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St James Parish Fete – Help Needed

Have you marked the date in your diary (Sat 19 Oct)?  The Fete is not only the major fundraiser for the parish, which we will need to assist us in our Church Extension project currently underway; it is a great community day. There are many different ways parishioners can help.

This week we are seeking assistance from local businesses to assist the Fete either by donating prizes for the spinning wheel or silent auction. Please speak to people you know in business and contact Kevin Lloyd on 0439 314 572 if you know someone who is interested in helping out.

We are also searching for Performers to entertain the crowd at the Fete. This might be your opportunity to perform in public and help raise some money. If interested, please contact Kevin on 0439 314 572.

We are also currently seeking donations of empty and clean Cereal and Biscuit Boxes for the Pick-A-Box stall. These can be left in the Narthex until Sun 22 Sept.

If you would like to help in any other way, please fill in the Fete Helpers form in the Narthex starting from this weekend. An indication of your support and availability now will greatly assist the Organising Committee. Regular helpers are also requested to complete the form.

Your generous assistance is what makes our Parish Fete so successful in creating and sustaining our vibrant community.

 

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The Communion to the Sick ministry would like to expand its services commencing from July 2019. If you require or know of anyone who requires Holy Communion to be received at home or an aged care or nursing home please call the office and leave a message and one of our team will get in touch with you.

 

For parishioners that would like to join the ministry please call the office on 9748 6800 and leave a message and we will invite you to our next meeting sometime in July 2019. Maximum time commitment will be 2 hours per fortnight.

 

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Have you marked the date in your diary (Sat 20 Oct)?  The Fete is not only the major fundraiser for the parish; it is a great community day. There are many different ways parishioners can help. This week we are seeking assistance from local businesses to assist the Fete either through a $250 advertising sponsorship or by donating prizes for the spinning wheel or silent auction. Please speak to people you know in business and contact Kevin Lloyd on 0439 314 572 if you know someone who is interested in helping out.

We are also searching for Buskers to entertain the crowd at the Fete. This might be your opportunity to perform in public and help raise some money. If interested, pick up an application from the Church Narthex or email [email protected] and we will send you an application. Busking will be in a 3mx3m powered site outside. All busking proceeds will be donated to cause(s) chosen by the Parish. Busking applications close Sun 23 Sept.

If you would like to help in any other way, please fill in the Fete Helpers form in the Narthex starting from this weekend.

You generous assistance is what makes our Parish Fete so successful in creating and sustaining our vibrant community.

 

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Thank you to the many volunteers in our Parish who give of their time, talents and gifts to make our community as vibrant and engaging as it is.

If you would like to volunteer at one of our many ministries, please fill in one of the pamphlets from the Welcome Desk in the Narthex.

The first step to volunteering at St James Parish is to attend a Volunteer Induction meeting which are held twice a year. If you are a new volunteer and would like to be involved in one of the ministries at St James, or a current volunteer who did not attend our last Volunteer Induction, we would like to invite you to the next Volunteers Induction and Information Evening on Thurs 08 Mar at 7:00pm.

Serving in a ministry at St James will require you to attend this meeting for induction and all current volunteers are expected to attend a Volunteer Induction.

 

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Judy Camilleri along with two other members of the St James Music Ministry, attended the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network in Perth in early October.

 

 

I feel privileged to have been able to attend the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network held in Perth recently.

It was a wonderful experience to be in the presence of fellow Christians who have a zeal to learn more about music in liturgy and its importance in our worship.

David Haas (the well-known American composer of many of our loved hymns) was one of the keynote speakers. He shared his love of God with us through his words and music. He opened his heart to share his vulnerabilities and encouraged us to be the best we can be to serve our Lord through this ministry. He involved all present to sing with him at every opportunity. I sang whole heartedly and joyously, laughed at his humour and cried with many as he toughened our souls. I could have listened to him forever!

The other keynote speaker was Prof Clare Johnson who is Director of the ACU Centre for Liturgy and Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at ACU, NSW. She has served as Cantor and choir director and relishes teaching and directing Liturgical music.

She spoke on music being the “glue that sticks us together during Mass.” We all come from different places and often attend Mass alone but as soon as the Gathering hymn is sung, we form a united communal bond through “full, conscious and active participation”. We become one body in Christ. Music is essential in Liturgy!

I attended workshops on the new Catholic Worship Book and explored how we might use this resource.

A workshop re the new One Licence copyright organisation, which most of the music we use in Liturgy is now covered and administrated under.   Many attendees expressed the huge challenges that churches and schools are facing re copyright law and our obligations around this.

Another workshop attended was on ‘Music and the Mass: Step by Step’ and feel reassured that our Parish is ‘well up there’ with complying with most of the directives around this.

We enjoyed a singalong workshop with Gina Ogilvie from As One Voice/ Willow Publishing introducing us to some new music.

The last workshop was re music for funeral celebrations and most of the suggestions were included in the new Catholic Worship Book.

It was a wonderful week shared with my beautiful friends, Anna and Belinda and we were able to see a little of Perth as well.

Judy Camilleri

 

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On Thurs 23 June, the Parish held a Volunteers Meeting where we updated our volunteers on how as a Parish we were seeking to meet the ever changing face of ensuring our Parish is a safe, vibrant and enriching place.  Here is what one person had to say about the experience:

The information session for volunteers provided me with insights into my obligation as a volunteer. Fr Jude and Geralyn McCarthy lead the workshop and spoke about both parish and legal aspects of conduct within the Parish Community and in particular in any dealings with children, elderly and the vulnerable.

As the night progressed, it became apparent to me how vitally important it is to understand my legal obligations as a volunteer through our actions and/or inaction.

I left with a greater knowledge and appreciation for guidelines and my responsibilities as a parish volunteer in order to make our parish community great.

Terezia

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On Sat 14 May, our Parish celebrated our many volunteers with a Thanksgiving Mass and Luncheon.  The Mass was presided by Bishop Vincent Long.  Here is what two people had to say about the experience:

I would like to thank Fr Jude on behalf of the volunteers, for the wonderful Mass and BBQ held on Saturday 14 May at St James the Apostle. I would also like to thank the Function Committee who did everything to make the day a success, and RJ the butcher who supplied the meat, it was delicious.

The Mass, celebrated on the Eve of Pentecost was very meaningful and coincided with Bishop Long leaving us to take up his new post in Parramatta NSW.  He reflected on the difficulty of leaving the old to take up the new. The readings were inspiring giving us the energy and spirit to carry on. I’m sure everyone agrees with me that it is nice to be recognised for what we do. The word Thank You is very powerful in doing this.

Tess Mijares

 

On behalf of my family, I take this opportunity to thank you ever so much for putting up an awesome lunch and most of all having a Thanksgiving Mass for all of our volunteers. We appreciate your kind gesture in bringing our ministries together as one family and to share a meal with such peace and unity. We thank you for your blessings by uniting us during this gathering where we were able to have fellowship with the different ministries.  Though there were many apologies on the day, our community still looked vast with the different ministries and groups even some which I was unaware of.  Everyone attended with harmony in our hearts and with no pride and honour that made us look so cheerful and it was really a happy gathering.  You have gone over and beyond in reaching out to the community, so engaging that encouraged us to be part of the church as one body.  You taught us to be kind and simple, you opened the doors to share our gifts, all for the Glory of God.  You helped our community to grow so rapidly because of your wonderful personality, thoughtfulness, open heartedness and your great energy that makes St James a welcoming community.   

It is such a privilege to be a volunteer in St James Parish. I cherish every moment of my services that I give wholeheartedly and with love.  It has helped me to grow in spirit and confidence. Therefore, I affirm that it has not only helped me personally but also spiritually.  Volunteering has helped me to get involved with new things in our church, brings out new interests, hidden talents and opinions where we can share within our community. It is such a great opportunity to look at our inner selves and examine our conscience whether we are giving enough to our Parish Community.  This is the time to spread our wings and join hands with our community to encourage more people to join the different ministries, be part of our Parish Community or introduce or be open to new ideas.  Because of your spiritual energy we can see such an enormous growth in our Parish and most importantly to see such a beautiful gathering of young people becoming part of our different Ministries.  Volunteering is not a competition but a willingness to give and help others, creating a healthy relationship with the young and old.  It is an act of service and offering willingly to our community.  The hours of service we put in volunteering is a reflection of the countless blessings we receive from above.

My mum was an active member in the Church and I always wondered how she kept her commitment and involvement even though she had disappointing hardships in her life, raising us, a big family of 10 members, always with a cheerful smile and a welcoming home to our friends and community that made everyone look in awe and amazement how she did it with love till the last day when she closed her eyes battling with cancer. I was a very shy person but truly it was only when I entered the doors of St James Church I felt such a warm welcome.  Fr Jude introduced me and my family to our Parish during the Sunday 6pm mass gathering.  And from thereon I spread my wings and came out of my shell and got involved with the Parish gathering and fellowship that encouraged me to become a volunteer. I thank you Fr Jude for this great welcome and encouragement.    Thank you once again for the great time we had during the luncheon and appreciate your time and the trouble taken to get Bishop Vincent Long to bless us all during the mass gathering. 

Sonia Ryall

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On Sat 14 May, our Parish celebrated our many volunteers with a Thanksgiving Mass and Luncheon.  The Mass was presided by Bishop Vincent Long.  Fr Jude gave this address to our volunteers:

Today we gather during National Volunteer’s Week to acknowledge and give thanks for the many volunteers that make our Parish at St James a welcoming and viable faith community. Volunteers are essential, vital to creating growth and new ministries and are the key to introducing all people to Jesus Christ. They have the welcoming smiles at the door, they serve the food, pray for needs, organise mission trips, care for our youth, offer support to young adults, minister to and give value to our seniors and so on and so on. I am proud and honoured to say that as our community has grown so has our number of volunteers. If we want to see our church grow we must be a volunteering church.

A church without volunteers is an unhealthy church, because the act of volunteering is an expression of worship. It serves people and it builds relationships. Churches are among the few organisations where the same people are the owners, the funders, the staff and the customers. In my observation of all our volunteers here at St James, I see a people who do what they do because they are very much motivated by their love for Christ and for each other, people who see every member as a servant in the kingdom of God. It is often being said that the church is not a building made of bricks and stones. It is the body of Christ made up of people serving God and one another in their love for Christ.

It is significant that we gather today around the table of the Lord in the Eucharist because the Eucharist offers us a culture of being called together with others. Here we are called to be with others in a meal which the Lord hosts. In this meal hosted by the Lord, persons recognise a close neighbour, a fellow sinner, a sister, a brother with a place at the family table. In each one I see myself, as I see a brother or a sister, I also discover myself sinful but loved, undeserving but invited, shamed but embraced, lost but trusted. Dear friends that is how Jesus hosted and participated in meals by calling together the most unimaginable combination of people to a community to become his family, his Body because he has convoked them.

Jesus challenges the concept of individualism and exclusiveness that isolates people. Here at our Eucharist today we are affirmed and thanked by our God for witnessing to his presence through our volunteering of loving service. This is why St James is a wonderful parish to be a part of. You the volunteers take care of so many things in the life of the parish, empowered by understanding the Word of God and your strong desire to spread the Gospel. A parish, dear friends, is a living and vibrant organism kept alive by the activity of its people, reaching out to others, conscious of the need to pray together and open to the sharing of the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit.

We could not minister effectively or survive as a parish without the involvement or support of all our members. It is because of you, the volunteers, and the dedication and sacrifices that you make, that we continue to live and not just exist. I want you to hear again how much you are valued and truly loved. May I emphasise and name the 38 ministries of volunteers that make our faith community successful and who are truly the heartbeat of our parish. Altar Linen, Altar Servers, Baptism Preparation, Car Park Attendants, Carpenter’s Club, Church Flowers, Church Upkeep – Cleaners and Vacuumers, Collectors, Communion to the Sick, Counters, Couples for Christ Australia, Emmaus Group, Environment, Faith Sharing Group, Fete Committee, Finance Committee, Flag Bearer, Function Committee, Knights of the Southern Cross, Ministers of Hospitality,Lectors, Music Ministry, Parish Pastoral Council, Paulist Missionary Sponsorship, Piety Stall, PowerPoint Presentors, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Sacramental Preparation Team, Special Ministers of Communion, St James Playgroup, St James Soup Kitchen, St Vincent De Paul, Sunday Liturgy of the Word for Children, Thanksgiving Programme, Ushers, Vintage Group, Young Paulists and Youth Mnistry.

May I conclude by thanking Bishop Vincent Long for his presence with us today. We congratulate in his new appointment as the Bishop of Parramatta. He will be greatly missed as the auxiliary Bishop of the western region. I personally thank him for his friendship and support since his appointment in 2011. We assure him of our prayers and our love for him for his faithful service in the Archdiocese.

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