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By Jack Manning
Adelaide’s small but growing Sri
Lankan Catholic community recently
celebrated Mass with Archbishop
Wilson for the first time.
Prabath Perera, a member of
the organising committee for
the 275-strong community, said
the group was “delighted and
honoured” by the celebration in St
Martin’s Church, Greenacres.
He said what began as a few
families holding prayer groups in
their own homes seven years ago
had evolved into about 90 families
who prayed together and expressed
their devotion to Mary at St Pius X
Church Dernancourt and St Martin’s
Over this period, the group had
celebrated Mass in Sinhalese only
once – in October last year when
a visiting priest led Mass for about
200 Sri Lankan Catholics.
During the recent Mass with
Archbishop Wilson, the hymns
were sung in Sinhalese and some
traditional worship styles were
added to the Mass, prompting
many people to comment to the
organising committee that “it felt
like being back home”.
Prabath said the community
would like to have their own
chaplain to lead liturgies in their
native language. He said this was
important to families, including Sri
Lankan asylum seekers who had
come to Adelaide in recent times
and spoke little English.
The group is having ongoing
communication with the Adelaide
Archdiocese on the possibility of
bringing a Sri Lankan chaplain
to Adelaide. Catholics make up
about 6 per cent (around 1.5 million
people) of the predominantly
Buddhist Sri Lanka where the
Church hierarchy is committed to
traditional worship, similar to the
Latin rite Mass.
“We like very calm music and
are strict about our worship – we
want to perpetuate it for the next
generation,” Prabath said.
One way the community is trying
to carry on their traditions amongst
young people is to hold nativity
plays and carols at Christmas time
and spiritual guidance sessions by
visiting Sri Lankan priests, but it is
hoped a chaplain would be able to
attract more youth.
Prabath said most Sri Lankan
Catholic families sent their children
to Catholic schools, as is the
practice in Sri Lanka, and a lot of
effort was put into involving children
in traditions such as the May feast
of Our Lady and Stations of the
Cross during Lent. Participation of
children in liturgies was their main
focus, he added.
The community holds liturgies
at St Pius X or St Martin’s. To
connect with the group, search
on Facebook for “Adelaide Sri
Lankan Catholic Group” or email:
to their faith
Friday July 1, 2016 at 7pm
Mass will be celebrated at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral
Following Mass there will be a get together in the Cathedral Hall,
please bring a plate to share.
For more information contact: Robyn Carroll, Diocesan Events T: 08 8210 8220
The Adelaide Archdiocese invites you
The Sisters of St Joseph will continue their
sesquicentenary celebrations this month with a
Mass of Thanksgiving and launch of a book on
the history of the order.
The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop
Wilson on Saturday June 4 at St Ignatius’ Church
Norwood at 11am to mark the beginning of the
Sisters’ ministry in Adelaide in June 1867.
The Sisters will focus the Adelaide Archdiocesan
celebrations on thanking the many people who
have enriched their lives and work. This follows
their national celebration in Penola where the
order was founded by St Mary MacKillop and
Father Julian Tenison Woods on March 19, 1866.
Attendees at the Adelaide event are invited to
walk through Kensington Chapel, commissioned
by Mary MacKillop in 1876, before partaking in a
luncheon hosted by Mary MacKillop College.
Sister Marie Foale’s new book Never See a
Need, on the history of the Sisters in South
Australia, will be launched at the luncheon.
The Josephite Sisters are also hosting a number
of other commemorative events in rural areas.
On August 8, the feast of Mary MacKillop, Sisters
will pray with students from Caritas College and
follow the route taken by Mary on her journey
from Wilmington to Port Augusta.
Mary MacKillop made this journey to be with
Sister Laurencia who died shortly after from
burns she sustained from a fire in the Church.
Days of prayer for women in rural communities
were held in the Far North and Mid North
(Pekina, Orroroo, Quorn, Peterborough,
Jamestown) from April 4-9, the Mid North (Yorke
Peninsula, Wallaroo, Kadina, Yorketown) from
May 9–13, and in the Riverland, South East and
Kangaroo Island from May 16-20.
JUBILARIANS: In their sesquicentenary year, the Sisters of St Joseph were overjoyed to
celebrate the golden and diamond jubilees of five Sisters at St Ignatius’ Church Norwood on
April 16. Pictured with Archbishop Wilson are, from left: Sisters Margaret Lamb, Margaret
Cleary (golden), Marie McCann, Vynette Barnden (golden) and Joan Evans.
WELCOMED: The Sri Lankan Catholic community greet Archbishop
Wilson at St Martin’s Church Greenacres.
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