Stella Maris Gives Thanks for Dedicated Auxiliary Members

The Stella Maris Community, gathered in gratitude yesterday for a Mass of Thanksgiving for the dedicated service of the Auxiliaries of the Men and Women.

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L-R: Ms Melanie Grace (Facility Manager), Mrs Lillian Clarke (President Women's Auxillary) , Sr Catherien Ryan (Congregation Leader), Sr Claire Coyle (Inaugural Administrator), Mr Greg Williams (President Men's Auxillary)

On a glorious Autumn day, members of the two Stella Maris Auxiliaries were joined by Sisters of Mercy, staff, residents and friends to celebrate and give thanks for the wonderful, committed support provided to Stella Maris by the auxiliaries since the Opening of Stella Maris in 1987.

The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Foley and Fr Francis Martin, both of whom have had a long association with Stella Maris, with Fr Martin now a resident.

Sr Catherine Ryan, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, addressed the gathering to express the gratitude of the Sisters for the many years of dedicated service and support by past and present members of the auxiliaries. The beauty of the environment, the quality of equipment and services, and the "extra" care and attention provided to residents have all been enhanced by the activities of the auxiliaries through fundraising and volunteering of their time in tending the garden, running the kiosk, and supporting residents.

As always, Mass was followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the activity room where guests could enjoy good company with magnificent view.

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