Way of the Cross

A big thank you to all those involved in the preparation and celebration of the Ecumenical Way of the Cross held in our Community Centre grounds on March 17th.

This year’s Ecumenical Way of the Cross invited us into a multicultural journey of remembrance. As we relive the story of Jesus’ Passion, we recall the stories that have brought us together.

As Teresa Brierly writes in the Dio Update:

I have just returned home from this year’s Way of the Cross at Kilaben Bay at which we reflected on “That they may all be one” from John 17:21. This year, each of 14 different cultural groups led us through one of the 14 stations, providing us with the gift of their language, songs and for some, their cultural dress.

There we were in the bush setting which has been the site of our diocesan Ecumenical Stations of the Cross since 2007, when the Journey of the Cross and Icon came to our diocese in the year before the Sydney World Youth Day (WYD); a continuation of the nearly 60-year journey of the Way of the Cross in the Diocese.

And from Brendon Mannyx (Manager – Community & Mission), on behalf of the Diocese

Dear St Joseph’s Parish Community,

On behalf of everyone who attended the Ecumenical Way of the Cross on Sunday, 17th March, thank you for your generous hospitality and heartfelt welcome.

Thank you to all the helpers and grounds workers who prepared the site. The grounds looked amazing, and participants reflected on the beauty of the space. For some, it was the natural bushland setting that opened their hearts to the spirit of the day.

Others have relayed to us their gratitude for the hospitality of the community and loving service during afternoon tea.

There is something uniquely special about this annual gathering. Thank you for being a big part of it.