We believe that Australia has a unique opportunity at this moment in history to become an example and symbol of the kind of world community of peoples which should exist in the coming century: one in which all of God’s children live in peace and solidarity with one another.
(Australian Catholic Bishops, “Racism and the Conversion of the Human Heart”, December, 1988).
What we believe
All of us are pilgrims. Each of us is on a spiritual journey lasting a lifetime. For many of us, the journey is a physical one, too. Through force of circumstance, or choice, we find ourselves building and sometimes rebuilding our lives in new communities. Throughout our journey – both spiritual and physical — we look to each other and our Church to help us safely home.
The Church/Parish has a mission and a mandate to help all its pilgrims on their journey through spiritual and practical support.
The Parish Community of Mascot is committed to the principle of unity in diversity: ensuring the oneness of the local Church while celebrating individual faith expressions; and ensuring the oneness of the local community while embracing and drawing on the rich cultural and religious traditions of its diverse members.
The Parish Community of Mascot believes all of us share the opportunity and responsibility to learn from each other – to cherish the best things from our past while we open our hearts towards the present and future.
Together we can live in peace, mutual understanding and celebration of our individual and collective strengths.
The Parish of Mascot contributes to the success of our journey together by:
• building community understanding of the values and contributions of all cultures, languages and faith expressions;
• establishing parish policies and structures which support multiculturalism;
• promoting a regular assessment of pastoral needs of all people within the Parish.
• organising specific activities and special devotions for migrant groups in their native language, where the positive religious traditions and values of their countries are highlighted, to foster the upkeep of the faith and participation in parish life;
• facilitating understanding of the local Church’s traditions and policies, and helping migrants to integrate into the local Church; and
• helping the local community appreciate the diversity of its members through sharing and communication.
• Fostering inter-faith dialogue.