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El Salvadorians at the Multicultural Mass

Faith display: Members of the El Salvadorian community show off their national dress after the Multicultural Mass held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on August 21.

UNIVERSAL pride filled St Stephen’s Cathedral at last weekend’s annual Multicultural Mass for the Brisbane archdiocese.

Vibrant colours, jubilant songs and prayers in multiple tongues featured at the Mass, held this year to close National Migrant and Refugee Week.

Catholics representing more than 20 ethnic groups from around the archdiocese gathered to witness just how far the Gospel has spread.

Catholics from the Eastern Catholic rite communities, the Maronites and the Syro-Malabar, were also represented.

Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care director Margaret Naylon said the range of people at the Mass represented “a broad spectrum” of the Catholic faith.

“It was not only ethnic groups but all different rites and forms of Catholicism who are in communion with the Church,” Ms Naylon said.

“It was great to have them all there.”

Pope Francis’ requests to welcome refugees and migrants inspired the running theme for the Mass, Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World.

The Multicultural Mass was one way to express and acknowledge the “amazing contribution that migrants and refugees bring to our society”.

Woodridge’s abundantly multicultural parish invited more than 20 Burmese Catholics who have been living in Brisbane for five years.

The entire group travelled with Woodridge parish pastoral carer Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Rosa Vazzano by train to the cathedral.

It was their first time attending the Multicultural Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Priests who minister to ethnic communities in the archdiocese joined Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge to concelebrate the Mass.

Archbishop Coleridge said these ethnic and Eastern Catholic communities could not be seen as “oustiders”, but important contributors to the Church.              

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