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.
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.
Sisters work with families at Mary Queen of the Family Parish in Blacktown and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Fairfield NSW.
Ministry in the Broken Bay Diocese
A sister is a member of the Vocation Team in the Broken Bay Diocese. She helps young adults to discover God’s call in their lives and supports those who are discerning their vocation through accompaniment and guidance. Her special role within a vocation team is foster an awareness and understanding of the specific vocation of Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated Life, and encourage men and women to consider these lifestyles as possible and life-giving options for the future.
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.