Praise and worship was a key feature of the Friday night rally. The theme of mercy, in this Liturgical Year of Mercy permeated throughout the night. With the guide of MC’s Georgia and Clarence the night was a powerful experience of the Holy Spirit.
A Welcome to Country was delivered by Teresa and her daughter Rose. Teresa is an elder in the Noongar community from the Kwinana parish of St Vincent. Teresa and Rose highlighted to those gathered the purpose of the Welcome to keep everyone at the Veritas festival safe, and encouraged all to pray for peace.
After the televised welcome from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, Deacon Aaron Peters spoke on ‘Fishing for Mercy’. His entertaining and thought provoking talk highlighted that what goes on inside us, has an effect on the outside and on those around us. Deacon Aaron reflected on the Gospel of John in which Peter is out fishing. Without God’s help however, Peter does not catch a single fish. Our experience of God’s mercy is a limitless experience if only we remember to open our eyes and hearts to God in our everyday lives. God’s mercy is so powerful it overcomes our shortcomings and prevails upon others. It changes us on the outside. Mercy inspires us to be courageous, generous and real.
Following Deacon Aaron Peter’s talk, Youth Mission Team performed a drama focusing the attention of those at the rally on the real presence of Jesus in our lives. The power of God’s mercy and the forgiveness experienced through this were again highlighted.
Mercy Care spoke on the need of our neighbours here in Perth. A call was sent out to those participating in the weekend festival to respond with mercy and to tangibly pass on any transformation to the elderly, homeless and disenfranchised youth.
Praise and worship rounded out the night with great energy and joy.
Sabrina Bertino-Clarke, 15 and Hannah Hicks, 12 have never been to an event like the Veritas rally before and both found the night inspirational.
Written by Sarah Hicks (Official Journo for Veritas Youth Festival)
Sarah Hicks is 23 years old. She is a Masters student at The University of Notre Dame studying Primary School Teaching. She loves baking, spending too much time in the bathroom and travelling. Her dislike of practical jokes and the word ‘moist’ does make for some hilarious situations. However she is very generous with her time and loves to make others smile.