On Monday the 17th September 2012 at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Ponsonby Auckland, the patronal feast of Holy Cross Seminary, ‘The Triumph of the Cross,’ was celebrated. This feast has been celebrated in New Zealand for 112 years, originating at the seminary of Holy Cross College Mosgiel and now at the Holy Cross Seminary Ponsonby.
During the Mass seven seminarians were instituted as Lectors and three instituted as Acolytes.
An Acolyte is a man who can serve at Mass and assist the priest and deacon. He is responsible for preparing the altar and the sacred vessels. He may bring Holy Communion to the sick and assist at Mass in a similar way to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
A Lector is called to proclaim the word of God at Mass except for the Gospel, read the Prayer of the Faithful, direct the singing and instruct the faithful in the catechism. He is called to live by the word of God.
Both are significant steps in the journey to become a priest. One of our own seminarians Danny Fraser-Jones became an Acolyte and we congratulate him.
We pray particularly for all the seminarians as they discern their vocation and prepare themselves to serve as future priests, that they will continue to be formed by the word of God and nourished by the Eucharist the ‘source and summit ‘of the life of the priesthood and the Church.
The celebrations ended with an evening meal at the seminary with Bishop Denis Browne who was the celebrant of the Mass, together with other bishops and many priests from the Auckland diocese, a few visiting clergy, the staff of seminary and the seminarians.
Kind regards and God bless
Father Eamon Kennedy
Feast of St Andrew Kim and Companions
20th September 2012