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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.
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.
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.
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.’