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Taize Prayer Night

Not everyone is able to make a pilgrimage to the Taize community in France to experience the style of prayer, meditation and music for which it is renown. However at St Lawrence's Church in Balcatta, we frequently organise this peaceful, prayerful and reconciling experience in our community.

The Taize Community, founded by 25 year old Br Roger in 1940, when France was a land of poverty due to war, for assistance to those most discouraged by deprivation of livelihood. Br Roger purchased a small house which eventually became home to the Taize Community, and the place became a sanctuary to war refugees. Br Roger’s mission was to create community where reconciliation became a reality every day. Since this time, fraternities have been formed by the brothers all over the world, usually among the poor. Young people from all over the world have been visiting the Taize community in France Since the 1960s.

Candles flickering in the chimney blocks, used in early days as candle holders, were a reminder to Br Roger of the Ancient Christian catacombs in Rome where history tells us, Christians used to light candles and place them in narrow niches where the bodies were buried, as they prayed for who had died.
The chimney block altar at Taize became a symbol linking the prayers of the brothers with the Christians who preceded them. When the brothers decided that the candles placed this way contributed to an atmosphere of prayer, they filled the whole area with them.
The red and orange sails, used as a simple and beautiful focal point, were seen by the brothers as linking heaven and earth.
The brothers decided to take these symbols with them when they travelled to other cities to be used when they met to pray with tens of thousands of young people.

The Taize community seeks to include Christians from all over the World,
using music and prayer in many languages,
including chants and icons from the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
The music uses simple phrases, usually lines from the psalms or pieces of scripture.

Please join us!

Mass Times

Mon - Sat 9:00am & 1st Fri of the month 7:30pm
Wed 10:30am at Gwelup

Sat 6:00pm (Vigil)
Sun 8:30am, 10:00am (Italian), 12noon (Croatian), 5:00pm
Sun 11:30am at Gwelup

Every 4th Sunday of the month at 5:00pm


Reconciliation is available every morning during the week
before 9am Mass in St Lawrence church.

Fri 8:30am - 8:55am
1st Fri 8:30am - 8:55am & 7:00pm - 7:25pm
Sat 5:15pm - 5:55pm or by appointment.
(during Advent and Lent 15 minutes before 9:00am Mass)

Sun after 11:30am Mass or by appointment.

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