Pope Francis, World Day of Vocations
“Dear friends, on this day in particular, but also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each of them to discover with gratitude God’s call in their lives, to find courage to say ‘yes’ to God, to overcome all weariness through faith in Christ, and to make of their lives a song of praise for God, for their brothers and sisters, and for the whole world. May the Virgin Mary accompany us and intercede for us.”
LETTER FROM PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Dear Parishioners and Friends
As “A House of Welcome to All and a Place of Service to All”, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Bateman Parish is ministering to people in desperate need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marginalised and vulnerable people living in our community are affected by the current Covid-19 crisis. Basic needs have now become a greater challenge for some, especially being able to put food on the table, particularly for those who have lost their income or are not eligible for Centrelink assistance. Their plight is further compounded by the closure of many charitable organisations.
Our Parish Vinnies Conference has continued to delivered food hampers to local families in need at this time, however the supplies have now run low. The St Thomas More Parish is assisting our local Vinnies by providing a food-drop centre near the main entrance of the Church. This food relief will provide support to an individual or family in the form of a hamper left at the door to keep them going for a little while. If you are in a position to help, please donate non-perishable food such as rice, pasta or canned food and drop them in the food bin near the Church entrance.
We thank you for working together to support our local community.
Parish Pastoral Council
St Thomas More Catholic Church, Bateman Parish
A more comprehensive list of suggested items is below.
You might want to donate other non-perishable food items that are not on our list and if so, we would be very grateful to receive any you can spare.
Please ensure any donated food items are not past their expiry date.
- Plain Wholegrain Cereal e.g. Weetbix
- Long Life Milk 1L
- Long Life Multi-Purpose Cream 200ml
- Milo 200g
- Black Teabags 50 Bags
- Tinned Baked Beans 425g
- Tinned Vegetables
- Tinned Fruit
- Tinned 4 Bean Mix 400g
- Tinned Soup 420g
- Tinned Tuna 425g
- Tinned Leg Ham 450g
- Pasta (any variety) 500g Packet
- Pasta Sauce 690g Jar
- 5 Pack Noodles e.g. 5 Pack Maggi Chicken Noodles
- White Long Grain Rice 1kg
- Olive Oil 500ml
- Jam (any flavour) 480g Jar
- Mini Biscuits (multi pack of 8) 250g
- Muesli Bars 250g Box
- Unsalted Mixed Nuts 375g
- Individually Packed Dried Fruit e.g. 6 Pack Sultanas
- Fruit Juice 1L