Last Sunday the Parish Council was able to gather for a day retreat and brief meeting at St. Augustine's College. The purpose of the day was to provide some time for reflection and sharing on the pastoral needs of the parish as we work towards an updated vision and pastoral plan. We were able to use material presented to us by Fr. Michael Whelan at the recent parish Pastoral Assembly on July 21st concerned with the challenges facing a Australian Catholic Parish community in our times. Major themes and common threads - that emerged included the need to continue to work on communication, to be more concerned about "who we are" rather than "what we do", and the need to foster and further spiritual renewal in the parish through "The Vine Project" now that major issues of maintenance, renovation and some attention has been given recently to our outreach to the wider community through the Gift Program.

Lucy Osborn, one of our members has tendered her resignation in the light of her recent change of address and location. We thank her for her enthusiasm, commitment and generous service during her time on council.