After being closed for ten months, St. Carthage’s Cathedral was reopened with a Pontifical Mass on Monday night the 22nd February. It brought to completion a five-year project of exterior and interior work.
Bishop Jarrett places the relics of the saints into the bronze reliquary beneath the table of the altar.
Archbishop Adolfo TitoYllana, the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia joined with Bishop Jarrett, visiting Bishops and priests to concelebrate a Mass for the dedication of the new altar. During the Litany of the Saints, the bronze reliquary was placed by Bishop Jarrett under the table of the new altar and sealed.
Renovations included the new altar of Carrara marble, and the marble paving of the sanctuary, the nave and the baptistry. An ambo in the form of an eagle lectern was installed, with the restoration of the chancel balustrade and original brass entrance gates. A burial crypt for bishops of the diocese was extended under the sanctuary.
Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Yllana and Bishop Jarrett at the the Consecration during the Mass of Thanksgiving
At the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Yllana unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the blessing of the altar. He then imparted the Apostolic Blessing to all present.
Archbishop Yllana unveils the plaque commemorating the conclusion of the exterior and interior renovation 2010-2015 and the dedication of the new altar.
(Images courtesy of Mia Henning)