Mount Lawley parish grows in strength and faith, 60 years on

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Mount Law­ley par­ish grows in strength and faith, 60 years on

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22 Sep 2016 by Car­oline Smith
St Paul’s Church in Mount Law­ley cel­eb­rated its 60th anniversary with a Mass that also included a bless­ing of four new chalices and a paten. Pho­to: Car­oline Smith
St Paul’s Church in Mount Law­ley cel­eb­rated its 60th anniversary with a Mass that also included a bless­ing of four new chalices and a paten. Pho­to: Car­oline Smith

By Car­oline Smith

The Mt Law­ley Par­ish com­munity have last week­end com­menced cel­eb­ra­tions of its 60th anniversary with the bless­ing of new chalices and com­mu­nion paten.

In cel­eb­rat­ing Mass on Sat­urday 17 Septem­ber for the occa­sion, Par­ish Priest Fr Tim Deeter reflec­ted on how the com­munity had grown from a small but ded­ic­ated group of parish­ion­ers. Fr Bri­an Lim­bourn co-cel­eb­rated for the occa­sion.

It was very appro­pri­ate that for 28 years, even before our par­ish was offi­cially foun­ded, the Mount Law­ley and Men­ora over­flow from Highg­ate Par­ish was meet­ing for Mass in the upper storey, the upper room of the small Montessori School on Learoyd Street,” he said.

The com­munity was grow­ing, so the people asked the Highg­ate priests for a second Mass time – and they also wanted to have Bene­dic­tion after Mass – no leav­ing Mass early for those hardy souls! And then, like the first Chris­ti­ans, they met in their homes to pray the Ros­ary togeth­er, and to share cake and a cup­pa.”

He added that the adapt­ab­il­ity and sense of com­munity seen in former parish­ion­ers con­tin­ued to be a fea­ture of St Paul’s today.

We still gather for the break­ing of the bread, the Mass, and we know that it is not the Church build­ing that defines us,” Fr Deeter said.

At times we have had Mass in the school hall, in the school yard, in the under­croft, on the brick ver­andah out­side, and even in the grounds of the Mount Law­ley Ten­nis Club. In doing so, we have fol­lowed in the foot­steps of our fore­bears, who didn’t care so much where they had Mass, as long as they had Mass.

And like our fore­bears, we still pray the Ros­ary, we still have Bene­dic­tion of the Blessed Sac­ra­ment, and we still like to share cake and a cup­pa.”

In the lead-up to the 60th anniversary, St Paul’s provided wor­ship­pers with his­tor­ic­al notes in each weekly news­let­ter, about the early years of the par­ish, and on the week­end of 17 to 18 Septem­ber, sev­er­al Masses were held, with refresh­ments provided after­wards.

Reflect­ing on this his­tory, Fr Deeter urged parish­ion­ers to con­tin­ue in the spir­it of their fore­bears, with sim­ple gen­er­os­ity and social inter­ac­tion that would reflect the true idea of Chris­ti­an com­munity.

We can­not come here simply for ourselves; we must hang togeth­er’, because, as the Gos­pel reminded us, a branch can­not bear fruit all by itself,” he said.

So we must remain attached to Christ, the true vine, yes, first of all, through our reg­u­lar break­ing of the bread at Mass, and through fre­quent pray­er, study of the scrip­tures, and dis­cus­sion of the import­ant issues of the day.

But we must also come togeth­er to form a strong com­munity, and this is import­ant not only for the adults, but also for the kids. When our chil­dren and teen­agers see the adults being togeth­er, chat­ting togeth­er after Mass, attend­ing social events togeth­er like morn­ing teas, par­ish din­ners and even movie out­ings, then our young people feel secure in their own future as mem­bers of a liv­ing, vibrant and wel­com­ing com­munity.”

Fr Deeter added that St Paul’s was likely to remain a strong and vibrant par­ish in years to come, as its wor­ship­pers included people com­ing from else­where for Mass, and many young parish­ion­ers.

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Car­oline Smith
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Car­oline Smith has been a journ­al­ist of The Record since 2016. She has pre­vi­ously worked for Com­munity News­pa­pers and Aus­trali­an Asso­ci­ated Press (AAP), with her stor­ies appear­ing in The Age, Sydney Morn­ing Her­ald and The Aus­trali­an.
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Mount Law­ley par­roċċa tikber fil-qawwa u l-fidi, 60 sena wara
Settem­bru 22, 2016 minn Car­oline Smith
Knis­ja ta San Pawl fil-Mun­tan­ja Law­ley ċċel­eb­rat 60 anniversar­ju tagħha bil-qud­diesa li kien jinkludi wkoll barka ta’ erba chalices ġod­da u paten. Rit­ratt: Car­oline Smith
Knis­ja ta San Pawl fil-Mun­tan­ja Law­ley ċċel­eb­rat 60 anniversar­ju tagħha bil-qud­diesa li kien jinkludi wkoll barka ta’ erba chalices ġod­da u paten. Rit­ratt: Car­oline Smith

Minn Car­oline Smith

Il-komunità Mt Law­ley Par­rokkjali jkollu aħħar week­end beda ċel­eb­razz­jon­iji­et tal-60 anniversar­ju tagħha bil-barka ta chalices ġod­da u paten komun­joni.

Fil jiċċel­eb­ra Qud­diesa nhar is-Sibt 17 Settem­bru għall-okkaż­joni, Kappil­lan Dun Tim Deeter rif­less fuq kif il-komunità kien­et kibret minn grupp żgħir iżda ded­ikat ta par­ruċċani. Dun Bri­an Lim­bourn ko-iċċel­eb­rata għall-okkaż­joni.

“Kien ferm xier­aq li għal 28 snin, anke qabel par­roċċa tagħna kien­et uffiċ­jalment fond­at, il-Mun­tan­ja Law­ley u Men­ora ifur minn Highg­ate Par­roċċa kien qed jiltaqa għat Qud­diesa fil-sular ta fuq, il-kam­ra ta’ fuq tal-Iskola Montessori żgħir fuq Learoyd Street,”” huwa qal.