Saturday 21st May 2022 was a special moment for our parish as we unveiled and bless this tapestry. Recently a comment received on Facebook about the tapestry stated how lucky we are as a community to have such talented people in church. A comment that really describes two members of our community Leon and Leonie Holmes who does not need any introduction. Who doesn’t know Leon and Leonie!
Less than 12 months ago from a design on a piece of paper of a tapestry representing the marriage of Cana now is completed, hanged to adorn our parish hall. It’s not a coincidence that one of our parishioners Paris Huffman was in Cana this week praying for our parish community.
When I saw the design and asked what I thought and pointing to the wall were this tapestry will be attached, my first reaction was do they know what they are aiming for?
Less than a year, I tell sincerely, I must swallow my words. After all their hard work we are about to bless and unveil this tapestry. No doubt that Leon and Leonie Holmes are surely talented people. I admire Leon for his originality in his artwork. The way he uses colour to bring out so clearly the theme of his art through the paint brush, artworks in copper, wood and the list goes on. Speaking of copper, we are grateful that Leon designed and did the figure of our Lady of the Adelaide Hills which adorns the front of this hall. His hands do what he stretches on paper.
Leon has another important element that inspires his work, this surely is his beloved wife, Leonie. His inspiration and her encouragement and determination are the perfect combination and secret of many of the wonderful works that they put together. This artistic combination capabilities have produced this wonderful tapestry. I can imagine the thousands of pieces of colourful wool inserted one by one over a period of 12 months. How patient and attentive they had to be. They not only donated the tapestry but also Leonie’s sister Mari, here present with us, has paid for all expenses involved. They have dedicated this tapestry to Leonie’s parents who were pioneers of our parish.
This tapestry will not only embellish our parish hall, but it indicates in what we believe in. It reflects what we really live for. It shines brightly to express the message which we adhere to, a message of hope to all who come to our parish hall. The hope of the intervention of Mary, mother of Jesus that she always intervenes in our lives. This theme of the Marriage at Cana in this tapestry clearly reflects the touching moment when Mary looks at Jesus and she believes that he had the power to perform his first miracle turning water into wine. Later telling the servants do what Jesus tells them to do. That is the message that it convenes - through Mary we can do what Jesus what us to do. This is our believe, a message expressed her not by words but by vision.
Finally, we thank Leon and Leonie and all the family in donating this tapestry.
After the unveiling we have the blessing.