Missionary Society of St Paul
- Mary Farrell
Mary Farrell has journeyed from being a "visiting" parishioner at Our Lady of Victories, Horsley Park (Australia) to having a deep sense of belonging and commitment. Here she talks about the joys of being part of this "happy, caring family".
My involvement with Our Lady of Victories parish in Horsley Park began as a “visiting” parishioner – by “visiting” I mean that although I didn’t live in the parish, I did attend mass at Our Lady of Victories as a result of my parents living in the community.
I moved to the parish with my family in late 2001 and from the very first day we were instantly welcomed and felt part of the community. In June 2002 I participated in the Parish Mission which renewed my enthusiasm in my faith and filled me with a desire to help nurture the faith within our community.
Our community is truly blessed. We have a really enthusiastic and dedicated Pastoral team, and through their commitment, fostering and encouragement they have created a living, dynamic parish community.
We have a different group or committee for almost everything that happens within the Parish – liturgy, hospitality, feast, function, social, readers, cleaners, etc. Any need for which we don’t have a committee or group we’ll soon create one! The great thing about all of this is that there is never any shortage of parishioners willing to give freely of their time, energy and special God-given gifts to a particular ministry or parish venture to ensure it succeeds and that the work continues year in year out. The effect of the community taking such responsibility is that it leaves the Pastoral team free to do what they do best – minister to the needs of the parishioners, whether it be in happy times or sad.
A happy, caring family is very important to me. I see our community as a “family” – being here for each other, sharing our faith and coming together to spend time with our Father and each other. Just as we need food to live, so too does our faith need to be fed in order to grow and survive. We can only achieve this by sharing with the members of our community family.
As a member of the Parish Council and through my involvement in various ministries I am proud to be a part of this wonderful, giving community and to call Our Lady of Victories “my Parish”.
"I follow you wherever you go"