102nd World Day of Migrants & Refugees - August 28, 2016

MULTICULTURAL MASS AT ST PATRICK`S CHURCH, ADELAIDE

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The 102nd World Day of Migrants & Refugees was celebrated in Adelaide on Sunday August 28, 2016 with a Holy Mass presided by Archbishop Philip Wilson, Fr Philip Marshall, Vicar General, 24 Migrant Chaplains and the Priests of the Archdiocese were concelebrants.

“Migrant & Refugees Challenge Us: The Response of the Gospel of Mercy” was the theme for this year`s celebration.

The Viet Linh choir and the Korean community choir sang beautifully adding to the solemnity of the celebration. The Readings and Prayers of the faithful were read in different languages. The Jubilee Year of Mercy theme was reflected at the offertory procession by offering a food basket for the poor by the children from Polish, Korean and Srilankan communities. More than 600 people representing diverse cultures and nationalities attended the celebration.

After the Multicultural Mass, everyone was invited to Veritas Hall of St Mary`s College for a shared multicultural meal and fellowship.

The program started with Sr Nien Tran, RSM, OAM, manager of the Multicultural Office welcomed the gathering and thanked everyone for their participation and contribution to the celebration. The lively entertainment program was presented by members of the Vietnamese, African, East Timorese and Indian communities was wonderful. Everyone appreciated Archbishop Wilson’s support for migrants and refugees, his blessings and gracious presence at the celebration. There was a real spirit of unity in diversity among the participants.

Following are some of the photos of the celebration.

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