Two important upcoming events:
A few weeks ago a parishioner courageously stood up and addressed our community about his own struggles with mental health issues. One of the main takeaways from his personal testimony was that anyone can struggle with their mental health, and that they are not necessarily showing any signs - on the surface. Another parishioner who works in the field has proposed that we have an RUOK session via Zoom. If you are interested in participating on Friday 16 October at 7.30pm then click on this link. See you there.
Are We OK?
On Sunday 18 October at 10.30am we will convene our Annual Parish Meeting in our parish hall. To book your place call or email the parish office. Due to COVID restrictions we are limited to 50 in attendance. However, you can also join the APM on Zoom - click here.
Welcome to the family, Adam and Bob
On Saturday 26 October at our parish vigil mass, Adam Bradley and Bob Huang were initiated into the Catholic Church. It has been a long wait, they were due to enter the Church on Easter night, but thanks to COVID-19 we were all in lock-down. However, patience and perseverence prevailed and the long-awaited moment arrived. We welcome Bob and Adam and look forward to journeying with them in the months and years to come. In the photo we have Adam and Bob on either side of Diane Redmayne, the co-ordinator of our RCIA program. Next to Adam is Jayden Brunt his sponsor, and beside Bob is his daughter Isabella and Paul Quirk, Bob's sponsor.
And now for something completely different
Got an email from JeanMarc from the Varroville Gospel Choir. They have been busy during the lockdown. Here is the fruit of their work. Enjoy.
Looking Ahead to the Next 40 Years
Recently the plumbers completed their work and we are now connected to the mains sewer line. This was funded in part by a $20,000 grant from the state government. I liked to thank Mr Anoulack Chanthivong, our local member, for his help in recommending our Parish for the grant. And well done to the property committee for seeing this through – in particular, special thanks to Steve Locke. But this is only the start. The property committee have been meeting regularly and busily working on the next stage of our renovation work in the Parish.
As you know, this includes improving our toilet facilities, upgrading our kitchen and servery, and generally making our foyer more accomodating and welcoming. And then, of course, there is the work inside the church. Renovating the sanctuary with a new altar and ambo, and remodelling the reconciliation room to be more compliant with current regulations.
We are very fortunate to have an architect as a member of our Parish. His name is Johnny Ah-Ching and he has joined our property committee. Johnny has been very helpful in showing us ways in which we could make the improvements we want in an attractive and, more importantly, a cost effective manner. This involves abandoning our plan to build a toilet block to the right of the entrance to the church. Johnny has come up with a plan that does not involve changing the present footprint of the church building.
Here are some initial drawings and sketches. I look forward to your feedback.
Click here for a PDF file of the plans.
Here are some before and after artist's impressions of the renovations. (Right click on image to view full size image in a new tab)
The Sisters of St Joseph have generously shared with us the “Novena for a World in Need.” Just click on the image. Please feel free to distribute this as widely as you can. May St Mary of the Cross MacKillop intercede for us as we face the challenges of our time with courage in the midst of fear and anxiety. St Mary of the Cross: pray for us.