Welcome to Country

On Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday-5th July- Ngunnawal man, Michael Bell, began Mass by welcoming the St Augustine’s Parish Community to his country. Some excerpts from his speech are included below. “I would like to acknowledge my Ngunnawal Elders any other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Elders, I would also like to acknowledge the ancestries…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 12 June

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It was wonderful being able to celebrate with many parishioners last weekend.  Thank you for your commitment to the faith and your generosity expressed by the collections.  This Sunday will be the last Liturgy of the Word via Zoom, as long as the coronavirus is kept at bay.  Due…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 5 June

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I thank God for our wonderful country and the leaders who have worked tirelessly to protect its citizens during this Covid-19 pandemic. I thank God for our communion of communities and especially for you who have been prepared to make extraordinary sacrifices for the benefit of all. Whilst we…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 29 May

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, We were told yesterday that Sister Macrena will be moving to Young this coming Tuesday. A lunch will be held outside the Hartigan Centre this Sunday at 12:30pm for those who would like to wish Sister Macrena all the best for the future and to express our gratitude for…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 11 April

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, You have seen the people of Great Britain, standing at their doors expressing gratitude to the frontline workers dealing with the coronavirus. The sacrifices they are making resonates with the supreme sacrifice of Jesus. Locally we have those in our hospital and nursing homes doing the same. My visits,…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 3 April

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the early 90’s I attended a course at Seton Hall University, Newark, U.S.A., with priests from thirty-six countries. Late in the evening, with the help of lemonade, the stories of the pastoral issues dealt with by the priests were shared. There was a guy from South Africa who…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 1 April

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I hope and pray you are all well and adjusting to our new monastic lifestyle. If you have any needs or just want to talk to me, please use my mobile (0448 414 541) and not the landline (6226 1086). I’m unable to change the message on the landline…

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is with regret that I have decided, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, to cease all gatherings in our community until further notice. I have a duty to care for you all and I’m not prepared to take the risk of exposing anyone to the virus. This will include…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 20 March

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In these extremely difficult times due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, immediate action had to be taken to protect the spread of the virus and to protect the health of everyone.  The protocols insist a distance of one and a half metres between people, the exception being families, at our…

Revised Mass arrangements

The federal government’s announcement of a restriction on indoor gatherings to less than a hundred people and the Uniting Church’s decision to close their Murrumbateman site has necessitated some changes in weekend Mass arrangements for Yass and Gunning parishes effective immediately. The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has issued updated guidance  regarding Archdiocesan Protocols for…