Aboriginal Medical Service to the rescue

Last Saturday (23 July), the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service – built on land adjacent to the Church – opened its gates to provide a space for a 6pm Community Mass celebrated by Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO. Frank is also a lawyer, and the Director of Uniya, the Jesuit Social Justice Centre in Sydney.

At least 25 community members shared in a wonderfully tension-free Eucharist on a site almost as significant as St Vincent’s itself.
Frank entrusted to the Community the hand woven stole he acquired recently in Jerusalem and wore to say Mass, with a request that the worsening plight of the diminishing number of Christians in the Holy Land be kept in mind whenever it is used.
Shireen – Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Petals for peace – the wattle flowers used during Mass left at the locked Church door

Several weeks ago the 6pm Saturday and Sunday Masses were moved out of the church and into the presbytery around the corner, unannounced other than by way of a subtle timetable change in the church bulletin at the beginning of July.
The Community has been advised that this may be a breach of canon law.
A candlelight vigil was held on the church steps outside the locked door on the following two Saturday evenings.
Despite the cold weather, the vigil attracted up to 20 of the “frozen few”, including 5 or 6 Aboriginal people.
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