Vinnies has recently launched No Interest Loan Scheme. Loans can be from $300-$1500 for the purchase of essential goods and services, such as household items, car repairs, medical or dental expenses and can be repaid over 12 months. To qualify you must have a Health care card or Pension card or be low income earner, reside in current premises for more than 3 months and show willingness and capacity to repay loan.
For more info call 5229 8829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or click on this link https://www.vinniesnils.org.au/
Next weekend (7th-8th) we have the first of our two “VINNIES CHRISTMAS APPEAL” collections. If you can’t be at either weekend Masses, donate online by using the link below.
VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
It’s on this weekend. We need your support to help those in need this winter. Vinnies prefer cash donations so that families can buy the items they need for their families. Please give generously.
The local Regional Council of SVDP Society, who meet once a month in Sunbury, is in urgent need of a Secretary and a Treasurer. All training and equipment will be provided for these posts. You do not need to be a current member of the Society but will be required to complete a police check and Working with Children Check. Can you help? To volunteer or get more information please call the Regional President, Arthur Donovan on 0427 394 495.
This Sunday and next Sunday, there will be our usual collection for St Vincent de Paul Society to assist the local residents of Sunbury who are in need this Christmas.
The generous parishioners of Sunbury have helped St Vincent de Paul volunteers to achieve the following last month:
- 52 households requested food vouchers for 58 children and 85 adults ($4160)
- Many care packs, gift cards and kind messages of Hope from the children at St Anne’s and OLMC Primary schools from Young Vinnies
- Essential Transport ($125) and prescriptions ($63)
- Two homeless women and two children were given emergency supplies ($472)
- and one nights motel accommodation ($250)
ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
This occurred on Saturday 5th September from 9.30am to 12 noon in the Parish Centre.
Those present thanked the representatives of our schools and Parish Pastoral Team and the representatives of all our various volunteer groups that are active in our parish.
The future development of the current and additional schools in our parish, as well as the maintenance required by our two churches, was subject to concerned discussion. It was discovered that some important work needs to be carried out immediately in St Anne’s Church. A contract has been let for the repairs to the St Anne’s car park.
All this discussion led to the urgent need for viable funding required to carry out God’s work in our parish. Our evangelising efforts will come to nought if those evangelised lose their cars down a hole in our car park.
Additionally it was discussed as to ways to call more parishioners to a more active role in all the tasks that are required so that the Word of God may be heard in our parish area.
“I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit” John 15:16
The Mini Vinnies from OLMC School are trying to raise funds and awareness for the needy by running a produce stall at our school. We are asking any gardeners with excess produce to please donate any goods they can for us to sell. The money raised will go directly lo the Vinnies Winter Appeal and any excess produce will be donated lo the Rotary Kitchen which feeds many families in Sunbury. Please drop items off on Monday 15th June or Monday 22nd June between 8.30am and 9.00am. The produce stall will be on the school grounds. Enter via the Church gates.
Thank you for your support, Mini Vinnies Conference at OLMC School.
St Vincent de Paul Society operates over 100 Vinnies shops throughout Victoria. Our shops raise funds for the Society to provide those in need with recycled clothing, furniture and other essential items.
We are welcoming volunteers to help with our good works at our Vinnies Sunbury located at 156 O’Shanassy Street, Sunbury.
This is a fantastic opportunity to gain personal satisfaction from making a positive contribution to St Vincent de Paul Society and your local community.
No retail experience necessary – training provided.
If you can help, please contact: Volunteer Hotline on 1300 736 933 or Email: email@example.com
Thanks to the generous parishioners of Sunbury Catholic Parish who supported the Vinnies Christmas Appeal in 2014. A huge total of $4281.15 was raised to help the less fortunate in our community. Thank you so much for opening your hearts and your wallets so kindly.
Some of our members are involved with the Sunbury Community Kitchen and we saw the opportunity to get Mini Vinnies involved by contributing towards Monday night meals, by having a vegetable patch in our school.
With the generous donation of $500 from the Rotary Club of Sunbury, we have been able to make our idea a reality. Mini Vinnies Conference members enthusiastically weeded and turned the soil over to make a healthy environment for our vegetables to grow in. We purchased the seedlings, vitamins, soil and mulch and regularly watered our garden. We have now harvested spring onions and different types of lettuce and they were used at the kitchen. The excess vegetables will be sold and the money raised will be used towards next years crops.
Another project we have been very proud to be involved in, is Operation Christmas Child, which is run by Samaritan’s
Purse. It gives children who live in poverty a chance to receive a Christmas Present for possibly the first time.
We organized the delivery boxes and asked each grade in our school to fill the shoe boxes with small toys or stationary. We had two boxes for each grade – one for boys and one for girls. Each grade could also choose what age group they wanted to give their donations to – 2 – 4 year olds, 5 – 9 year olds or 10-14 year olds. Our school students were excited to be able to donate to this cause. Once they were filled, a volunteer from Samaritan’s Purse collected the boxes and the Rotary Club donation paid for the postage, to get the boxes to Cambodia. The boxes are on a freighter right now and are due to arrive in Cambodia on December 12th.
(more info here on Operation Christmas Child Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes)
By Erinn, Mackenzie & Rick, on behalf of OLMC Mini Vinnies
Last Christmas, St Vincent de Paul Society members supported around 80000 people and provided over $2.6 million in assistance. Our Christmas Appeal is one vital way of giving essential lifelines to people experiencing poverty in our local communities. Vinnies will be conducting their Christmas Appeals over 2 weekends on the weekends of 6/7 December and 13/14 December. Our Sunbury community is always so generous. Please open your hearts to the Vinnies appeal for 2014 and help those who need our help.
Next gathering of parish groups is on Wednesday 8 October at 7.30pm in St Anne’s School.
At the start of this year Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School created a group known as Mini Vinnies. We worked with Saint Vincent de Paul in Sunbury to organise the winter appeal at our school. We collected non-perishable items, blankets and warm clothing that can be given to people who are experiencing difficulties. Something else we have done was to write to the Sunbury Rotary group asking for some funding to undertake more projects. They very kindly donated $500 to our group. With the money we have decided to establish a vegetable garden and the produce will go to the Sunbury Community Kitchen. We are also going to use the money to help organise ‘Operation Christmas Child’.
We are hoping to fill 30 boxes for children in need this Christmas.
…..By Mackenzie and Erinn On behalf of O.L.M.C Mini Vinnies.
Jack and Garry would like to thank the Parishioners for their thoughts and prayers. Jack has moved into care at Salford Park in Wantirna, close to his family. Garry has moved into care at Watergardens Aged Care in Sydenham to be central to all of his family. Both Jack and Garry leave the Parish with many fond memories after spending all their lives in our parish. Please continue to keep them both in your prayers.
On Wednesday 16 July, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our patron, in two appropriate ways: with a school and parish Mass at 12.30pm at OLMC and with a parish meeting at St Anne’s Primary School at 7.30pm. The old OLMC church was packed with school children and parishioners joyfully celebrating the feast of Mary our Mother and patron of our parish. I would like to say more about this Mass and the reverent way our children entered heart and soul in this liturgical celebration, but the purpose of this article is to report on the event that took place in the evening of that same day.
Led nobly by our parish team – Lyn Plummer, Richard Hallett, Sr Jose and Joanne Spiteri – sixty parishioners representing various active groups in our parish attended our inaugural Parish Meeting Night. I went partly as a participant and partly as an observer and reporter. I came away from the meeting heartened and impressed by these people who go the extra mile to give life to our parish.
For the record these were the names of the groups represented at our meeting: Baptism Preparation Team, Knights of the Southern Cross, Liturgy Planning Group, Overseas Humanitarian Project, Maintenance, Marriage Encounter, Neighbourhood Development, RCIA, School Advisory Committee OLMC & St Anne’s, Small Christian Communities, St Vincent de Paul and Youth Group.
Sixty people represented YOU, our brothers and sisters in Christ, you who share with us the Eucharist that binds us together in communion with Christ Jesus. Ours is not a perfect parish – no parish can boast that it is – but there is much to like about our parish and much to be thankful for as we celebrate this weekend the feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and look forward to the feast of St Anne and St Joachim. May God continue to bless our parish.
Fr Bert Fulbrook sdb