Catholic Migrant communities to celebrate in St Mary’s Cathedral

09/05/2011

Hundreds of people from migrant communities from around the Archdiocese of Sydney and beyond are expected to gather at St Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday 10 May for a Multicultural Mass celebrated by Cardinal George Pell.

The 7.30pm Mass will be held to honour migrants' contribution to the Australian Church and coincides with the visit of the President of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Persons, Archbishop Antonio Vegliò and Monsignor Gabriele Bentoglio.

Migrant groups will participate in the liturgy using song and prayer, and the Mass will be concelebrated by many of the Australian Catholic Bishops and migrant chaplains.

'We are truly a migrant church'

Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office Fr Maurizio Pettenà has been involved in the organisation of the Mass for more than six months.

“For us, this will be a welcome opportunity to affirm the contribution of migrants to the Church in Australia. We are truly a migrant church, and we have tried to involve as many communities in this celebration as possible,” Fr Pettenà said.

“The visit of Archbishop Vegliò was organised following an invitation from the Late Bishop Joe Grech. We will remember in a special way at this Mass the way Bishop Joe served migrant communities around Australia during his 40-year ministry in this country.”

Fr Pettenà said the presence of Bishops, migrant chaplains and clergy from around the country will be a testament to the importance they place on ministering to migrant communities.

“The fact that all of the bishops will concelebrate this important Mass shows their emphasis on the pastoral care of migrant communities,” Fr Pettenà said.

We warmly invite those who wish to attend this Mass to do so.”

 


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