22 February 2017 : A newsletter of the Australian Jesuits

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A family celebration


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 third year.


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 signs.


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.


By Elisabeth Murphy, Chair of the Jesuit Mission Board.


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