CHURCH LEADER ON LEADERSHIP
STUDENT GET LESSON ON COMPASSION AND KINDNESS
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.