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Vicar's Musings for Ordinary Sunday 20

19 August, 2018

It is good to be back in the Parish after a refreshing three weeks of Annual Leave. My first port-of-call was Wellington, New Zealand, where I went to visit my parents. My mother is 89 and broke her hip in a fall recently, so I went to assist my sister in caring for her when she came home from hospital. The timing was opportune, as we needed to make a family decision about my father who has dementia, and had been previously living at home with my mother as his full-time care-giver. He is now living permanently in a rest-home just 10 minutes walk from the family home, and thanks-be-to-God the transition went very well. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers during this crucial time.

Ree was unable to join me in New Zealand, so on my return we packed our tent, jumped in the car, and set off for Mungo National Park. It was the first time for both of us in the Outback and an inspiring experience, walking on land that supported a vibrant community 42,000 years ago. Almost as moving was our return to Melbourne through the vast agricultural expanses of the Mallee.

It was a joy to return to work on the Feast of the Assumption, and to the vibrancy of our little parish. The building works on our new Corner Plaza are about to commence, but have been slightly delayed as we work out the final details of the contract with the landscapers. A soon as we have a commencement date I will of course let everyone know. Work continues also on developing a Business Plan for the Social Enterprise coffee cart, which will trade 5 days a week from the corner site. Those who work in the Parish Kitchen will have noticed that it has been given a deep clean, and the old stage area has also been significantly tidied up. Ree and her team have put hours and hours of voluntary work into this, which is required for food-safety compliance, so please make sure to tidy up after yourself and leave things as you find them if you are using these areas.

In coming weeks we have some wonderful services planned: Science Week Masses on Sunday 26th August; the launch of a biography of former parishioner Jean Henderson at our New Guinea Martyrs' Mass, on Sunday 2nd September; and a visit from ABM Executive Director, Fr John Deane, with the Archbishop of Papua New Guinea, the Most Rev'd Allan Migi, on Sunday 9th September. Do join us if you possibly can for these important celebrations of God's work in the world.

The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster

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