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Around the Parishes - Community Spirit & Soup at St Mary’s in Ascot Vale

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Media and Communications Office

Just a few minutes away from the old fashioned suburban shopping strip of Union Rd in Ascot Vale, is the parish of St Mary’s. Co-joined with St Margaret’s Parish in Maribyrnong, St Mary’s has the kind of community spirit any parish should be proud of, and here’s why.

St Mary’s attracts a ‘good age range’ and an average count of 400 mass-goers on a weekly basis. There’s a regular offering of warm hospitality here, with a Parish Community Group that coordinates periodic morning teas or sausage sizzles after a 10.30am mass and wine and cheese or soup evenings after Saturday Vigil masses, depending on the season.

‘Wine and cheese during the warmer months and soup during the colder months,’ explains Parish Priest Fr Justin Ford who has been servicing the parish for nine years.

‘Fr Justin tells all the parishioners for each event that it would be great that we all spoke to at least one person we didn’t know,’ says Parish Community Group member Marie Sheargold. ‘So it’s really awarding seeing everyone interacting.’




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