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 time when finances were managed locally but with centralization decisions are made without local consultation.  Centralization is also an issue affecting the running of parishes.

Members of our Finance Committee and Parish Pastoral Council are reminded of a combined Christmas get together, Wednesday 18th, 6:30pm at the Hartigan Centre.

Besides a donation of $400 towards our work in Timor Leste, Barrie and Jan Smith sent a consignment, including new power steering, suspension etc., for our vehicles.  These generous donations assure our work will continue.  The photo is yet another person who graduated with an engineering degree in petroleum.  Once employed, Jumito is expected to contribute to the work of Yass/Gunning Belun.

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