President of the Festa Association, Rocco Carpentieri, said it was a “truly special” event due to Pope Francis having proclaimed the Year of St Joseph to commemorate the 150th anniversary of St Joseph as patron of the Universal Church.
“We entrust to St Joseph all members of the Christian community, in particular young people who follow his example in all aspects of their lives; the elderly who by imitating the example of St Joseph can lead the next generation to become good servants of God; the sick, those in hospitals and nursing homes who…through their faith, receive strength and comfort; and all the deceased members of our community, including those who have worked with the association and have entered eternal life in the past 12 months,” he said.
Mr Carpentieri thanked Salisbury parish priest Father Shibu Jacob who together with Father Francis Vin Tran Phat concelebrated the Festa Mass and guided the faithful during the triduum.
“Their intimate sermons and messages of comfort have reinvigorated our faith in the work of St Joseph and provided a model to improve our lives by following his great example of compassion, silent life and fatherly guidance,” he said.
“To Archbishop Patrick O’Regan for accepting our invitation to be part of this celebration, we are honoured to have an Archbishop so devoted to St Joseph and we hope to maintain a strong friendship between our community and him for many years.
To our spiritual leader Sister Elda, who not only works tirelessly for our Festa but all year round for the Italian community in Salisbury. Her humble and respectful commitment to those she serves is a testament to her faith and devotion.”
Dignitaries included the Italian Consul for SA, Dr Adriano Stendardo, Mayor of Salisbury Gillian Aldridge, Dennis Hood MLC representing the State Government, the Member for Ramsay Zoe Bettison (Ramsay), the Federal Member for Makin Tony Zappia and Frank Pangallo MLC.
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