Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
12 Jul 2012
But so too were the office workers, students and tourists who strolled through Martin Place today and found themselves caught up in a happy, out-going festival of faith.
This is SCENE 2012, the Sydney Congress Embracing the New Evangelisation.
Created to continue the momentum and enthusiasm of Sydney's World Youth Day in 2008, SCENE features daily workshops, pub nights, catechesis, Eucharist adoration, music and prayer. Held in the years between each international World Youth Day, SCENE 2012 has become an integral part of the Sydney calendar.
This year along with international and leading speakers from across Australia, there are panel discussions where Catholic painters, poets, musicians and writers together will share their experiences and explain the close relationship between creativity and inspiration with spirituality and mission.
However by lunchtime the action was in Martin Place with what has become one of the most popular outdoor features - the Vocations Expo.
Held over three days with 40 stalls showcasing the wide range of Catholic religious communities, resources, organisations, schools, universities as well as adult education, this year's Expo also offers a daily lunchtime barbecue and sausage sizzle as well as freshly-made cappuccinos brewed by a team of Capuchin Friars.
Fact or fiction the coffee the Capuchin friars were serving up to the crowds today was certainly appreciated.
The Vocations Expo continues tomorrow and Friday beginning each day at 11 am. In addition to Expo SCENE 2012 has a packed program of pub talks, workshops, panels, forums, live music, prayer, tours of St Mary's Cathedral, a daily Holy Hour, candlelight processions culminating on Saturday, 14 July with GRACEFest - an evening of live rock bands, prayer and catechesis in the courtyard at the University of Notre Dame.
To find out details of the program for SCENE 2012 log on to http://www.credosydney.org/our-works/scene/scene-2012