Shalom celebrates our 40th Anniversary
Well, what an incredible weekend!
Over 100 people from around the country attended the celebrations on Saturday 11th April, marking 40 years since the formation of Shalom House of Prayer.
There were different faiths in attendance and all with different stories as to what Shalom has meant to them over the years. We started the 40th celebrations with the ringing of the Church bells (Regina Caeli) and an Ecumenical Service presided over by Bishop Michael McKenna and Reverend Anastasia Webster-Hawes.
The service included a special prayer where the congregation was invited to add a coloured thread to a loom representing their prayer for Shalom. The Prayer loom will now reside in the Shalom House foyer for all future visitors to add their prayers when they arrive.
Following the service, Bishop Michael blessed the newly installed crosses. This was followed by lunch under the trees and the attendees were invited to add their hand print to a commemorative painting for the occasion, organised by Therese Martin.
Then came the blessing of the Shalom Prayer Labyrinth by Father Michael Hansen SJ. Attendees were invited to bring a stone that might represent something of importance in their life or pilgrimage to Shalom, and to add it to the labyrinth.
The day concluded with Bishop Michael officially launching Helen Bowers book "Let the Bells Ring Out - The History of Shalom House Of Prayer". The book is a wonderful record and delightful read about the history of the convent and of the personal journey and experiences of Helen and Neville and of many who came to Shalom.
"Let the Bells Ring Out" can be purchased for $30 at Shalom. Otherwise the book is available for purchase for $30 + $10 postage and can be ordered online HERE or at the Chancery Office, 118 Keppel Street, Bathurst or by calling 1800 451760.
Thank you again Friends of Shalom, for all the support and prayers. With your support hopefully Shalom House of Prayer will be around for another 40 years.
Grace and Peace,
The Shalom Community
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