Thoughts from the presbytery – 20 December

As I will be celebrating Mass at Wee Jasper this Christmas, there won’t be Mass at Wee Jasper on the fifth Sunday. There will be Mass at Gunning and Murrumbateman on the fifth Sunday. We had a very pleasant gathering of the members of our PPC and Finance Committee, with the members husbands and wives,…

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

24th December – 5:30pm, St. Francis Xavier, Gunning – 7:00pm, St. Augustine’s, Yass – 8:30pm, Murrumbateman Rec Hall 25th December – 8am, St. Augustine’s, Yass – 10am, Our Lady of the Rosary, Wee Jasper SACRAMENT OF PENANCE/RECONCILIATION 20th December  – 6 – 7pm 23rd December – 8:30 – 9am; 12 – 12:30pm; 5 – 6pm…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 13 December

I felt very proud of the significant number of altar servers who received awards, especially for leadership, at the Mount Carmel presentation evening. The school has had a good year and as a community we should be grateful to Michael, Jan and all members of staff for their commitment to the students.  Amber leads a…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 6 December

I was surprised to learn this past week that school fees will increase by four percent.  It seems that increases each year are automatic without any explanation from Catholic Education.  In the real world, wages are static, the cost of living increases and the country deals with the worst drought on record.  There was a…

Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé

To mark the start of the Advent season you are cordially invited to a service of Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé on Sunday 1st December. This ecumenical service consists of prayer through psalms, a short bible reading, intercessions, a period of silent reflection and of course the beautiful Taizé chants. Join us for contemplative…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 29 November

Bi-monthly the Minister’s Fraternal meet at the presbytery to discuss issues relevant to the various Christian communities in the Yass Valley.  Christmas Carols are one of the combined projects undertaken and costs in excess of $3,000 to put on.  Each church contributes $500 to the Christmas carols and support from local businesses is sought.  A…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 22 November

The four day retreat at Galong was lead by Bishop David Walker, the founder of the Centre for Christian Spirituality in the Broken Bay Diocese. He shared with us priests some wonderful insights, helpful for our own spiritual lives. This time also gave me the opportunity to get to know the younger priests and I…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 15 November

I will be on retreat at Galong this week, returning Friday morning.  As I will pray for you, please pray for me. The funeral of Michael Abbey on Friday will be a Requiem Mass at 2pm, so there will be no 12noon Mass. St. Augustine’s Finance meeting will be held Wednesday 27th at 6pm.  The…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 8 November

I am extremely proud of those involved with the Book Fair last weekend.  There were 36 parishioners and 8 from YRAR who spent hours setting up and packing up.  It was a mammoth exercise, coordinated by Debbie Valencic.  What are the benefits?  A great community builder, people meeting and getting to know each other, involving…

See you at the Book Fair

Don’t miss out on coming the Book Fair this Classic Yass weekend. You won’ regret making the time to pop in  and see if you can find your next favourite book, game or puzzle, CD, DVD or even a vinyl record. We have lots of fresh stock this year; you may find that little gem…