The place of Catholic worship is a much more recent architectural effort than 19th century Anglican chapel I described on 12 December 2008. The Church of the Holy Trinity was opened for business in 1975. It has an elderly resident priest in the form of Irishman Monsignor Sean O'Shea. I wrote about how he'd placed me in charge of his church keys on 29 May 2007. I met him again in October this year and we exchanged pleasantries.
He lives in a small annex at the rear of the church. He's there for the duration, and hopes to eventually be buried on the island. This would require a deviation from current island management policy.
I mentioned we had been rescuing octopuses stranded by the low tides. He thought this most amusing. I realised that the Vatican regards all non-humans as soulless. There are no religious provisions for troubled octopods.
The church is within the parish of Saint Patrick's Basilica in Fremantle. It's perched on a hill in the centre of the Thompson Bay settlement and orientated north-south. The entrance is on the northern end. There's a small carillon in the tower. The bells are rung by an electric keyboard inside the porch. They're switched on for the public to experiment with in late afternoons. 'Ode to Joy' is still very popular with visiting children.
When I was selecting my photos for this essay I noticed a mystery. In one of the windows are the ghostly images of what appear to be nuns. This requires some further investigation
Rottnest's Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity
The interior of the church is a peaceful place. Often during the day there is a recording of appropriate choral music playing quietly in the background. There's also a visitors' book. People from all over the world have added favourable comments.
There's going to be a Christmas concert in the church at 5.30pm on the 19th December. "Sing along with hymns and carols and hear biblical lessons that tell the story of Christmas." Tickets $5, families $20 from the Rottnest General Store. Nothing about how much for octopuses.
The interior of the church
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