the financial gloom that descended on Australia
and the globe for much of this year, Jesuit Mission in Sydney has celebrated a record fundraising
year, raising $288 283.86 through its various fundraising drives.
success of this year's pivotal event, the annual Indian Bazaar, was
complimented by perfect weather, said Darcy Hall of the Indian Bazaar
organising committee. 'The last three years can be likened to Goldilocks and
the three bears', he explained. 'In 2007 it was too cold; in 2008 it was too
hot; but in 2009 it was just right!'
raised at the Bazaar were bolstered by proceeds from the annual Card Day, the
Sydney Golf Day and the Sydney Old Xaverians Car Raffle.
the cheque on behalf of the Jesuit Mission Board following a Thanksgiving Mass,
Fr Ross Jones SJ said that, according to St Ignatius, 'the worst sin was
ingratitude'. Fr Jones praised all those involved in achieving such outstanding
results. 'I thank you on behalf of all the people in South East Asia, India and
in the assistancy', he said
Director of Jesuit Mission, Fr Phil Crotty SJ, said that while the success of
this year's Indian Bazaar could easily be measured in terms of money raised or
the size of the crowds it attracted, the passion and generosity of the volunteers
who engaged with the event was the crucial ingredient. 'Your generosity is the
true measure of the success of the Indian Bazaar', he said.
Crotty said that the friends of Jesuit Mission shared in St Ignatius' desire to
'conquer the world for Christ'.
is the endeavour that we're all engaged in, seeing best how we can serve God',
he said. 'This conquering is not territorial, it's about realising God's vision
for this world. You share that vision with us - in fact it's your invitation as
much as the Jesuits'.'
By Catherine Marshall
Taking time out
Looking for some spiritual nourishment, or just the chance to take some time out to reflect on your life? Have a look at what's on offer at the Centres of Ignatian Spirituality and Loyola Institute in December and January.
Retracing Ignatius' steps
After nine months of careful preparation, a group of parishioners from St Mary's North Sydney recently undertook a three-week pilgrimage to Europe where they retraced the steps of St Ignatius through France, Spain and Italy. Fr Tony Smith SJ, parish priest at St Mary's North Sydney, reflects on the experience.