News from St Bene­dict’s

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Church News -

Vale Fa­ther Si­mon

Ev­ery­one in St Bene­dict’s par­ish and the many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who met or worked with him were sad­dened to hear of the sud­den death of Fa­ther Si­mon Aloisi osb on Fri­day 8th Septem­ber. Fa­ther Si­mon was born in Italy but spent much more of his life in Aus­tralia than in his na­tive land.

He was or­dained as a priest more than 50 years ago and served in the par­ish of Smith­field for a num­ber of years, then as the par­ish priest in St Bene­dict’s Ar­ca­dia from 1996 to 2001. But he much pre­ferred to serve in a sup­port­ing role and was still work­ing as as­sis­tant par­ish priest un­til his death.

Fa­ther Si­mon be­came well known in our dis­trict be­cause of his in­volve­ment in many com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing reg­u­lar vis­its to events at Row­land Vil­lage and, later, Mark Don­ald­son House. He was the chap­lain to the St Bene­dict’s Se­niors Group for a num­ber of years and is shown in the pic­ture cel­e­brat­ing his 80th birth­day with the se­niors. We will miss him.

Gal­ston Chris­tian Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (GCEA) Spring Din­ner

A group of parish­ioners rep­re­sented St Bene­dict’s at the an­nual GCEA din­ner held in the Gal­ston Club and re­ported that ev­ery­one had a won­der­ful night. Spe­cial thanks to the or­gan­is­ers. Par­ish priest Fa­ther Bernard com­mented on the sup­port given to Chris­tian ed­u­ca­tion by Gal­ston High School and by all the other schools in our dis­trict.

St Bene­dict’s Par­ish Fete

Many have asked what hap­pened to the St Bene­dict’s fete that is nor­mally held in Septem­ber. The good news is that the fete hasn’t dis­ap­peared – it’s just been post­poned un­til 18 March 2018. The or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing that ev­ery­one in­volved will find this a slightly less crowded time of year.

Happy birth­day Sis­ter Clem

We cel­e­brated our much-loved Sis­ter Cle­ment’s 90th birth­day with a Sun­day morn­ing party. Con­grat­u­la­tions from all of us.

Week­end Mass Times

St. Bene­dict's Catholic Church Ar­ca­dia; Mass at the Monastery, 121 Ar­ca­dia Rd, Ar­ca­dia, at 7 am ev­ery morn­ing. Mass at the Par­ish Cen­tre, Cor­ner Fa­gans Rd and Ar­ca­dia Rd 7 pm Satur­day, 9 am Sun­day.

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