The Cathedral bells ring again
For the first time in decades, the bells of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John rang beautifully on Sunday 13th December 2015, as Bishop Michael McKenna blessed the newly restored Cathedral bell tower on the third Sunday of Advent. Bishop McKenna concelebrated Mass with Vicar General, Father Paul Devitt as well as Fathers Tony Mannix, Joseph Dooley and Pius Khaoya after blessing the bell tower, following a procession from the Cathedral Parish Centre.
The bell tower restoration marks the completion of the stage one of the Cathedral restoration project, with the stage 2 to begin early in the New Year.
The celebrations also marked the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy which saw Bishop Michael open a Door of Mercy in the Cathedral as well as one at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Carcoar, at 6pm Mass, recognising our Shalom Diocesan House of Prayer as a place of pilgrimage.
Pope Francis has proclaimed the Jubilee Year of Mercy that opened on 8th December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception; and will close on Christ the King Sunday next year.
Bishop Michael McKenna said "Pope Francis has chosen the date of 8th December because it will also be the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council".
"Pope Francis has asked his brother bishops to involve each local church in living out the Jubilee and to open a Door of Mercy in their own cathedrals and other places of pilgrimage", explained Bishop McKenna.
Father Tim Cahill, Bishop McKenna and