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 leader Rosalyn Connellan roved with the microphone and PFGM members were invited to share stories and anecdotes of their experiences in their family groups over the years. These included laughs about some hilarious incidents and many appreciative comments about the joys, sorrows and difficulties all made easier by the support of family groups. A display of photos and a slideshow brought back memories of great times shared together when we were much younger people! Posters and brochures were available for anyone else in the parish who may have been interested in joining a group.
Later, about sixty members of the Sebastopol parish enjoyed a celebratory lunch at the local Bowling Club.