Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

- John 14:6

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care embraces all aspects of parish life and responds to the many needs of the
parishioners. We all care about each other and demonstrate this in various ways.

Pastoral Care at St Declan's aims to provide spiritual nourishment, social interaction and
support to parishioners who are bereaved, aged, infirmed, sick, disabled and are unable
to take part in parish Eucharistic celebrations by:
    • involving parishioners to minister to others and share their faith;
    • creating a community of care;
    • developing a strong parish network.
    Further information

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Pastoral Care Newsletters

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July to November 2015

December 2015 to February 2016

March to June 2016 

July to November 2016

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August to November 2017

 

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Pastoral Ministry Support - Tips, Reminders, Support & Information

2 September 2017 - Taking Communion from the Mass

13 September 2017 - Dementia Awareness & Support
Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet
Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet
For further help sheets please go to: Alzheimer's Australia 

13 October 2017 - Stress   
Stress: Symptoms, Signs & Causes For further information go to: HelpGuide.org

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Annual Remembrance Mass

2017:
Thursday 2 November at 7.30pm (All Souls Day)
Invitation

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A beautiful celebration of life!

 

Anointing Mass 

2017:
Saturday, 2 September at 10.30am
A beautiful celebration of the sacraments, faith, prayer and community!

 

Memories... 
Saturday, 3 September 2016 saw a special 'Thank you' was presented to Fr John during the Anointing Mass

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Sr Philomena presented Fr John with a gift from Pastoral Ministry. 

This framed memento listed all the parishioners who have been involved in pastoral ministry -
visitation ministers and bereavement group members - from 2002 to 2016. 
We thanked John for his support, care and friendship over the 16 years of his service within the
pastoral life of St Declan's Parish.
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DECLANCRAFT

Something social for those in their 40s and up...  
Read more...
 
Information

For photos go to Photo Gallery page

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2017 DECLANCRAFT 
Stay tuned for further information and advertising for each activity...

Here are some dates for 2017
Please book upon advertising for each activity when listed below or
advertised in the bulletin...
2017 Dates

NOVEMBER - Handmade Cards with Kim Corallo
Create cards that will become keepsakes for someone special for Christmas & other occasions. 
Information

OCTOBER - Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef
Lighthouse Scene; includes all supplies and morning tea.
Information

SEPTEMBER - Cards and Games Morning
Saturday 16 September 10am to 12pm - Bookings essential
Bring a friend or make new friends; join in some old favourites and learn some
new games or teach one of your own. 
Information

JULY - Crochet for beginners (and the not-so-beginner) FULL - NO MORE BOOKINGS AVAILABLE
Come & learn basic crochet stitches, how to make a ‘granny’ square, and how to 
edge and join squares. Come along even if you know how to crochet. 
Includes a wintery hot cuppa. Bookings are essential.
Information

MAY-JUNE Introduction to Macrame with Ingrid Micallef & Paulineke Nolan
Make something simple and creative
Information

JANUARY-MARCH Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef
Native Flower Scene (2016) - we are still painting in 2017! What a fun and therapeutic 
time we are having! We've had three more sessions in January and March (2017).

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2016 DECLANCRAFT offered 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef
Native Flower Scene - four sessions; includes all supplies and morning tea.
Information

OCTOBER - Card making with Kim Corallo
Create cards that will become keepsakes; includes morning tea.
These sessions are a lot of fun!
Information

AUGUST - Cards and Games Morning
Learn some popular card games, teach others your favourite game. 
Prizes and morning tea...what more could you ask for on a Saturday morning!
Information

JULY - Jewellery Making with Paulineke Nolan
Create unique pieces for yourself or for someone special.
Learn simple techniques in jewellery design, making & beading.
If you’ve attended before, you are welcome to book in again, new designs!
Information

JUNE - Crochet for beginners (and the not-so-beginner)
Come & learn basic crochet stitches, how to make a ‘granny’ square, and how to 
edge and join squares. Come along even if you know how to crochet. 
Includes a wintery hot cuppa. Bookings are essential.
Information

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2015 DECLANCRAFT offered...

"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan
Participants created unique pieces for themselves or for someone special.
Participants were guided through simple techniques in jewellery design, making & beading.

"Crochet for beginners (and the not-so beginners)"
A huge response for this activity - 22 participants! Those who attended learned the 
basic crochet stitches and also crocheted their first squares for a fabulous granny rug. 
There was a lot of serious learning, laughter, conversations and anticipation for the 
next activity.

"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan
"This is so much fun!" "A great way to spend a Saturday morning!" 
"This will make a great gift." 

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2014 DECLANCRAFT offered...

Jewellery Making with Paulineke Nolan 
Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef 
Photos           Group Photo
Ballroom Dancing with Elma Brickwood  
Photos
Card/Games Morning
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2013 DECLANCRAFT offered...  

"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan
"Introduction to Quilling" with Silvana Vidaic
"Introduction to Creative Design on Canvas" with Ingrid Micallef
"Creative Design on Canvas 2" with Ingrid Micallef
"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan
"Handmade Cards" with Kim Corallo
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2012 DECLANCRAFT offered...
“Introduction to Decorative Art” with Ingrid Micallef
"Handmade Cards" with Kim Corallo
"Meditation, Massage, Yoga & Relaxation" with Judy Sanchez
"Handmade Christmas Cards" with Kim Corallo

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'Moments' by Paulineke Nolan

A mother's poem
A child's poem

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Days for Girls

"Days for Girls" (DfG) is an excellent service project for anyone wanting to help improve the lives of 
girls and women with their personal hygiene, health and education in developing and third world 
countries. How can you be part of this amazing initiative? Read on...

Information of what DfG is?        

In November 2013 St Declan's Parish Pastoral Care took on this community project and from 
January 2014 we had an amazing and encouraging response. Over 74 parishioners came forward 
and were involved!
St Declan's Parish exceeded their goal of 50 kits to 68 kits in 2014 - what a mammoth effort!!! 

Our 2014 DfG Kits made it to Timor!
Read on...

On 14th March 2015 we packed another 61 kits for Libby to take with her to Timor this year! 
Now that's great news!

May 2015 LIBBY GOES TO TIMOR

Days for Girls Project – final update
Congratulations and thank you to all parishioners who have been involved with DfG over the last two 
years. 
On Saturday 3 October 2015 we packed our final 50 kits for Libby Bleakley to take to Timor-Leste.

Throughout 2014 and 2015 we’ve made a total of 179 kits; 167 of these were given to Libby 
for Timor. 
We’ve sewn over 1,410 sanitary items; over 1,430 items were donated or purchased from donations; 
we’ve received $1,455.00 from parishioners. All money was used to purchase material and kits items. 
A truly fantastic effort by all those involved in the various aspects of this project. 
Once again, thank you for your overwhelming generosity and support. 
Paulineke 

If you would like to continue with, or get involved in, DfG project, 
please contact Beverley De Meur on 9594 4898. 

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Prayers

Weekly Prayers

Prayer for Carers

My Purpose Prayer

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One Body in Christ

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life,
initiated “One Body in Christ: Welcoming people with disability”. Read more...
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