For the past few years, we've been focusing on renewing the mission and evangelising focus of our parish community. As part of this renewal you are invited to join the Divine Renovation Mission Tour via Zoom - Thursday 3 December 8-9pm
Together with Bishop Brian Mascord, and parishioners from around the Diocese, we will explore, be inspired and learn about pathways, for creating missionary parishes and disciples. At the heart of this evening, are the stories of what the Holy Spirit is already doing in many parishes across the country and around the world. We encourage you to register using the following link: www.tfaforms.com/4864590
Friendship Group Christmas Gathering
After a successful gathering for Melbourne Cup, the final gathering of the year for the Friendship Group will be on 1 December after the 9am Mass.
This will be a Christmas morning tea. So come along and share the fun (with the necessary COVID-safe precautions). Bring a plate and a Kris Kringle to share.
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.