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Time, Talent and Treasure

Time, Talent and Treasure

It is indeed an exciting time to be living in this beautiful part of South West Sydney, one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. As the newest parish in the Diocese of Wollongong, our mandate is more challenging than that of an existing Catholic parish as it requires us to "launch into the deep" and discover fresh ways of being the hands and feet of Jesus in our local area. St Mary MacKillop famously said: “Never see a need without doing something about it.” It is exciting that we can now take up Mary MacKillop’s challenge together. However, this vision will only become a reality if each of us commits to sharing our God-given gifts of time, talent and treasure.

TIME AND TALENT

Our vision is that our parish will be a place of active service; where belonging means more than attending, and where the gifts we receive through the Sacraments are transformed into service of our Church and of one another. Maybe you have already been involved in certain ministries or works in one of the neighbouring churches from which our new parish has been born, or maybe you want to be a part of a Catholic parish for the first time.

We invite you to reflect on your God gifts and talents using the following flyer as a guide.

Please contact the parish office (oranpark@dow.org.au) if you would like to join our music ministry, set up/pack up crew, hospitality team, or cleaning team. Our parish office admin team will take your details and pass them onto the leaders of these ministries who will contact you.

To register your interest in assisting in one of the other liturgical ministries mentioned on this flyer, click here and under the login box click on the "sign up now" link. This link will take you to an enrolment form where you can enter your details and register your preferences for Mass/service times and ministries.

Once your online form is processed, you will be added to the next schedule (roster). If your preferred ministry/ministries require formation before commencing, you will need to engage in this formation first. While you may have been engaged in the ministry you are volunteering in a previous parish, we ask that you attend a formation session so that you are familiar with the practices and processes of our parish, as these differ from one parish to the next. A member of the Parish Liturgy Team will contact you, or announce the sessions for this formation, through our e-newsletter “The Overview” and our "end of Mass notices".

If your chosen ministry requires a Working with Children Check, please refer to the diocesan website that will outline the requirements and process to apply for this check.

With so many ways to become involved in the life our exponentially expanding parish, we hope that you will seek opportunities to become involved and enrich, not only your own faith, but the faith of those with whom you will meet and interact in our parish community.

TREASURE

As we move into the future we must ensure that we as a parish are financially self-sustainable, not only so we can fund the ministries and works of the parish, but also look to the future development of this growing faith community. In our parish we strive to have a healthy planned giving program where everyone, no matter how large or small their financial contribution may be, shares their God given gift of financial treasure that goes to support the works and ministries of the parish. While taking up a weekly collection is okay, in a parish like ours it would be great if we knew (roughly) ahead of time what our income will be. Direct debit is perfect for this. You are invited to indicate your interest by filling out the following form and scanning it and emailing it back to the parish office, dropping it off at the parish office or placing it in a sealed envelope on one of the collection baskets at Mass.