Maitland diocese remembers second Bali bombing anniversary

A year after the second Bali bombing attack which killed twenty three people and injured scores more, NSW's Maitland-Newcastle diocese is organising a commemorative Mass to remember the victims who included a number of Newcastle people and to pray for peace.

According to a statement by the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, Sunday marks the anniversary of the second Bali suicide bombings, which directly affected nine Newcastle families holidaying in Bali at the time.

"One year later, the community continues to ask questions and to feel the pain of this tragedy. At the same time, we want to express our support and solidarity with those affected and to gather together to pray for a world in which we strive, through our actions, for justice and lasting peace," said Mrs Teresa Brierley, Vice Chancellor for Pastoral Ministries in the diocese.

"The diocesan community deeply felt the tragedy of last year's bombings, as a number of parish and school communities were directly affected. But the broader community was also distressed as the reality of injury and death was felt in social, sporting and professional arenas.

The diocese is marking the anniversary with two special ceremonies.

This Sunday the Newcastle Parish will include special prayers and rituals to remember those who were directly affected by the bombings.

According to Dean of the Sacred Heart Cathedral and Parish Priest of the Newcastle Parish, Mgr Allan Hart, "A number of the families who were in Bali are part of the Newcastle Parish. They asked that we remember and name those who were affected during our Mass at St Joseph's this Sunday. The families also asked that they have an opportunity to thank the parish community for their prayers and support during the last 12 months".

The diocese will also hold a gathering for prayer and reflection at the Sacred Heart Cathedral next Wednesday evening, 4 October - the feast of St Francis.

"St Francis is an inspiring role model of peace, recognised by people from many countries and of varying creeds," Mrs Brierley said.

"We feel that St Francis' Feast Day is an ideal occasion to gather together annually and pray for an end to violence and terrorism in our world. All members of the local community are encouraged and warmly welcome to come and join us in prayer."

According to the statement, Mass of remembrance and thanks will be held at The Junction's St Joseph's Church at 9.30am on Sunday. The Prayer Gathering for Peace will be held at 6.00pm on 4 October at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Diocese Marks First Anniversary of Bali Bombings (Maitland-Newcastle diocese, Media Release, 28/9/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
2005 Bali Bombings (Wikipedia)
Bali Bombings 2002 (Wikipedia)
Maitland-Newcastle diocese

Bali bishop calls for month of prayer (CathNews, 6/10/05)
Archbishop Carroll extends prayers, sympathy to Bali victims (CathNews 5/10/05)
Diocese mourning Bali bomb victims (CathNews 4/10/05)
Melbourne archbishop says don"t let Bali anguish breed hate (CathNews 13/10/03)
Bali anniversary focus on anti-terrorism education (CathNews 10/10/03)
Australians honour Bali bomb victims (CathNews 21/10/02)

29 Sep 2006