As temperatures drop through the winter holidays, St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta is hoping to warm the hearts of the local community with a winter light show. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Beginning last Saturday and running until July 21, St Patrick’s Cathedral is bringing back its themed light show Light Up St Pat’s.
The event is held in conjunction with the City of Parramatta Council’s Winterlight Festival, which runs throughout the July school holidays at Prince Alfred Park.
Mili Lee, financial administrator of the St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, said that Light Up St Pat’s is a way that the parish opens itself up to the community.
“This was an idea that was brought up by our young people,” she said.
“The whole idea of [Light Up St Pat’s] is to connect with the outside community.
“We had to sit as a parish and discern how best to connect with the city community that’s growing around us.
“While we cannot be out there all the time preaching the Good News, this is a very subtle way of opening our doors and showing people what we are all about.”
This year, the religious images and animations projected onto the façade of the Cathedral are based around the theme of Hope.
As well as having the light show, St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish is organising small events and themed nights as an accompaniment.
“Within the church community, there will be family nights on both Thursday nights of the event and there is a youth night on Friday nights,” Mili said.
“Saturday and Sunday nights are community connect nights, where our [parish] community will be putting on a BBQ and welcoming people across to the Cathedral. There will be displays of artwork from the schools around Parramatta, there will be displays on our history as a church, and the relic of the Cathedral will be available for veneration.
“During the connect night, we just want to be a place of welcome, a place of hospitality, so that people come in, walk around, ask questions about what the Catholic Church is all about and make friends.”
During the event, St Patrick’s Cathedral has organised a live recording session of their Cathology community podcast, with guest speaker Dr Robert Tilley.
Diocese of Wollongong musical duo Gus and Iggy will perform on the closing night of the event.
St Patrick’s Cathedral to light up winter holidays (Catholic Outlook)