Parish staff the lifeblood of the Diocese


Bishop Anthony Fisher celebrated Mass for support staff from across the Diocese.
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP celebrated Mass for support staff from across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

Parish secretaries are often the first port of call and the welcoming face of our Catholic community. On 9 September 2010, the Diocese of Parramatta hosted a gathering for parish secretaries and parish support staff.

More than 50 people came to Parramatta for a day of formation and friendship, which began with Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel of St Patrick’s Cathedral with Bishop Anthony Fisher OP presiding.

The MC for the day’s program was the Diocesan Accountant, Anthony Holmes.

The first session was on personal safety and awareness with Constable Julianne Harrison from Merrylands Police Crime Prevention Unit.

Afterwards, the Dean, Fr Wim Hoekstra, conducted a tour of the award-winning St Patrick’s Cathedral and Murphy House. This historic Victorian presbytery now houses parish meeting rooms and a visitors’ information centre.

Then it was across the road to the Diocesan Office to meet staff in the Chancery, ministries, and Church agencies including CatholicCare, Diocesan Development Fund, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Archives, Office for Worship, Catholic Youth Parramatta, and Vocations.

Lunch was a BBQ cooked by the Diocesan Financial Administrator, John Spillane, and apprentice cook and HR Manager John Sheehy with assistance from Maureen Sewell and Virginia Knight.

There are 49 parishes within the Diocese of Parramatta, which covers much of greater western Sydney. Most diocesan communication is by phone and the internet. The parish secretaries agreed it was helpful to be able to put names and faces to the people they liaise with and to see where the ministries and agencies are located.

Further gatherings are planned for 2011.

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