In 1972, Father Peter McGrath CP was appointed to the tiny parish of St Anthony in the Fields, Terry Hills, an outer suburb of Sydney. Then only 30 people gathered for Sunday Eucharist. The congregation grew and by 1973 over 1,000 people were attending.
Faced with this expansion, Father Peter formed Family Groups to preserve the original community spirit where people knew each other by name and shared each other’s joys and sorrows.
The Family Group Movement, though started in the Catholic Church, has now bridged the gap and is ecumenical, being in Anglican, Uniting and Baptist Churches. It is active in over 420 parishes in Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., England, Scotland, and Ireland.
In all countries it is seen to be a relevant way for the lay people to work with other Religious to build Christian Community and prepare for the future.
For more information please contact the Parish Office 9807 9494.
The Holy Family Playgroup operates in the small hall on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9-10.30am.
The Playgroup is open to families from the Parish and Holy Family school, and we also welcome anyone from the local area who is looking for an opportunity to meet with other parents in a safe and supportive environment.
Our sessions are lead by Annie Lawrence and begin with a time of free-play, a craft activity and then stories and songs. Morning tea is provided for parents/carers and children.
Sessions are run free of charge as a service to our local community.
Parishioners and other interested locals are welcome to attend this group.