Thoughts from the presbytery – 26 April

The celebration of the Sacred Paschal Triduum were magnificent.  There were many positive comments about the choir and I am grateful to Annabelle and all members of the choir for the time they spent preparing for the ceremonies.  Peter Cleary spent many hours making sure the decorations in the sanctuary were in place and to…

Easter thoughts from the Presbytery

CHRIST IS RISEN, HE IS TRULY RISEN.  This awesome truth we proclaim to the world in desperate need of the risen presence of Christ, Lord and Saviour.  He has overcome the power of Satan that we might share His life.  May the blessings of this glorious season be extended to all in our community. During…

Thoughts from the Presbytery – 12 April

Please be aware, the Vigil Mass next Saturday begins at 6:30pm.  Due to the three adult baptisms of Wendy Caire, Trish Chipangura and Georgia Whitaker, the ceremony will take at least one and a half hours.  The Vigil is the highlight of our liturgical year and a wonderful celebration, steeped in ancient ritual.  The Sacred…

News from the presbytery – 5 April

Next weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.  Thanks to the Webster’s and their friends who will supply the traditional palms. But if you have olive branches, please bring them for distribution.  On the Sunday at 2pm, there is also a rally in support of asylum seekers and refugees, at Riverbank…

Timor Leste visit

From Fr Mick I will be working in Timor Leste for two weeks after Easter.  This time I will be travelling with Graeme Hocking from Darwin.  Graeme is a good friend who works with Yass/Gunning Belun, visiting Timor Leste to oversee our works at no cost to us.  He is an expert in clean water…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 29 March

At the Easter Vigil, Wendy Caire, Trish Chipangura and Georgia Whitaker will be baptized, confirmed and join us at the Eucharistic altar.  In these last three weeks, please pray for these three wonderful ladies as they prepare to join us. As a result of our yearly audit for WHS, we have discovered a significant upgrade…

Plenary Council Update

The Plenary Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase ended earlier this month, concluding a period of almost 10 months for people to share their stories and consider the question “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” The National Centre for Pastoral Research has compiled statistical data and reported that…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 22 March

Next Sunday, being the fifth Sunday of the month, Mass will be held at Wee Jasper at 10:00am. Gunning and Murrumbateman will celebrate a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion at the usual times. The first meeting for the year of the Community Council of Mount Carmel School will be held this Thursday. On…

News from the PPC

At the  Parish Pastoral Council Meeting on the 13th March the Parish Councillors reviewed the duties of their portfolios and discussed how they could use their roles to best meet some of the issues of concern for parishioners raised at our Parish Plenary preparation meeting. They decided on three main areas for action: Connection and…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 15 March

At St. Augustine’s Parish Pastoral Council held this week, we welcomed Lourdes O ‘Keefe who will manage the social portfolio, assisted by Steve Scroope.  We listened to reports from each member and these will be available to parishioners via email and the noticeboard.  If you read the reports, I think you will be amazed at…