Picture a parish that is a family which is a gathering of many nations. It is a place where all enjoy each other’s company and are accepted for who they are; where there is no distinction between race, colour, language or heritage. Is such a place a fantasy? Despite the vast mixture of ethnic backgrounds among leaders and people, people are accepted for the contribution they made to the task, not where they came from or what group they represented.
The cultural diversity of our parishes is changing and this is bringing much creativity and richness. In August we will be welcoming and hosting visitors from over 70 different nations as they come to celebrate with us for the World Meeting Of Families. Here is a few things to consider in your own parish, in your own community of faith