Thoughts from the presbytery – 21 February

Ash Wednesday this week begins the season of Lent.  Masses will be at 7:30am and 5:30pm, St. Augustine’s, Yass and 9am at St. Francis Xavier’s, Gunning.  Lent is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others.  In this way, the whole church prepares for Easter with those who are baptised and for all others…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 14 February

The concert by the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne this past Monday was outstanding.  A special thanks to those who prepared the Lovat Chapel for this event and to the many people who made slices, cakes and sandwiches for the supper at interval.  Thanks to those wonderful people who with Lourdes O’Keefe, served the supper and to…

News from the presbytery – 7 February 2020

This Monday we host the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne in the Lovat Chapel, an extraordinary opportunity to hear classical works performed by world renowned musicians. Lourdes O’Keefe needs people to help with supper to be served at the interval of the performance. St. Augustine’s Parish Pastoral Council will meet this coming Wednesday, 12th February, 7:30pm at…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 31 January

Visiting farmers in our community it becomes obvious the toll the drought is having and how tired people are, feeding their animals and anxious where to source feed.  An added pressure is the lack of water.  Please pray and support each other in these very difficult times and express our dependence on God in our…

Graeme and Jose meeting with the new boss, Dr. Jose Luis Guterres, for development in Oecusse

Thoughts from the presbytery – 24 January

On this Australia Day weekend, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is asking parishes across our country to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society with the Bushfire Appeal.  The response of the ACBC is a long time after many of you have contributed by the ‘tap and go’ machine or given directly to Vinnies.  All…

Youth Minister wanted

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE POSITION OF ST AUGUSTINE’S YASS YOUTH MINISTER Purpose of the Role The core role of the Youth Minister is to assist in the animating of spirituality and faith development of youth and promote attitudes based on Gospel values. The Youth Minister is to co-ordinate opportunities for youth to gather in…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 17 January

Planning for the coming year is well advanced as you will see in this bulletin.  Dianne Carey has the program for the sacraments beginning with the Sacrament of Reconciliation 1st April, through to the Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated on the 13th September.  Paul O’Mara and Irene Carr have prepared a budget to be…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 10 January

The bushfires have once again dominated news this past week.  It has been edifying to hear of significant donations from Australians and artists from all corners of the world.  Distribution of available funds is best achieved by the local people who know the most needy.  For this reason, our parishes are relying on the St.…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 27 December

The music at Gunning, Yass and Murrumbateman this Christmas was the best ever, thanks to our musicians and singers.  Thanks to Di Carey who organized CD’s for Yass and Wee Jasper on Christmas Day.  Helen Murphy, Coral Carroll and Kay Perceval cleaned St. Augustine’s, Sandra Davis and Judith Williams arranged the flowers and Peter Cleary…

Christmas message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This will be a difficult Christmas for many this year, as animals need to be fed and dams start to empty.  There are those confronted by fire, many having lost homes and the thousands of exhausted men and women fighting the fires and grieving at the deaths of those…