By Amanda Murthy
“The Gospel of Jesus says to you today, do not be afraid you have won God’s favour.”
Father Nino Vinciguerra delivered this message at joint IdentityWA and Personal Advocacy Service (PAS) final Mass for the year and Christmas celebrations that took place on Saturday 8 December at the Mercy College Koondoola Chapel.
More than 350 people from both communities, including 120 volunteers and some agency staff, participated in the Mass, with many of the members serving in the choir, and conducting the special liturgical movement to accompany the readings of the day.
In his homily, Fr Nino reminded the congregation to keep the message of Jesus alive in their hearts, ‘He loves us, and will never leave us no matter our faults.’
“Jesus brings us forgiveness, He is always with us,” he said.
“Sometimes when I look in the mirror in the morning, I feel afraid.
“But that’s not really true, because if I take a really good look in the mirror, I will hear those words of Jesus ‘You don’t have to be afraid today because you are special, you are good,” added Fr Nino.
Fr Nino then told those present that they have the responsibility to encourage others whenever they are feeling down.
“Sometimes you need to remind other people, just the same way other people need to remind you that you are worth it – We are only human.”
“What is important is that we continue to believe in God, and learn to uplift one another as He taught us to.”
At the conclusion of Mass, a series of traditional Christmas carols were sung, spotting a chapel full of smiles and applause all those present.
A generous feast prepared by IdentityWA was then enjoyed by all at the school hall.
Long-time PAS volunteer Robyn Hoffman said the year-end Mass and celebrations is a tradition that must go on.
“The wonderful partnership we have with IdentityWA, and just seeing the faces of our members light up as they reflect with their families on the year that has passed, is truly a beautiful thing for all of us to witness.”