Don Bosco Bi-centenary celebrations at St Marys was very successful and a fun weekend event. Celebrations commenced on the Saturday night at Penrith local community center were over 280 people enjoyed a fantastic night. The young people from the parish and local schools preformed various dances, choirs, solo singing and Gymnastic acts. During intermission, a light supper with drinks was served, and after the show coffee and sweets were available.
On Sunday, the 10.30am Mass was celebrated in honour of Don Bosco with a Philippine youth choir. Con celebrating priest were Fr Brendan (parish priest), Fr Guy (assistant parish priest), Fr John (YC Co-Director), Fr Chris Riley (Founder and Director of Youth Off The Streets), Fr Shane (Rector) and Br Thuy (YC assistant). A number of Maltese, Philippines and South Americans past pupils were well attended.
After Mass parishioners and young people continued the celebrations in the Don Bosco Youth Centre. Activities and entertainment included a dance by Our Lady Of The Rosary primary school. Cultural dances by the Samoan community, Atafu Lotomau Tokelau and the Kajo-Keji Community are both from South Sudan and the Madi Ethnic Community.
There were Gymnastic and Trampoline displays, circus and Unicycle displays. Many children had their faces painted by the Spanish Sisters. And there were Pool and Table Tennis competitions finals. There was a live band led by Br Jeff Miller, Carlos Escobar and Malia.
Congratulations to the organizers, to Co-Directors Fr John, St Jenny, assistants Br Thuy and Sr Faye, and the many volunteers for their devotion and support, particularly Joe and Sue Bradley and Richard and Barbara Trehy.
By Fr Shane Reade SDB