Thoughts from the presbytery – 21 October

The participants at our first gathering to look at issues for the Plenary Council 2020 put forward many areas of concern they would like discussed in the broader community.  The task of the Parish Pastoral Council is to put together a survey for others to make comment before a second gathering, early February.  I am grateful to those who attended and especially for the facilitation of Paul Trezise.  We can now move forward to the next stage to highlight our concerns, as the Catholic Church in Australia attempts to listen to the Spirit for a better future.

St. Augustine’s PPC will meet this Wednesday, 7:30pm at the presbytery.  Whilst the primary purpose will be the survey as mentioned, there will also be a brief report from each member.  If any parishioner has an agenda item you would like discussed, please speak with a member of the PPC.

Congratulations to Jan Harvey who has been appointed Deputy Principal of Mount Carmel after acting in the position for this year.

Here is an opportunity to sign a petition for two Australians who told the truth about the Australian spying on the Timorese government in 2004, and who face two years’ jail as a result.  The espionage was conducted by the Australian government so that Australia would have the advantage in negotiations over the Timor Sea resources. The spying had nothing to do with “national security” but everything  to do with financial gain from one of the poorest nations on earth. The petition is asking the Attorney-General that the case be dismissed.  It is found at

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