BRISBANE’S Matt and Natalie Clark “couldn’t have been happier” about the latest visitor to their Mitchelton home.
The couple was the first to host a painting of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), sent forth from their parish church of St John the Baptist, Enoggera, last month.
“It was a wonderful time for all of us,” Mum of three, Natalie, said.
“We’d had a tumultuous year – with lots of sickness – and felt really drawn to it.”
Natalie’s mum, Sue Connors, “had amazing help and powerful prayer times” associated with (the then) Mary MacKillop some 15 years ago.
Sue survived cancer.
She was “front row, centre” when the image was handed over to the Clark family by retired Bishop John Gerry, Josephite Sisters Monica Cavanagh and Cecilia Anning and Kedron Brook Catholic Community parish priest Fr Jan Bialasiewicz on June 10.
Parishioner and organiser Barbara Bowers said the initiative – for the painting of St Mary of the Cross by Christopher McVinnish to circulate in parish homes – “was the spiritual inspiration of Fr Jan”.
“The three churches (Wilston, Enoggera and Gordon Park) … has a copy … and so they have been sent within their own community,” Mrs Bowers said.
“The inauguration of the ‘Journey of the Icon’ was held on the same weekend in all three churches as although having a distinct, individual identity, the three churches work together as a community on a number of appropriate major occasions.”
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