Christians celebrate Palm Sunday
HEATHER Barrett’s palm fronds held special significance at yesterday’s Palm Sunday service at St Carthage’s Cathedral.
“The fronds are from St Patrick’s at Nimbin,” she said.
“I go out there every week with my goddaughter and grand-daughter to pray the Rosary for the village of Nimbin and the struggles they face.
“My husband, Irish John, is buried out there with my son Michael.”
Palm Sunday signals the end of Lent for Catholics and the beginning of the Easter ceremonies culminating with the celebration of the Resurrection next Sunday.
“Having faith has been a huge part of my life and has helped me cope with the grief and mourning surrounding our loss,” she said.
“Knowing that there is life after death and that I will actually see John and Michael again.”
The Bishop of Lismore, the Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett, celebrated Mass at the cathedral yesterday commencing with the blessing of the palms in the courtyard.
He was unperturbed by scaffolding for the new roof which is being painstakingly carried out following critical damage from hailstorms.
Cathedral administrator Fr Paul MacDonald said Palm Sunday heralded the start of the most important week of the year for Catholics.
“It reminds us of the selfless love Jesus modelled for us – something often forgotten in today’s busy world,” he said.