Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton has given thanks for the priests and clergy, who while no longer in active ministry, continue to be engaged with the Perth Catholic community for whom they were ordained to serve.
Banksia Grove and Wanneroo Parish Churches were just kilometres away from the recent Wanneroo fires that saw as many as 18 homes destroyed and more than 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) of land including farms and residential buildings affected.
Speaking at the Catholic Education Western Australia Commissioning and Acknowledgement of System Leaders Mass, Friday 17 November, at the Chapel of St Michael the Archangel, Leederville, Archbishop Costelloe emphasised to the teachers and principals present, the need to be faithful to the high ideals of our Christian faith.
Archbishop Costelloe led the first speech for the Formation Day for the Archdiocesan Assembly, drawing upon the experience of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, and his role as President, in speaking about What is a Diocesan Assembly and the recommendations of a Diocesan Pastoral Council.
It is very characteristic of our Catholic tradition that we honour the saints, look to their lives and witness for inspiration and example, and rely on their prayers in times of need and distress, Archbishop Costelloe has said, speaking at the Mass to honour the relics of St John Bosco at St Mary’s Cathedral.