Mourning day for tsunami

REMEMBERING the people affected and reflecting on the devastation of the Boxing Day tsunami in south-east Asia is the aim of the National Day of Mourning to be held this Sunday.

Services will be held across the Tweed for the community to have the opportunity to come together.

Father Colin Reinhard from Murwillumbah Catholic Sacred Heart Church said spiritually it was important to have a day to remember, as the tsunami tragedy had touched everyone.

"There's a real connection with the region affected by the tsunami - many in the local community had holidayed there and knew people there," he said.

"We will also offer prayers for our nation - people have opened their hearts to help however they can."

"During our normal Sunday services (8am DST and 6pm DST at South Murwillumbah Our Lady of Perpetual Succour) our prayers will focus on victims, the deceased and survivors as well as the humanitarian workers, and at midday the church bell will ring to observe a minute's silence."

Major Neil Clanfield from the Banora Point Salvation Army Centre said they would have a special community service at 10am (DST) and encouraged people to come and light candles to remember the victims and those still suffering.

"There has been an enormous impact on so many people's lives which has been shown through the response in fundraising and donations," he said.

"It's also retrospective to our own lives - reminding us how fragile life is.

"Just seeing the images sends shockwaves through the community at the loss of life and the devastation, so it's important that people go somewhere to grieve and reflect."

Father Harry Reuss from Murwillumbah All Saints Anglican Church said their special service was at 8am (DST) for people to offer their sympathy through their belief in God.

"The mayor will be attending and we have the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir members singing," he said.

Pastor Paul Morrill from Tweed Heads Lifeworx Christian Church said more than ever it was a time for people to rally together and reflect on where we come from and on future challenges.

He said special prayers would be offered at the service at 10am (DST).

If you have a service this Sunday and would like to let people know about it, contact the Daily News edito- rial department on 07 55 246400 during office hours.

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