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In a special ceremony following Mass at St Peter’s Clayton on Sunday morning, Bishop Peter Elliott, auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, formally blessed the new columbarium facility at the church.
A columbarium is a dedicated wall for the reserving of the ashes of the deceased, and, as Bishop Elliott pointed out in his homily, is in full accord with the recent guidelines from the Vatican on burial and cremation for Catholics.
Bishop Elliott was concelebrating Sunday’s morning Mass with St Peter’s parish priest, Father Stephen Kandarapally. Here is the text of the homily he gave.