St Marys Echuca

St Mary's Parish, Echuca

Phone: (03) 5482 1127
Fax: (03) 5482 1451


God Live In Us!














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What's happening at St Mary's???

....come to the Parish Expo and find out!!



November 24th - 5pm to 7pm

Please mark this in BOLD in your diary!!

Come and enjoy good food, music, entertainment and lots of fun!

Information Stalls!!
Art Exhibition!!
International Food Stalls!!
Coffee Van!!

The Parish AGM will also be held during the Expo.

All groups of the parish will host a stall to tell everyone about their ministry .

Meet your fellow parishioners and discover the great things that are happening and how you can be involved!!




















We believe that together we CAN make a difference, starting with small acts of kindness and hospitality and becoming a collective voice demanding more compassionate asylum seeker policies.

Make a tax deductible donation to CAPSA today!


A joint Catholic statement on the humanitarian crisis on Manus


Manus Island

A week after the official closure of the Manus Island detention centre, more than 600 refugees and people seeking asylum languish inside, unsafe and uncertain about their futures.

Today CAPSA joined with Jesuit Social Services, Catholic Social Services Australia and Jesuit Refugee Services to call on our government to stop the cruelty and bring every refugee and person seeking asylum from Manus to Australia.

We urge all Australians to express their concern for the desperate circumstances of the men on Manus Island by contacting your local federal MP to demand an immediate change to this expensive, unworkable and unprincipled policy.

You can read the full statement here.

What you can do about the crisis on Manus

Many of our supporters have asked what they can do about the crisis on Manus. Here's three actions you can do:

  1. Read and share the work of Behrouz Boochani - Behrouz is a Kurdish journalist who has been detained on Manus Island by the Australian government since August 2013. He gives first hand accounts of what is happening on Manus and speaks truth to our politiicans. You can find him on Twitter @BehrouzBoochani
  2. Write a letter to your local MP - Getup is calling on its members to write to local MPs, so they are aware of the broad public support to  #BringThemHere. You can write to your MP here.
  3. Attend a local action - across the country people are organising rallies, vigils and other actions to stand with the men on Manus. Check out the Australian Refugee Action Network site for your local action.

Recommended Reading & Viewing

A merciless fear provoked by last night's events has gripped the Manus Island camp - The Guardian - Behrouz Boochani

Diary of disaster: the last days inside Manus Island detention centre - The Guardian - Behrouz Boochani

Fr Frank Brennan speaks out about the closure of Manus Processing Centre - Catholic Social Services Australia [video]

'Never been more traumatised': 72-year-old nun recounts Manus Island visit - Fairfax Media - Doug Dingwall














child safety

Critical Information—we need YOU!

It is a Victorian Government legal requirement that all organisations implement Child Safe Standards.
Our Parish is a place of welcome, where each person is respected and valued, and where we as a community, support and protect each other. We take particular care for the wellbeing of those who are vulnerable, maybe because of age, illness or by their individual capacity.
Our CHILD SAFE POLICY, CODE OF CONDUCT and other relevant policies and procedures ensure the safety and wellbeing of all at Parish activities. All staff and all volunteers must understand what is expected of them.

All volunteers, particularly those with roles that may involve contact with children and young people are required to read and return a signed copy of the CODE OF CONDUCT and present a valid WWCC to the Parish Office for recording.

The CHILD SAFE POLICY and CODE OF CONDUCT are available on the website, copies can also be obtained from the Parish Office.
Over the coming weeks volunteers will be asked to complete an online training module on protecting children and vulnerable adults and attend an induction session.
We anticipate that by year’s end all members of our Ministries and Groups will be credited ensuring that St Mary’s Parish has fulfilled all requirement.


















pastoral council

The St Mary’s Pastoral Council sets the big picture
direction of the parish with regard to the pastoral
needs of all parishioners.

It is concerned with the development of community
and the wellbeing of parishioners, spiritually and

The Pastoral Council meets every two months and
works in close relationship with the Parish Steering

Members serve a three year tenure.

The Parish Pastoral Council is calling for nominations, you may like to nominate yourself or you may nominate someone who you have recognised as having a vision, and passion for our parish. If you make the nomination to the PPC we will contact them to see if they accept the nomination.

Nominations close Friday 10th November.
















Thank You Janis











Mercy Ship logo

Well considering we have not yet officially opened the hospital it has been a BIG week. The first part of the week was routine pre operative screening and final clean and set up of the hospital and operating rooms.

Wednesday night we had an open house for the hospital deck, it was an opportunity for the crew not working in the hospital to come down to deck 3 and see what we do. It was so much fun, in the lab we did finger prick blood grouping tests for everyone and a few fun games like guess where the parasite lives. The wards had lots of exciting things to do and see- the ortho team had wooden "bones" that they were allowing people to drill into, the operating team had an OR set up with fake surgery for
people to try, the radiology team were putting people on the CT scanner and the wards had "patients" for people to "care" for. It was a big hit with the crew and lots of fun- busy for the staff but we had a ball too.

Mercy Ship in port

One of our first interesting cases was a male in his 20's with a tumor on his jaw bone about the size of a tennis ball. He presented for routine blood and had a hemoglobin of 50 (normal is >130), it appears he has been bleeding from his site for a long time. In Australia we would have
admitted him and given 3-4 units packed cells urgently. Unfortunately the hospital was in no way ready to have patients so it was decided that he would be sent to the local hospital for a transfusion and then we could go
ahead with his surgery next week as planned.
When the staff got him to the hospital they were told that for every unit transfused he would need 2 family members to donate to the hospital blood bank. This sounds like a great way to keep the blood bank fully stocked but it was not an option for this we bled 2 crew members and sent the blood to the hospital and they transfused him for us. It was a wonderful example of Mercy Ships working with the local medical support to help the patients.

Please remember to keep Lorrie and Peter Garfield in your prayers while on their Journey on the Mercy Ship in Cameroon.




























Do you know of anyone who could use some help to clean up their yard, mow the lawn or weed the garden or maybe there are some other odd jobs that need doing?

Some of the fellas in the parish want to help out if there is anyone who really needs this sort of help so if you know of someone just call:

Matt McLindon 0414731319


Brendan Shingles 0437941620


Doug Black 0408571100 


... and they will organise something for you!
















Divine Renovation Book

"This book is a 'tour de force' - a must read! Fr. James speaks from experience: vibrant parish renewal is not only essential, it is possible!"  ~ Very Rev. Scot McCaig CC, General Superior, Companions of the Cross



Note from Doug Black - Parish Pastoral Council:

Our Church and Parishes have been described as "gentle institutions in a long, gentle decline.”

This is certainly confronting and quite depressing (“de-moralising” you might say!) but it does highlight the need for us to “open our eyes” and act proactively to meet this challenge…..the need for change. The change and the actions need to happen from individual, from parish and community upwards to be most effective and relevant in today’s society. Pope Francis is doing an amazing job in facilitating change from the top and we need to follow his lead.

But how do we change our Parish to meet these challenges? One place to start is to read this book and see where that leads you! .....You won't regret it! 


You can learn more about Divine Renovation by clicking HERE
















Are You Interested Sept 2017






Come and See 


Come and See Masses continue to be a draw for many families who participate actively in these Masses.

We need input from as many as possible to make this a sustainable alternative for our St Mary’s Parish family.





 “What a peaceful and prayerful mass!”

“The mass was very personal and emotional.”

”That is the best mass I have been to in many years.”

“I was very touched by the stories shared by parishioners.”

These reflections were made by people after one of our Come & See Mass on Sunday afternoon. Thank you to those people who contributed in making it such a special Mass, those who shared stories of the shepherds in their lives, those who made soups, served, cleaned and especially to Paul at the school who sets up and packs up for us each month.


A quote from Vince Fusti who has attended a few of the Come and See Masses:

"I hadn't been to Mass for years - except for funerals, weddings and baptisms but I really enjoy the Come and See Masses and feel welcomed and comfortable there". 


Come and see…










St. Mary’s Social Justice News


 refugees are human beings


Social Justice Meeting

Wednesday 2nd August 5pm

Parish Meeting Room

• Refugee and Migrant Sunday
• Neighbourhood House Support
• Caritas Emergency Appeal
• Reconciliation
• Mercy Ships



In recent years the parish Social Justice Team has been a small but very active and effective group.

We have raised huge amounts of money for Caritas; worked with local organisations regarding homelessness and the provision of street swags and actively promoted Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Our advocacy for refugees has culminated in the Rural Australians for Refugees Echuca/Moama.

The Team went into unofficial recession last year while we formed the RAR. 

We are now looking to reform the Social Justice Team so we can actively live out our Gospel call to live justly, and to fulfil the call of Pope Francis to be a church that reaches out to those in need.

If you are interested in being part of this group or supporting the group in some way please join us 

or contact

Christine Sebire 0411672645















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On the weekend,                    

we welcome to our faith:                   


Jaxon David McKenner

son of

Robert McKenner and Amy Stephens



Tahlia Rose Fitzpatrick

daughter of

Riley Fitzpatrick and Katrina Wagner



Olive May Andersen

daughter of

Scott and Gabrielle Andersen



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