Three of my four children are now based in Australia. I am so lucky to have visited a number of states in this small continent/country – Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and now Adelaide. But what interests me more today is the different churches in Adelaide. Well – I was intrigued that this City in South Australia is dubbed as the City of Churches. I finally found out that although there are many Catholic Churches here, there are many other churches – Orthodox, Anglican, Presbyterian, Christian, Lutheran and even mosques and temples.
The first church that I went to was the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in the heart of Adelaide City. And I was so happy to see a statue of my heavenly friend up on the right side of the altar. Everytime I light a candle in front of Mama Mary on the right side of the church, I can see her up on her place. As I look up at her, I say a silent prayer …my petition.
Searching churches to visit, I chanced upon the St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Parish which is very near the place of my daughter. Except for the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, the other churches are closed when there is no ongoing Mass. However, we tried to go to the St. Therese Catholic Church in Colonel Light Gardens, a suburb in the City of Mitcham. It was only a few kilometers from Ashford, the suburb where my family lives. It was closed when we arrived as the weekday Mass was already done an hour ago. But the caretaker saw us and opened the church for us.
And there at the entry was the statue of St. Therese, welcoming us and at the base of her statue was the vase of fresh yellow roses.
There is a part of the church dedicated to her. There is her statue, a table with her photos. At the rear of the church is for church goers with children. Again, there is a frame with her photo. This is one experience here in Adelaide that I will remember. I hope, I will have another chance to go back.