Saturday, 1 June 2013

**Corpus Christi: Join the worldwide adoration led by the Pope!

Pope leads Corpus Christi Procession on foot through streets of Rome on Thursday
Source: Vatican Radio

As most people will now be aware, Pope Francis is planning to lead a worldwide Hour of Eucharistic Adoration the Sunday after Corpus Christi (or transferred celebration/External Solemnity thereof depending on which calendar you are following).

A number of dioceses (including Canberra, Broken Bay, Bathurst and Sale) are putting on events at the same time as the Pope, viz 1am June 3 Australian Eastern Standard Time, so it would be great to see lots of people making an effort to get out of bed and go along!

If there are any others to add to this list (or the more general listing of Corpus Christi events below), please do let me know, it is not too late!

And of course attending a procession and/or Adoration at anytime on Sunday can be broadly said to be acting in union with the Pope's lead on this, so do support whatever events your parish or diocese is putting on.

Pope's intentions for Adoration

The Vatican has announced that the hour of synchronised Adoration will have two particular intentions, as the press release explains:

The first of these events, the Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration, will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica next Sunday, 2 June from 5:00pm-6:00pm local time. Its theme is: “One Lord, One Faith”, which was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it. “It will be an event,” Archbishop Fisichella explained, “occurring for the first time in the history of the Church, which is why we can describe it as ‘historical’. The cathedrals of the world will be synchronized with Rome and will, for an hour, be in communion with the Pope in Eucharistic adoration. There has been an incredible response to this initiative, going beyond the cathedrals and involving episcopal conferences, parishes, lay associations, and religious congregations, especially cloistered ones.”

From the Cook Islands to Chile, Burkina Faso, Taiwan, Iraq, Bangladesh, the United States, and the Philippines, the dioceses will be synchronized with St. Peter’s and will pray for the intentions proposed by the Pope. The first is: “For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving back joy and serenity.

Pope Francis’ second intention is: “For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence. Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners, and those who experience marginalization. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.”

The Australian response

There are some media reports around to the effect that the Vatican has been on the phone to a few dioceses to try and make sure all timezones have at least one Adoration event going at the same time as the Pope's event in Rome (keep in mind that means 1am Eastern Standard Time, 12.20am Central Standard Time, and 10pm in Western Australia - there are other timezones here for Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island, but I suspect it is overly optimistic to think that they might be covered, though there are, I think, Catholic Churches in at least two of those places...).

So if there is a procession and/or Adoration in your parish or Cathedral, do join it.

And there is always the option of tuning into the Vatican broadcast of the Rome event online.

Thanks to all of those who have sent me updates and material to incorporate, and especially to those priests who have offered on or offline support for this posting effort!

CORPUS CHRISTI ADORATION EVENTS

Melbourne

On 2 June in St Patrick’s Cathedral, at the conclusion of the 11am Solemn Mass , there will be a  Procession and Holy Hour until approximately 1:10 pm.   Parishes and communities have also been  invited to arrange a similar Holy Hour at a suitable time on that day, praying in union with Pope Francis for the needs of the Church.

St Patrick's Mentone (pilgrim church for Year of Faith)- lead by Bishop Elliott procession and benediction 4.15pm & Solemn Mass at 5; surrounding parishes invited to join...witness and adoration

Corpus Christi Seminary in Carlton (90th birthday celebrations)
1130am mass followed by procession

Sydney

Nothing explicit that I could find on the link with the papal event, but the Archdiocese is advertising its annual Walk with Christ, starting from St Patrick's Church Hill at 2:30pm, and accompanied by shared prayers and hymns, the colourful procession culminates with Benediction at the St Mary's Cathedral forecourt and concludes at about 4:30 pm.

Brisbane

Has a website for its procession.

Sun 2 Jun at 2:00pm, starting from Nudgee Jnr: Twigg St, Indooroopilly. Provision made if it rains. Folding chair advisable for elderly - not required to join in. Archbishop Coleridge no longer available: Bishop Brian Finnigan will preside.

In addition, Villa Maria, which has perpetual adoration, will be open for anyone who wishes to attend at 1 am.

Perth

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth, will preside over a Holy Hour in St Mary's Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth, on Sunday 2 June, 2013, beginning at 3.30pm.

Adelaide

On Sunday the 2 June following the 11am Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Archbishop Philip invites those who are able to join him in prayer for an hour before the Blessed Sacrament

***Canberra

Please join us at St Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka, Monday 3rd June at 1am, when Pope Francis leads a Worldwide Solemn Eucharistic Adoration from Vatican City - St. Peter's Basilica (for the Year of Faith). This is the first time in history that such an event will take place.

Other parish events:

West Wyalong: Adoration and Benediction Monday 3rd June 2pm-3pm to link in with Pope Francis' call to prayer.

**Hobart

The Archdiocese now has a nice ad on the website and an impressive listing of events, a really wonderful response:

Southern Tasmania
Corpus Christi, Bellerive/Lindisfarne: 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
St Aloysius, Kingston/Channel: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
St Therese’s, Moonah/Lutana: Preceding afternoon Mass, 3.00pm - 4.00pm
St Francis Xavier, South Hobart: 9.30am - 10.30am
St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart: Following 10.30am Mass
St John’s, Richmond: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
St Joseph’s, Hobart: 8.15am - 9.15am

Northern Tasmania
St Francis of Assisi, Riverside: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Carmelite Monastery, Launceston: 4.30pm - 5.45pm
St Francis Xavier, Beaconsfield: Following Mass, Midday - 12.45pm
Our Lady Star of the Sea, George Town: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

North-West Tasmania
St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Burnie: Preceding 10.00am Mass
Sacred Heart, Somerset: Following 8.00am Mass
St Joseph’s, Yolla: Following 10.00am Mass
St Brigid’s, Wynyard: Preceding 6.00pm Mass
Marist College, Burnie: Preceding 5.00pm Mass (4.30pm)

OTHER DIOCESES (in order of size)

Parramatta

The Parramatta e-news bulletin has now sent out a note promoting participation in the Sydney Archdiocese event:

Every year on the Feast of Corpus Christi more than 5000 people walk in procession behind the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Sydney.

Starting from St Patrick's Church Hill at 2.30pm, and accompanied by shared prayers and hymns, the colourful procession culminates with Benediction at the St Mary's Cathedral forecourt and concludes at about 4.30pm.

**Broken Bay

Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral will join communities around the world and celebrate this event in time with the Pope’s celebration in Rome. On Monday, 3 June, Mass will be celebrated at 12am (midnight Sunday night), followed by Adoration at 1am. Both the Mass and the Eucharistic Adoration will be streamed live (access from www.dbb.org.au through “Mass Live” on the “Parishes & Priests” page).

Maitland-Newcastle

Nothing listed for the Cathedral.

Corpus Christi Church, Platt St. Waratah  - from 8.30am to 1.00pm. The Adoration concludes with Prayer & Benediction

Wollongong

Nothing scheduled at the Cathedral but there are two processions scheduled at parish churches in the diocese, both to be led by Bishop Ingram:

St Mary’s Church, Northcliffe Drive, BERKELEY (after 8.45am Mass)

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Demetrius Road, ROSEMEADOW (at 2.30pm)

Lismore

Nothing listed - liturgical calendar and Cathedral bulletin don't appear to be accessible, but there is an hour of Eucharistic Adoration scheduled for every Sunday.

Rockhampton

Nothing listed though feast itself is at least included in diocesan calendar.

Ballarat

Nothing listed save for the feast itself.

Bunbury

Nothing listed

**Sale

Sale Cathedral Parish will unite with Pope Francis and the rest of the world from 6pm Sunday June 2nd to 6am Monday June 3rd. In the new Adoration Chapel following Mass on the 2nd June. The faithful are invited to add their names to the Adoration list, indicating the time they will be in the Chapel. 

Sandhurst

Between 2.30 &4.00pm on 2 June, the three Parishes of Cathedral, Quarry Hill & Golden Square/Kangaroo Flat are holding a Prayer/Reflection day on the  Eucharist at St. Joseph’s Quarry Hill.

Townsville

Adoration and Evening Prayer in the Cathedral (times not available online)

**Bathurst

Cathedral Parish in the Bathurst Diocese is gathering at 1am-2am on Monday morning.

Toowoomba

Nothing listed

Cairns

Nothing listed

Wagga Wagga

Holy Spirit Parish Lavington (Albury), Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession following 10am Mass, then Adoration until midday.

Darwin

Nothing listed

Armidale

Nothing listed

Port Pirie

Nothing listed

Geraldton

Nothing scheduled

Wilcannia-Forbes

Nothing listed

Broome

Nothing listed

Melkite Eparchy of Australia & New Zealand

Feast of the Holy Body of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ (celebrated on Thursday, May 30, as also occurs in the traditional Latin rite calendar): The Holy Liturgy will be celebrated according to the programme of each Parish. At Saint John the Beloved, Greenacre, Holy Liturgy is celebrated as usual at 9:00 am and 6:30 pm followed by Benediction.

21 comments:

J said...

For Brisbane: CORPUS CHRISTI: Eucharistic Procession, Rosary, Prayers and Benediction– Archbishop Coleridge will preside and preach. Sun 2 Jun/ 2:00pm. Nudgee Jnr: Twigg St, Indooroopilly. Provision made if it rains. Folding chair advisable for elderly - not required to join in Procession.

N said...

For Wollongong (from the website - http://www.dow.org.au/news/news/item/news-in-brief178):

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSIONS
Sunday 2 June 2013 at:

St Mary’s Church, Northcliffe Drive, BERKELEY (after 8.45am Mass)

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Demetrius Road, ROSEMEADOW (at 2.30pm)

Bishop Ingham will lead both processions.

Gerard Flood said...

Melbourne, Parish of Mentone-Parkdale "... St Patrick's Church .. pilgrim church in the Year of Faith .. surrounding [] parishes invited to join...witness and adoration ..]

Anonymous said...

Theres two more in Melbourne archdiocese, Kate!

St Patrick's Mentone - lead by Bishop Elliott
procession and benediction 4.15pm & Solemn Mass at 5

Corpus Christi Seminary in Carlton (90th birthday celebrations!)
1130am mass followed by procession

Fr mick mac Andrew West Wyalong NSW said...

Hello Kate, thanks for your fidelity and encouragement for us priests to do our best.
I'm from canberra & Goulburn Diocese, at West Wyalong,. a country parish. We're having Adoration and Benediction Monday 3rd June 2pm-3pm to link in with Pope Francis' call to prayer.

A Canberra Observer said...

Does the dearth of instances tell us something about the stength of fidelity of the Australian church and of its belief, root and branch, in the Real Presence?

Joshua said...

We were told at Mass this evening (25th of May) that His Grace the Archbishop of Hobart has alerted his priests to this event, and our parish will meet for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 4 pm on Sunday the 2nd of July, with Benediction at 4:45 pm.

I assume that other parishes are making arrangements, but obviously I don't have any details... don't assume that anything will be on the web, however, because most Tasmanian parishes still put any and all notices out either on paper or by word of mouth.

Kate Edwards said...

That is good news Joshua thank you. But I do find it odd how after all the hoopla about the importance of the social media to evangelization, so many dioceses and parishes haven't yet in practice discovered even the internet!

Joshua said...

If there is a group for young people, like as not they will be alerted by notices in the parish bulletin; I cannot comment on whether or not they have facebook groups, since I don't facebook.

Collin Michael Nunis said...

On Thursday, May 30, 2013, the Melkite Church will celebrate the
From the Bulletin of the Melkite Eparchy of Australia & New Zealand:

"Feast of the Holy Body of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Holy Liturgy will be celebrated according to the programme of each Parish.
At Saint John the Beloved, Greenacre, Holy Liturgy is celebrated as usual at 9:00 am and 6:30 pm followed by Benediction
."

Anonymous said...

One for Wagga Wagga diocese:
Holy Spirit Parish Lavington (Albury),
Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession following 10am Mass, then Adoration until midday.

Collin Michael Nunis said...

Hi Kate,

please add this to the Melkite Eparchy section:

The Feast of the Divine Body (Melkite Equivalent of Corpus Christi) falls on Thursday, May 30.

Kate Edwards said...

Collin - fixed, thanks.

Anonymous said...

he following Parishes have arranged events for this Sunday, June 2. If your Parish isn’t listed here, please contact them directly for further information.

Southern Tasmania
Corpus Christi, Bellerive/Lindisfarne: 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
St Aloysius, Kingston/Channel: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
St Therese’s, Moonah/Lutana: Preceding afternoon Mass, 3.00pm - 4.00pm
St Francis Xavier, South Hobart: 9.30am - 10.30am
St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart: Following 10.30am Mass
St John’s, Richmond: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
St Joseph’s, Hobart: 8.15am - 9.15am

Northern Tasmania
St Francis of Assisi, Riverside: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Carmelite Monastery, Launceston: 4.30pm - 5.45pm
St Francis Xavier, Beaconsfield: Following Mass, Midday - 12.45pm
Our Lady Star of the Sea, George Town: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

from Tasmania:
http://hobart.catholic.org.au/media/news/worldwide-day-eucharist

North-West Tasmania
St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Burnie: Preceding 10.00am Mass
Sacred Heart, Somerset: Following 8.00am Mass
St Joseph’s, Yolla: Following 10.00am Mass
St Brigid’s, Wynyard: Preceding 6.00pm Mass
Marist College, Burnie: Preceding 5.00pm Mass (4.30pm)

Joshua said...

To be fair, Kate, it appears your somewhat pointed comment about Hobart was simply a case of expecting details to be available rather earlier than when they have finally been released...

Credit where credit is due!

Kate Edwards said...

I don't agree Joshua - they could have at least put a place marker in their calendar at least, and made details available later.

And adverts for Enneagram and winter solstice events seem dubious to me at any time!

But it is great to see such a wholehearted response in any case.

Anonymous said...

Cathedral Parish in the Bathurst Diocese is gathering at 1am-2am on Monday morning.

J said...

Update for Brisbane: Villa Maria, who have perpetual adoration, will be open for anyone who wishes to attend at 1 am. There is a notice in is week's edition of The Missal for St Gregory's Traditional Latin Mass community.

Catherine

Oliver said...

This is a great initiative but the idea of doing something around 1.00am seems highly impractical.

Good luck to those who can do this, but there is really no evidence (that I'm aware of) that synchronisation of Adoration centres makes even any of our prayers during Adoration more efficacious. Be involved for sure, but don't go out of your way just on the basis you will be doing something the same time the Holy Father is doing it.

Kate Edwards said...

No-one is making claims about efficacy Oliver that I am aware of.

But I do think the attempt to get something going in every timezone simultaneously has lots to recommend it.

First the whole things is obviously an attempt to capitalise on the enthusiasm a new Pope brings, so it makes sense to connect it to him so clearly. There have been stories about increases in numbers going to confession because of the Holy Father's lead on this, and if linking it to him increases awareness of the Real Presence that too is surely a good thing.

Secondly, isn't there something heartwarming in knowing that all around the world at exactly the same time, people are praying exactly the same way for exactly the same intentions? A nice statement about the universal nature of the Church.

Finally, for us in Australia it should surely encourage us to imitate Christ, the disciples and the early Church, and spend the night, or at least a good part of it,in prayer.

Of course, if you are attached to your bed and the culture of comfort that Pope Francis spoke of as the enemy of faith last week, then you will indeed regard getting up (or staying up) for a 1am session impractical...

The Loon said...

Parramatta Office of Worship sent an order of service to use (apparently the one being used in Rome as it had Latin hymns). My Priest got a copy very late, too late to do much. He simply read the prayers that were in English and then the Sacrament was exposed in the Monstrance. We prayed the Rosary and had Benediction. Very nice. Shame there wasn't earlier notice. I had been hearing about it on the web for a while.