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Deacon Peter Charles Street
will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Bill Wright on
Friday 12 December at 7.30pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
He will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Spirit Church, Kurri Kurri on
Saturday 13 December at 10.30am. All are welcome to share these joyous occasions.
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THE (PARISH) PAPER IS
ALIVE AND WELL
Taree parishioner Merr i Rumble repor ts on
a local print institution which is twenty year s
On 19 June 1994, the parishioners of Taree
gathered for our first Parish Assembly.
A Pastoral Plan was adopted to renew,
invigorate and challenge us into the future.
It was at this Assembly that the seed
was sown to produce a parish-owned
publication k nown as “The Parish Paper.” It
has stood the test of time and still appears,
three times a year, twenty years on ! “The
Two Brians” – Fathers Brian Bailey and Brian
Mascord – wholehear tedly suppor ted
A Communications Team was set up, and
after much discussion and discernment,
a bi-monthly parish newsletter evolved.
This soon morphed into the larger, more
professional publication, " The Parish Paper ".
In the beginning, the team comprised an
editor, graphics designe r, proof-re ader and
two or three ‘correspondents’ who hunted,
gathered and wrote!
The goal of this publication was “ to help
generate a sense of belonging, as well
as knowledge and ownership of what is
happening in the parish, through better
means of commu nication”.
The team has changed over twenty years.
However, graphics designer, Eveline Knepp,
whose skills are unsurpassed, has been
there since day 1, and correspondent
Margaret Swift has been on the team since
issue 2. The professionalism of our paper
is largely due to Eveline’s technical and
ar tistic input.
Through this medium, news of parishioners
old and new is spread far and wide. There
is a reflection from our parish priest, news
and affirmation of parish events, births and
baptisms, marriages, obituaries, graduations,
farewells, feature stories of individuals,
photos of parish and family celebrations,
school news , ex-students’ achievements
and whereabouts, information about
parish organisations and personnel, and
memoranda concerning liturgical, theological
and educational programs currently on offer.
We are all kept in the loop!
Each Mass centre and school has its
own page and individuals submit ar ticles,
r esponding to the “prompt” in our Sunday
bulletin. Some local businesses adver tise,
helping to defray costs. We appreciate
the generous support offered to us by our
printers who have also been with us since
About six weeks before deadline, the team
meets to enjoy coffee and cake, decides
“ who’s doing what,” sifts through what we
already have, inserts bulletin reminders and
hits the ground running! The occasional
panic – “we’re never going to have enough
content” – sets in, but the Holy Spirit sits
quietly on our shoulders and quells our
fears, inspires us when we are looking for
that elusive word, and voila, we have
The Team, with a band of happy helpers,
gathers again, with more coffee and cake,
mirth and merriment, to collate, sort
and stack 1200 copies into bundles for
distribution to churches and schools. Some
copies are mailed to 'ex- pats' who look
forward to its arrival. Recently it was seen
being read as far away as Denmark!
Parishioners, par ticularly the aged and
infirm, delight in having the parish brought
to them through “The Paper”. Visitors also
enjoy reading it and many have commented
on its quality and comprehensive content.
We could consider going digital, but while
it continues to be enjoyed, this is how it will
be. Its tangible nature , its printer’s ink smell,
its special feel, its overall appearance, are all
part of its appeal. Sometimes the workload
feels over whelming, bu t the feeling of
satisfaction of a job well done makes it
so ver y satisfying.
After 20 years, our “Parish Paper” is alive
and well, and still meeting the goals set
back in 1994.
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(l-r) Communications Team members Margaret Swift, Merri Rumble, Eveline
Knepp, Jeannette Chown and editor Mike Hogan.
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