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Mass and Blessing of Chapel at Thomas Carr College Tarneit - Tuesday 9 December 2014

MASS & BLESSING OF THE CHAPEL OF THOMAS CARR COLLEGE, TARNEIT, CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART ON TUESDAY, 9TH DECEMBER 2014 AT 4.00 P.M.
 
Dear Friends,

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.

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