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Bishop Lippert: Let us not forget the importance of Sunday

Gerehu, Port Moresby: The little Parish of St Paul in Gerehu Stage 6 was privileged to welcome Bishop Donald Lippert OFM Cap into its humble gates on Sunday April 14, 2024 to celebrate the sacred and Holy Eucharist.

(His Lordship Bishop Donald Lippert OFM Cap during the mass. PC: Sr Ancy John SCSA)

The joyful celebrations began and ended with colorful processions with dancers adorned in their bilas to add a special touch to the mass.

His Lordship reflected on the importance of Sunday after the Gospel of the day (Luke 24: 35-48).

“The importance of Sunday:  Jesus rose from the dead to life on the first day of the week which is Sunday, therefore, we Christians believe Sunday is the day of the resurrection”.

Bishop Lippert reminded the faithful that the Catholic Church is the people, and it continues the life of the resurrected Jesus in our world today by touching and changing the lives of people by caring for them and providing pastoral services, caring for the sick, educating the ignorant and caring and preaching the good news to the poor.

“Our Catholic faith must be real, and it should not just be something spiritual but physical as well. When we look at our brothers and sisters, we look at ourselves as not spiritual beings but physical beings in Jesus' name that experience the fullness of life in his real and true resurrection”.

Children lined up in excitement to receive blessings from His Lordship after the communion before the concluding rites of the mass.

The excited parishioners had the opportunity to meet and greet the Bishop after mass while others were privileged to ask for graces and blessings from him before posing for a picture to keep as a souvenir.

The Bishop then went for some refreshments prepared by the Sisters of Charity of St Anne before retiring back to the Catholic Bishops Conference.


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