World Day Of The Poor Mass In Sydney
Pope Francis has called upon international parishes to celebrate the first-ever World Day of the Poor on Sunday, 19 November to mark the most recent Jubilee Year of Mercy.
In November 2016, the Pope appended the Church’s calendar to include this observance so "whole Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need."
Bishop Terry Brady, auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, will lead the city’s observance with a Mass at the Parish of St Canice in Elizabeth Bay*.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO, Jack de Groot explained, "The Society is a passionate believer in Pope Francis’ call for us to reach out to people experiencing disadvantage. More and more people are living on the margins of society, locked out of the opportunity and good fortune that many of us take for granted. It is essential to only help those who are in dire need but also to advocate for them, so that their voice is not lost."
"We often hear Australia referred to as ‘the lucky country’ yet almost one in seven Australians are living in poverty. Over 17% of all children under the age of 15 were living below the poverty line in 2016. We know that poverty has detrimental impacts on the individual, family and community and that it denies opportunities to participate equally in Australian society.
"As we reflect on the injustice that surrounds us in such a prosperous country, the need to heed Pope Francis’ calls to be witness to the poor is more relevant than ever."
*Mass for the World Day of the Poor will begin at 10:30am and will be followed by refreshments.
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