MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
We are a vibrant community of people from a widely diverse range of backgrounds. With ethnic backgrunds from Europe to South-East Asia to the Pacific Islands to Indigenous Australia, we are a proud multicultural Catholic community. From the earliest years of settlement, Glenfield and Macquarie Fields were considered an outpost of the Campbelltown Parish. What is currently our Parish Hall served as the first Catholic Church in Macquarie Fields as Our Lady of Sorrows. In 1977 the community of Glenfield and Macquarie Fields were given their our parish which is still known as Mary, Mother of the Church.
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As a vibrant multicultural parish, we do our best to encourage each other to use the various gifts that God has given us to build our faith community in Macquarie Fields, so that our parish can fulfil our mission “to be a light unto the world“. Though the mission may never totally be completed it is the goal we move towards continually. It is the goal for entire parish to undertake as we renew our commitment to love and serve God wholeheartedly.
For 20 years, Mary, Mother of the Church has been blessed enough to be administered by the Divine Word Missionaries. At the moment, our Parish Priest and our Assistant Parish Priest are the most recent of the fourteen men that have led our parish community during our journey to Christ.
Fr Bosco Son SVD
Fr Joseph Reddy Dondeti SVD
Assistant Parish Priest
“We are a community of men who follow Jesus. God’s loving grace haas gathered us from various peoples and continents into the relgious missionary community dedicated to the Divine Word. God so loved the world that he sent his only Son. The Word became flesh in Jesus of Nazareth ti reveal the Father’s name and to proclaim the kingdom of His love.
His life is our life, His mission, our mission. Our community is named after the Divine Word, and so we are known as the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) or Divine Word Missionaries.
Our SVD society is rooted in a call to witness God’s love precisely in situations where its inclusive embrace is not recognised and where its openness to the rich diversity of peoples is not appreciated.
Along with our sister congregations, the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) and the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP), we try to listen to the Spirit so we can follow Jesus more courageously in doing the Father’s will.”
Source: Divine World Missionaries, www.divineworld.com.au