Year of the Family

Celebrating the Year of the Family (YOF)
at OLSH Parish, Alice Springs


Great family events are happening at OLSH this year, and we're excited to reach out to every parish family member and welcome them "home".

Bishop Eugene visited Alice Springs to talk with the Parish Pastoral Council about his Year of the Family vision for the Diocese which can bring good change to all parishioners who will open their doors and hearts to all family members.  Additionally he brought the Diocesan Year of the Family Prayer which is now being prayed at the end of every Mass to move us towards this change.  And finally, Bishop Eugene attended the opening school year Mass at OLSH College and reminded all the facility, staff and students, that we are all from ONE BIG family.

So, with our "Family Mission" put before us, our calendar is focused on making all parish events family friendly:

  • Multicultural Mass and Festival - Saturday, June 4 - "How does your family celebrate its culture? "  Bring food, song and dance for the parish to enjoy and learn.
  • Parish family Bike Ride to Simpsons Gap - Saturday, July 8.
  • Parish Retreat - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 18-20 - focusing on Pope Francis' Joy of Love.
  • Parish Feast Day - September 9 at OLSH College, Bath Street Campus - bring your family's favourite dish to share.
  • Workshops are being held:
    • Sunday, April 29 - Liturgical Music for all
    • Monday, August 7 - the Bible Today
    • Parish Assembly in December for all families

New this year we added 'Soup Suppers' during Lent for families to come together for this simple meal after Stations of the Cross.  Secondly, we added 'Invite a Priest home for dinner with your family and home blessing'.  Lastly, we added 'Parish Commissioning Sunday' for all parish volunteers, and support groups were available at the end of each Mass.

A big blessing this year was the temporary movement of our Arrernte Catholic Communities 11.00am Mass to the Parish Church on Hartley Street during the months of April and May.  This was very exciting and was celebrated with a welcoming Mass and commissioning followed by a BBQ afterwards.

So, if you are travelling to Central Australia, stop in at Alice Springs and join us at OLSH Parish for Mass; one of our Workshops; or our Annual Retreat.  Enjoy a beautiful bike ride to Simpson's Gap, or Father's Day weekend where we will be celebrating with pancakes after each Mass.

Something is always going on: we love Central Australia and we're a big part of it!

Ruth Sexton

OLSH Parish Councillor