Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

A LIFE of joy, rather than a fo­cus on sin, was a Catholic bishop’s mes­sage to North Bur­nett parish­ioners.

Bishop Brian Fin­ni­gan was cel­e­brat­ing mass in Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold

“In the past, we’ve con­cen­trated too much on sin,” the bishop said.

“In­stead, we should cel­e­brate our faith and fol­low Pope Fran­cis’ ex­hor­ta­tion to live with joy.”

Bishop Fin­ni­gan de­scribed his of­fi­cial visit as an op­por­tu­nity to get a “feel for the spirit of what’s in the par­ish” and to sup­port Fa­ther Ja­son Mid­dle­ton.

As it was not easy to be a par­ish priest these days, it was nec­es­sary for priest and parish­ioners to ac­tively sup­port each other, the bishop said.

“It’s a great at­mos­phere in the par­ish and in the var­i­ous churches, there are ded­i­cated groups of people who look af­ter the church.

“And (St Joseph’s) school seems to be very vi­brant, even though it’s a small school by many stan­dards.”

He was de­lighted with Mun­dub­bera’s spirit of hos­pi­tal­ity where Ton­gan fruit pick­ers were en­cour­aged to sing dur­ing the mass.

“I know it’s only a sim­ple thing, but they were made wel­come and they’re here for fruit pick­ing sea­son for four to six months,” he said.

Bishop Fin­ni­gan is re­quired to visit each par­ish in the dio­cese at least once in five years, how­ever he will re­turn later this year to cel­e­brate youth con­firm­ing their faith.


OF­FI­CIAL VISIT: Bishop Brian Fin­ni­gan (third row) with the par­ish of St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gayn­dah. Back row: Marie-Therese Cleary, Steve Hickey, Kim Kloster, Veronique Formica. Sec­ond row: Neveile and Aileen Hol­lis, Dell Ah­ern, Jan Lutvey, Bishop Fin­ni­gan, Jan Lutvey, Deema White. Front row: Eva Lutvey, Elvia Slack.

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