Cultural diversity and richness of talent on show

24/10/2014

Catholic Outlook October 2014: St Nicholas of Myra Penrith Parish: 175th Jubilee Anniversary
Samoan dancers performed in national dress. Photo: Claudia De Cola/Munchies Photography.

Originally published in Catholic Outlook October 2014

St Dominic’s College Hall in Kingswood was a whirl of colour and movement recently, with Maori, Filipino, Samoan and Indian singing and dancing in national costume at a variety concert.

The concert was held to celebrate the 175th Jubilee Anniversary of the Parish of St Nicholas of Myra at Penrith, hence the title, ‘St Nic’s Got Talent’.

Fr Jose Manjaly MS opened the evening with a welcome to all and special guest Fiona Scott MP, Federal Member for Lindsay, followed by the Jubilee Prayer.

Compere Lindsay Gardner kept the evening flowing with jokes and magic tricks between acts.

The solo acts and duos comprised singers, guitarists and dancers and included talented youngsters aged from six to 11.

An act performed by parish staff and social committee members and others was given a rousing welcome. ‘Pope Francis’ made an appearance with ‘Mother General’ and her ‘Sisters’, who sang I will follow Him, breaking into dance just like the movie Sister Act.

St Nicholas’ Parish Priest, Fr Matthew Antony MS, thanked everyone for their participation, the performers who entertained and the event coordinators who had contributed to a very successful and enjoyable evening, especially those who worked ‘behind the scenes’.

Fr Matthew concluded the evening, describing it as another special event to celebrate the 175th Anniversary.

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