Thoughts from the presbytery – 1 November

November is a special time to pray for the dead.  The month begins with All Saints’ Day when we remember those ‘superheroes” who have lived the Gospel Beatitudes in an extraordinary way.  We pray on All Souls’ Day for those who await purification from any stain of sin in order to experience the perfection of…

Ozanam Appeal – thank you

The Members of St Augustine’s Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society, wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your outstanding generosity in support of the Society’s Ozanam Appeal for 2019. The Yass and Murrumbateman Appeal raised $1,435.00. Yass Parishioners contributed $1,132.00 and  Murrumbateman Parishioners $303.00. May I again express my heartfelt thanks…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 25 October

As an insert with the bulletin today is the Financial Statement, January to December 2018 and January to August 2019.  It is a simplified version and if you require further information, please discuss with a member of our Finance Committee.  I am grateful to Paul O’Mara, Irene Carr and Mark Valencic for the additional work…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 18 October

Welcome Fr. Warwick Tonkin who celebrates the Vigil Mass and thanks to our Gunning community who organized a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion. This gives me the opportunity to spend time with my family as we celebrate my sister’s 80th At the finance meeting held this week, we looked at the recommendations from…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 11 October

At St Augustine’s PPC meeting held this week, Paul O’Mara explained to members how collections are distributed and the financial status of the parish. It became clear to me that many parishioners are unsure as to what happens with collections. Perhaps we should have an open session for all interested parishioners to counter misunderstandings. Reports…

Parish at Murrumbateman Field Days

The Murrumbateman Field Days will be held over the weekend of 19-20 October. Once again the Murrumbateman Catholic community will be running its Tea, Scone and Slice stall in the Recreation Hall (Site B2). This is their major fundraiser for the year which helps raise money for the annual rental of the Uniting Church Hall…

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…