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St James in Sebastopol Victoria Celebrates 25 Years of Family Groups

The Parish of St James in Sebastopol near Ballarat, Victoria, was abuzz with excitement on Sunday, July 25 as the members of Passionist Family Group Movement celebrated their 25th Anniversary during their Sunday Mass.   Coordinator, Anne Porter, spoke about the Movement’s history in St James’ parish and highlighted some of the wonderful experiences enjoyed over the years. After Mass, the parishioners and Parish Priest, Fr Kevin Maloney, joined the Family Group members in the church foyer for morning tea. Group…

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On The Road To Far North Queensland

Some time has passed since Russell and I have had the opportunity to travel to North Queensland. When we returned earlier this year we were so pleased that it was just like ‘old times’. Our first port of call was to have a night with Liz and Jeff Tillack in Townsville….

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International Family Group Day – Booval Qld

It was a glorious sunny Autumn morning – truly worthy of the International Family Groups Day. Here at Sacred Heart, Booval, Qld., we celebrated with Mass, followed by morning tea for all. How fitting it was that today’s Gospel and Homily were centred on “Love One Another.” Twenty-eight years ago, two young Passionist Priests, the Traynor brothers, came to run a mission in our parish. Definitely not the traditional Fire and Brimstone variety of the past. At each session, Father…

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Hands Across the Pacific

The First Congregational Church of Manchester, Vermont USA has provided a helping hand by way of a financial donation to the Family Groups of Tully. FAMILY CELEBRATION: This support came at a time when the area was and is still getting back on its feet after the devastating Cyclone Yasi. It was time to gather as one community and rejoice in all the good things after months and months of dealing with the massive clean up. Many lives are still on…

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Mary Ingham’s Retirement Celebration

On Sunday Feb 25th 2018, St Anthony in the Field’s, the little church and parish where Family Groups were born saw a most wonderful celebration for the retirement of Mary Ingham after 46 years of involvement in the birth, development and support Passionist Family Groups in Australia, New Zealand and in a smaller way in the USA, England and Ireland. The gathering was co -hosted by the PFGM Interim Leadership Team

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International Family Group Day – Terrey Hills, NSW

International Passionist Family Group Day 2014 was celebrated at the birthplace of the PFGM, St. Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills. It was a beautiful autumn day with lovely blue skies, warm temperatures and lots of Family Group people to share our Mass. At the end of Mass, Mary Ingham and Bede Alexander, on behalf of the PFGM coordinators of the Frenchs Forest Parish, talked briefly about the Family Groups and what they mean to the Parish. Everyone in a…

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St Mary’s Ipswich Celebrates its First Birthday

The parish hall was decked out with streamers and bunting. Music played as nearly 100 parishioners – ages 2-92 arrived Saturday afternoon, 9 November. Tables were festooned with imaginative cooking, baking, and confectionary. Parents rushed their children back from rugby practice and ballet lessons. Senior parishioners altered their schedules. Our clergy freed their diaries. The centrepiece of the festivities was an iced birthday cake, with just one candle – because we in the parish of St Mary’s and Holy Family,…

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125 Years of the Passionists in Australia

On Saturday 17 November 2012, members of several Family Groups from the Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish journeyed to St. Brigid’s for celebrations of 125 years since the arrival of the Passionists at Marrickville. The afternoon commenced with a Mass at 2.00 pm, which encompassed a portrayal of the Passionists’ work with a large variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Joachim Rego cp, the newly elected Superior General of the Passionist Order, assisted by St.…

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St. Patrick’s at St. Bernadette’s

On St. Patrick’s Day, there are only two types of people in the world – those who are Irish and those who want to be. At St. Bernadette’s at Castle Hill, this time-honoured day of celebrating our Irish heritage, customs and culture represented an opportunity by the Family Groups both to foster Parish community and to raise funds for Fr. Peter and his staff at French’s Forest. On 17 March 2012, over 130 people gathered in the parish hall to…

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Report from the PFGM NSW Co-ordinators’ and Leaders’ Day 2012

We had a lovely sunny day for the annual meeting of our motivational day for leaders, mainly from the PFGM Sydney area, as this was the first time it was held at Grace Cottage, our PFGM home in Frenchs Forest . The day started with an inspiring Morning Prayer service, run by the wonderful Marg and Paul Casey, from Callala Bay. Each year they surprise us with their innovative thinking. Mary Ingham welcomed all the people, starting with Ron and…

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