TRUST IN GOD– GOD WILL PROVIDE
It is providential that the readings set down for today as we celebrate Sister Jose` 50 years as a Sister of St Joseph are the readings used on the Feast of St Mary MacKillop, one of the founders of the Sisters of St Joseph.
Our gospel reading is from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is teaching us not to be distracted (a better translation of the Greek ‘to be worried’) from focusing on the Kingdom of God which needs to be our first priority. Jesus is using poetic exaggeration-of course, he knows we need food, clothing and shelter. If we trust in the love of God we will not be inordinately attached to material possessions.
Our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah teaches us God has an intimate love for us like a woman for her baby, the fruit of her womb.
In 1874, Mary MacKillop wrote: “When I could not see my way God kept my heart full of trust.” Mary grew up in Melbourne in difficult economic circumstances due to her father’s poor managing. “My life as a child was one of sorrows, my home, when I had it, a most unhappy one.” During these times, Mary often heard her mother, Flora say “God will provide.” Mary carried this attitude throughout her life.
JOSE` NOY– A FOLLOWER OF MARY MACKILLOP
102 years after the birth of Mary MacKillop in Fitzroy in 1842, Jose` Noy was born in Arnhem, Holland, the sixth child of Joseph and Mary Noy. She was born into a difficult time. The Nazis had occupied the Noy family home since May 1940. The Noy family were expelled from their home and lived for five years in a coolstore a type of animal barn without heating in the snow on their farm.
In 1951, the Noy family came to Victoria for the benefit of the children and moved around a number of places until they settled in Whittlesea. Jose` attended eight primary schools. Her secondary education was at Santa Maria College, Northcote.
Just as Mary MacKillop was a clerical worker in a Melbourne bookstore before teaching, so Jose` was a clerical worker at the Trades Hall for a couple of years before she entered religious life to be a teacher.
Mary MacKillop sent her Sisters in two’s to small towns in rural areas in 1869 so Jose` has been sent to small towns– Iona in 1969 and later to Gordon in 1978. Jose` has lived most of her religious life in small groups of one or two sisters.
After being a teacher and a principal, Jose` became a pastoral associate in parishes from 2000. In 2011, she came to our parish.
WELCOME TO OUR GUESTS
Today we welcome Jose` s siblings: Wilma, Mary, Christine and Bill. Hank, her brother is not well enough to join us. We welcome Jose`s religious family, Kerry Cusack, Province Leader and other Sisters of St Joseph.
Friendship is a primary gospel value. Jesus said: “You are my friends” (John 15:14) Jose` has maintained friends from many of the places in which she has served. We welcome some fifty of her friends who have travelled here today.
We, Sunbury parishioners, have been blessed by the love, care and friendship of Jose` – as someone aptly said: “She is always smiling.”
Congratulations Jose` , May the Lord continue to bless you in the gift of your vocation as a Sister of St Joseph.
100 YEARS OF THE SISTERS PRESENCE IN SUNBURY Congratulations and grateful thanks to Fr. Kevin, Sr. Jose, the organizing committee, many helpers and parishioners for all the preparations for the outstanding celebrations on this occasion. We felt very humbled when Fr. Kevin, after such an inspiring homily asked for a standing ovation. The welcome we received from everyone gave us such a feeling of being “at home” among such a wonderful group of people. We were very impressed with the work and thought that went into the “Honour Board”. The footprints representing the journey of the Sisters over 100 years enabled us to appreciate the Sisters who walked this journey before us. Mary MacKillop’s Spirit is truly alive there. In Mary’s words “We have much for which to be thankful.” 1873. ………...Sisters Maureen Cahir, Mary Rowan, Margaret Brown, Rosalie Corrigan.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DIAMOND JUBILEES
Congratulations to Sisters Maureen Cahir and Mary Rowan, on your 60 years of religious profession as a Sister of St Joseph. Both of you have been among us over these sixty years at various times living out the charism of your founders St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods. May the Lord continue to bless you.
In order to prepare the Convent for the celebrations planned for the 21 February, a working bee has been scheduled between 9am and 12 noon on Saturday 13 February at the Convent of St Joseph, 37 Macedon St, Sunbury.
Please bring the following tools and equipment, if you have them, otherwise just yourselves and everyone will be made welcome; gloves, rakes, spades and brooms. Thank you for your participation and for further information call Jo Wiegerink on 9744 5788.
PARKING BEHIND CONVENT SUNDAY
The Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel cordially invite you to join us in Thanksgiving celebration for a Hundred Years of service of the Sisters of St Joseph since 1916. Commemorative Mass will be celebrated at St Anne’s Church on Sunday 21 February 2016 at 10.30am.
Light refreshments served at the convent to renew acquaintances and share memories from 12.30pm.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and School will be open from 2.0pm-3.0pm.
Please bring a plate to share.
tea and coﬀee will be provided.
NOTE: After a great meeting last Thursday, we are seeking those who would like to share their memories of the Josephites in Sunbury. We would also like to hear from those who are able to help on the day. Please contact the Parish Office on 9744 1060.
Mary MacKillop Heritage CENTRE at 362 Albert St East Melbourne, will be open on Saturday 29 November from 10am to 4pm to enable visitors to prepare for the Christmas season with a visit to the Mary MacKillop Museum and the Chapel where St Mary MacKillop prayed. Light refreshments will be available and a guided Mary MacKillop Wallking Tour will take place at 11am. Religious Christmas gifts, cards and decorations including Peruvian items will be available in the gift shop. Sr Helen Barnes rsj will be signing copies of her great new children’s book “Broken Hill Charlie.” Further info is available on the St Anne’s foyer Noticeboard.
237 Cecil St, South Melbourne on Wednesday 15 October 2014. Meet at Sunbury Station 9.20am for 9.40am Met Train to Flinders St, No. 1 tram from Swanston St to South Melbourne.
Morning tea supplied. BYO lunch.
For those driving, please meet at 11am at Museum.
All welcome to come.
Any enquiries call Jenny on 0427 588 683.
Next gathering of parish groups is on Wednesday 8 October at 7.30pm in St Anne’s School.
SUNBURY PARISH CELEBRATES: FEAST OF ST MARY MACKILLOP:
Friday 8 August 9.15am Mass at St Anne’s Church & 12.30 Paraliturgy by St Anne’s school children. Associates and Parishioners are invited to St Joseph’s Convent, 37 Macedon St for Afternoon Tea from 2-4pm.
To celebrate the feast of St Mary MacKillop, you are invited to visit the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, 362 Albert St, East Melbourne on Saturday 9 August between 10am and 4pm. You can tour the Museum, pray in the Chapel where Mary prayed, visit the Gift Shop and enjoy refreshments in the peaceful surroundings. A guided Mary MacKillop Walking Tour of Fitzroy & East Melbourne will be available at 11am.
“As the Sisters of St Joseph expanded throughout Australia and beyond, Mary’s endurance, coupled with her compassion and leadership, touched many people’s lives leaving a legacy that endures today…”
Share in celebrating St Mary MacKillop’s Feastday on 8 August, 2014. Please visit the websites at www.sosj.org.au or www.marymackillop.org.au for celebrations.
Sr Joan is a Josephite Sister who recently received an Order of Australia Award for her significant social work and community based work. Sr Joan noted Saint Mary MacKillop as her inspiration for her outstanding work. Sr Joan worked for 25 years in Cambodia and in a refugee camp on the Thai/ Cambodia border. She also received an Honorary Doctorate at ACU for her significant contributions to the Community.
Please continue to pray for Sr Joan and the important work she does for those in need.
All parishioners belonging to any group are warmly welcomed to a gathering on Tuesday May 6 at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. There we will discuss the commencement of the PMN (Parish Meeting Night) Initiative.
Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre at 362 Albert St, East Melbourne, is open to the public on Saturday 15 March from 10am to 4pm to enable visitors to tour the museum, pray in the Chapel, visit the gift shop and enjoy light refreshments. A guided Mary MacKillop walking tour will also take place at 11am. For information on the National Pilgrimage “In the footsteps of Mary MacKillop” contact Sr Therese Ley- don on 02 8912 4845.
To those who would like to support a great cause, take a look at MacKillop Family Services here http://www.mackillop.org.au or call 1300 218 935.
This charity is supporting vulnerable children through foster care but also helping families after the trauma of domestic violence. If you need assistance, they are there to help too. In good and bad times.
This year our parish theme is Year of Growth. On the weekend of 15 & 16 February and 22 & 23 February, we will have our Parish Expo. In the foyer of St Anne’s church will be A3 pages with descriptions of the various ministries. Currently the number of parishioners in ministries is really good, but we are looking for new people to help out as well. It will mean our parish will continue to grow and for everyone to feel part of a vibrant and great community. We encourage you all to become part of at least one ministry and try it for just one year. If you like it, continue for another year but if you prefer to explore something else, you can! You can sign up on the A3 pages in the foyer, or be part of the Sign up weekend on 22 & 23 February and 1 & 2 March– Just before Lent! We will ask people at Mass to sign up for a ministry, then will contact them to advise of training for their chosen ministry. It is an opportunity to share our talents with others and receive the talents of others.
Next meeting will be on Friday 29 November at 10am in St Anne’s Church meeting room. All welcome.
OPEN DAY AT MARY MACKILLOP HERITAGE CENTRE
The Centre, at 362 Albert St East Melbourne, will be open to the public on Saturday 23 November from 10.00am-4.00pm, to enable visitors to tour the Mary MacKillop Museum, pray in the Chapel where Mary prayed, visit the gift shop and enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful surroundings. A guided Mary MacKillip Walking Tour will be available at 11.00am. Religious Christmas gifts, cards and decorations, including Peruvian items will be available in the gift shop.
OPEN DAY AT MARY MACKILLOP HERITAGE CENTRE
The Centre, at 362 Albert St East Melbourne, will be open to the public on Saturday 19th October from 10.00am-4.00pm, to enable visitors to tour the Mary MacKillop Museum, pray in the Chapel where Mary prayed, visit the gift shop and enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful surroundings. A guided Mary MacKillip Walking Tour will be available at 11.00am.
On the walls of our Gathering space are posted the reports and proposals of our numerous parish groups which were presented at our Parish Assembly on 7th September.
ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
Saturday 7 September, 2013
Over 30 Parishioners gathered in good spirit, commencing with prayer.
Michael McConville again facilitated with humour and encouragement.
Several apologies were noted.
Time was spent reviewing the proposals and outcomes of 2012 and the Parish Target “the people of OLMC Parish have become a Christian community in which we value one another and use our gifts for the good of all”
There were presentations from the Parish Primary School Principals. Noelene and Paul spoke of a program in collaboration with Salesian College that will enable the successful transition to Year 7, benefiting the students both socially and academically. The Religious Education Leaders, Rosalba and Colin with Richard outlined the RE program (based on the RCIA model), the Sacramental celebrations and the “Parenting in Faith” programs offered to parents.
Many of our Parish groups presented to the Assembly, outlining their work, plans and suggested proposals for the next year.
They included: Maintenance Team and Parish Centre Management, JG Community Garden, Knights of the Southern Cross, Justice and Historical Group. The Ecumenical group, Legion of Mary, RCIA, Baptismal Preparation Team and Emmaus Prayer Group were also represented. As was Bingo, Parish Web Page, Evergreens, RSJ associates, Children’s Liturgy and some of our Parish Neighbourhoods. There was a report on the Neighbourhood structure and Fr Kevin presented proposals on behalf of the Pastoral Team.
We heard of the incredible work of Saint Vincent de Paul, assisting their Sunbury clients with many hours of support and $8000 each month. The Conference is always in need of support with appeals and voluntary work.
The Youth Group are working to encourage parents and youth alike to become involved in liturgy and social gatherings.
Proposals, that were presented, to be considered by the Pastoral Coordinating Team include the financial support of an Overseas Project, Monthly Meeting Plan and a Parish Expo, maintenance issues of Parish property and involvement of Baptismal families. Other proposals suggested more Parish social gatherings eg picnic and morning teas hosted by Parish groups. Music in Sunday liturgies was discussed, as was the purchase of Liturgical banners for St Anne’s church.
A small group of parishioners gather monthly at Goonawarra Nursing Home for a sing-a-long with residents. Any musicians are warmly invited to join the fun.
All groups who were represented would warmly welcome any queries and/or new members.
Those who attended agreed that our Parish is blessed with many energetic and committed people who give freely of the time and talents for the growth of our Catholic community.
NOTE: A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE “PARISH REPORTS PAGE HERE.
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