Parish News

 

 

 Click on any of the items in the list below to go to the relevant report:

 

⊕ The St Mary's Parish Christmas Fair 2018

 

⊕ "Goodbye" Message from Sr Anne Lourey, March 2018

 

⊕ Farewell to Fr Maurice Barry O.Carm, February 2018

 

⊕ Pastoral Visitation by Archbishop Denis Hart, February 2018

 

⊕ Parish Celebration of Fr Jim Clarke's 60th birthday, February 2018

 

 

 


 

 

The St Mary's Parish Christmas Fair 2018

 

Following an extensive review at the end of last year of the parish's long-standing tradition of Derby Day Fetes, this year's committee has decided to move the event to later in the year and to give it a Christmas dimension.

 

Now called the St Mary's Parish Christmas Fair, it will be held this year on:

 

Saturday, 8 December 2018

 

To keep up to date about the Christmas Fair, keep an eye on this dedicated page on the parish website.

 

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

"Goodbye - but not Farewell"

A Message to all Parishioners from Sr Anne Lourey

 

At the end of a reasonably long spell - 37+ years -
I have decided it is time for me to step aside from what
has been a most enjoyable and fulfilling role. This has been a very painful decision for me, and has only been made after weeks of consideration.

 

I began at the CCD Centre and Catechetical classes
and I am now enrolling the children of the students
I first had the privilege of teaching!
I thank the families who entrusted their children to us, and all the
Catechists who shared this privilege with me.
I thank all the families who have come along to the
Baptismal Preparation Program and have expressed
their appreciation of what I have endeavoured to offer
them; those who enriched my life as they travelled
the Journey of Faith Program.

 

I am grateful for all the Priests for, and with whom,
I have worked over those years – they have tolerated me, challenged me; encouraged and affirmed me.

 

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to express my
very sincere gratitude to each and every Parishioner of
this fantastic Parish. I thank you for your warmth,
acceptance and tolerance; your support,
encouragement and affirmation of me, and what I have
striven to do in order to bring the Good News to you in
a variety of ways. If I have offended or hurt anyone
in any way during my time here, I ask for your
forgiveness.

 

As I begin this 'wind down' season of my
life, I just ask that you keep me in your prayers as I will
certainly keep you in mine. I wish each and every
parishioner a peaceful, joy-filled Easter Season.

 


 

 

 Parish Farewell to Fr Maurice Barry, O.Carm

 

For more than 27 years Fr Maurice Barry put his heart and soul into the Parish of St Mary's. He definitely deserved a rousing farewell - and was pleased to see all who attended the Parish Farewell in the Hibernian Hall on Sunday, 25 February 2018.

 

 The parish has been blessed to have enjoyed the presence, support and ministry of this gentle, funny and humble man over many years. It is sad that he is moving on and we will definitely miss him. We wish him well in his new ministries.

 

 Many photos were taken on the day. Please take the time to browse through those presented below.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

 

Pastoral Visitation by Archbishop Denis Hart

 

 On Wednesday, 28 February 2018, Archbishop Denis Hart made a Pastoral Visit to St Mary’s Parish. He celebrated the 10.00 am morning Mass and afterwards meet parishioners.

 

The purpose of the visit was to give Archbishop Hart an opportunity to witness the pastoral care that our priests - Fr Jim and Fr Joe - are offering their parishioners and the work they are doing to further the kingdom of God.

 

 The Archbishop's time here was limited, as he followed a strict itinerary. He was able to visit a couple of our parish schools and have morning tea with the Parish Office Staff. He had an informative visit to the Parish Pantry, and he brought Communion to some of our elderly, homebound parishioners.

 

We were very pleased to have had Archbishop Hart visit, and to receive his encouragement to do our part in working together to spread the Good News, educate our children, and help those in need within our community - in cooperation and sodality with our parish's priests.

  

  

 Archbishop Denis Hart visiting the Parish Pantry and meeting volunteer Frank Irwin

 

    


 

 

Parish Celebration of Fr Jim's 60th Birthday

 

 

On 4 February 2018, the parish celebrated the 60th birthday of our parish priest, Fr Jim Clarke.

 

Catching up with friends, good food, fine weather and celebrating in full voice brings us closer together as a community.

It is refreshing to belong to such a generous and loving community.

 

Thank you to all who attended and made it such an enjoyable celebration, and in particular:

Gary (especially for cooking up the sausages),

Melissa, Chris and the girls for preparation, serving, cleaning and taking photos (see below),

Annice (and the Primary School) for use of their grounds,

And all others who helped on the day.

 

 Gary

 

 Melissa 

  

 

 

 

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                Out under the trees                                   Jennifer, Des and Rebecca

 

     

 

 

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                    The Birthday Cake                                                  The Thank you Speech
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Parishes providing Food Support (excert from article on CSS Victoria webpage)
Food is a basic human need.  
Catholic parishes across Victoria provide food support to people in need, in a variety of ways.
There are a number of Food Banks that depend on parish support.
Programs vary but the essential model is the same.
Churches provide a venue, volunteers provide labour and various support organisations provide nutritious food, transport of goods and financial support to help the programs run smoothly. 
‘If the belly’s full, then other problems are not so great’. This observation by Gary Mcilvena, co-ordinator of the 'Parish Pantry' - a community-based food bank project run by St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Geelong -
reflects the philosophy behind food support offered in many Victorian parishes.
The Volunteers from St Marys in Geelong also help to serve breakfast seven days a week
at the local Church of Christ, which also has a food store.

 

To read the full article and visit the CSS Victoria webpage - click on the link.

 

http://www.css.org.au/Asylum-Seekers-Support/Article/20971/Parishes-providing-Food-Support#.WlhCj3lDu70 

 

 

St. Mary's Parish Pantry

FOOD PARCELS MADE UP FOR THOSE OF OUR COMMUNITY IN NEED

 

Address: 150 Yarra St, Geelong, 3220.

 

Open 3 days per week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1.00pm - 3.00pm.

 

IMPORTANT: Centrelink, Immigration, or Health Care Cards are required.

Food parcels made up on presentation of those card/s on a fortnightly basis

 

Co-ordinator: Mr. Gary Mcilvena

Telephone:    0447 599 059

Email:           garymcilvena@gmail.com

 

St Mary's Parish Office

Telephone: 03 5222 1977.

 

 

This video clip is introduced by the convener of the Pantry, Mr Gary McIlvena, and tells of this project to help the needy of Geelong.

 

 


 

 

 

  

   

  

 
 St. Mary of the Angels -  Geelong Prayer Chain

Our Message to you:

 

Jesus said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name,

there I am in the midst of them”.

 

This means that when two or more people pray

in agreement with your prayers, Jesus is present.

So it is through this promise that the Geelong Prayer Chain

can pray together for your needs.

 

An example of needs of prayer support may be an illness,

whether it is physical or mental. Other needs of prayer

support might be relationship, financial or personal trauma,

including survivors of abuse.

 

It can be very comforting to know that someone is praying for you,

and that Jesus is present in that prayer.

 

 

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help

in our distress” (Psalm 46:2)

 

 

Cast your cares upon the Lord who will give you support

(Psalm 55: 23) 

 

How the Prayer Chain Works:

 

People are invited to send prayer requests to Cheryle Douglas.

 

Prayers can be sent directly via email: cheryledouglas50@gmail.com

 

 OR

 

Prayers can be left in the gold box located in the Narthex

(on the left hand side as you enter the Basilica).

 

This box is checked regularly, and is also placed on the Altar, with the prayers being offered up at each Mass over the weekend.

 

You can remain anonymous and/or use initials.

 

  

 

         - MOST IMPORTANTLY –

ALL PRAYER REQUESTS REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL

 

 

Request for new Prayer intercessors

If you would like to provide prayer support for others

through the St. Mary of the Angels Geelong Prayer Chain,

you would be very welcome join us and be part of our prayer team.

 

If you are interested in this important and rewarding role

please do not hesitate to contact Cheryle via email.

 

Email: cheryledouglas50@gmail.com

 

 

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SAMARITAN HOUSE GEELONG

 

Can you donate to help keep this service to our community functioning successfully?

Or can you give the details of organisations or groups who might be invited to help?

 

What a fantastic way to honour the homeless family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

 

Please click on this link to download the Donation Form return it to:

“Samaritan House”  c/- 150 Yarra Street, Geelong, 3220 or Fax to: 5229 0587

 

THANK YOU

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Example of the form attached to the link above 

 

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SAMARITAN HOUSE DONATIONS:   Samaritan House has just been granted Tax Deductibility Status,

so pledged amounts will now be gratefully received.

Cheques should be made out to:“Samaritan House Geelong”

and posted to Samaritan House, c/ - Registered Office, 150 Yarra St., Geelong 3220.

 

Direct bank payments should be paid to Bendigo Bank, BSB 633 108, Account No. 144974029 .

 

Sincere thanks to all generous contributors.

Please notify Samaritan House at the above address prior to making a direct bank donation.