A glorious Sydney day was the backdrop for one of the most
successful Indian Bazaars ever. Cars and amusement rides sprawled out over the
St Ignatius' College, Riverview fields, the crowds queued for waratahs,
bric-a-brac, food and drink, and the teens rocked to 'Bazaar Idol'.
Importantly, the treasury was very busy!
The Jesuit Mission stand, selling Christmas cards, rosary
beads and Cambodian craft and shirts, took around $2,250 - a record in only its
The Director of Jesuit Mission, Fr Phil Crotty SJ, completed
the day with a beautiful Mass beneath the trees. The sunset backdrop brought
greater meaning to the day than any of the stunning orange bazaar banners and
There is a committee that undertakes the running of the
Bazaar - an extraordinary group of volunteers - and we will thank them at the
Mass and cheque presentation in November.
For now, I would like to acknowledge the huge involvement of
Fr Phil and the Assistant Director of Jesuit Mission, Edwina Macarthur, and all
of the office staff in the tireless work involved in preparing, running and
cleaning up after the bazaar each year. It couldn't happen without them and without their
preparedness to go the extra mile, all the time.
It is comparable to a gigantic family Christmas and wedding
celebration for tens of thousands of people every year! We are very grateful.
Murphy, Chair of the Jesuit Mission Board.