Over 120 attended the St Andrews Annual Receveur Mass celebrated today by Rev. Dr Chris Shorrock from Melbourne and Fr Cauchi of Malabar Parish. Fr Shorrock reminded the gathering that today also celebrated Saint Valentine and was the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal currency.
Randwick City Council generously sponsored the marquee and a Sausage Sizzle was provided by the Sydney Seaside Lions Club with drinks from Friends of the Laperouse Museum.
The Consul General for France, Nicolas Croizer and local MP Matt Thistlethwaite laid wreaths. Also in attendance were the Mayor of Randwick Cr Noel D’Souza and the President of the Friends, Ms Nicole Forrest-Green.
Sorely missed this year was Ms Trish Ryan, the longstanding coordinator of music.
FROM FRANK CARLETON: REPORT ON 8am Latin Rite Mass
The 2016 PERE RECEVEUR COMMEMORATION, founded for 1988 and since annually continuous.
MASS IN THE TRADITIONAL LATIN RITE of the Catholic Church as celebrated separately by both priests of the Laperouse Expedition, Père Laurent Receveur and the Abbé Jean André Mongez at Botany Bay in early 1788.
The first two Masses were said either on Saturday, 26th January, the Feast of St. Polycarp or Sexagesima, Sunday 27th January, 1788 in accordance with the duties of chaplains in the navy of the ancien régime as specified in a royal ordonnance of 1765.
Pere Receveur Commemoration Committee