• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:34

Cultures come together to celebrate Migrant and Refugee Sunday

 

Multicultural Sunday 2018 Chinese 350Pope Francis’ call for Church communities to provide a welcoming presence for migrants and refugees came to vibrant life at the SVD’s Marsfield community recently with the celebration of Multicultural Sunday.

The day began with Mass, followed by cultural performances by different ethnic groups. The celebration ended with a multicultural banquet under a clear blue sky. 

Multicultural Sunday 2018 Mass 350Rector of the Marsfield Community, Fr Mikhael Loke says the day was timed to fit in with the worldwide celebration of Refugee and Migrant Sunday.

“It was a great day for us,” he says. “We had cultural groups come from our Macquarie Fields parish, as well as from our own Arnold Janssen Chapel community and it was wonderful to see so many people from different cultural backgrounds all coming together and learning from each other.

Multicultural Sunday 2018 Indon 350“And it was good for our SVD community too. All the confreres who live here came, and really got behind the day, which is important for its success.

“Days like this help to foster our identity as SVDs, because we are very multicultural. That is our charism, it’s almost our nature, the way we are.”

The cultural groups taking part in the Multicultural Sunday celebrations included the Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Slovak, Indian, Filipino and Samoan communities.

Multicultural Sunday 2018 Indian 350“Some of them came in national dress and they entertained us all with performance, dance and song,” Fr Mikhael says.

“We also invited them to bring food from their culture to share, and we had some wonderful food!”

Fr Mikhael says the liturgy for the day included the special readings for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, under the theme, ‘Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees’.

“This is a day that Pope Francis and the whole Church supports,” he says. “We’re not doing it simply because the SVD has the opportunity to do it, but because it is something the Church is doing worldwide and by reflecting on that, we’re looking at the whole picture.

“We’re saying there is a value in being together and welcoming other cultures. You could see it happening here on the day. People mingle, get to know one another and straight away they start to think differently about each other.”