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5th Sunday of Lent
5th Sunday of Lent
Michelle, our Sacramental coordinator, offers Baptism preparation programs for families who wish to have their children Baptised.
Also, if you would like your school aged children to be Baptised into the Catholic faith Michelle can organise an introduction to Baptism, being the first step on the journey of faith to receive the other Sacraments of Reconciliaton, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
If you are interested, please contact Michelle Grimsted at the Parish Centre on 5152 2942 to have a chat
The Diocese of Sale is continuing to work towards creating Child Safe Parishes. Whilst we still deal with the horrors of the past and endeavour to bring healing to the hurts, we are trying to look forward, too, as we make a more conscious effort to create safe and supportive Parishes for everyone, but especially for children. To this end, we are continuing to implement our statutory obligations under recently passed Victorian government legislation.
The documents below are part of this continuing response and commitment to creating child safe Parishes.
Child Safety Code of Conduct (pdf format)
Statement of Commitment (pdf format)
Please Note: Parish volunteers who work with children and adults-at-risk are required to hold a valid Working with Children Check Card.
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Phone: 5152 2942
At St Mary’s Op Shop, everything you buy or donate inspires change in our local community. It stocks a wide range of donated items including furniture, electrical goods, clothing, footwear, toys and books.
The profits are used to fund St Mary’s Church Restoration Project and local St Vincent de Paul Conference services and programs.
Our Op Shop is located at:
61 MacLeod Street, Bairnsdale
Phone: (03) 5152 2088
Monday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm
Saturday 10am - 12pm
The Salesian of Don Bosco are committed to raising the educational standards for the young people of Timor Leste . Enrolment at their co-ed school has grown from 600 to 1,000 students. Year 12 standard in Timor Leste is roughly an Australian Year 10. Many students have suffered trauma in their lives and many travel long distances for school. Few teachers are qualified. Despite difficulties, the school aims for the highest standards. Students speak Tetum and/or Indonesian, and must study Portuguese and English. Portuguese is the Official National Language.
Many students have no breakfast and a nutritious school lunches, which may be their only meal for the day, enables them to spend a full day at school.
The Marist Brothers run the Catholic Teachers College that offers an Australian accredited Bachelor of Teaching. It is the only tertiary institution outside of the capital Dili. It is also the only provider of quality pre-service basic education teacher training in the country. The educational infrastructure in Timor-Leste is still weak, but the Marist goal is to strengthen the system and provide the country with fully qualified teachers. Scholarship Funds are administered by the Marist Brothers, in Timor Leste.
We support the locally employed Timor Leste workers, numbering between 12 and 30, by providing pastoral care. This involves helping them to settle in to the local community by giving guidance regarding such things as housing and how to access the health system. We also provide social opportunities such as BBQ's enabling them to mix with local people.
Since 2003, many BFOET volunteers have visited Timor Leste, teaching English at ESSA (Escola Secundaria Santo Antonio) in Baucau. They have taught English and other subjects at ESSA and at other schools; provided vocational guidance for senior students and contributed to their welfare needs and joined in extra-curricular activities.
Our Group raises funds for the Lunch and Scholarship programs through income from the pastoral care of local seasonal workers, raffles, catering, etc, and through direct contributions. Funds raised locally are transferred directly to the Salesian Fathers and Marist Brothers in Baucau, with nominal bank fees payable.
WHERE DONORS DO NOT REQUIRE A TAX RECEIPT
Please make cheques payable to ‘Bairnsdale Friends of Timor Leste’.
WHERE DONORS DO REQUIRE A TAX RECEIPT
Please make cheques payable to ‘Salesian Missions’ and endorse For Lunch Program, Baucau.
These donations are forwarded through the Australian Salesians Missions Office, where Administration costs are approx 8%.
Please forward all cheques to P.O Box 628, Bairnsdale 3875, and include the donor’s name and address.
CHRIS 0418148657 - FRANK 0428 560 479 - PAUL 0418377076 - SUE 51577507 - VIKKI 51524454