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Parish to farewell MSCs

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The Sacred Heart Hindmarsh-Findon parish will commemorate 105 years of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) ministry in the area at a thanksgiving Mass on June 29.

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The Mass will be a farewell to parish priest Fr Bill Brady MSC following the Order’s decision to end its involvement in Hindmarsh-Findon parish. The MSCs will continue to have a presence in Adelaide through the Henley Beach parish.

The Order began working in Brompton/Hindmarsh in 1914 when it was one of the poorer areas of Adelaide.

Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council, Mary Hemmings, said the many priests who had served the community had been greatly valued for their warmth and down-to-earth approach to life.

“They have truly been ‘heart-centred’ men who have enabled our communities to be enriched by a way of life that is focussed on the love of Jesus for all,” she said.

The parish has changed in structure and boundaries over time, having had four Mass centres for many years, namely Beverley, Brompton, Flinders Park and Hindmarsh. Today the parish includes Hindmarsh and Findon as Mass centres and five Catholic schools across six campuses.

Ms Hemmings said the MSCs had been key figures in these school communities, “celebrating with them and supporting them greatly by their presence”.

“With a community that is committed to living our baptismal call, to each use our gifts for the sake of all, and with the support of our Diocesan priests and our MSC priests at Henley Beach, we hope to honour the legacy of our MSCs and continue being the heart of Christ in the Hindmarsh/Findon parish,” she said.

Former parishioners and friends are invited to gather to remember and celebrate the MSCs at the Vigil Mass and dinner.

 

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