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RISE 2021

RISE 2021 commences Thursday 1 July from 10am and concludes at 3pm, Friday 2 July at a location to be advised shortly.

RISE is for youth in Years 6 to 9 (youth in Years 10 and 11 can be involved as team members. To do so, contact Deacon Josh).

Cost for the two days is $110 if registered and paid before 30 April. $120 if paid after that date.
Check with your local parish for any subsidies.

Payment preferred through the link available when this form is submitted.

Registrations close on 25 June 2021.
Register and pay before the end of March to go into the draw for RISE merch.

If you have any questions please contact Deacon Josh at or Jacinta Thatcher

Parish News

Holy Week Mass Times 2021

Bulletin Parish News

Good Friday Special Holy Land Collection

The annual collection for the support of the church in the Holy Land will place on Good Friday, April 2nd.

This collection promotes the missionary work of the church in the Holy Land by providing welfare assistance to local Christians in areas such as health, education, employment and housing. Parishes, schools, orphanages and medical centres throughout the Holy Land also rely on assistance from this collection. It is also used to maintain over 70 churches and shrines associated with the life of Jesus. Last year, due to the global pandemic, it was an extremely difficult time for the Church and people of the Holy Land with very little income due to lack of pilgrims and the closure of churches around the world. Despite this, Australian Catholics did manage to donate $406,000 (compared to the $1.3 million in 2019). This year, the Holy Land will continue to face an extreme shortfall in income due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and so we are urging Catholics around the world to be as generous as possible. Please remember the Christians of the Holy Land on Good Friday and please keep them in your prayers.

Thank you.

Bulletin Parish News St Matthews School

St Matthews School News

Parish News

St Marys Pastoral Council

Who, me?

At the beginning of 2018 requests to join our Church Ministries was happening.

I had been quietly approached by a member of our Parish to join the Pastoral Council. Why me, I asked myself, what do I have to offer, do I have the enthusiasm, is this the right time in my life? Will it make my life too busy? The easy path would have been to say NO, however these questions and the idea of joining kept pecking away at me, and after much reflection and consideration I said Yes.

So why did I say YES?

I enjoy being a part of St. Mary’s Parish community, and felt that being a member of the Pastoral Council was an opportunity to support, serve and grow our community.

I felt it was good to take myself out of my comfort zone, to meet new people, to stimulate my thought processes, share ideas and work within a supportive team to strengthen our Parish community.

I knew that the Pastoral Council has members from St Matthews School and the Parish and this appealed to my history with both, as for many years it has been important to me that we continue to engage between Parish and school and nurture the connectiveness between the two.

I liked the idea of being helpful to our Priests (Father Owen and now also Father Dong). They have such busy roles over and above their ministry, and I felt that being part of the Pastoral Council was one way of assisting them.

Ultimately joining the Pastoral Council was an answer for a call to Ministry, an opportunity to find my gifts and talents and grow them personally for the benefit of our community.

Was I nervous and unsure going to my first few meetings? Definitely, however after now being a member for one full active year and one covid 19 year (not so active) I have to say I am so grateful that in 2018 I said YES.

I have seen the positive work the Pastoral Council does. I’ve been involved in discussion teams which quietly work towards improving areas of St Mary’s Pastoral work. I have been part of a wonderful group of people who are all working in such a positive, caring way to nurture, support and build our Parish of St Mary’s.

I encourage you to say YES and add your name to a nomination for the Pastoral Council. You will be welcomed.

Annette Fergus (Current member)