Thoughts from the presbytery – 13 March

At the Vigil Mass next Saturday we will give thanks for the gentle ministry of Sr. Macrina, who after fifteen years in Yass will move to Young.  After Mass there will be a ‘pot luck’ meal in the Hartigan Centre. The coronavirus has caused upheaval around the world and the future is uncertain.  Fear is…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 6 March

After fifteen years in Yass, Sister Macrina is moving to Young in three weeks.  Due to the sudden decision of her superiors, we are given little time to express our gratitude for her wonderful contribution to our community, especially her work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  I suggest at the Vigil Mass on…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 28 February

During the rite of baptism, parents and godparents are reminded of their responsibility to the child for the ongoing nurturing of faith.  After baptism, the next step for the child is to engage in preparation for their first Holy Communion.  Registrations took place this past week and nineteen were presented to continue the faith journey. …

Thoughts from the presbytery – 21 February

Ash Wednesday this week begins the season of Lent.  Masses will be at 7:30am and 5:30pm, St. Augustine’s, Yass and 9am at St. Francis Xavier’s, Gunning.  Lent is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others.  In this way, the whole church prepares for Easter with those who are baptised and for all others…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 14 February

The concert by the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne this past Monday was outstanding.  A special thanks to those who prepared the Lovat Chapel for this event and to the many people who made slices, cakes and sandwiches for the supper at interval.  Thanks to those wonderful people who with Lourdes O’Keefe, served the supper and to…

News from the presbytery – 7 February 2020

This Monday we host the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne in the Lovat Chapel, an extraordinary opportunity to hear classical works performed by world renowned musicians. Lourdes O’Keefe needs people to help with supper to be served at the interval of the performance. St. Augustine’s Parish Pastoral Council will meet this coming Wednesday, 12th February, 7:30pm at…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 31 January

Visiting farmers in our community it becomes obvious the toll the drought is having and how tired people are, feeding their animals and anxious where to source feed.  An added pressure is the lack of water.  Please pray and support each other in these very difficult times and express our dependence on God in our…

Graeme and Jose meeting with the new boss, Dr. Jose Luis Guterres, for development in Oecusse

Thoughts from the presbytery – 24 January

On this Australia Day weekend, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is asking parishes across our country to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society with the Bushfire Appeal.  The response of the ACBC is a long time after many of you have contributed by the ‘tap and go’ machine or given directly to Vinnies.  All…

Youth Minister wanted

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE POSITION OF ST AUGUSTINE’S YASS YOUTH MINISTER Purpose of the Role The core role of the Youth Minister is to assist in the animating of spirituality and faith development of youth and promote attitudes based on Gospel values. The Youth Minister is to co-ordinate opportunities for youth to gather in…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 17 January

Planning for the coming year is well advanced as you will see in this bulletin.  Dianne Carey has the program for the sacraments beginning with the Sacrament of Reconciliation 1st April, through to the Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated on the 13th September.  Paul O’Mara and Irene Carr have prepared a budget to be…