Receveur Mass 2015

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Over 200 attended the Annual Receveur Mass, celebrated by St. Andrews, Malabar with Rev. Dr Chris Shorrock from Melbourne officiating.  Randwick City Council sponsored the marquee and a Sausage Sizzle was provided by the Sydney Seaside Lions Club with drinks from Friends of the Laperouse Museum.

The Mayor Ted Seng, and the Consul General for France, Eric Berti joined by the Commander of La Glorieuse, Lieutenant Ghislain Deleplanque  laid wreaths on the tomb. Also in attendance were Matt Thistlethwaite, the member for Kingsford Smith, Michael Daley the Member for Maroubra and Councillors Brendan Roberts and Geoff Stevenson.

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From Frank Carleton on the 8am Mass

MassMass in the traditional Latin rite of the Catholic Church, so ancient as to have been the only Mass rite known to St. Francis of Assisi (ca. 1181 – 1226) was celebrated on the verandah of the Laperouse Museum on Sunday, February 15th at 8am. The celebrant here shown
in the Laperouse Monument enclosure on another day before the Commemoration is Father Raphael du Chazaud SSPX who is the same age as was Père Receveur at Botany Bay in 1788.

Born in Versailles Fr. du Chazaud is a native of Paris who arrived in Australia in 2011 and is stationed at Corpus Christi Church, Tynong, Victoria. His grandfather was a French naval doctor in Indo China.

The occasional sermon in French and English, which focused on the inception of the traditional Mass rite by the two priests of the Laperouse Expedition at Botany Bay in 1788, included the following observations:

“… nous sommes ici pour témoigner de notre amour pour la Sainte Messe, dans ce rite venerable que les aumoniers de La Perouse utilise ici-même, il y a 222 ans”.
“When we are at Mass we are outside of History. Holy Mass is indeed the intrusion and irruption of God into time.”

La Glorieuse

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WEB Laying PlaqueLa Glorieuse stopped in at Sydney Harbour this week.  In a long and proud tradition of sailors of the French Navy the commander and crew visited La Perouse on Saturday 14th February and laid a wreath and presented a plaque at the Laperouse Monument.  Commander Lt Deleplanque spoke enthusiastically about the occasion:

La GlorieuseFirst of all I would like to say that this is a great pleasure for us to stand here in Botany Bay with you today.

I would like to thank all of you for being here today, and particularly those who made this ceremony possible, the Randwick council and the mayor Ted Seng, Bill Land and the friends of Laperouse Museum, the French Brigade, and M. Eric Berti, the general consul of France. Thank you again to welcome us here.

As sailors, we have heard the name of Lapérouse quite often. This name recalls the attraction for the sea and the taste of adventure!

For me, I have heard for the first time the name of Botany Bay several years ago, before joining the Navy, when I was reading the epic adventures of la Boussole and L’Astrolabe, I was fascinated by this extraordinary trip on the seas, so it’s a particular occasion for me to be here today.

I’m very happy and impressed to see that the name of Laperouse is well-known here, and that you are many to commemorate this event of the French but also Australian maritime history. This is our duty, sailors and admirers, to pass on the story of Lapérouse across the years and make sure the next generations still get inspired by such a man.

La Glorieuse is a patrol vessel of the type P400 intended for economic zone protection tasks and based in Noumea.  Built in Cherbourg and commissioned in 1987, it conducts protection missions eg embargo control, sovereign action, and public service missions eg. sea rescue, police navigation, fisheries protection, assistance to remote areas, inter-island transport, pollution control.


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Inaugural Pierre Roussel Lecture at Friends AGM

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 web Carole and Pierre RousselWe all owe Pierre Roussel a debt of gratitude. Our area and our community are the better for his works and deeds.   And it is appropriate that we commemorate his vision and work with this annual address. Matt T Lecture

The Honorable Matt Thistlethwaite (MP for Kingsford Smith and Patron of the Friends of the Laperouse Museum) delivering the inaugural Pierre Roussel Lecture at the Friends AGM 30 November 2014

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