A Message from the Administrator
During the Easter Vigil ceremony, the priest enters a darkened church with the newly lit Paschal Candle. He acclaims three times, “Christ our Light” and the Congregation welcomes the Light singing, “Thanks be to God”.
In our churches in the Pastoral Region, the priest sings this antiphon in Latin, “Lumen Christi”. This is the title given to our Pastoral Region comprising the three parishes of Wollongong, FairyMeadow/Balgownie and Gwynneville.
A Message from the Dean of the Cathedral & Administrator of the Pastoral Region - 9 MARCH 2017
On Wednesday 8th March at Saint Brigid’s Hall, Gwynneville, seventy parishioners gathered to discuss the proposal that the three parishes of our Lumen Christi Pastoral Region merge into the one parish. For seven years, the parishes of Saint Francis Xavier, Wollongong, Saint John Vianney, Fairy Meadow/Mater Dolorosa, Balgownie and Saint Brigid, Gwynneville have operated as a “pastoral region”. There was overwhelming support at the Assembly for the process of consultation with parishioners to go to the next step. Church law mandates that parishioners have to be consulted when such a proposal is being considered. There must be a period of consultation and, it needs to be emphasized that this proposal is not a done deal!