Celebrating Amazing St Josephine Bakhita!
The Feast of St Josephine Bakhita was held in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2.30pm.
All African Celebrations are well attended, with over 300 people joining to celebrate this important Feast Day Mass organized by the African community, together with the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
The main celebrant was Fr. Philip Marshall and concelebrated by African Priests and other priests and deacons of the Archdiocese. The Mass began with the entrance hymn ‘Ewe Maria Malkia wa mbingu na mama yangu’ (Oh Mary, Queen of Heaven and My Mother’) sung beautifully by the St Kizito African Catholic Principal Choir, showcasing the complimentary voices of the African men and women singing in rounds and harmony.
There was no shortage of colour as the men and women of the community dressed in traditional vibrant outfits to honour this Amazing Saint. St Bakhita was remembered for her resilience and strength in the face of cruelty. Sold as a slave more than 5 times before the age of 15, she finally found a peaceful refuge with the Canossian Sisters in Italy. The presence of our own Canossian Sisters in Adelaide, Sr Amelia, Sr Thao and Sr Valeria, was warmly felt as their presence was validated by the community.
This event was especially important for four beautiful children; 2 who were baptised by Fr. Philip Marshall as their Parents and God Parents watched on in joy; and 2 were confirmed in Christ’s love, who have been preparing with the faithful Catechists of the community over this last period. The Mass concluded with sincere thanks to the African Community for the richness and diversity they bring to the Adelaide Catholic Church.
An African Mass celebration is never complete without the Warmth and Welcome extended to all present to join for food and refreshments in the Cathedral Hall. Yuggu Sebbit, Chairperson of the African Catholic Community, opened the feast with a happy welcome as he continued Josephine Bakhita's story of resilience. He encouraged us to contemplate St Bakhita's love and hospitality despite the gravity of her formidable years.The hospitality of the African Community was in full swing as traditional African food was cooked served and shared to the delight of all. Chakula Chema!.
Please view the photos of the celebration below for your enjoyment.