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Remembering loved ones on All Souls' Day


South Australian families are today gathering to mark All Souls' Day with two special memorial services in honour of departed loves ones.

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Hundreds of people attended an Italian Catholic service led by Father Romeo at Enfield Memorial Park this morning with up to another 500 people expected to attend a Vietnamese Catholic service tonight.

The services offer quiet reflection for loved ones who’ve passed away with a mass and procession by foot through the beautifully landscaped grounds of Australia’s first lawn cemetery.

Adelaide Cemeteries CEO Michael Robertson said Adelaide Cemeteries is privileged to serve the diverse cultural and religious communities of South Australia in a way that supports them to honour their departed family and friends.

“The event has become an annual family tradition for many, with families expected to spend time at their loved ones’ memorial sites,” he said, adding it was growing in popularity

“Adelaide Cemeteries is an integral part of the communities we serve and marking All Souls’ Day is a demonstration of our commitment to support the different cultural Catholic communities in South Australia.

“In addition to the strong ties we have with the Italian community, we have strong ties to the growing Vietnamese Catholic community in Adelaide. Our Wisteria Garden at Enfield Memorial Park is a dedicated burial ground for the Vietnamese community.

“This has been occurring at Enfield Memorial Park since 2017 but unofficially All Souls’ Day has been marked by these communities for more than a decade on our grounds.”


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