S: The Church and Its Ministries
FC: Year 8 Religion Assessment - The Church and Its Ministries Our Lady of Lebanon Parish, Harris Park | By Sarah Azzi
1: Our Lady Of Lebanon Parish, Harris Park NSW
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3: General Info about the Parish and its History | a) The name of the Parish I have chosen is Our Lady Of Lebanon Parish (OLOL), which is a Maronite Catholic Parish .b) Our Lady of Lebanon is located in the Sydney suburb of Harris Park, at 40 Alice St, Harris Park 2150. c) The number of people that belong to the parish and attend mass is quite large because of the large area the Parish looks after. Approximately 2000 people regularly attend the masses at OLOL. d) Mass Times at OLOL are: Weekly: 7:00 am - Arabic 9:00 am - Arabic 6:00 pm - Arabic and English | Part 1 | Saturday: 8:00 am - Arabic 6:00 pm - Arabic and English | Sunday: 8:00 am - Arabic 9:30 am - English 11:00 am - Arabic / English 5:00 pm - Arabic 7:00 pm - English Youth Mass
4: Part 1 | e) The most popular mass at OLOL is the 11am English/Arabic as it is a suitable time on Sunday Morning and both Arabic and English families are able to attend and understand the mass. A large majority of the Parish is made up of Lebanese Christians, so the church must cater for the both nationalities together cooperatively. | f) The Parish of OLOL was established when the foundation stone was laid on 22nd March 1970, by Monsignor Ziade with Cardinal Gilroy.
5: Part 1 | g) A brief outline of the Parish History/Feast Day. In January 1968, Monsignor Ziade returned from Lebanon, with his main goal to establish Our Lady of Lebanon Church, with a presbytery, school and hall in Parramatta. After a committee was created, a block of land was bought in Harris Park. The Maronite Sisters Of the Holy Family started to visit the community, house by house to collect the necessary money to repay the loans raised for the building of Our Lady of Lebanon Church. The community gave generously, and in 1970, the foundation stone was laid. Made from bronze and standing at 5 metres high, the statue of our lady was erected in April 1976, and became a symbol of the OLOL parish. It was developed as a special devotion of the Mother of God. On 6th August 1978, Our Lady of Lebanon Church which seats 1800 people was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Abdo KhalifÃ©. The Parish celebrates 'Feast Week' in August annually dedicated to the adoration of the Assumption of Mary.
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7: Part 2 | a) Short Biography of the Parish Priest - Monsignor Shora Maree | Born in 1960, Shora Maree migrated to Australia at the age of 5. After his schooling, he studied and became a priest at age 25, believing that God had called him to honour the Church, the traditional customs, his family and to willingly serve the Maronite community. He became Father Shora, and spent his first years of priesthood at St Charbel's Maronite Church, Punchbowl. He rapidly became a well known and highly respected priest of the Maronite Community, and adopted the title of 'Monsignor'. This highly regarded Catholic title includes awards such as Honorary Prelate and Chaplain of His Holiness. He moved on to St Joseph's Maronite Church, Croydon, before moving to his current parish, Our Lady of Lebanon Parish, Harris Park in 2008. He currently serves as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Parishes for the Archdiocese of Sydney. He continues to educate parishioners and students about the Maronite customs in Australia.
8: Part 2 | b) Who is on the Parish Council and what duties do they perform? The Parish Council and Stewardship Committee at OLOL is an envisioning body made up of parishioners and the priests of the Church, each member providing a valuable link between the church and its community. Once a month, Father Shora, the parish council and the clergy come together to discuss long range issues and hear reports from members about current affairs and projects within the Parish. The Council is also branched into several committees associated with life in the Parish. The members also serve as liaisons to the committees of the Council. The members serve as means of consultation for the Parish Priest by engaging in ongoing activity concerning the needs, feelings, hopes, and reactions of the parishioners. | Through prayer, study, and listening,, the Council can begin to identify and prioritize the ways in which the Parish is being called to live out its specific mission.
9: c) What other committees or groups exist in the Parish? | Maronite Youth Organisation (MYO) Marian Apostolic Movement (MAM) Stewardship Committee English and Arabic Choir Prayer Group Ladies Auxiliary Faith and Light Sodality of The Immaculate Conception Fersan Seniors Pastoral Council Counselling Service | Saturday School Sunday Liturgy The Altar Boys Natural Family Planning | Teens and Young Families
10: Part 3 | a) List the ministries involved in the Parish - Youth Group and Ministry - Daily Prayer Group - English and Arabic Choir - Youth Psychologist -Caretaker -Readers -Altar boys -Money Collectors and Wardens - Counselling and Family Planning - Catechism and Bible Studies (Fersan) -Rosary Group -Gift Shop worker - Feast Week planners and chefs
11: Part 3 | b) Identify a specific ministry for the age groups, explain what is involved and how the people of the Church use their time and talents effectively to serve others. | 13 year old - A thirteen year old can be actively involved in the church in a number of ways, including youth group and Fersan. However, to truly use their talents to serve the church, a teenager could participate in the English Choir. The English Choir is more actively involved in masses than the smaller Arabic Choir. Lead by Emma Essey, the choir supports Sunday Youth Mass, leading the congregation in prayer and song. Young people take time out of their Sunday evenings to rehearse and lead mass, using different harmonic and vocal ranges to create a fantastic choir for OLOL. The choir also gives students to the opportunity to serve the Church by create their own modernised hymns in Rock Mass, and the Church is always packed with parishioners during these special masses. .
12: Part 3 | 21 year old - As they are still at a young age, a 21 year old male or female could serve as a leader of a Fersan group or catechist. Fersan is a place where children learn about God and his Church, through bible studies, while participating in a number of activities with other Fersan groups from other Parishes. . Twenty-one is a. good age to become a Fersan catechist as you can still relate to the children in the group easily and cooperate with them accordingly. Teaching the students about God will enable them to serve the Church through other ministries and become more involved in Church life, such as youth mass. The Fersan leader or catechist would take joy in the fact that they've used their talents in educating to make a religious impact on their life.
13: 40 year old - Feast week celebrations are a big deal at OLOL, including events such as teen discussion night, parish BBQ, bread baking, parties, procession and rosary, Lebanese food/sweets day and exhibitions. A 40 year old male or female could use their traditional cooking skills to create food items for the many events. Food is an important part of Lebanese culture and the life of the Church, as the parish of OLOL regularly holds BBQ's and dinners. The church gatherings brings the laity and the clergy together to celebrate and the food is usually prepared by parishioners in the community. Feast week is the most important event at OLOL, and honour towards Our Lady is served through food-related community celebration. Older parishioners can use their talents and give up a small amount of personal time dedicated to preparing food for the parish events.
14: Part 4 | "Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. " - John 13: 16-17 | 'No master is greater than their servant.' | 'Serviam' - I will serve
15: John 13: 1-20 Jesus Washes the Disciple's Feet Jesus could foresee that his time on Earth was drawing to a close. He decided to teach his disciples one last lesson - humility and service as evidence of strong love. One by one, he washed each of their feet as a symbol of service. But why should Jesus - master, teacher, Lord - wash their feet? Most people would say it should be the servant that serves their master. But Jesus elevated the fact that all people have a duty of service; no matter how much power, authority, status or domination a person acquires, each and every one of us has the obligation to serve others (John 13: 16). Even Judas, who betrayed Jesus, had his feet washed by Jesus, as he put himself in a position of servitude to his own betrayer. Following Jesus' example, we all have a responsibility to use our gifts to serve the Church and to serve others faithfully. But why should the Lord Jesus have to do one of the dirtiest jobs? In today's society, people thrive to do the important or respected jobs. However, it seems that the dirtiest of jobs are the ones that most need to be done or are high priority to society. Jesus was not only willing, he prepared himself to do this service. As he washed, he cleansed the disciples physically, emotionally and spiritually. So, by following Jesus actions and Christian behaviours, we can willingly serve God and our communities with moral intention
16: Bibliography 1. Unknown. (2011). Jesus Washes the Disciple's Feet. (Internet). Sunday School Sources http://sundayschoolsources.com/lessons/washfeet.htm (accessed 20/9/11) 2. N/A. (2011). John 13: 1-20. (Internet). Bible Gateway. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+13%3A1-17&version=NIV (accessed 17/9/11) 3. Unknown. (2011). Our Lady of Lebanon Parish. (Internet). OLOL. www.olol.org.au (accessed 18/9/11) Various links used on the OLOL website. Assistant of Monsignor Shora Maree Tina Satame OLOL 9689 2899 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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