St Marys Echuca

St Mary's Parish, Echuca

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


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December News







After Parish Celebration Nov 2018














Have your say about the Catholic Church in Australia and in Echuca!!

In the coming months we all have the opportunity to voice our thoughts, our suggestions and our concerns about the Church.

Over the next year all responses will be collated to form recommendations to be considered at Plenary 2020 where decisions will be made about the future of the Church.

Please also fill out a Plenary Feedback form and leave your completed form in a Plenary Feedback box at the Parish Office, the school office, or at the back of the church, or email the completed form to The Plenary Feedback forms will be handed out at Masses but you can also access the form on-line by clicking HERE

Your responses will also be collated at a local level to inform us about the future of St Mary’s Parish.

Plenary Small Group Notice Nov 2018




Job ad Nov 2019



St Mary’s Parish Administration Officer

Applications are invited from suitably experienced persons for a part-time, job-share position.
Initially the position will involve one day a week, but hours may extend beyond this.
To be successful in this position, the applicant will have an understanding of the Catholic Faith, be open to being
flexible, have good communication and organizational skills and the ability to network with a wide range of people.

For further information on this role, please see full position details on our website or contact the Parish Office by
phone on 5482 1127 or email by December 9th.

Resumes with 2/3 referees are to be sent to St Mary’s Parish at the above email or dropped in to address.


 Position Description at St Mary’s Parish Echuca

POSITION TITLE : Parish Administration Officer
REPORTS TO : The Parish Priest
HOURS : Initially 5.5 hours (9am to 3pm - ½ an hour for lunch)
LOCATION : Parish Office - 224 Anstruther Street, Echuca
AUTHORISED BY : Parish Priest
DATE : 21 November 2018

Primary Objectives

The Parish Administration Officer will provide administrative management of the Parish, staff and volunteers.


1 Office Management and Reception including:

• effective and efficient administration and reception including attending to walk-in and telephone enquiries, scanning and photocopying and IT support
• administrative support to the Parish Priest, including meeting scheduling, document editing, and travel and accommodation bookings
• data entry to maintain accurate information on databases
• filing and archiving of records to ensure easy retrieval of information
• administrative support to Pastoral Associates, Parish Groups, meetings and annual events
• maintaining office supplies and equipment maintenance
• Supervising volunteers working within the Parish Office.

2 Financial Management – maintaining a full financial bookkeeping system including:

• generating necessary reports and business activity statements (BAS)
• controlling invoicing and creditor and debtor management (hire of hall etc.) including payment of debtors and debt recovery from creditors
• weekly bank reconciliation and banking
The monthly purchase authority is $2,000.


3 Administrative Planning

• work with the Parish Finance committee and diocese in financial planning, reporting, asset management, loan application and monitoring.

4 Pastoral Care

• reflect the pastoral ethos of the Parish when dealing with Parishioner and general public enquires.

5 Risk and Occupational Health and Safety

• comply with the Parish’s occupational health and safety practices’
• identify, report and where appropriate, action risks/hazards in order to eliminate or militate risk.

6 Job Environment
• The Parish Administrative Manager is a member of the St Marys Echuca Parish and is part of the team that carries out the work of this Parish.
• The Parish Administrative Manager will make all decisions about the day-to-day operation of Parish Office that fall within established policies and procedures and consult with the Parish Priest before making decisions that relate to the key accountabilities of this position that are outside established policies and procedures.

7 Challenges
• to respond to general enquiries from people with culturally and linguistically diverse background in a caring and professional manner.
• engaging people from a variety of professional backgrounds to deliver on the mission and live the values of the Church.
• managing multiple stakeholder expectations to deliver a sound administrative and financial outcome for the Parish.
• working at both the strategic and operational level in the Parish.
• transforming the Parish through technology and skills to improve the financial stewardship, reporting and compliance with a particular emphasis on general administrative management across the Parish.

8 Knowledge, skills and Experience Requirements
8.1 Mandatory
• flexibility to increase work hours to include staff personal leave and additional needs
• knowledge of the Catholic Church and its structures.
• demonstrated experience (intermediate skills) of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
• five years experience in a book-keeping, financial management or administrative role.
• demonstrated ability to prioritise and coordinate multiple tasks within tight deadlines
• demonstrated willingness to learn new skills and show initiative
• demonstrated high attention to detail and accuracy
• demonstrated ability to work both autonomously and as part of a small team with well-developed interpersonal and communicative skills to interact with other people, both individually and in groups.
• valid driver’s licence, Police check and Working With Children check are required.
• an understanding of and willingness to work within the Catholic and specifically, the St Marys Parish ethos
8.2 Desirable
• PACS software or an accounting software such as MYOB, Quicken or Xero
• Web site content maintenance


Apply to St Marys Office















RCIA Notice Nov 2018



















 Have you seen the beautiful spring blossoms about the Church in the last week or so?

Congratulations to our fantastic voluteer gardeners and lawn mowers - the Church gardens look amazing!


 Spring blossoms at parish centre


Blossoms and sunstream St Marys


Spring blossoms at parish centre 2


Spring blossoms thru arch


Priory lawns


Church water feature




















We did have a beautiful Pentecost experience recently at our Come and See Mass in May and here are a few images......


Come and See May 2018 1

Come and See May 2018 2

Come and See May 2018 3


Come and See!!


















Stronger Ad for website Oct 2018













 2017 Parish Expo 1



What a great celebration of our community!!

Thanks to all who were involved - set up stalls, organised talent, liaised, cooked food, served drinks, played music or simply came along!!

2017 Parish Expo 2

Special thanks to Christine, our tireless Pastoral Associate, and Colleen, our Parish Office Manager, for their amazing efforts because, without their organisational work, the Expo would not have got off the ground!! 

Some of the comments afterwards:

'It was an amazing celebration!’

'A “coming together "of the many groups in our Parish.'

'An excellent day.'

'The best event we have ever been to in the parish!' 

'Wonderful to see so many families with their young children.'


2017 Parish Expo 3

 For more photos go to the Gallery Page and open

2017 Parish Expo or just click HERE



















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.




























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







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




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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