Time of reflection and celebration for parish secretaries

23/12/2014

 
Catholic Outlook Dec 2014/Jan 2015: Parish Secretaries Day
Parish secretaries and office staff came together to celebrate the achievements and milestones for 2014. Photos: Alphonsus Fok

Originally published in Catholic Outlook December 2014/January 2015

All year round, a faithful legion of women and men serve many requests and demands to keep our parishes running.

In gratitude for their professional expertise and service, the last Secretaries Day for the year was held at St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish on 27 November.

Catholic Outlook Dec 2014/Jan 2015: Parish Secretaries Day
Mary Keft and Debra Price.

Parish secretaries and office staff came together to celebrate the achievements and milestones for 2014, while hearing about developments and changes within the Diocese planned for the New Year.

The morning was taken up with official updates and news from within the Chancery, everyone then joining the seminarians next door at Holy Spirit Seminary for morning tea.

Catholic Outlook Dec 2014/Jan 2015: Parish Secretaries Day
Mass at St Oliver Plunkett’s Church, Harris Park.

Mass was celebrated by Msgr Ron McFarlane and Fr Paul Roberts, after which everyone enjoyed a celebratory lunch with a lucky few ladies taking home the fantastic raffle prizes.

Catholic Outlook Dec 2014/Jan 2015: Parish Secretaries Day
From left: Mili Lee, Pat Preca and Celia Toson.
Catholic Outlook Dec 2014/Jan 2015: Parish Secretaries Day
From left: Denise Tondys, Jacinta Ortiz and Gerald Oblea.

A great day was had by all, with many new faces getting the opportunity to meet those who had served their parishes for many years.

Lyn Olander, parish secretary at St Nicholas of Myra Parish in Penrith, said it was a wonderful opportunity to meet new staff. “It is always a pleasure to catch up with the secretaries from the various parishes.”

Catholic Outlook Dec 2014/Jan 2015: Parish Secretaries Day
Standing, from left: Marthese Sultana & Lyn Olander; (sitting from left) Sue Ashpole, Monica O’Callaghan and Shirley Stewart.


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