St Marys Echuca

St Mary's Parish, Echuca

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


God Live In Us!







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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.










 Child Safety

In April 2012, the Victorian Govt. initiated an enquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-government organisations. The enquiry’s first report “Betrayal of Trust” made a number of recommendations that have been acted on by the Victorian Government.

The Commission for Children and Young People developed “A Guide for Creating A Child Safe Organisation “which sets out a compulsory set of standards for organisations to meet for promoting and providing a safe environment for children, young people and other vulnerable persons.

Required under the compulsory standards, the Child Safe Policy provides an overview of key elements of our approach for promoting and providing a safe environment for children, young people and other vulnerable persons in our community; whilst the Code of Conduct lists appropriate behaviours and those not. 

Please read the "Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct Form to be Signed by all Parish Volunteers" document in the Parish Administration section of the Documents and Reports page of the website HERE. This is required by volunteers in our Parish whose work may involve interaction with children.  Before you can work as a volunteer please return a signed copy of the Code of Conduct to the Parish office for filing. The Code of Conduct is the last (3rd) page of the "Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct Form to be Signed by all Parish Volunteers" document found by clicking HERE.

A member of the Parish community will be in contact with you regarding the next phase of your induction. 

You cannot commence in your volunteer role without completing induction.















Stronger Retreat Sept 2017



























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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 baptism 3


On the weekend of June 11th & 12th

we welcomed to our faith:


Murphy Len Carter

son of

Luke and Carri Carter


Julian Gary Rankin

son of

Ashley and Lauren Rankin


Samuel Vaughan Farrant

son of

Anthony and Ingrid Farrant


George Colin Challis

son of

James and Stephanie Challis



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