We enact our mission through pastoral support through initiatives that invite people to share their gifts and talents.
Bethany – Parish Grief Support Group
This group offers as its primary aim, to support to those experiencing grief. This is expressed by visiting bereaved families who are offered practical support and are assured of the prayers and sympathy of the parish. An annual Mass in November recalls and remembers those who have died. When called upon, members of the group relieve carers in need of some time for themselves.
Ministers of Communion to the Sick
A team of Ministers of Communion visits the nursing homes, hostels and house-bound, regularly. We depend on you to let us know about people who would appreciate this ministry. Contact our Parish Office.
St Vincent de Paul Society
This energetic group continues its efforts in caring for the poor and needy. You can support the Society by putting money in the Poor Boxes, and by donating your unwanted clothing and furniture to them. For membership enquiries contact the Parish Office or the religious goods stalls at each church.
The group organises four or five outings a year for parishioners who own a caravan or camping gear. Persons desiring to use cabins are also welcome. Contact Leo 3349 8821.
Family Group Movement
The motto is “A Family for All”. Groups of families gather once a month for social occasions and friendship. The family groups have involved many parishioners in a supportive environment of friendship and Christian community. If you wish to know more about this great movement contact the Parish Office.
Passionist Family Group Movement brochure
Senior Social Clubs
St Catherine’s day bus trips are held each month. Contact Arthur Simpson 3349 9218
The aim of the Welcome Group is to encourage persons new to the area, to become members of the parish community. The group will act as an initial contact via the new parishioners registers at St Bernard’s, St Catherine’s and St Martin’s, arrange distribution of information and organize welcome gatherings and functions. Please contact the Parish Office.
All crafters and ‘would be crafters’ are welcome to join in on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays between 10am and 12noon in the St Bernard’s Community Centre.
Bring along a craft project and own morning tea (no shared food). Tea, coffee (BYO cup) and good company will be provided. Contact Rae Hurrell 3349 4777.