Many attend Catholic Church Diocesan Assembly in Pirie

About 180 Catholics gathered in Port Pirie for the yearly Diocesan Assembly earlier this month.

People came from as far away as Ceduna and Port Lincoln in the west, Coober Pedy in the north and the Riverland in the east.

The event at the Northern Festival Centre on April 9 and 10 was considered by churchgoers to be a time "for reflecting on our work as church, sharing ideas and celebrating the successes".

A spokesman said people left with a renewed commitment and some plans for the year ahead.

There were four main sessions. Each began with a reflection on scripture related to a theme.

Father Michael Trainor, of Adelaide, led this reflection. Each of the four regions of the Port Pirie Diocese then described how they worked with the youth, worked in ministry, helped with the role of their priest and celebrated community in their area.

A discussion was organised by Pauline Connelly and Sarah Moffatt, both of Adelaide.

Each person was then asked to commit to a positive action that they could achieve in their own parish.

The assembly ended with the Chrism Mass. St Mark's Cathedral was full as Bishop Greg O'Kelly, the priests of the diocese, people from the parishes and students from the schools, celebrated Mass.

The Bishop blessed the holy oils for use in the sacraments around the diocese for the next year and everyone, priests and people, renewed their commitment.

One participant summed up the event by saying, "To hear of so many different and varied activities in the parishes gives me hope for the future."