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Every second Tuesday morning at St Luke’s
Church Noarlunga, a group of young families
gather for Mass and a chat over a cup of coffee.
Called Tuesday Chats, the program attracts
varying numbers – from half a dozen mums and
children to up to 20 families.
Volunteers are the backbone of the program,
providing supervision for children who play in the
creche while the parents attend Mass, and then
serving refreshments while they talk with other
parents over morning tea.
Mother of four, Alison, said she loved the
flexibility of Tuesday Chats and the fact that it
was so welcoming and accepting of her son who
has special needs.
“It’s really touched me, that people care about
Jesse,” she said.
Noarlunga/Seaford parish pastoral worker Tanya
Linsell, who brings her own children to Tuesday
Chats, said the program had been running
fortnightly since June 2014.
She said parents really enjoyed the time of
“intimate communion with Our Lord”.
“The reflection on the readings and how
they relate to parenting and family life is very
nourishing,” she said.
“Chatting with other parents is always helpful
to parents as they laugh over children's antics,
find consolation in common struggles and seek
advice from each other.”
Tanya said there was a library of books on
spirituality and parenting which could help them
on their faith journey and also help them to bring
up their children to “know and love God”.
“Tuesday Chats itself is a way that the parents
can witness to children their love of God because
they take time out of their week to spend time
with Him,” she said.
“The children get more familiar with other
children and parents from the parish, which
means there are more friendships to connect
with when they go to Sunday Mass.”
“Absolutely inspired” is how
Adelaide couple Marnie and David
Watts described the experience of
attending the World Meeting of the
Families in Philadelphia last month.
Held in Pennsylvania, the four-
day meeting attracted 20,000
participants from around the world
and was the main reason for the
visit of Pope Francis to the US.
Marnie and David said there
was a “buzz” of excitement and
expectation both in Philadelphia and
Washington prior to the Pope’s visit:
“Everyone was talking about it.”
The theme of the meeting was
“Love is our Mission: The Family
Fully Alive”. In a letter to delegates,
Pope Francis said: “The mission
of the Christian family, today as
yesterday, is that of proclaiming
to the world, by the power of the
sacrament of marriage, the love of
God. From this very proclamation
a living family is born and built, one
which sets the hearth of love at the
centre of its human and spiritual
The opening address by Bishop
Robert Barron from California
focused on human beings being
made in the image and likeness of
God. He explained that in society
today there was real pressure not
to proclaim this truth. “We are told
that it is fine for us to have our
religion but that we should keep it
to ourselves,” David said. “Bishop
Barron said that we can’t allow
religion to be privatised.”
In a session on building parishes,
two of the eight building blocks
mentioned were preparation
for sacramental marriage and
strengthening the married.
“We need to recognise that, just
as individuals in a marriage must
continually work to strengthen
their marriage, the faith community
must also work to support married
couples,” David said.
Marnie and David participated n the
meeting’s expo by helping out in the
Teams of Our Lady stall.
“It was a wonderful opportunity
to meet other Teams members
from around the world and people
interested in joining Teams,” they
Jill Gallio, manager of the
Adelaide Archdiocese’s Catholic
Communities office, also attended
the world meeting along with Pam
and Alex Priadko from St Ann’s
parish. Alex said the opening Mass
was a “wonderful experience” and
there was a “fabulous international
Jill said the South Australians were
warmly welcomed by the locals and
they joined millions of others on the
streets of Philadelphia awaiting the
arrival of Pope Francis with “much
revelry and excitement”. They
joined other Australians and Sydney
Archbishop Anthony Fisher for Mass
in St John the Evangelist Church,
where the Dominican Sisters joined
them and “sang beautifully”.
She said the Papal Mass
on the following day had “a
wonderful feeling of solidarity
and togetherness as the universal
“Pope Francis’ final comment was
that he would pray for us and he
asked us to pray for him and then
said, don’t forget.”
Happy kids, happy mums Love and marriage
on world stage
INSPIRED: Alex and Pam Priadko, Jill Gallio and Marnie and David
Watts at the Philadelphia meeting.
YOUNG MUMS: Tanya Linsell (left) and Eva Starrs with their children at Tuesday Chats.
The final Forum for Learning and
Dialogue for the year, to be held on
November 26, will focus on young
The forum will feature feedback
from young families gathered by the
Young Families Reference Group,
coordinated by Chancellor Heather
Carey, as part of the archdiocesan
There will be a crèche available and
families are encouraged to attend.
After a report from Mrs Carey, there
will be several presentations from
young families and an update on the
The forum will take place from
7-9pm at Croydon Park Catholic
Parish Hall, with simple food served
A forum on young people and the
Church will be held early next year.
For more information visit
Forum for young families
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