Brisbane’s Multicultural Mass for 2022 has again proven a vibrant expression of faith and SE Queensland’s rich cultural diversity. The Mass, together with festivities were held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Sunday, September 25.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily at the Multicultural Mass 2022 started off by turning things on their head, much like the mission and ministry of Jesus: “We don’t look much like a bunch of revolutionaries, and yet we are, all of us, children of the revolution. I’m not talking about any human revolution; because all they produce is bloodshed. I’m speaking about the revolution of God – that’s what draws us together, the great proclamation of which is the bible…”
There were representatives from more than 30 cultural communities that celebrated the diversity and vibrancy of their Catholic faith traditions, just as they have done for more than half a century.
[Archbishop Mark pictured with the Saint Josephine Bakhita Sudanese community]
As in previous years, the Mass coincided with the World Day of Migrants and Refugees and following the liturgy participants enjoyed a variety of traditional food and a display of cultural dances in the Cathedral grounds.
[Members of the Indonesian Choir. Photo credit: Alan Edgecomb]
Archbishop Coleridge acknowledged that many attending the Mass came to Australia seeking a new home.
“Many of you have come not because you wanted to. You were driven out of your homeland by war or persecution or so many other factors, so much other suffering,” he said.
“… we are all equal brothers and sisters, flesh and blood each to the other.”