Friday 6 July 2012
By Emily S. Cheah, COSDU
Kairos Catholic Journal
ON the Solemnity of the Ascension, 20 May, more than 20 young adults from the Catholic Overseas Students Down Under (COSDU) Society of the University of Melbourne gathered at the Little Sisters of the Poor aged-care facility, St Joseph’s Home, in Northcote to celebrate with residents.
The All Saints Youth Choir from Fitzroy, under the direction of Alphonsus Tan, sang at the Mass, to the great delight of all present.
Mass was followed by a special lunch, during which some of the visiting young adults entertained with songs and a distribution of lilies, while others assisted in food service under the guidance of the sisters.
It was heartening to observe residents and young adults enjoying themselves in conversation and during the performance, especially when the singers sang a
rousing rendition of Waltzing Matilda. Most residents dropped their cutlery and
started dancing in their seats to the song! It was a magical moment for everyone involved and brought laughter throughout the dining halls.
With lunch over, songs exhausted and new friendships formed, there was a final surprise: an ice-cream cake from the sisters to celebrate the birthday of a resident. Everyone had a double dose of dessert, a large serve of fun and happy memories to last a while.
COSDU is looking to a long-term collaboration with the Little Sisters of the Poor to continue the tradition of visiting and service.
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