The ECHO (25 Jun 2017)
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In 1988, volunteer parishioners built a transportable building for our St Augustine’s Parish School. That building was blessed by Fr Robert Egar, and named the Caroline Chisholm Centre, to honour our pioneer Catholic laywoman. The building served the families of our school for nearly twenty-one years. In 2009, the building became surplus to the needs of our school, and we were able to transport the building to its current site next to the Green Door room.
From August 2009, it has served our parishioners well with a new name: the Family Centre. The first users were the Young Christian Workers (YCW) and other users include our Parish Pastoral Council, the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Sacrament Programme, Family Faith Formation, the Men’s Prayer Group, the Burmese Catholic Community, the Carnival Committee, the Pastoral Visitors, and many other groups. Families have gathered there after funerals, and hampers have been packed for the needy. We recall with thanks the original volunteer builders.
Now our parishioners are looking forward to a new building comprising toilets and meeting and store rooms. Work on this project has been proceeding in past months. It has been like a submarine – there is a lot of movement, but nothing seen on the surface. Soon you will see an important step: the Family Centre will move again. This will be the first visible step in the new project. And I am glad to tell you that the building will continue to serve our parishioners, because it will return to St Augustine’s School.
Parishioners, the chairman of our parish Building Committee, Mr Kevin Blake, can tell you about the details. Read the Echo carefully! Of course, there may be some inconvenience to parishioners as the move goes through our streets. That will be very early on a Sunday morning. There will be other inconveniences in the next few months, but I am sure that parishioners will be smiling and patient as we proceed. Thank God for those who built in 1988, and those who build for us today!
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[Chair of Parish Pastoral Council - Gunnar Keppel]