Our parish community has been extremely generous in supporting the LAP team but unfortunately, due to the pandemic restrictions, we will not be able to hold our planned fundraising collection at Masses in November. If you are in a position to make a once-off donation to enable the LAP team to continue their work, If you can help, could we please encourage you to make an electronic contribution using the following parish bank details:
Account Name: OLMC Church Account
BSB No.: 083 347
Account No.: 546358602
Detail: LAP-your surname
Thank you for your continued support,
OLMC LAP Fundraising team.
Australian Mother and Child
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
This Sunday 5th July, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday will be celebrated with a theme chosen to respond to the current challenges we face as a community – Together in the Spirit.
Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday is usually celebrated during NAIDOC Week, however, due to COVID-19, NAIDOC Week has been postponed to November.
“Greetings from the Antipodes – painted by James Charles Nuttall circa 1908”
by Aussie~mobs is licensed under CC PDM 1.0.
A reflection by Sr Kym Harris osb and downloaded from http://www.prayasyoucan.com.au
When Jesus says that he offers us an easy yoke we may well object given that a yoke was used on animals and slaves to do hard and difficult work. The image appears, at first, demeaning. Be that as it may, let us leave aside this first emotional reaction to the image and ask just what a yoke does. A yoke was a device, usually put around the neck of an animal, or even a person, to enable them to perform a task that was usually beyond them. No animal is ever going to be able to plough a field using only their hooves or their brute strength. A man yoked to a plough is far more effective in preparing a paddock for planting than trying to do it with a spade. Essentially, a yoke was not only a labour saving device, it was something that enabled a far superior job to be done.
Still that leaves the issue of its use being demeaning to a person. The yoke most often used in Jesus times (click red text for a picture of an ancient yoke) was a double yoke – one in which two beasts or people dragged the plough or load. When Jesus calls on us to take up his yoke and says that it easy, his burden light, it is because he is there alongside of us. Jesus fully recognises how hard and difficult our lives may be at times. We may well feel like beasts or slaves caught in situations beyond our control. He, too, has not only lived our life and died our death, he desires to be yoked to us sharing our burden and strengthening us in bearing our load.
Sr Kym Harris osb
Father Kevin McIntosh was ordained to the Priesthood on 23rd May 1970.
He is the eldest son of Wal and Mary McIntosh and he grew up with his brother Frank in Rene Street East Preston where they belonged to Holy Name Parish. His parents were very active parishioners.
Father Kevin began his schooling at Holy Name School in the 1950’s.
He served as an altar boy with Father Tony Cleary and Father Barry King and has fond memories of the altar boys picnics. Father Kevin Kincade was an avid bushwalker and Father Kevin recalls trips up to various parts beyond Whittlesea.
Father Rod Pitts also lived in Rene Street, six houses apart from Father Kevin. They grew up together with Father Rod taking him to school.
As a youth Father Kevin was influenced by the liturgical and ecumenical interests of Father Tony Cleary.
Following a calling Father Kevin commenced his studies for the Priesthood in 1963 at Corpus Christi College Werribee together with another school friend.
He was ordained by Archbishop Knox in 1970 in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. His friend from his childhood, Father Rod Pitts, designed his ordination vestment.
He was appointed assistant priest at Ormond, Bennettswood, Greensborough, Moreland and Scoresby.
In 1986 Father Kevin was appointed the first parish priest of St Thomas the Apostle in Greensborough North where he spent the next nineteen years.
In 2005 Father Kevin was appointed parish priest of the Sunbury parish which also takes in Bulla, Clarkefield, Diggers Rest and Wildwood.
Under his leadership there was a Review of Worship Space and a Renewal Week where the goals for the parish were set:
To be inclusive and welcoming
Where the aged are cared for
Good liturgy, good music, and good facilities.
Both parish churches were extensively renovated. Our Lady of Mt Carmel in 2007 and St Anne’s in 2009.
The third parish primary school, Holy Trinity, opened in 2019.
Father Kevin has met the challenges of preparing for the future in an ever growing town and parish.
Parish Neighbourhoods were set up helping parishioners feel a sense of belonging.
Father Kevin has been actively involved in the Sunbury Inter-Church Council.
As well as his parish commitments he sits on the Marriage Tribunal and is a member of Community for a Better World.
He is in regular contact with his fellow Seminarians.
As a member of the parish Historical Committee he had been a great support and part of the writing team of the parish history book “Led by The Spirit”.
His interest in history is often shared by little snippets of interest in the Bulletin.
When visiting England he visited William Wardell’s church in Chiselhurst which is very similar in design to our church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel.
Sick parishioners appreciate his visits.
Major milestones of the parish which Father Kevin has celebrated with us include:
150 years – Our Lady of Mt Carmel School in 2010
150 years since first public worship in Sunbury also in 2010
Blessing of the new Bell Tower to house the 1911 bell in 2010
Centenary of the Parish 2011
Centenary of the Presence of the Sisters of St Joseph in Sunbury in 2016
40th Anniversary of St Anne’s School in 2018.
Father Kevin is tireless in his support of matters of parish and parish education.
We were truly blessed when Father Kevin was appointed to our Sunbury Parish.
…OLMC Historical Committee