Last week, Fr David and Fr Dean met with representatives from each of the Bayside Parishes to form an Interim Mission Team. Nazareth Catholic Parish Ricketts Point was represented by Michael Staunton and Kevin D'Souza.
Summary notes are attached. Mission address 25 Aug 2020
Fr David and Fr Dean also met with representatives of the Interim Stewardship Team from each of the Bayside Parishes including Tony Warnock and Frank Chen who represented Nazareth Catholic Parish Ricketts Point.
A common theme across both meetings was that we all have many questions about how the Bayside Catholic Mission is to operate in the future. The message was clear from Fr David and Fr Dean that nothing has been written in stone from the Archdiocese and that we have the opportunity to input and help shape and form the new Bayside Catholic Mission. The homework that Kevin, Tony, Frank and myself have is to understand what questions our parishioners have and what do we want for our parish community. Initial questions and answers are:
- Q: Will Stella Maris or St Joseph's churches "close"?
A: No, the churches will remain as places of worship.
- Q: Will there be mass every week at Stella Maris and St Joseph's churches?
A: Not sure yet. This has to be worked out.
- Q: Where do our Thanksgiving contributions go?
A: Thanksgiving contributions will continue to go to the Nazareth Parish Catholic Church Account (Stella Maris and St Joseph's Churches).
- Q: I am a lector at St Joseph's, can I also be a reader at one of the other parishes?
A: Yes, that would be great if you could continue offering your time and talent across the Bayside Catholic Mission.
- Q: I usually walk to Mass, I don't have transport if it isn't at Stella Maris Church.
A: We can look at (COVID-safe) transport arrangements with other parishioners.
We ask for your questions, input, feedback and guidance. We also ask for your patience and support to help form the new Bayside Mission.
It is anticipated that this phase of forming will continue through to the end of the year and as we emerge from COVID restrictions, then we will have firmer answers to the questions and of the Bayside Mission structure.
In the meantime, please discuss and pray together for this new formation and provide any questions to myself, Kevin, Tony, Frank or Lynn in the Parish Office.
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