The 1st Suomi Catholic Youth Festival held at the diocesan centre of Stella Maris from July 7th through 10th was a huge success. It is already clear a 2nd Youth Festival will be held next summer!
There will be a report from the Festival in the August issue of the diocesan magazine Fides, but here are some photos to show the joy of young Finnish Catholics from various backgrounds at meeting and spending time together in prayer.
Thank you to Theresa Thu Hoang for sharing some of her lovely photos!
On Saturday, March 19, 2016, on the Feast of St Joseph, Bishop Teemu Sippo SCJ founded the St Joseph's Parish in Kuopio, bringing the number of Catholic parishes in Finland to eight. Father Francisco Garcia was installed as Parish Priest at St Joseph's and father Matthew Azzopardi is a priest in the parish.
For photos from the Bishop's Mass in Kuopio, please click here. The Church of St Joseph was consecrated as a Catholic church on May 3, 2014.
Bishop Teemu Sippo SCJ at St Joseph's Church, Kuopio, on the Feast of St Joseph 2016.
The Catholic News Agency recently published an article on where the palms for Palm Sunday come from. In the United States, there are southern states where palms grow and which can be harvested for fresh leaves for Palm Sunday, but in Finland there are no palm trees. So where do our palm leaves come from?
Katolinen.net checked with a couple of the Catholic parishes in Finland, and it turns out there are various ways of getting palm leaves. St Henry's Cathedral Parish uses both big and small palm leaves. The big ones come to the Cathedral from Italy, the small ones are purchased locally, through a wholesaler. Holy Cross Parish in Tampere also uses a local wholesaler, which sources its palm fronds in the Netherlands. There is no centralised system for the parishes in Finland to purchase the palm fronds for Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday with Bishop Teemu Sippo SCJ at St Henry's Cathedral in Helsinki.