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Adoration is a term more likely to be
associated with boy band One Direction
or the latest fashion must-have than
a traditional form of meditative prayer,
but it s the latter that speaks to a group
of young men and women who gather
regularly at Newcastle s Sacred Heart
At a café in Beaumont Street,
where the participants gather for
supper and a chat after the service,
Convenor Andrew Dezelak credits Sidharth
Jose with the initial idea. Sid had moved
from Melbourne, where Adoration of Jesus
in the Cathedral is a regular event, "which
really inspired me. Spending that one hour
gave me a focus for the entire week; I would
feel energised and meditative at the same
time. When you're at work, at uni or at
school, you have so many things happening,
but when you come to the cathedral for that
one hour, you refocus your priorities and you
know what should be done. I feel I evaluate
myself morally as well. It gives me that
balance, so that Christ is at the centre of
my life, and that's really important to me."
Sid, an accountant with Compassion
Australia, spoke to fellow accountant
Walk With Christ Procession
Seven@SacredHeart and East Lake
Macquarie Parish are jointly organising
a coach trip to the colourful Walk With
Christ Procession through Sydney CBD on
10 June. All are warmly invited to join us.
Bookings for the coach are essential and
can be made via the "What's On" page of
the Port Stephens coaches website www.
pscoaches.com.au or P 4982 2940.
Cost is $30 (adults), $20 (pensioners/
Departing 10am Hunter Stadium Parking
area, Turton Road Broadmeadow;
10.30am St Francis Xavier's Church,
Ernest St, Belmont.
For info about the procession or about
P Andrew Dezelak 0405 772 779.
Andrew, who works with Calvary Aged Care
& Retirement Services, and together, they
decided to try to make something happen.
Andrew, a parishioner at Belmont, said, "I'm
a believer in trying things out. Because
young people today have the world available
online, they have access to a variety of
traditions and cultures, I didn't think they
would be put off by something that was new
Andrew is passionate about young people
finding their place in the Church. As a father
of three, he remembers clearly feeling
that he wanted a deeper involvement as
a younger man. "There was the Antioch
movement but only by the time I was too
old for it!"
Andrew marshalled some contacts, had lots
of conversations and decided to take the
plunge and offer a different kind of prayer
in the beautiful setting of Sacred Heart
Cathedral, Newcastle West. Priests of the
diocese have been invited to participate and
several have accepted the invitation. On
Wednesday 13 June Bishop Bill will lead the
prayer, which is a blend of silence, scripture,
music, congregational prayer and dialogue.
It's this dialogue which sets 'Seven@
SacredHeart' apart. After the May event,
regular Elroy Aguiar said, "I found what Mons
[Hart] had to say tonight really beneficial,
and it's not often you can respond to the
priest's reflections on scripture." Teacher
at St Peter's Primary Stockton, Gemma
Spradbrow, has taken 'Seven@SacredHeart'
a step further by introducing what might
be called '9@Stockton' -- fifteen minutes
of prayer at the beginning of the day which
sees pupils of all ages, teachers and
parents stopping, simply to be in God's
Childcare worker Jessie Cairns compared
spending time with God in quiet
contemplation with taking time out for "just
sitting there and being with your partner at
the end of the day: 'I haven't seen you all
day, surely there's something to tell me?'"
While the numbers participating in 'Seven@
SacredHeart' are not large in these early
days, it's not about numbers. Monsignor
Allan Hart, Dean of the Cathedral, reminded
the group that "Where two or three are
gathered together in my name, there am I in
the midst of them." (Mt 18:20).
So a floating population gathers on the
second Wednesday of each month at
7pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hunter
St Newcastle West. You are welcome to
Sidharth prepares for Seven@SacredHeart.
(l-r) Sidharth Jose, Elroy Aguiar and Baden Ellis at
Sacred Heart Cathedral.
By TRACEY EDSTEIN
Photos courtesy of Priscilla Scanlon.
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