• 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, 28 March 2019 10:22

Young parishioners embrace Laudato Si' with Clean-up Australia challenge

 

Clean up Day at Kingston Marsden 2019 450The young people of St Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Marsden, Queensland, recently brought Pope Francis’ plea for ecological conversion to life when they hit the streets with garbage bags in hand, for Clean Up Australia Day.

“It was Laudato Si’ in action,” says Parish Priest, Fr Sunil Nagothu SVD, of the Pope’s encyclical on ‘Caring for our Common Home’.

“It is the third time our youth have organised this big group effort for Clean Up Australia Day.

“It’s a good social justice initiative, as well as a way of reaching out into our community and neighbourhood, and of course, in terms of caring for creation and caring for our environment.

“We hope it’s something that other parishes might pick up as well.”

Assistant priest, Fr Firminus (Yon) Wiryono, says St Maximilian Kolbe Parish has been blessed with many wonderful, committed and joyful youth, who, on March 3, took up the challenge of volunteering two hours of their time, following a wonderfully led Youth Mass, to take part in the national Clean Up Australia Day.

The young people hit the streets surrounding the Parish, armed with garbage bags and plenty of enthusiasm for the task at hand.

“This is just one way in which the St Maximilian Kolbe Parish Youth play their part for the betterment of our community,” Fr Yon says.

Clean up Day at Kingston Marsden 2019 group 450“The event was well attended by our local youth and we even had our Local Councillor, Jon Raven, join our group of about 30 young people and other parishioners in picking up of rubbish around our local area. 

“Their great efforts were rewarded by a sausage sizzle for all those involved. Without doubt, we are so proud of our young people.”

Fr Yon says that taking part in the Clean-up Australia initiative was part of a broader campaign in the parish to be proactive in caring for the local environment and being ecologically sustainable.

And while their actions were carried out at the local level, in Laudato Si’, Pope Francis encourages such local efforts for the impact they have.

“We must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world,” he says.

“They benefit society, often unbeknown to us, for they call forth a goodness which, albeit unseen, inevitably tends to spread. Furthermore, such actions can restore our sense of self-esteem; they can enable us to live more fully and to feel that life on earth is worthwhile.” (Laudato Si’ 212)