End of Year Eucharist and Christmas Party hosted by Identitywa and Personal Advocacy Services
The true spirit of Christmas and the importance of sharing as a community was last week celebrated by more than 400 people who attended the Identitywa and Personal Advocacy Services (PAS) End of Year Eucharist and Christmas Party.
Hosted at St Luke’s Parish, Woodvale on Sunday 13 December, the Mass was testament to the commitment of the staff and supporters of the two outreach agencies in the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.
James Malone, Chair of the PAS Board of Management, officially welcomed the congregation which included people supported by PAS and Identitywa, their families, special guests, staff and volunteer advocates.
Parish Priest, Fr Francisco Mascarenhas and Fr Stan Bendowski, from Our Lady of Lourdes Nollamara Parish concelebrated the Mass.
People supported by both agencies actively participated in aspects of the liturgy, from the Entrance Procession and the lighting of the Advent Candle, to leading the Responsorial Psalm and the Offertory Procession.
During the First Reading and the Gospel, a small team from PAS brought out the meaning of the words through sacred gestures on the Sanctuary. Anabelle May, retiring Executive Director said it was a wonderful way to celebrate the year’s end and her time at the helm of PAS.
“It was also special to hold the Mass and Christmas party at a parish known in Perth for its spirit of inclusion and participation of people of all abilities,” said Anabelle.
Afternoon tea was served in the Parish Hall by Identitywa staff at the conclusion of the Mass.
Graeme Mander, Chair of the Identitywa Board, welcomed families and staff to the special celebration which featured Christmas carols with some ‘good ole’ Christmas cheer!
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