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You can help St Mary’s in the continuation of its important work in the Geelong region by making a donation to any of these particular Parish activities.

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Parish Lent Small-Group Program for 2020: Cancelled

Please note that Parish Lent meetings concluded on 18 March, and will not resume, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those you have the GRACE Lent Book are encouraged to continue to use it for daily reflection.

We hope that an ongoing small group may form later in the year to reflect on the coming Sunday's Gospel text, as was the case last year. This will be announced in the parish bulletin if does happen.

 


 

Friends of "Faith and Light Geelong: April Meeting Cancelled

Please note: the meeting scheduled for April has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and later meetings scheduled will be reviewed closer to their dates.

"Faith and Light gives to persons with an intellectual disability the possibility of being recognised as unique persons, and using their gifts and discovering the joy of friendship."

Faith and Light is a worldwide Christian community formed at Lourdes in 1971. Faith and Light communities  enable  people with a disability and their families, friends and other supporters to come together to share faith, food, fun, friendship and celebrate the gift of one another.

We hope to form a new Faith and Light community in Geelong, based at St Mary's. To begin, a small Core group will meet to learn, pray and plan for the monthly gatherings, usually to be held on a Sunday afternoon. Australia is part of the Southern Cross Zone, who will assist. On our journey towards forming our community, we will be using tested "Guidelines" and later a chaplain.

After a series of successful meetings in 2019, for 2020 we will be meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except for April - see below), between 1.30 and 4 pm, in the Pioneer Room, St Mary's Parish Offices, 150 Yarra Street, Geelong. The Pioneer Room is located on the first floor can be accessed by lift, which is nearby the Parish Office entrance.

Dates for 2020:

  • April 18th (due to April 12th being Holy Saturday): Cancelled
  • May 9th
  • June 13th
  • July 11th
  • August 8th
  • September 12th
  • October 10th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th (Special Christmas Celebration)

Note: Please check back regularly for any changes to meeting dates.

If you are interested to know more or would like to be involved, please phone Tricia O'Keeffe on 0414 672 267. You can also learn more about the Faith and Light movement here.

Please keep the development of Faith and Light in Geelong in your prayers.

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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 PantryFOOD PARCELS MADE UP FOR THOSE OF OUR COMMUNITY IN NEEDAddress: 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 McilvenaTelephone: 0447 599 059Email: garymcilvena@gmail.comSt Mary's Parish OfficeTelephone: 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.



 

  

 

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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

Example of the form attached to the link above

 

NAME: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

ADDRESS: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

PHONE:  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

E-MAIL ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

I / We would like to support “Samaritan House” by contributing 

      $  _________(Send no money yet—we will contact you) And / or

I / We suggest that an invitation to contribute be sent to this organisations / groups :

NAME OF ORGANISATION : …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

POSTAL ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

CONTACT PERSON: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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.