Students, staff and parishioners unite in prayer

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Students, staff and parishioners unite in prayer

A Day of United Prayer in north-west Tasmania aimed to shine a light of faith and hope in a time of uncertainty and hardship.

Catholic schools and parishioners came together virtually, against the backdrop of COVID-19 on May 19, to pray for the world, the community and themselves, and to light a candle in a time of darkness.

Participants were reminded that although they are living through a time of isolation, they share a love of God and the hope that they put in Him.

The Director of Faith and Ministry at Burnie’s Marist Regional College, Patrick Fabian, explained that the event came about in response to a need for a united time of prayer and reflection. After discussions with Burnie-Wynyard Parish priest Fr John Girdauskas, the prayer was written and sent out to the college’s Catholic feeder schools and the parish.

“The hope is that this will be a way for students, staff and families to be comforted and encouraged,” Mr Fabian said.

“Even though we are physically separated at the moment, being spread across the state, we are all still united in our faith and no matter where we are, God still hears us.

“It was also a good way to be able to pray for each other, our schools, hospitals, leaders and communities.

“Prayer is so important, because when we pray it isn’t just wishful thinking, we are talking to the God of all creation who is in control of all things and cares for us.”

Although the Day of United Prayer began as an initiative between the college and parish, it expanded to include the feeder schools and was then sent to ministry co-ordinators in Catholic schools across the state.

“The support that was received was just great and really encouraging to know that, at the same time, people were all praying the same thing,” Mr Fabian said.

“Although it has been challenging [during the pandemic] not being able to meet with people and do ministry face-to-face, it has prompted great opportunities to initiate and try new things, particularly online.”