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The 10th annual Christmas Interfaith Remembrance Service at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Hundreds of people took part in the 10th annual Christmas Interfaith Remembrance Service hosted by Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday. Source: The Catholic Weekly. 

The love and hope-filled annual event brings together people from diverse backgrounds, beliefs and traditions, providing solace to those struggling during the Christmas period without their loved ones.

Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Terence Brady led the service, which featured readers and singers from different faith backgrounds including Fowler MP Dai Le, who lost her mother this year.

Attendees had the opportunity to light a candle at the front of the cathedral in remembrance of their loved ones.

At the conclusion, attendees moved to cathedral square to view the “Christmas at the Cathedral” light show. 

Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria chief executive officer Lauren Hardgrove said the annual service has created strong and respectful alliances with many faith groups including the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and indigenous communities.

It provides support to those who may find it difficult to celebrate the Christmas period without their family or friends and is an integral part of Catholic Cemeteries’ mission of care and compassion for all in the community, she said.

“The service is always well-received by those who attend, who appreciate being able to honour those who still hold a place in their hearts, from whatever background they may come from,” she said.


Hundreds attend Christmas interfaith remembrance service (The Catholic Weekly)