Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 07 February 2021-No 96
WELCOME OUR LOCUM VICAR
ARCHDEACON RAY MCINNES
Ray was ordained Deacon at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne in 1977 and priested later that year in Wangaratta where he served his first curacy in the Parish of Benalla.
During over 40 years of full time ministry Ray and his wife (Glenys) have served in the Inner City Ministry (Clifton Hill & North Fitzroy),Benalla, where he was Rector for 13 years then Wangaratta as Dean of the Cathedral. The McInnes family exchanged Parishes in 1990 with a Vicar in Leicester Diocese, UK.
Their last Vicarage and Parish was at Albert Park from 2005 until retirement in 2017. During this last phase of ministry Ray was an Archdeacon and chair of the Building Committee of the Diocese. He also served for 9 years on the Board oF Anglicare (Vic.) Ray’s major challenge in Albert Park was to help the Parishes heal after a merger, build the Parish and help the Church in finding ways to serve the community.
Ray and Glenys, now live in Cheltenham and they have two children who are both married and live in Melbourne (Kensington and Alphington), they are also kept busy with their 3 grandchildren (Oliver, Charlotte and Alexander).
Ray is a keen golfer, a painter and picture framer, and a Richmond supporter.
Since retirement Ray has undertaken a brief locum ministry at Cheltenham, then a longer one at St. George’s, Malvern.
The Archbishop commissioned Ray as Archdeacon Emeritus after retirement and Ray is currently Chair of the Bishopscourt Management Trust.
He has indicated that he is available (God willing) to be with us at St. Dunstan’s until mid July.
- For those of you who are attending church in person please remember the Covid safe regulations.
- Sanitise hands on entry and exit.
- Scan the QR code at the welcoming desk OR manually sign in. The Covid steward for the morning will be able to help you with this. To use the QR code, please
first download the Service Victoria app from the App store or Google Play.
- After the service, please exit the church directly. Feel free to chat outside, appropriately distanced.
- It’s wonderful to see so many of our parishioners back in church; being able to share conversation and connect with each other face to face again.
- The funeral of our dear friend George Will will take place on Tuesday 9th February at 11am. The church is at (Covid) capacity but an online link should be available shortly. Our love and prayers are with Kate and family during this difficult time. ❤️
- Ash Wednesday service will take place at 7.30pm on 17 February. We will have the imposition of ashes in a Covid safe way (think cotton buds!).
- In preparation for Ash Wednesday, please bring your old Palm Crosses for burning next Sunday after the 9.30am service.
- Thursday 11am Eucharist services have recommenced for 2021. We would love to see you there if you are able.
- Please continue to pray for our Incumbency Committee as they undertake the important work of finding a new vicar for our parish.
- Our mainly music sessions recommence after a year off on Wednesday 10 February @ 9.30am. We are very lucky that Natalie Waldie has agreed to lead this group for 2021. We have two new volunteers which is a great boon given that our regular team has sadly been somewhat diminished in one way or another. However, we would love it if a couple more parishioners would put up their hands to assist occasionally to spread the roster load and to cover for any possible illnesses. Please speak to Maxine. This would be an occasional commitment so not every week (unless you really wanted to) which might make it easier to offer assistance. Note, you don’t have to do the singing and dancing (again, unless you want to) Working With Children Check & Police Check required or interim clearance from the Diocese if you have received that this year.
- We are looking for cleaning volunteers please. If you can help, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Paul Adams on email@example.com
- Please continue to pray for each other from our Parish Prayer List.
A message from our Child Safe Officer
Child safety compliance
Thank you to everyone who has updated their WWCC information on line as requested and sent your application email to Kooyoora. There aren’t many to do now so I am hopeful we can rattle these off by the required due date of 22 February. I am around in February so please contact me if you need help. Some of you have received your clearances but the task is a huge one for the Diocese so we must be patient.
Assistance for services
This is a gentle reminder for all parish volunteers that in order to be on rosters for our services you will need to have a Working With Children Check, a Police Check and also to have applied for an Interim Clearance for Ministry from Kooyoora (Diocesan Professional standards).
If you would like to be a part of the rosters or lead a parish group, please see Maxine Farrar so she can assist you with the necessary processes to make this happen. It’s not difficult but it is a process!!
- The Diocesan Child Safe Policy is available on our website https://stdunstans.org.au/index.php/child-safe-policy/
- Important Numbers:
Child Safe Officer: Ms Maxine Farrar 0408 311 390
Child Protection: 1300 360 391
Kooyoora: 1800 135 246
- As part of our child safety priorities, we are required to make available the Kooyoora Mission Statement in our newsletter.
Kooyoora Ltd is an independent not for profit company that provides professional standards and other services to charities, including charities that are Anglican dioceses, entities, colleges and schools, to enable them more effectively to fulfil their charitable objectives. Their Vision is as follows:
“Our Vision is to enable and manage–
a fair and independent process for complaint handling and screening for par ticipating organisations tailored to their circumstances that –
respects both complainants and respondents
upholds the standards and integrity of the organization, and
promotes the safety of children and adults with whom the organization en gages.
schemes for participating institutions to provide redress through an
independent survivor focused, trauma informed, pastoral and therapeutic process.”
For more information, please visit https://www.kooyoora.org.au/
- Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page St Dunstans Anglican Church Group .https://www.facebook.com/groups/482613181793174/and bookmark our websitewww.stdunstans.org.au. We will be live streaming Sunday services at 9.30am on Facebook and soon after, the Vicar’s message will also be uploaded onto our website.
ANGLICAN COMMUNITY NEWS
Newsstand January 28 – February 3
A retired vicar and pioneer of the ordination of women, a former chairman of the appeal to restore St Paul’s Cathedral and the immediate past Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School are among Anglicans recognised in the Australia Day Honours List.
The Victorian Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 is “based to a very large extent on erroneous and unscientific beliefs insofar as it concerns issues of gender identity,” according to Law Professor Patrick Parkinson and Dr Philip Morris, President of the National Association of Practising Psychiatrists.
Daniel Comensoli, the nephew of Melbourne’s Roman Catholic Archbishop, writes that legislation currently before the Victorian Upper House to prohibit LGBTQA+ conversion practices is too important an issue to remain quiet. “The Church continues to speak this doublespeak – saying ‘we love you’ and ‘we welcome you into our Church’, yet actively campaigns against our full and equal participation in society and remains hostile to proposed legislative changes that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, and foster social inclusion.”
The liberties of the centuries-old community of Anglicans in Denmark are being threatened by a draft law requiring all sermons to be translated and submitted to the state, the Church of England’s bishop in Europe has said. Robert Innes, whose diocese stretches across mainland Europe, has written to the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, expressing his alarm at what he describes as an “overly restrictive” bind on freedom of expression.
The Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion has announced changes to the operational priorities of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO) which will see it taking more of a coordinating role; with programmatic activity instead focused in provinces, regions, networks and agencies. Currently, three charities serve the Anglican Communion through the ACO – the Anglican Alliance, the Lambeth Conference Company, and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). The announcement relates only to those staff employed by the ACC.
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury has paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old veteran who was knighted last year after raising nearly £33 million for Britain’s National Health Service in the battle against COVID-19, who has died with the virus.
Joe Biden is the first Catholic president to publicly express a religious soul — not a vaguely Christian, but a distinctly Catholic one. He has refused to make his faith a weapon in the “culture wars.” But Biden is also the first Catholic president to hold office in the midst of a deep American intra-Church crisis, and faces fierce opposition from the bishops due to his position on abortion.
Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remnants of an early mosque believed to date to the earliest decades of Islam during an excavation in the northern city of Tiberias. The foundations of the mosque, excavated just south of the Sea of Galilee by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, point to its construction roughly a generation after the death of the prophet Muhammad, making it one of the earliest Muslim houses of worship to be studied by archaeologists.
Congratulations to Indigenous elder, artist and educator Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM for being named the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year. The following reflection on dadirri, which is a speech she gave in 2002 when she was Principal of a Catholic primary school in Daly River in the Northern Territory, seeks to integrate dadirri with her faith as a Christian.
Molly Burhans wants the Roman Catholic Church to put its assets — which include farms, forests, oil wells, and millions of acres of land — to better use. But, first, she has to map them. “There is no way that we will address the climate crisis or biodiversity loss in any sort of timely manner if the Catholic Church does not engage, especially with its own lands and property,” Burhans told The New Yorker.