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News from Rockhampton

14 March, 2023

Ash Wednesday Mass

On the morning of Wednesday 22 February, The Cathedral College (TCC) Year 10, 11 and 12 students gathered in St Joseph’s Cathedral together with the Parish community for the Ash Wednesday Mass.  The Mass was presided by Bishop Michael who was assisted by the TCC Liturgy Committee and Music Ministry.

The Liturgy Committee proclaimed the Word and distributed the ashes to students and parish members.  The Liturgy Committee, made up of Year 12 student volunteers, help run College Masses and liturgies throughout the year including the monthly TCC Parish Mass on a Saturday evening.

The TCC Music Ministry is a group of young people from across the Year levels and include singers, guitarists, percussionists, brass, wind and stringed instrument players, many who have learnt through the College’s instrumental music program.

Deputy Principal: Mission, Mrs Claire Stitt said it was a meaningful experience for all students who attended.

“Worshipping with the Parish community gave us all a deep sense that we are part of a broader community of faith which will strengthen us for our Lenten journey ahead,” she said.

Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal which the college participates in through awareness and fund-raising activities.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

We have recommenced Children’s Liturgy of the Word at St Joseph’s Cathedral, and the children had a wonderful time this Sunday reflecting on the Ash Wednesday ceremony.  Each child was invited to pray for something they wanted to say sorry for.  They weren’t expected to pray out loud, but something where they have hurt someone or hurt God.  Once they had done that they came to the table and using a paintbrush and the ashes they drew a cross on the paper.   When everyone was finished, they were invited to cut their cross out and take it home.