1 – 2 February 2020
Simeon’s words after holding the saviour in his arms as he was presented in the temple were ‘Now Master you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel’.
These are intimate and joyful words of a person who in his daily prayers awaited the coming of the Saviour. Simeon, an upright and devout man, spent his whole life living near the temple – the house of God – He looked forward to the comforting of Israel – The Holy Spirit rested upon him!
Traditionally awards are given to men and women whose life’s work, dedication, and generous service for the well-being of us all are recognised. Congratulations to the many unrecognised John and Mary Australian Citizens giving gifts of peace and love, to the lonely, the lost and, to those who walk without hope.
Australia has suffered the sad and tragic loss of lives, the terrible destruction of our lands, properties and communities. We are not surprised to have witnessed the unique and wonderful spirit in Australians still responding in kindness, with words of heartfelt care, making personal sacrifices to ease terrible sufferings upon families and communities. These fires have destroyed years of valuable history, hard work, and love that boasted proud achievements in our great south land Australia.
Never outdone, the Australian spirit combined to advance Australia Fair as many responded with a generosity and prayer that is the Spirit and soul of all Australians.
Our own St Vincent’s Conference and volunteers supported the hard work of the Bairnsdale St Vincent’s conference and volunteers – giving tired overworked members and volunteers much needed time to recover by serving as support relief to allow rest and recovery emotionally and spiritually.
OUR LEAVING COLLECTION LAST WEEKEND raised an amazing $6.216.80 in our humble Cathedral Parish this is great response of care and sacrifice and gives evidence to the fruits of your prayers and love of God. A contribution we know that will be well used through the Bairnsdale Conference going directly to ease and support those left with real needs. THANK YOU, ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL PARISH SALE.
Firies have our deep gratitude, Men and women so incredible, we are in admiration, words fail us as we try to speak our heartfelt thanks. To those in policing and to the various councils, to the numerous support groups many still working tirelessly – Thank You. What an incredible land – Australians all – so fortunate to be together with our Aboriginal history, our diverse nations – for those who come across the seas – building this great nation- WE ARE IN AWE ‘Now master, my eyes have seen the salvation you have prepared for all the nations to see – a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel.’ We continue with the Spirit of God in our Hearts.
Care and Love for everyone –
Dean Peter