Missionary Society of St Paul
Being Part of a Paulist Parish
- Damien Borg
Having lived all his life in the Paulist parish of Our Lady of Victories of Horsley Park (Australia), Damien Borg here reflects on how the Parish has helped him grow, and of his commitment to be a living member of the Parish.
My name is Damien Borg, I am currently 22 years old and am a member of the Parish Pastoral Council (currently in my second year of service in the council).
I am a part of Our Lady of Victories Parish – Horsley Park and I have been a part of this Parish for as long as I can remember.
I have grown spiritually and physically alongside my church and my Paulist Parish. My life journey alongside my Parish has been so enlightening and beneficial, the Parish offers so much to each and every individual parishioner.
I served as an altar boy in my younger years, this allowed me to have a key role in the celebration of Mass and gave me a specific sense of identity within the Parish.
The parish offers opportunities and enlightenment to all who are willing to participate and to those who are in need of guidance and support. From serving on the altar or partaking in the offertory procession to proclaiming a reading or being a minister of the Eucharist, to the children’s liturgies or being part of the external groups such as the social group and the men’s breakfast or one of the many organisational committees (eg. liturgy and feast committees).
The Church and the Parish instils a great sense of community and belonging to all as we are united by our common beliefs and faith in God and his teachings.
Being a part of this Paulist Parish has given me so much over the years; now as part of the Parish Pastoral Council I am trying to give something back. The Horsley Park Parish and Paulist family is an integral part of my life and that of so many others, where the extent of happiness and satisfaction gained is only limited by one’s belief and faith in God and willingness to participate.
"I follow you wherever you go"