The Papua New Guinean community in Sydney recently celebrated the feast of Bl Peter To Rot, a Papuan martyred under the Japanese during World War II for his defence of marriage, reports the Catholic News Agency.
On July 6, Papua New Guineans gathered at St Brigid's parish in Marrickville, a Sydney suburb, to celebrate their Blessed with a Mass and traditions of their native land.
'We are deeply touched by the enormous faith of the Church in Papua New Guinea, represented by these visitors,' local parishioners commented. St Brigid's is under the care of the Passionists, who also run parishes in the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby, as well as its suburb of Boroko.
Papua New Guinean emigrants were joined in the celebration by more than 50 visitors from Boroko and other parts of the Melanesian nation; local Sydney politicians; and a group of Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
A choir from Papua New Guinea sang as a procession was held, and Mass was concelebrated by priests from Papua New Guinea; Fr Tomas McDonough, Passionist Provincial; and Fr John Pearce, pastor of St Brigid's.
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