• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 13:07

Multicultural Carols bring alive the spirit of Christmas


Carols 2018 lay group 450It was a stormy night along the east coast of Australia, but that didn’t stop the crowds attending Carols by Candlelight at various SVD centres.

At Marsfield, in Sydney, the Multicultural Carols by Candlelight had to move from the lawns into the St Arnold Janssen Chapel and at St Maximilian Parish in Marsden, Brisbane, they were also moved inside – but in both cases, the show went on! St Mark’s Parish at Inala also showcased their multicultural singing gifts at their Carols, as did other SVD parishes and communities around the country.

Fr Mikhael Loke SVD, Rector of the Marsfield Community, told those gathered, that the Carols were a very special annual event for the Divine Word Missionaries.

Carols 2018 Indon 350“This is a very important event and also a very spiritual one,” he said.

“It brings us all together for Christmas and tonight we’ll reflect on the spiritual meaning of Christmas.”

Fr Mikhael invited people to enjoy the carols, but also to take some quiet prayerful moments of reflection.

“The message is, to sit in the quiet while you listen to the songs and ask, ‘what does this song say to me, and what can I take away when I leave this place tonight?’

Carols 2018 Marsden South Pacific 350“What is God saying to me. What can I do for the Lord and for my brothers and sisters?”

Among the groups taking part in the carols were choirs and musicians from a range of different cultural backgrounds.

They included the Bible and Breakfast Group and SVD Lay Group, St Anthony’s Parish Choir from Marsfield, the Handmaids of the Lord and Genesis Bible Study Group, the Epiphany Community, the Chinese Community, the Holy Trinity Community, Vietnamese Group, Indonesian Youth Adult Choir, Angkdung Indo Sydney, and of course, the SVD and Holy Spirit Sisters.

The evening finished, as is now traditional at the SVD Marsfield Carols with a beautiful rendition of Silent Night, sung by the whole community with each verse in a different language and the final verse shared in English.


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PHOTOS: All the multicultural joy of Carols by Candlelight in Marsfield (top right and ,iddle left), St Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Marsden (bottom right), and St Mark's Parish Inala (bottom).