Archdiocese to host candlelight prayer for Bondi community

By the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, 18 April 2024
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The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney will host a Vigil Mass and prayer service this Saturday evening 20 April for victims of, and those impacted by, the stabbing attack at Westfield Bondi Junction last weekend.

Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Most Rev. Bishop Richard Umbers will conduct the special services, open to the entire community, inviting all to come together to pray for the six people who died and dozen injured in the attack.

“In times of tragedy it is important that our community comes together to pray and show our support for the victims, families, friends and all people grieving at this traumatic time.”

Instead of St Mary’s Cathedral, the special services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Adelaide Street, Bondi Junction.

“The event will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church to show our support for the local community. Local Catholic parishes have always been the cornerstones of communities, and this extends to times of crisis,” Bishop Umbers said.

“We want to let people of all backgrounds and beliefs know that we are there for them during their most difficult time.”

The Vigil Mass will commence at 5.30PM, with the special candlelight prayer service commencing at 7PM. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

“This is an opportunity for us to pray for peace, to demonstrate our commitment to human life, and to celebrate the courage of the victims, and ensure that they’re honoured.”

With thanks to the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.


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