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
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.
The Combined Churches of Sunbury are seeking help to organise Christmas on the Green. We need helpers to set up and pack up stalls, selling food, drink, candles, collection, handing out program, children’s activities, etc. Please call Wilmy on 9740 9448 if you can help please. A sign up sheet is at the back of both churches for you to consider.
Today we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of one of our respected parish priests Fr Jim Feenan. Born in Northern Ireland in 1926, he received his formation as a priest at Carlow in the Republic of Ireland. After being ordained on 10 June 1956, he came to Melbourne. In 1973, he was appointed parish priest of Sunbury. With the opening of the airport at Tullamarine in 1970, Sunbury was beginning to grow. In 1974, he oversaw the purchase of land for another school in Stewarts Lane. At the Parish Education Board they named the new school St Anne’s.
Fr Jim began celebrating Mass each Saturday at Sunbury Training Centre later called Caloola. He also commenced religious education for children at government schools. He helped renovate the convent and presbytery. In 1977, he was appointed parish priest at Manifold Heights in Geelong from where he retired in 1990. Since then, he has assisted parishes in the Geelong area and Bellarine Peninsula. Fr Feenan concelebrated the 10.30am Mass.
NOTE NEW TIMES
Training for young people wishing to join the Altar Server Team will be held at 11am on 18th and 25th June in St Anne’s Church. Candidates should be at least 10 years of age and have received their first Eucharist. Enquiries Michael McConville 0417332186
CATHOLICCARE provides programs and services to parishioners, their families, friends and community networks. A new poster on the noticeboard is themed “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10) Please visit www.ccam.org.au for more information.
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.
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.
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.
NEW VENUE & TIMETABLE FOR OUR CHRISTMAS FAMILY MASSES:
Thursday 24 December 6.00pm St Anne’s Church
Thursday 24 December 8.00pm St Anne’s Church
Thursday 24 December 10.00pm St Anne’s Church
On Thursday evening St Anne’s School carpark on Stewarts Lane will be open, for a short walk to our church through the school grounds.
Children are invited to take part in the dramatization of the Gospel story of the Nativity at the 6.00pm and 8.00pm Masses.
Friday 25 December 8.30am St Anne’s Church
Friday 25 December 10.30am St Anne’s Church
On Tuesday 22 December at 7.00pm there will be a brief working bee to set up St Anne’s Church for a larger congregation. Volunteers are needed for carparking, welcoming, ministering communion. Please sign up next Sunday.
WHERE DO I GO?
Christmas on the Green is our annual Inter– Church celebration of the Birth of Christ our Saviour. I attended a two-hour meeting last Wednesday night of representatives of the Anglican, Catholic, Encounter, Methodist and Uniting Churches of Sunbury. There is so much to organise for this event– advertising in the press, with posters, with billboards, security, the animal farm, children’s activities, St John’s Ambulance, CFA, Police, Western Water, Sunbury schools, Sunbury Chorale, sponsorship, printing the programs, setting up marquees, emergency plan, 3NRG, Hume Council, food stalls, etc. The event will be on Saturday 12 December from 5pm and Carols at 7pm to 8.30pm on the Village Green. …..Kevin McIntosh
Are you able to do FACE PAINTING? Are you willing to VOLUNTEER? Are you available on Sat. 12th Dec. 2015? Costs can be reimbursed. Please ring Wilmy on 9740 9448
Training for young people wishing to join the Altar Server team will be held at 11am on Saturdays 6th and 13th of June. Girls and Boys wishing to join the team must be at least 10 years of age and have received or about to receive First Eucharist.
Enquiries Michael McConville 0417332186