MASS & BLESSING OF THE CHAPEL OF THOMAS CARR COLLEGE, TARNEIT, CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART ON TUESDAY, 9TH DECEMBER 2014 AT 4.00
A Chapel is the house of God and the
gate of heaven. It is reserved
exclusively for the silence of prayer, for communal worship and for adoration
of Christ present in the Eucharist.
The celebration of Mass and the
Sacraments, Eucharistic Adoration, Scripture reflection, Rosary and awareness
of God’s nearness surrounded by Our Lady and the saints are the central
features of what we do here.
At the centre is the altar which
represents Christ, because he gave himself on the altar of the cross to make up
for our sin and win us redemption. When
Jesus at the Last Supper said ‘do this in memory of me’, he looked forward to
his death on the cross and to his resurrection from the tomb to new life. So the altar is the source of our meeting
with Christ, of our joining with him in worship of the Father and receiving him
as the Bread of life.
Normally, the Sacraments of Baptism
and Confirmation take place in our parish church because the parish is the
normal, smaller community, which is part of the great church of the
Archdiocese. The Diocese is the basic
element of the Church, of which parishes form part, unified around the bishop,
around the altar and his cathedral. The
altar in this chapel replicates that unity and calls us to worship Christ, to
hear his Word, to celebrate his Sacraments, to know his strength and guidance
in our lives and come forward with the prayers of Mary and the saints.
I urge you to keep this as a place of
wonder and reverence, to celebrate Mass reverently, to adore Jesus in the
Blessed Sacrament, to listen to God’s Word and ponder it, to reflect on the
mysteries of the Rosary and to engage with our loving Lord, who has made Thomas
Carr College a place of such fruitful expansion and development. This Chapel is a new indication of God’s care
and nearness to each of us as we offer the Mass and pray to him.
Do not be afraid to come here to
pray. Be very strict in keeping this as
a place of silence. Be very reassured in
the love that Jesus will show you if you use this Chapel well. May Jesus live in our hearts forever.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.