Thoughts from the presbytery – 10 January

The bushfires have once again dominated news this past week.  It has been edifying to hear of significant donations from Australians and artists from all corners of the world.  Distribution of available funds is best achieved by the local people who know the most needy.  For this reason, our parishes are relying on the St.…

Thoughts from the presbytery – 27 December

The music at Gunning, Yass and Murrumbateman this Christmas was the best ever, thanks to our musicians and singers.  Thanks to Di Carey who organized CD’s for Yass and Wee Jasper on Christmas Day.  Helen Murphy, Coral Carroll and Kay Perceval cleaned St. Augustine’s, Sandra Davis and Judith Williams arranged the flowers and Peter Cleary…

Christmas message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This will be a difficult Christmas for many this year, as animals need to be fed and dams start to empty.  There are those confronted by fire, many having lost homes and the thousands of exhausted men and women fighting the fires and grieving at the deaths of those…

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…