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Caring for mentally ill

ABOUT 400 people attended Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care’s (CPPC) annual St Dympna’s Day celebrations in Brisbane.

St Dympna is the patron saint of people with mental illness, and each year CPPC has a St Dympna Day healing Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Fortitude Valley.

Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman was the principal celebrant of the Mass on May 23, and nine priests concelebrated.

CPPC chaplain, Fr Jim Smith said the Mass was a prayerful, joy-filled and hope-filled celebration, and a great spirit prevailed on the day.

Fr Smith said people from across the archdiocese attended.

A highlight was the singing of the CPPC choir, and shared participation by members and pastoral carers in the lead parts of the Mass.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was a feature of the Mass.

Following the Mass, arts, crafts and cakes made by members, pastoral carers and Friends of CPPC were sold from stalls in the church grounds.

Fr Smith said about $6000 was raised through the stalls and from cash donations on the day.

Written by: Staff writers
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