Moving gesture for police service
PARISH priest Father Rex Hackett made a telling gesture to begin yesterday's Police Remembrance Day Service at St Mary's Catholic Church, Grafton.
Fr Hackett allowed the symbolic police hat pride of place on the church alter, a place traditionally reserved for the sacraments, likening the sacrifices of police who have fallen in the line of duty to that of Christ.
"That sacrifice was made that we might be saved from evil," Fr Hackett said in his sermon.
"The Sacrifice of Calvary reminds us of the gift of their lives these fallen officers have made.
"Jesus Christ triumphed over evil with his resurrection, and the ladies and gentlemen of the police force are part of that triumph over evil."
Fr Hackett called on all police, even those who are not believers, to take solace from the Christian message.
"There's a power behind you, even if you don't believe in it," he said.
Coffs Clarence Commander Superintendent Mark Holohan said police were "the good guys" who performed heroic work for the community. "We are the heroes for the weak, vulnerable and defenceless in our community," he said.
Fr Hackett and the other police chaplains, the Very Reverend Dean Donald Kirk and Rev Adrian Van Ash, led the service.