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IF I FORGET YOU, JERUSALEM

No Jew, no Christian, no Muslim can forget Jerusalem.

For the Jew, Jerusalem is the site of Solomons Temple, of the Second Temple, of the Holy of Holy, Gods chosen place.

For the Christian, Jerusalem is the epicentre of the great events of Redemption, the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.

For the Muslim, Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock in particular was visited by Mohammed on his mystical journey by winged horse to heaven.

To pray where Jesus prayed, to sail where Jesus sailed,? to see what he saw, to absorb the atmosphere of the Mount of Transfiguration and the Mount of Beatitudes these are moments one can never forget.?? They help shape the rest of our lives and certainly they illuminate the Scriptures in unforgettable ways.

Our Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land this November will include time in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Judea.? It will also include time in Jordan, at the site of the baptism of Jesus, at the site of the death of Moses ?Mount Nebo and in the legendary pink city of Petra.? All of this is much more than a tourist trip; it is pilgrimage, a journey of faith to the human roots of our religion.

There is still time to join the Parish Pilgrimage;? I would certainly like as many parishioners as possible to share this experience and I would like the parish to join in the spirit of the pilgrimage through prayer and through social media.? I was impressed with the fact that sometimes adult children send? their parents as a thank you; sometimes those who cannot go themselves, send a friend in their place, sometimes people will sponsor others who cannot afford it.

I would like to reassure everyone that there is no risk involved in travelling to the sacred sites in the Holy Land in Israel and Jordan.?? We will have a final meeting of all interested with Gail (of Fowler Tours SA) on her return from a current pilgrimage.

Do give this possibility your careful consideration,

Fr Sean Wales, C.Ss.R.

IF I FORGET YOU JERUSALEM, LET MY RIGHT HAND WITHER, LET MY TONGUE CLEAVE TO MY MOUTH, IF I REMEMBER YOU NOT.?? (Psalm 137)

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