Christmas Message of Thanks

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Christmas Message of Thanks

As we celebrate the beautiful Feast of Christmas, I would like to thank all Parishioners for the kindness, support and generosity shown to me, Silvio, Brendan, Royden and Can, in so many ways over the year. It is truly appreciated.

I wish to express a particular word of thanks to all who are involved in any Parish Committee or Ministry, in particular to the Parish Council. Your giving of your time ensures that our Parish is a vibrant one where the message of Jesus Christ is witnessed to in a whole variety of ways. Your input makes such a huge difference to the Parish.

A word of thanks too goes to the Parish Staff who go about their work in such an efficient manner. Their work makes mine that much easier.

In all areas of the Parish there is a lot of voluntary work done that enhances the community and makes it a better place for us all to live in.

Congratulations to all in the Parish who celebrated marriage and baptism during the year. They are happy occasions that we all rejoice in.

As we come to Christmas let us spare a thought for those who have lost a loved one during the year as Christmas can be a difficult time for all who were bereaved during 2019. Let us keep them and indeed all who are sick or facing any challenge in our prayers at this time.

Likewise let us think of those who are far away from home. Distance separates us but you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I thank all who do such great work in the schools of the Parish at both primary and secondary level and to all who give so generously of their time to voluntary organisations in all five areas of the Parish. Our community is a much better place as a result of your efforts.

2020 will be an exciting time of changes calling us not to be afraid but rather to embrace it with patience, understanding and openness as we move forward in hope.

As we celebrate Christmas we welcome Emmanuel a name which means God is with us.

May God be with us all as we go forward. May you all experience his presence during this Christmas time and throughout 2020.

On behalf of the Parish Team and the MSSP Community, I wish you and your families a joyous Christmas and a safe and blessed New Year.

Fr Jude

 

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Senior’s Lunch

On Sun 15 Dec, Couples For Christ Australia (CFCA) hosted a Senior’s Lunch in the Paulist Centre. Here are what a few participants had to say:

Dear Couples For Christ Australia,

I’m lost for words, how to thank you for the wonderful lunch and entertainment which I enjoyed so much yesterday – excellent food of top quality and so many different dishes to enjoy; wonderful entertainment by all participants, particularly the children and the lovely idea of bringing Disney to the Nativity scene; the lovely singing of familiar carols; and the beautiful dancers with their lovely smiling faces and great sense of fun. I was in tears of happiness at the way every sense was satisfied in this beautiful event.

I promise my prayers for all the members of CFCA and KFC for the amazing event they served up to us.

Kind Regards and God Bless you all with abundant blessings for a Happy and Holy Christmas.

Mark D.

 

From all of us at the Vintage Group, we sincerely thank you for the wonderful experience you gave us on the weekend. It was a delight to be given such a heart felt gift of your time and talents. Than you very much!

St James Vintage Group

 

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Altar Servers For Christmas

Altar Servers are asked to mark down ALL their availabilities in the sheets provided in the Narthex for any Christmas Masses they wish to serve at, so we can make the rosters for Christmas.  You will be contacted via email by on Mon 23 Dec to confirm which Christmas Mass(es) you have been rostered to serve on. We apologise for the short notice and appreciate your help and support.

 

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Mary’s Advent Angels

Due to the success of last year’s drive, Mary’s Advent Angels are back again this year. These hand-crafted decorations make ideal gifts or tree ornaments and will be on sale for $3 each after Mass next weekend (30 Nov/01 Dec). Proceeds will be donated once again to MSSP Missions. Please support this initiative and help make a difference through your donations.

 

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This weekend we start the preparations for the creation of Christmas Hampers through Vinnies for families in our community. We are only able to do this through your generosity.

Your donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and new toys can be left in the Narthex underneath the St James Giving Tree. You will be able to find suggestions on the tree to donate. For toys, please indicate what age they are for.

Please note, ideally your donations will need to be received by SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER as our Vinnie’s Conference plan to make up the bulk of the hampers that week.  Kindly place bagged items underneath the St James Giving Tree for collection.

Thank you also to Cherry, Gerry and Arik for assembling and decorating the St James Giving Tree this year.

 

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Christmas Card poster web

Your gift can help those who are less fortunate! Buy an MSSP Christmas Gift Card and donate money to help support the education of the young adults, members of the Jose’ De Piro Kabataan Orkestra in the Philippines or the seminarians of the Missionary Society of St Paul in the International House of Formation in Manila, studying philosophy and theology in preparation for their future missionary service. Cards will be available from the Welcome Minister at the Welcome Desk from next week.

 

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