This is a year of new beginnings for me, as after faithfully attending the Yanchep Catholic church since 1993, I am having a year of peregrination around the Archdiocese of Perth (OK, so I’m parish hopping).
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting St Paul’s in Mount Lawley – although, I could say I was visiting the Parish of St Ninian and St Chad, for this is the current location of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. I have to say, I was impressed by the beautiful liturgy, the welcoming community, the wholehearted singing of the congregation: none of this ‘let the choir do their stuff, and I’ll just sit back and listen’ attitude – no, this was a united voice, as of a heavenly army in formation.
If you had come in off the street and never been to a Personal Ordinariate Mass, you might have wondered why the Liturgy seemed a little different from the usual form, and wanted to know the reasons why. Here is the answer for you: in town this week, is Professor Hans-Jürgen Feulner, Professor of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology in the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna. Professor Fuelner is known for his work in developing the Liturgy known as Divine Worship. We are honoured that Prof. Fuelner has made time to visit us here in Perth, to share with us his expertise in this field.