61 passing yards on 2-4 completions, and nine carries for 78 yards and three touchdowns .

Mateo Flores, Argonaute RB / DB: Flores ran for 147 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and had six tackles.

Nicholas Fontanilla, Salesian collegiate preparer QB: Fontanilla led The Pride to a 36-28 victory over Aragon by completing 16 of 23 passes for 145 yards and four touchdowns, and running for 98 yards.

Devin Quinn, Preparation for Salesian College RB / DB: Quinn ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and recorded a key interception.

Roland Russo, Bullard QB: Russo completed 23 of 38 passes for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns in Bullard’s 41-44 loss to Central Catholic.






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