• 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

  • 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

  • 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, 29 August 2019 17:28

SVD friends, communities come together for Multicultural Sunday


Multicultural Sunday Marsfield Chinese group 450The St Arnold Janssen Chapel and the Marsfield community grounds were a kaleidoscope of colour and multicultural prayer, song, dance and food recently for the annual Multicultural Sunday celebrations.

Friends of the SVD from various ethnic chaplaincy groups, Bible groups, breakfast groups and communities who worship at the chapel in Marsfield came together in national dress under the theme of ‘Being Neighbour’.

Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD, who headed the organising committee for the celebration this year, says it was “a wonderful success; a really good day”.

“We started with Mass at 9am, with Fr Michael Hardie SVD as the celebrant and homilist,” says Fr Elmer.

“Fr Michael’s homily focused on the question of ‘Being Neighbour’ and urged those present to consider the question, ‘Who is my neighbour?’ and ‘How can I be a better neighbour to all, but especially perhaps to refugees or to somebody who is new in this country?’”

Multicultural Sunday Marsfield 2019The Mass also featured the prayers of the faithful being read out in various different languages and then the praying of the Our Father, with everyone speaking in their mother tongue.

Following Mass, everybody gathered in the grounds for cultural performances in dance and song. Presentations included groups from the Epiphany Community, a Mexican solo, performances from the Chinese, Vietnamese, Slovak, Samoan and Holy Trinity communities. Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD was also a big hit, performing magic tricks for the children.

A highlight of the program was the joint singing of the song, ‘I am Australian’.

A multicultural banquet followed, with contributions from all the different cultural communities.

Multicultural Sunday Marsfield 2019 Slovak group 450“We were very happy at the enthusiastic way that all the different communities pitched in to make it such a great day,” Fr Elmer says.

“Hearing everyone singing ‘I am Australian’ just reminded us that at the end of the day, we all come from different cultures, but we are Australian and we embrace this country.

“The SVD Multicultural Sunday Celebration sums up who we are, what we are here for and what we are trying to achieve. Part of our charism and spirituality as SVDs is to try to make people feel as ‘at home’ as possible.

“And we are all about bringing people together, so this is one way we do this each year, gather together all the people who are associated with us in various ways and have a celebration.”