Holy Family Services: Holy Family Polish Aged Care Services
As those who immigrated to Australia after World War II began to suffer from the effects of age, with limited family support or extended family resources available to them, the need for aged care services to the Polish community was recognised and the building of aged care facilities initiated. In the 1980’s Brother Albert’s Home was opened in response to the expressed need of the Polish Catholic Community. Over the following decades, Holy Family Nursing Home was built and units for independent living.
Brother Albert’s Home currently integrates ministry to the elderly and severely incapacitated through providing independent living opportunities at Blessed Frances Independent Living Units; lower level direct care for those who retain capacity for some independence at Brother Alberts Wing; and high level care for those who are more dependent on full time care at Brother Albert’s Nursing Home. The need for quality aged care has become so pressing in recent years that this ministry has now become a major focus of ministry for the Sisters at Marayong. As needs in the area of Aged Care continue to evolve, the Sisters have moved to meet the needs of the residents of all facilities, establishing a Board of Directors and employing a Chief Executive Officer for Holy Family Services.
Through working together with others committed to care of the elderly, the Sisters remain faithful to their commitment to provide quality care for the ageing and vulnerable members of the Polish Community and of our society. More about Holy Family Services on the website or Facebook.
Ministry to the Polish Catholic Community
Sisters remain involved in direct ministry to the broader Polish Catholic Community through service to those who worship at Our Lady of Częstochowa War Memorial Chapel, through pastoral ministry to the older members of the community still living independently at home, and through education of children in their native language and culture during weekly classes at Polish language school.
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Ministry in Dioceses of Parramatta and Sydney
Sisters currently minister in parishes of the Diocese of Parramatta and Sydney. The sisters integrate their involvement in education with direct pastoral care for those in particular need in the school community, ministering with and to students, parents, teachers and other members of the broader school community at Good Shepherd Parish Plumpton.
One of the Sisters teaches English in Good Shepherd Seminary, another is involved in adults faith formation in the Institute for Mission programs and engagement representative – facilitating and delivering workshops for people in our Catholic parish communities. Two Sisters ministry is as Chaplains to serve as a source of spiritual and emotional support for staff members, patients at Hospitals and their families. One Sister ministries as a wellbeing counsellor in one of the schools in the Diocese of Parramatta providing psychological support to improve learning outcomes for all students by focusing on student wellbeing and promoting professional and rewarding working life for teachers.
Sisters participate in the life of the Diocese during different celebrations through a year, get involved in the Diocesan Pastoral Council, work as Intercultural Delegate of the Bishop of Parramatta.
All Sisters from the Province pray and are engaged for the upcoming Plenary Council 2020
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost. Come Holy Spirit of the great South Land. O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council. Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognize Jesus, our companion on the road. Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth. Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying. Lead your Church into a hope-filled future, that we may live the joy of the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age. Amen.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us. St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Ministry of Prayer
Sisters who are no longer able to be involved in full time ministry due to sickness or age, remain actively involved in ministry through their ministry of prayer. Sisters involved in full time ministry depend greatly on the support of their fellow Sisters who support them at all times. The Sisters are also committed to prayer for the needs of those who request prayer and to the unspoken needs of all families.