Church spire lights up night

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The spire of St Paul’s Catholic Church in Kar­ratha was last week il­lu­mi­nated, mak­ing it just as dis­tinc­tive at night as it is dur­ing the day.

A long-term project by parish priest-in-charge Fa­ther Brian Ahearn and as­sis­tant priest Fa­ther Bernard Balaraj, the 46year-old, 40m-high spire is now il­lu­mi­nated in red and white ev­ery night af­ter a full day of in­stal­la­tion works last Wednes­day, so it can be seen clearly from any­where in town.

“The il­lu­mi­na­tion of the cross in the Catholic Church is an idea from Euro­pean Gothic struc­tures, as well as some Asian coun­tries,” Fa­ther Balaraj said.

“Es­pe­cially in the light, there is sig­nif­i­cance, be­cause the light is red, which would sig­nify the blood of Christ, and il­lu­mi­nat­ing the cross means Je­sus died on the cross.

“It is also a high­light to peo­ple . . . so ev­ery­body can, right from their doorstep, see the cross.”

The light­ing project was funded by the parish and a pri­vate parish­ioner, with con­struc­tion and elec­tri­cal work car­ried out by Joyce Krane and Cozco.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The il­lu­mi­nated spire of St Paul's Catholic Church in Kar­ratha.

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