Events

A Weekend away at Gerrigong

Shirley & Ian Marnoch organised a weekend at Gerringong and members from several Family groups attended. The weather was not very good with some rain most days but no one seemed to care and with lots of chats, some hardy swimmers and a few outdoor games everyone was happy and “singing in the rain”. Kevin Roberts

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Report from the PFGM NSW Co-ordinators’ and Leaders’ Day 2011

We started the day with a prayer service organized by Marg and Paul Casey (Wollongong diocese). With their amazing creativity, they led us into Morocco for our opening prayer and into our hearts. Many of our leaders from all around NSW, came forward and lit the light of Christ for all their people, especially their sick and those who had gone home to the Father. You were remembered. Something special happened that took us deeper into our hearts. The photo…

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Finding friendship in a new Family Group

I am a member of the new Family Group at St Agatha’s Parish Pennant Hills. We had our first meeting with Margaret & John Tibbits, in their home, and we had a lovely evening together, where we shared rather a lot about ourselves. It seemed a time of promise and over a cup of tea we decided to arrange our first outing – a picnic at Putney Park, on the Parramatta River. Chris and Tom arrived ahead of time to see…

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Celebrating International Family Group Day – 2nd May 2010

Throughout the world on this Sunday Family Groups gather in their parishes to put into practice their motto, “A Family for All” with the Eucharist followed by a feast for everyone. Family Groups began right here in the Broken Bay Diocese in 1972 in the tiny church, St. Anthony in the Fields, in rural Terrey Hills.  Now part of the Frenchs Forest Parish. The intimate little community there, where people cared for each other, began to grow quickly. It was…

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Chief Dan Daly’s visit Down Under

Chief Dan Daly is a 24 year veteran of FDNY, the New York City Fire Department. On September 11th 2001, Dan responded to Ground Zero. What he saw on that day, and in the days and months to follow, changed his life forever. Now Dan shares his message of peace, hope and tolerance around the world.

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Report from the PFGM NSW Co-ordinators’ and Leaders’ Day 2010

An inspiring and ‘Spirit-filled’ day was enjoyed by over 80 Family Group Co-ordinators from parishes across NSW. Fr Peter McGrath, founder of the Passionist Family Group Movement, led this annual review at St. Anthony in the Fields where Family Groups began in 1972. A recent recruit to Fr Peter’s team, Peter Kennedy, added additional insights, support and direction to the development of the movement. So why was this day so special to me? It touched my heart. It renewed my…

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Father Peter McGrath cp turns 70

It’s all in the fingers … Turning 70, there is no way I can count that many years on my fingers any more than I can count all the blessings that I have received over the years. I want to say a big Thank You to all of you who prayed for me, sent best wishes, came to our Mass and party and, in so doing, not only honoured yours truly but in particular my family and my beloved Mother…

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Fr Peter McGrath visits St Joseph’s Passionist Family Groups

On a cold winter’s night, Monday June 8th, 2009, over 40 of St Joseph’s parishioners came to the supper room to meet Fr Peter McGrath the founder of the Passionist Family Group Movement. He is friendly, humble, gregarious, energetic, even outrageous but he touched our hearts and urged us to consider one simple request – how could any Christian ignore it? His question “will you support others in your parish?” With a classic back to the basics attitude he grouped…

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The 50th Anniversary of Fr Peter’s Ordination

Fr Peter McGrath, who celebrated his 50th anniversary of Profession as a Passion­ist, wishes to convey the following sentiments and share this reflection: When Tony Egar and myself celebrated 40 years of Ordination at St. Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills, we both wrote very similar comments on a little book mark that was printed for the occasion. I would like to update that bookmark and instead of beginning with 40 years, now have 50 years. “Fifty years is a millimetre for…

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Report from the PFGM NSW Co-ordinators’ and Leaders’ Day 2009

The day started with our Parish Mass at St. Anthony’s at which 84 extra people as well as our usual congregation were present. These extra people were representatives of about 40 of our FG parishes across Sydney and were from Broken Bay, Parramatta, Sydney, Wollongong , Newcastle and Wagga diocese. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Peter McGrath and was not only celebrating Family Groups but also part of the day of mourning for the victims of the bushfires in…

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