Two ancient traditions from two different cultures were celebrated at Manning Parish on Sunday 6 February, with some 150 parishioners and members of Perth’s Chinese community gathering, first for the blessing and opening of the new Columbarium at St Pius X Church by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, followed by a special Mass to mark the Chinese New Year.
Manning’s parish priest, Fr Patrick Lim, has been a driving force behind the new Columbarium, both as an organiser and artist, and is also Chaplain to the Chinese Community. “I wear two hats,” laughed Fr Patrick.
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The Perth Catholic Chinese Community hosted its festivities for the Year of the Ox at St Pius X Catholic Church, Manning Parish, on Sunday 21 February 2021. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB celebrated the annual Mass alongside PCCC chaplain Father Patrick Lim.