WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU NOVEMBER 2018 NOVEMBER 2018 WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU NEWS 11 10 NEWS But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be liƩle among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasƟng. – Micah 5:2 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring giŌs! May all kings fall down before him, all naƟons serve him! –Psalm 72:10-11 By Jackson Saunders Sandhurst Seminarian H undreds attended the annual Marian Festival at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday, October 7. The occasion celebrated the 101st anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal. The day, which was organised by the Apostolate of Fatima, aimed to give honour to Our Lady and show the importance of devotion to Mary, the mother of God. The celebration commenced with the 11am Sunday Mass at the Cathedral with Bishop Leslie Tomlinson, which was followed by a program of activities starting with lunch throughout the afternoon. The program for the Marian Festival included a procession around the Cathedral grounds with a statue of Our Lady while the joyful mys- teries were prayed. The procession concluded inside the Cathedral where another Rosary was prayed reflecting on the glorious mysteries. This was followed by the blessing of sacred objects and a talk by Bishop Tomlinson. During his talk, Bishop Tomlinson said that the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was a great festival of thanks- giving, which brought countless benefits to the Church. “In modern times, successive popes have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary,” he said. “It is a form of contemplative prayer, mental and vocal prayer, which brings down God’s blessing on the Church. “It is a biblically inspired prayer centred on meditation on the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her Son in his redeeming action.” Bishop Tomlinson said that the Rosary was Christocentric in its focus on the passion, death, resurrec- tion and glory of the life of Jesus. “Pope Francis has often spoken of his devotion to the Rosary. He empha- sises that Mary guides us toward the path we are called to take in order to be true disciples of Jesus,” Bishop Tomlinson said. “Furthermore, he says that in pray- ing the Rosary, we feel her closeness in each mystery and contemplate her role as ‘the first disciple of her Son, for she does the Father’s will’. “Pope Francis stresses that Mary can help teach us what it means to be a disciple of Christ because, while she was ‘eternally chosen to be his Mother,’ she also learned how to be his disciple. “‘Her first act was to listen to God,’ Pope Francis reminds us, not- ing how she then obeyed the angel’s message and followed Jesus closely, ‘listening to every word that issued from his lips’ and keeping them in her heart.” Bishop Tomlinson said that the Rosary was a prayer that appealed to many. “It is simple. The constant rep- etition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God,” he said. “We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.” After Bishop Tomlinson’s talk, a period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed, concluding with Benediction. The Sacrament of Reconciliation was also available dur- ing this time. The program finished with after- noon tea and the cutting of the cake at the Cathedral Hall. The Apostolate of Fatima led by Wilma and John McCormack extend their thanks to all who supported the festival, including Bishop Leslie Tomlinson, Fr Stephen Bolling, Fr Leo Hynes, Fr Bernie McGrath and Fr Dean Bongat. Thanks also goes to the altar servers and to Mr John Hogan, the Cathedral Choir and Joanne Bonazza. A thank you is also extended to the Knights of the Southern Cross, the Sacred Heart Ladies, the Apostolate of Fatima Ladies and many friends, Chancery staff and to the people who organised buses to the event from across the Sandhurst Diocese and beyond. Marian Festival gathers faithful Bishop Les Tomlinson during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Les Tomlinson places Rosary beads on Our Lady. The annual Marian Festival procession around the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo. Photos by Chris McCormack. Participants venerate the statue of Our Lady during the Marian Festival. Bishop Les Tomlinson prepares to crown Our Lady. The procession enters the Cathedral.