A City Pilgrimage Oz Rosary #53

A National Rosary Campaign  was launched in May by a group in Sydney which includes former Sacred Heart Cootamundra teacher, Jane Chifley. 

The Australian endeavor has an episcopal patron in the person of Bishop Emeritus David Cremin  

On the “Oz Rosary” website, he credits Polish Catholics for having begun the now worldwide national Rosary crusade.  

“I am a retired Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, and I am more than happy to support the Oz Rosary Around Australia,” Cremin wrote. “This Rosary Crusade started in Poland with over a million Catholics and has spread to other countries. It is very much a lay initiative and a most devoted lay team are promoting it here in Australia.”
“I support very much this good apostolate of promoting the Rosary at this time when there is so much poverty (and) bloodshed and refugee problems in our world,” Cremin continued. “Our Blessed Lady’s intercession through the recitation of the Rosary is sorely needed at this time.”   
The Australian prayer event was originally called “Oz Rosary #53”, as its organizers hoped to establish as many as 53 locations, one for every “Hail Mary” of a five-decade Rosary. However, now more than 200 locations have been confirmed.
While the promotion and response is dominated by those in traditional parish and school communities I invited Catholics and friends who no longer associate or identify in this way to also have an opportunity to witness to this model of popular devotion.

On Sunday 13th May I went on a rosary pilgrimage to reflect on our country, its needs and our mission. I took the highlighted words of Bishop David Cremin's message as a focus. This pilgrimage began  at 3.00 pm at the Sorry Day Plaque in King George Square and concluded at  5.00pm, at sunsetat the entrance to the Botanic Gardens in Alice Street.
1st Decade: Justice for Indigenous Peoples
3.00 pm: Sorry Day Plaque King George Square

Reflection:  And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others. 

Pope John Paul II  Alice Spring (Australia), 29 November 1986

2nd Decade for Peace and Nonviolence
3.30pm: Anzac Flame Ann Street
Reflection: For Christians, Jesus Christ is the strongest example and source of strength in our long journey towards the peace of God. He was the victim of the worst that humanity could do. His response to violence was not more violence but an act of transcendence that set humanity on a new path forever. The mission and resurrection of Jesus are both a message of hope to humanity and a call to conversion: to renounce the sources of violence and to look for new and constructive ways of addressing the pain and anger we see in our world.  2010: Violence in Australia,  Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

3rd Decade for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
4.00pm: Department of Home Affairs  Adelaide Street

Reflection: People who come to Australia claiming protection are not aliens, but our brothers and sisters. If they cannot find protection in their own countries, they are entitled to claim it from other nations, including ours. 2015-2016: For Those Who've Come Across the Seas  Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

4th Decade for Human Rights and Economic Justice
4.30pm: AMP Place 10 Eagle Street Brisbane
Reflection: We see a vineyard in which all are engaged as active contributors to the economic enterprise. We are called to work for an economy that is inclusive and capable of putting the needs of the poor before the wants of the rich. We envisage an alternative to market places that are harsh and inhospitable: the vineyard, lush and green, sustainable in its growth and inclusive in its economy. 2017-2018: Everyone’s Business Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

A pilgrim stop at Loud Fence  Cathedral of St Stephen Brisbane.

LOUD FENCE is a place to show support for those victims and survivors of child sexual abuse: tie ribbons to fences, letterboxes etc. NO MORE SILENCE.Prayer for survivors and deceased victims of institutional childhood abuse in Catholic institutions.

5th Decade for the Environment and Rough Sleepers in our streets and parks
5.00pm: Botanic Gardens Alice Street Gates
Reflection: Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis, 2013, #53.