I took this reflection photo of the Scots Presbyterian Church at Norfolk Street in a window of the old Fremantle Oval this morning.
The Dockers have left Freo Oval for Cockburn, so good riddance to them.
The church was designed by architects Talbot Hobbs and the foundation stone was laid by John Forres on March 26, 1890. The church officially opened seven months later on November 26, 1890.
While I respect everyone to believe in whatever god they want to believe in I always find it disappointing on Christmas Day that most cafes and restaurants close, because there are many people, myself included, who are not Christian and who just want to have a nice coffee and breakfast.
So my research this morning found that on the Cappuccino Strip only Ali Baba is open, and just below in the Piazza Exquise is also open.
No cafes open in South Fremantle, but Lenny the Ox in Wray Avenue is open and in East Freo the Seven Seeds on Marmion Street as well.
Did you know that the lady at Exquise makes all the pastries in house herself and I hear the food at Ali Baba is very good, great fish&chips as well I was told!
Have a great Christmas Day and relax because tomorrow the hectic of shopping and sales already starts again.
Next Thursday December 15 the Basilica of St Patrick will be holding “Finding a Place: A Christmas Reflection through Words and Music” It is an evening of sacred music, readings and Christmas carols.
Dominic Perissinotto, an organist of world-renown who is currently the Director of Music at St Patrick’s, will coordinate and perform the sacred music pieces with a team of professional musicians, while Dr Angela McCarthy, a regular commentator on ABC Radio National’s religious programmes and senior lecturer with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Theology, is the scripture and liturgy consultant.
This inaugural concert at the Fremantle Basilica is based around a similar event which has been a regular feature on the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster in London for many years.
Tickets are $30.00, Concessions $ 20.00 and under 12 free. Proceeds to the Catholic Mission’s work overseas with asylum seekers and refugees.
The Gyuto Monks of Tibet had the official opening of their stay in Fremantle at the Townhall last night with inspiring and soul moving chanting and the start of a sand Mandala.
Noongar elder Richard Walley gave a welcome to country.
It is always special when the monks are in town even when one isn’t a Buddhist.
They will be here for over a week so check out the program on the Facebook page, or scroll down on this blog to “older posts” and find out what is on.
The delightful Buddhist Gyuto Monks of Tibet played a cricket match for the Divinity Cup against the motley mob of Clancy’s Fish Pub on Sunday morning and it was a lot of fun.
There were even a few among the lot of them who did not chuck and could actually hit and catch the ball. ; >)
The official opening of the visit of the Gyuto Monks is this Monday October 10 at 7 pm at the Fremantle Townhall with a welcome to country by Noongar elder Richard Walley. All are welcome to this free event, so come along!
I really wanted the Abraham Day at Fremantle Notre Dame University to connect with me. I believed listening to a Rabbi, a Sheikh and an Archbishop would show me that the religious institutions have caught up with reality and the 21st century, but I walked out disappointed and feel that this was an opportunity lost.
UNDA Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond, who had the brilliant idea for Abraham Day, said that the day was to celebrate what we have in common, and all three speakers commented on that.
The Catholic Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costello said there needs to be a paradigm shift and religions not seeing each other as rivals and competitors, and that people from all religions are our brothers and sisters.
While the differences between the religions are real we all believe in the one God, not many Gods!
Rabbi Dovid Freilich said that the uniqueness of Abraham was to do justice and righteousness. We are not to sacrifice our sons and human beings, not even for God. We need to show love and respect for those with other beliefs.
I noted down for both speakers that there was too much preaching going on and disappointingly not much connection to the now.
Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien was the last speaker and while the two speakers prior to him had also spoken longer than the allocated 15 minutes, the Sheikh took it to a whole new level and kept preaching and quoting the Koran on and on, without making much of a connection with the present.
That disappointed me personally as I was hoping to hear something of substance from him, since I am keen to learn what Islam’s relevance in our modern society is. That also applies to Christianity and Judaism.
For the Sheikh to call for the return to ancient wisdom because that is where the answers unblemished by time are, is unrealistic and explains why religions have failed so miserably in the modern world.
Because of the long speeches there was not a lot of time for the Q&A, which was a shame as I wanted to ask all three leaders why most religions have failed to spread God’s message of love, compassion and tolerance.
The Rabbi said we needed to bring heaven down to earth, but instead religion has brought hell to earth with religious wars for 2000 years.
Maybe the failure of the religious institutions has partly to do with the fact that some religious leaders arrogantly behave like God instead of being God’s messenger. That does not include any of the speakers present at the UNDA Abraham Day event who were very human and likeable with a ready smile!
I very much liked the public speaker who pleaded for more humanitarianism and asked the three leaders if they would be willing to unrobe so their differences would not be so visible, as religion has made the world divisive.
I hope UNDA will continue with Abraham Day and other multi-faith days as universities should be leaders in this debate. It just needs a bit more structure and less preaching.
These are my very personal observations and impressions and I am sure that many who attended the event have totally different views, so let’s hear them because we need to debate these things in our community!
The traditional Black Madonna, Maria Santissima Del Tindari, procession snaked through the Fremantle city centre this afternoon, accompanied by fireworks at the Esplanade, that appeared a bit too loud for two people in the parade. The procession started at the Basilica in Queen Adelaide Street
I very much enjoy the traditions of the Black Madonna and Blessing of the Fleet and wonder why they are not better promoted by the City of Fremantle, to attract more people. Most people just happened to be there and only a few had come to watch because they knew about it.
Footnote: I don’t mean this disrespectful in any way, but why are people in processions always looking so morose? You believe in your God, and going to heaven after this already beautiful life, so why don’t you smile and delight in your faith?
The traditional Black Madonna procession through Fremantle is on this Sunday. It starts at 2 pm from the Basilica at Queen Adelaide Street and winds through the inner city, from High Street, Mouat Street, Esplanade, Cappuccino Strip.
There is also daytime fireworks around 2.45 so the kids don’t even have to stay up late for it.
The Maria Santissima del Tindari statue will be carried on the shoulders of volunteers, so come and enjoy the lovely spectacle that is so very Freo and much more than just a religious tradition.
I believe next Tuesday’s Abraham: Our Father in Faith event at Fremantle Notre Dame University will be very interesting to listen to, even for an Atheist like myself, as the three speakers are from different religions.
Speakers will be Archbishop Timothy Costello, Rabbi Dovid Freilich and Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien, so there will be a broad range of views to listen to.
There will be a Q&A session after the speakers, so come and ask the hard questions politely.
The event is on at 2.30 pm on Tuesday September 13 in the Tannock Hall of UNDA, corner Cliff and Croke streets, opposite the Fremantle Herald.
It is incredibly sad what happened at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney last night, but this is the time for Australia to reflect, embrace and support, not condemn or judge. This is a time to delight about the freedom and peace in this country and the great acceptance and tolerance we have shown to all who come here. This is not a time to reject minority groups because of their culture or religion and it is essential to acknowledge that the crazy actions of a misguided individual are just that and not a reflection on any religious groups.
The Twitter action #illridewithyou is a fantastic example of how we can show intolerant fanatics that Australia will not accept their attitude and that we will not react with racism. Today is a day where we all should smile at and say hello to a Muslim person on the street. It is also a day to realise we cannot take life for granted and where we should make sure to tell the ones we care for that we love them, because even only going to work or a cafe can mean one will not return.
I feel deeply for the families of the victims and I feel for the police people who will also have to live with the trauma. There are many victims after terrorist events like the one in Sydney, so let’s show support and understanding.
Today is a day where we should all be so grateful that we live in the lucky country, a country of freedom, hope and prosperity, a country where we stick together when things get tough and where tolerance will defeat zealousness.
It will be hard to simply continue with life, even here in Fremantle, some 4000 kilometres away from Sydney, because what happened has touched us all, but life goes on and we need to move forward from here. We are all in this together.