FIFTY years since the Second Vatican Coun-cil introduced significant changes to the sac-red liturgy, South Coast Deanery recently considered how well parishes had applied the changes.
Gathering at St Augustine and St Monica’s Church, Coolangatta-Tugun, more than 120 people answered a question posed by Pope Francis in a homily on April 16.
He called the council “a beautiful work” but asked if “after 50 years, have we done everything the Holy Spirit was asking us to do during the council?”
The celebrations at Tugun on October 20 found these words to have a profound significance on the South Coast Deanery’s docility to the Holy Spirit.
More than 30 recommendations from clergy and parishioners were made to the parish pastoral council at the end of the celebration.
Parish pastoral council president Peter Cossins said the Holy Spirit was “well on its way” to working in the parish.
Parish priest Fr John Scarrott reminded participants of Pope Francis’ description of the Holy Spirit as “annoying us, moving us … and pushing the Church to move forward”.
“Instead, we try to domesticate the Holy Spirit, stay comfortable, and ignore the challenges put to us by Vatican II,” Fr Scarrott said.
The celebration provided an opportunity to see practical ways to engage in the challenge from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge to rebuild the Church.
Participants left the celebration accepting that the Second Vatican Council called the Church to replace “exclusion with inclusion”.