Thoughts from the Presbytery – 16 August

Insurance for the Yass parish next year will be $17,880, Gunning $3,439 and Mount Carmel School $26,327 paid by the school with a contribution of approximately $5,000 by Yass parish. As you are aware from your own household budget, gas and electricity have increased significantly.  I would like to install solar panels but the initial…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 9 August

This coming Thursday, 15th August, is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  For those able to attend Mass, the Assumption is a holy day of obligation.  In Australia and New Zealand the two holy days of obligation are 15th August (Assumption) and 25th December (Christmas).  Mass times this Thursday are as follows: St. Augustine’s,…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 2 August

I will be approaching a few parishioners in the next two weeks to consider becoming Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. This will involve being on a roster and committing to spend two hours, once every six weeks, taking Holy Communion to residents of Thomas Eccles, Horton or Warmington or to those who are housebound. This…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 26 July

Just a reminder that Mass this coming Friday will be held at 9:45am, as it is the delayed celebration for Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  The feast was the 16th July when the school was on holidays. Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held this week.  Parents are reminded that it is their…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 19 July

I found the documentary “The Final Quarter” dealing with the bullying and racial overtones aimed at Adam Goodes fascinating.  As Australians, do we have to deal with a legacy that has persisted from the early days of European settlement?  For me there seems to be a vocal minority who want us to know our place…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 12 July

Parishioners who contribute to the Sacrificial Planned Giving program are advised to collect your statement for the past twelve months, with tax exemption, at the back of the church. In this period, contributors have dropped from 110 to 95 and our income has remained static for the past two decades.  In an attempt to increase…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 5 July

This Sunday is observed as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday and the theme for 2019 is “Peace to this house and all who dwell within”.  Our communities acknowledge the Traditional Custodians who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years.  We acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 28 June

In this bulletin, Di Carey thanks all those involved with the celebration of first Holy Communion. I just hope parishioners are aware of the hundreds of hours Di spends, in a voluntary capacity, organizing our sacramental programs. Last Sunday, many people enjoyed a fascinating talk by Dr Robyn Cadwallader on the spirituality in the anchoress.…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 21 June

Congratulations to the thirty-four young parishioners from Yass and Gunning receiving their first Holy Communion this weekend. I am extremely grateful to Di Carey, John Duncan and our Sacramental Teams who have supported the parents as these young people receive Jesus in the Eucharist.  To the parents, it is your responsibility to continue to nurture…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 14 June

Just a reminder, next Sunday the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), young parishioners from both Yass and Gunning will receive their first Holy Communion. Besides the Vigil Mass in Yass, there will be Mass in Gunning on the Sunday at 8:15am and Yass at 10am. The following Sunday…