Not even the rain could keep CatholicCare supporters away,
as hundreds gathered for the Annual Mass of Appreciation, held today at St
It was – as always – a very special day, with Mass
celebrated by the Most Reverend Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, and
concelebrants the Very Reverend John Salvano, and CatholicCare’s Spiritual
Director, Reverend Gerard Dowling PE.
The day was made even more special with the premiere of Missa
Christus Rex, a new Mass commissioned by St Patrick’s Cathedral to mark the 70th
birthday of the renowned composer of liturgical music, Christopher Willcock SJ.
Donors, volunteers, benefactors, family, friends and staff
of CatholicCare were blessed to be part of such a beautiful Mass; among them Netty
Horton, who joined CatholicCare as CEO in mid-November.
John Sheldon, Chair of CatholicCare, shared words of
appreciation with the congregation before the end of the Mass. “Together, your
contributions have built on our shared mission - to break down the barriers to
social inclusion and bring a sense of belonging to everyone.”
“Together we are creating the kind
of community that people like to be part of – with deeper, more nourishing
Following the Mass, CatholicCare
supporters joined John and Netty for refreshments at the Cardinal Knox Centre,
allowing another opportunity for staff to say thank you.
For anyone unable to attend the
Mass of Appreciation, you can view online here.