THE Year of Great Jubilee ended in Brisbane archdiocese on January 7, the feast of the Epiphany, when Auxiliary Bishop John Gerry symbolically closed the Jubilee Door in St Stephen’s Cathedral.
A huge congregation, representative of most parishes, prayed with Bishop Gerry: “We rejoice that during the year 2000, we, the Church of Brisbane, have journeyed through the Jubilee doors of faith into a year of God’s favour”.
Tens of thousands of people had made the cathedral a pilgrimage focus over the year, coming daily, singly and in parish and community groups.
Parishes had been given their pilgrim staffs on the first Sunday of Advent in 1999 by Archbishop John Bathersby, to decorate appropriately and to stand in a place of honour in their churches.
They returned them to line the cathedral walls in a series of Jubilee pilgrimage Eucharists last October and November.
On January 7 the staffs were returned to their parish representatives by Bishop Gerry during the rite of blessing and dismissal.