Thoughts from the presbytery – 4 October

Thirty-five women gathered last Saturday for the ‘Circle of Sisters’. To comply with health regulations, we have needed a large dishwasher for the Hartigan Centre kitchen.  This week we received $2,000 from the Soldier’s Club to purchase a dishwasher.  I am grateful to the Soldier’s Club and Lourdes O’Keefe who sought this community grant, as…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 27 September

It was a sad day this past week when the New South Wales Parliament decriminalised abortion.  Every foetus has a unique DNA imprint with extraordinary potential for humanity. It was a silly day when the ACT Parliament passed laws to legalise the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use. Wisdom is a gift from…

Ozanam Appeal

Next weekend, 28th and 29th September 2019, the St Vincent de Paul Society will be conducting its annual Ozanam Appeal. Many of you are aware that our Conference of St. Augustine’s works to support members of our community in need both locally and internationally.  Some of the work we do is titled Twinning, which is…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 20 September

The annual audit for both Yass and Gunning parishes covers the following areas: Finance, Probity, Insurance, Employment, WHS, Property and Child Protection. For the audit we require: Bank Statements for all bank accounts Ledger Book or Spreadsheet that records transactions of the parish and GST All Deposit book(s) and counting sheets and other documentation supporting…

Vinnies says thanks

St. Augustine’s Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the generous support of the Vinnies Winter Appeal. The Appeal raised $4,219.00 together with outstanding donations of several hundred cans of food for distribution through the Conference pantry. I wish to commend the Mount Carmel School…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 13 September

The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation last weekend was one of the best I have experienced.  Congratulations to everyone involved, beautifully expressed by Di Carey in this bulletin. On the 24th September both Yass and Gunning parishes will be audited to ensure all financials are in order.  After the audit, both communities will be…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 6 September

We welcome to our community Archbishop Christopher Prowse who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend for younger parishioners from both Yass and Gunning parishes.  Our communities should be grateful to the members of our Sacramental Teams, who give of their time and talents to support parents, as these confirmandi prepare for this great…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 30 August

Next Sunday, 8th September, Yass and Gunning parishes will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Augustine’s, Yass, at 10am.  This will necessitate a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion at the usual times in both Gunning and Murrumbateman.  I do encourage as many parishioners as possible to attend and support the young confirmandi…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 23 August

The Gospel this weekend has a sobering reminder that entrance to the feast in the kingdom of God is not automatic. Two people who died this week have demonstrated, in their respective vocations, the importance of our faith which motivates how we are to live. I speak of Sister John Keenan and Tim Fischer. Sr.…

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…