Members in QLD attend mass together as Covid-19 restrictions ease
At the invitation of the Parish Priest of Southport Parish, Magistral Chaplain Fr. Gerard McMorrow members, candidates, family and friends of the North Eastern Region joined the Parish’s Vigil Mass on 17th October. This was the first opportunity since the easing of Covid-19 restrictions for our region to come together.
Fr Gerard spoke to the Gospel reading about giving unto Caesar. He placed a strong emphasis of the sin of hypocrisy demonstrated by the Scribes and Pharisees and how we as individuals and organisations must be always diligent in what we stand for and demonstrate. National President, James Douglas gave the congregation a concise explanation of the lay nature of our Order and some of the history that explains our full name and all its references to places of residence.
Mass was followed by a meal with 12 members, 5 candidates, family, friends and parishioners in attendance. Following dinner Fr Gerard gave a brief outline of the needs in Southport regarding people who are disadvantaged and how the Order can make a meaningful contribution to their care.
Special mention is made of the attendance of our candidates Alice and Andrew Druzynski and their young family who made the trip up from Lennox Heads in NSW now permissible due to the Covid-19 Bubble being extended to cover Northern NSW by the Queensland Government. They took the opportunity the following day to meet with their Spiritual Companion for their Year of Preparation, Padre Morgan Batt, Magistral Chaplain and Parish Priest of Mother of Mercy Parish, Burleigh Heads.