Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

- John 14:6

Pastoral Care


Pastoral Care embraces all aspects of parish life and responds to the many needs of the
parishioners. We all care about each other and demonstrate this in various ways.

Pastoral Care at St Declan's aims to provide spiritual nourishment, social interaction and
support to parishioners who are bereaved, aged, infirmed, sick, disabled and are unable
to take part in parish Eucharistic celebrations by:
    • involving parishioners to minister to others and share their faith;
    • creating a community of care;
    • developing a strong parish network.
    Further information

Pastoral Care Newsletters

       Month                                                  Link

July to November 2015

December 2015 to February 2016

March to June 2016 

July to November 2016





December 2016 to March 2017 

April to July 2017

August to November 2017




December 2017 to March 2018 


Pastoral Ministry Support - Tips, Reminders, Support & Information

2 September 2017 - Taking Communion from the Mass

13 September 2017 - Dementia Awareness & Support
Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet
Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet  Help-sheet
For further help sheets please go to: Alzheimer's Australia 

13 October 2017 - Stress   
Stress: Symptoms, Signs & Causes For further information go to:

13 November 2017 - Prayer   
Spirituality, Prayer, Healing     What is Prayer     Books & Resources

13 December 2017 - Grief 
When holidays hurt     Books & Resources

13 February 2018 - Forms of Prayer
Lectio Divina   
The Ignatian Exam    The Examen Prayer - The light is on for you    Ecological Examen   
Weekly Prayers for the Journey



Annual Remembrance Mass

Thursday 2 November at 7.30pm (All Souls Day)
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A beautiful celebration of life, healing and relationship!


Anointing Mass 

Saturday, 3 March at 10.30am
Further information
A beautiful celebration of the sacraments, faith, prayer and community!


Saturday, 3 September 2016 saw a special 'Thank you' was presented to Fr John during the Anointing Mass

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Sr Philomena presented Fr John with a gift from Pastoral Ministry. 

This framed memento listed all the parishioners who have been involved in pastoral ministry -
visitation ministers and bereavement group members - from 2002 to 2016. 
We thanked John for his support, care and friendship over the 16 years of his service within the
pastoral life of St Declan's Parish.
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Something social for those in their 40s and up...  

For photos go to Photo Gallery page

Dates for 2018
Please book upon advertising for each activity when listed below or 
advertised in the bulletin...
Stay tuned for further information and activities...

JANUARY - Laughter Yoga - "Laugh with Me" with Cesar Melendez
Cesar is a fully trained ‘laughter yoga’ instructor. He introduced, explained and guided us through warm up, breathing, games and exercises for laughter yoga.
Session included grounding and relaxation. A healing way to start the year!

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MARCH - Games Morning
Join in some old favourites and learn some new games or teach one of your own.





NOVEMBER - Handmade Cards with Kim Corallo
Created cards that become keepsakes for someone special for Christmas & other occasions. 

OCTOBER - Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef
Lighthouse Scene; amazing sessions, really enjoyed painting!

SEPTEMBER - Cards and Games Morning
Joined in some old favourites and learned some new games or teach one of your own. 

JULY - Crochet for beginners (and the not-so-beginner) FULL - NO MORE BOOKINGS AVAILABLE
Learned basic crochet stitches, how to make a ‘granny’ square, and how to 
edge and join squares. Picked up some great patterns and learnt some new stitiches.

MAY-JUNE Introduction to Macrame with Ingrid Micallef & Paulineke Nolan
Made a pot plant hanger, wall hanging - so much fun!

JANUARY-MARCH Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef
Native Flower Scene...What a fun and therapeutic 
time we are having! 

2016 DECLANCRAFT offered 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef

OCTOBER - Card making with Kim Corallo

AUGUST - Cards and Games Morning

JULY - Jewellery Making with Paulineke Nolan

JUNE - Crochet for beginners (and the not-so-beginner) with Paulineke Nolan

2015 DECLANCRAFT offered...

"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan

"Crochet for beginners (and the not-so beginners)"

"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan

2014 DECLANCRAFT offered...

Jewellery Making with Paulineke Nolan 
Acrylic Painting on Canvas with Ingrid Micallef 
Photos           Group Photo
Ballroom Dancing with Elma Brickwood  
Card/Games Morning
2013 DECLANCRAFT offered...  

"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan
"Introduction to Quilling" with Silvana Vidaic
"Introduction to Creative Design on Canvas" with Ingrid Micallef
"Creative Design on Canvas 2" with Ingrid Micallef
"Jewellery Making" with Paulineke Nolan
"Handmade Cards" with Kim Corallo

2012 DECLANCRAFT offered...
“Introduction to Decorative Art” with Ingrid Micallef
"Handmade Cards" with Kim Corallo
"Meditation, Massage, Yoga & Relaxation" with Judy Sanchez
"Handmade Christmas Cards" with Kim Corallo


'Moments' by Paulineke Nolan

A mother's poem
A child's poem


Days for Girls

"Days for Girls" (DfG) is an excellent service project for anyone wanting to help improve the lives of 
girls and women with their personal hygiene, health and education in developing and third world 
countries. How can you be part of this amazing initiative? Read on...

Information of what DfG is?        

In November 2013 St Declan's Parish Pastoral Care took on this community project and from 
January 2014 we had an amazing and encouraging response. Over 74 parishioners came forward 
and were involved!
St Declan's Parish exceeded their goal of 50 kits to 68 kits in 2014 - what a mammoth effort!!! 

Our 2014 DfG Kits made it to Timor!
Read on...

On 14th March 2015 we packed another 61 kits for Libby to take with her to Timor this year! 
Now that's great news!


Days for Girls Project – final update
Congratulations and thank you to all parishioners who have been involved with DfG over the last two 
On Saturday 3 October 2015 we packed our final 50 kits for Libby Bleakley to take to Timor-Leste.

Throughout 2014 and 2015 we’ve made a total of 179 kits; 167 of these were given to Libby 
for Timor. 
We’ve sewn over 1,410 sanitary items; over 1,430 items were donated or purchased from donations; 
we’ve received $1,455.00 from parishioners. All money was used to purchase material and kits items. 
A truly fantastic effort by all those involved in the various aspects of this project. 
Once again, thank you for your overwhelming generosity and support. 

If you would like to continue with, or get involved in, DfG project, 
please contact Beverley De Meur on 9594 4898. 


Weekly Prayers

Prayer for Carers

My Purpose Prayer


One Body in Christ

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life,
initiated “One Body in Christ: Welcoming people with disability”. Read more...


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