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Kym an ex mothercraft nurse is available for babysitting in the evenings. She is also available as a companion for the elderly and will provide a light lunch or dinner if required. Please contact the Parish Office for further information.
OLR Kensington parishioner Sr Mary D’Apice was recognised for her lifetime commitment to education in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. Sr D’Apice was awarded a Member in the General Division, AM. At 95, Sr D’Apice has been a constant presence in our parish until she recently moved to care in Bronte.
The Catholic Weekly recently wrote:
Sr D’Apice said she always hoped to impart in her students “an understanding of their own development so it could help them in their own lives.”
She says the Catholic faith has always shaped her life and aspirations. “It’s been the background to my whole life.”
She was surprised and humbled by the Queen’s birthday honour. “I’m grateful really that the Church has been recognised and the role of religious,” she said.
Mary D’Apice began her schooling at Rose Bay aged seven and finished the Leaving Certificate in 1939, one of only four students in the class. After completing a medical degree and a residency year, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1946. After her first vows in 1949, she remained at Rose Bay for the next twenty years, with the exception of one year at Sancta Sophia College. She was involved in the educational work of the School, including nine years as Principal.
As Deputy Principal at Kincoppal during 1972, the amalgamation year, Mary was often asked to step into situations that needed her wisdom and skills. She was called to be Principal of Duchesne College Brisbane for four years and likewise at Sancta Sophia College.
The work of her later years followed her master’s degrees in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction from Loyola University in Chicago, with a private practice in Medical Psychotherapy in Auckland, New Zealand. She was called on to give many seminars in this field in the ANZ Province and overseas, and later published Noon to Nightfall, A Journey through Midlife and Ageing.
She returned to Sydney in 2000 to continue her invaluable work as a psychotherapist, spiritual director and director of retreats.
Sister Mary D’Apice has been a mentor to many alumnae and in the words of some, ‘d’Ap formed our characters’. Her medical knowledge was used for all the students as well as the community. Throughout her life she has continued to be a friend and advisor to many.
We are proud to have Sr Mary D’Apice AM as one of our own, and congratulate her on this well deserved honour.
Next weekend we will have the MSC Mission Office Appeal, Fr Adrian Meaney msc will say each of the Masses.
A Healing Mass, followed by morning tea, will be held at OLR Church on Thursday 12th July at 10:30am. There will be a sit down Morning Tea in the Foyer of the Church after the Mass.
If you can help with transport to and from Mass please contact Jan on 0407 218 072.
Thank you everyone for the generous support you have all given to the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fund raising event held here in church on 10 June 2018.
It was an uplifting feeling seeing how everyone eagerly wanted to help, donate and serve to make this event a success for the 2nd year in a row here at our parish community.
We have raised an impressive $512 with some donations coming before, during and after the event.
We are truly blessed to be in this community and I pray that unity and harmony grow even stronger in this Parish through the unselfish sharing of your time, talent and treasure.
Event Organiser and Fund Raiser
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Grateful thanks to all who generously donated to the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. The total amount donated was $3,225. This money will be used to assist those in need in our local community.
“Christian help and friendship are the best means of achieving social justice”.
The Catholic Church in Australia has a special story
This term Stage 3M have been exploring the story of the Catholic Church in Australia. We have been focusing on key events and people that have shaped the identity and growth of the Catholic Church in Australia, such as Caroline Chisholm and John Bede Polding. Students have also become aware of the struggles faced by Catholics during the early years of settlement in Australia.
Throughout this unit, students have been given the opportunity to explore how the Church is organised and examine its role in Australia today. They have been encouraged to appreciate that the Catholic Church is made up of the Latin Church and various Eastern Catholic Churches. Students were introduced to key expressions of Catholicism in the Catholic Church in Australia. By the end of this unit, students will have developed a deeper understanding of their place in the Church as the people of God.