Thoughts from the presbytery – 18 January

Next Saturday, Australia Day, Mass will be held at the normal time with prayers for our country. Deacon Matt Ransom, co-ordinator for C.C.D., has asked Margaret Friend to oversee catechists in our community. This is the most critical concern for our parish as we have an obligation to reach out to the many baptised children…

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Catholic Parish of St. Augustine’s, Yass, invites children baptised in the Catholic tradition, Year 3 or older, to continue their journey in faith by preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for their First Holy Communion. If you believe your child is ready to take this next step and you are prepared to…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 11 January

As the summer break draws to a close, I remind parishioners of the meeting on the 6th February, 7:30pm in the Hartigan Centre, to discuss issues we want brought to the Plenary Council 2020.  At this gathering, we will also elect delegates to attend a deanery meeting with the results from other parishes. Do we…

Christmas thoughts from the presbytery

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In wishing you all a Happy and Holy Christmas, I also express gratitude to those parishioners who share generosity of their time and talents for the running of our community of communities.  It is a privilege to serve as your priest, at the same time, I am acutely aware…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 21 December

On behalf of those we serve in Timor Leste, the generosity of our communities is extraordinary.  Besides those who contribute on a regular basis, this past week two families have given $1,000 each. The Sunday following Christmas is the fifth Sunday of the month and Mass will be celebrated at Wee Jasper at 10am.  On…

Christmas Mass Times

24th December (Vigil ) 5:30pm St Francis Xavier, Gunning; 7:00pm St Augustine’s, Yass; 8:30pm Murrumbateman Recreation  Hall; 25th December   8:00am St. Augustine’s, Yass

Thoughts from the presbytery – 14 December

The Sunday following Christmas is the fifth Sunday of the month and Mass will be celebrated at Wee Jasper at 10am.  On that Sunday, Gunning and Murrumbateman will hold a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion.  If you have visitors, the scenic drive to Wee Jasper is a real treat. From now until the…

Plenary Council survey results

64 parishioners from Yass, Gunning and Murrumbateman responded to the parish survey on the Plenary Council agenda. Respondents were asked to rate the importance of 9 topics that were suggested for the Plenary Council agenda as a result of the parish workshop held on 17th October 2018. Each topic received a rating from 1 (not…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 7 December

The people on the parish email list should have received the results of the survey, towards the Plenary Council 2020, by now.  We will also print in the bulletin a summary of the findings.  Thanks to Paul Trezise, we have an excellent insight into the concerns of the respondents. Those parishioners contributing to our Sacrificial…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 30 November

Advent, from the Latin adventus meaning coming, is a special season in preparation for Christmas.  The Church not only prepares to welcome Him at Christmas, it also rejoices in the possession and the presence of its Lord in its midst.  All through the year we are summoned to prepare the way of the Lord, to…