Life Ascending welcomed to Parramatta

21/10/2011

Life Ascending News Story
Members of Padre Pio Glenmore Park Parish's Life Ascending group at the Senior's Week Mass at St Mary's Cathedral Sydney earlier this year.

Life Ascending (LA) has been welcomed to the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, with Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP offering his full support in establishing LA groups in Parishes throughout the Diocese.

LA is an international organisation devoted to supporting Catholics in their middle and later years as they discern their mission within the Church and the wider community.

Focusing on the qualities of spirituality, loving service and friendship, the movement began in France and was introduced into Australia in 1999.

LA was ratified by the Holy See in 2001 after it received the decree of recognition in 1996.

The first Parramatta Diocesan group has been established at Padre Pio Glenmore Park Parish, where members meet monthly to read and reflect on the scriptures, pray, offer support to a chosen worthy cause and enjoy the company of like minded people over a cuppa.

NSW LA members organise a Seniors Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral during Senior’s Week each year. Eleven members of the Padre Pio Parish LA group attended this year's Mass, which was celebrated by Cardinal George Pell. LA also holds an annual retreat and days of reflection which are open to all.

While there are many Church affiliated groups in Parishes, some Parishioners feel they would like something more suited to their experience, age and time of life.

LA could be just what you are looking for.

As LA groups are Parish based, permission is sought from Parish Priests or Administrators to conduct LA gatherings in their Parishes.

A kit for new groups is available and members from one of LA's 16 existing groups are willing to support new groups by attending meetings and supplying resource material.

If you feel you and fellow Parishioners could benefit from having an active LA group in your Parish, contact:

Margaret Smith, Assistant Coordinator
Life Ascending Australia
65 Glossop Rd
Linden NSW 2778
Ph: 02 4753 1031
E: margaretcliffsmith@hotmail.com


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