106th Migrant and Refugee Sunday



The Archdiocese of Adelaide celebrated the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees with a solemn Multicultural Mass at St Francis Xavier Cathedral at 2.30pm, on Sunday 27 September. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the celebration was “Like Jesus Christ, Forced to Flee”. The Mass was organised as a live stream Mass with strict compliance to the government Covid19 regulations.  

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan DD was the main celebrant with more than twenty priests and deacons, including many chaplains of cultural communities, concelebrating the Mass.  The celebrants processed into the church where a limited number of people representing more than thirty Catholic communities and groups were present and many others were viewing the Mass on-line from their own home.

At the beginning of the Mass the Archbishop warmly welcomed a congregation of many cultures gathering on this special occasion to pray especially for migrants and refugees and internally displaced persons. In his homily, Archbishop Patrick O’Regan reminded the congregation of their responsibilities, as God’s people, to Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate the people who come here from many other countries to call Australia home. Archbishop said these four verbs have been constantly used by Pope Francis in his message to teach us how to care for migrants and refugees in a practical way and we must do so.  

The highlight of the Mass was the singing of various hymns in different languages by the St Kizito choir, namely English, Kiswahili, Latin, and Otuho.  The singing brought joy and inspiration to this Eucharistic celebration. The liturgy of the Mass expressed the multicultural nature of our church with Readings in Chinese and Polish, and the universal prayers in Croatian, Filipino, Kiswahili, Korean, Malayalam, and Vietnamese.  The Archbishop concluded the liturgy by inviting the congregation to join him in praying together Pope Francis’ prayer for Migrants and Refugees. 

Due to COVID19 restrictions, the usual celebration after Mass with entertainment program and multicultural food was cancelled; however the joyful atmosphere and the love among the people gathered, has made the celebration very much like we are in communion with each other as one big family.

Please enjoy some of the pictures of the celebrtion below.