St Bakhita's is a centre for prayer and faith development for the Sudanese Australian community. For many, their Catholic faith has been a central part of their lives and a source of strength and comfort when their world was turned upside down by war, persecution and resettlement.
The Catholic Church and its religious played a vital role supporting many Sudanese spiritually, emotionally and financially during their time as refugees and condemned the atrocities committed against them.
The centre organises many programs that develop prayer and faith in action. The Sudanese are passionate about Bible Study and classes are held regularly. The Legion of Mary is a group that meets every week for prayer and reflection.
St Bakhita's is very proud of its choir which performs at church liturgies and multicultural events. Sudanese and Australian-born volunteers are involved in liturgy preparation, liturgical dance, girls' youth groups and sacrament preparation. Members of the community have trained to become Eucharistic ministers, readers and acolytes. One of its leaders, John Cinya is about to become the community's first permanent deacon.
A mass is celebrated regularly at St Patrick's Church in Blacktown for the Sudanese Australian community. All are welcome.