All Parishes to Observe National Day of Mourning

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lismore, the Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s invitation to observe a nation-wide Day of Mourning and Reflection on Sunday 16 January for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.

In a letter to the twenty eight parishes in the Lismore Diocese, Bishop Jarrett has encouraged all clergy and parishioners to participate in the national observance with special prayers during Sunday Mass in remembrance of all who lost their lives.
The Bishop has also recommended that as many Catholics as are able return to their churches to observe the one minute’s silence at 11.59 am and to welcome members of the wider community to join together with them in this moment of reflection.

In his letter Bishop Jarrett has also acknowledged the generosity of local Catholics hand in hand with other Australians in responding to the relief appeals. Donations received from Lismore,South Lismore and Terania parishioners alone last Sunday totalled $12,942, and giving continues on a similar scale in parishes throughout the Diocese.