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The Canadian High Commissioner Paul
Maddison visited the Kilburn Peace
and Welcome Garden last month after
hearing about its success in Canberra.
Mr Maddison said Canada, like
Australia, was built on welcoming people
from diverse backgrounds and therefore
he was interested in the idea of a
community garden to ease the transition
of settling in a new country.
“It brings people together through
gardening and education on food safety
and healthy living,” he said.
“It’s a story I can share with people back
Mr Maddison referred to the Kilburn
garden as a “beacon of light that will
shine on for years to come”.
He said such projects had far-reaching
outcomes as the people it supports
today would be the “compassionate
leaders of tomorrow”.
The garden is an initiative of Red Cross
SA, TAFE, Clearview-Kilburn parish,
Mercy Works (the development agency
of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and
Papua New Guinea) and St Brigid’s
School. It is located behind the Mercy
House of Welcome, in the annexe to the
Kilburn Parish hall.
Clearview-Kilburn parish priest Fr
Leon Czechowicz said the garden
was a living example of the Pope’s
encyclical Laudato Si’ and was a place
where migrants could feel part of the
Reference group member Luis Arriola,
who has spent many hours developing
the garden, toured the garden with Mr
Maddison, showing him the different
produce, composting methods, the
worm farm and gazebo/barbecue area.
Mr Arriola said the visit highlighted the
importance of creating spaces where
people can share their own nature free
from prejudice and being themselves.
“The nurturing atmosphere of the garden
fosters learning that all human beings
have more in common than the apparent
differences we sense,” he said.
“The need to convey this message is
becoming paramount around the world
Mr Arriola, a Red Cross volunteer
and parishioner at St Brigid’s from
the Spanish community, encouraged
people from the wider community to
come along on Tuesdays, Fridays and
Saturdays from 10am to 1pm to “meet
people, have a chat, do some gardening,
have some organic and healthy food
grown by themselves alongside their
neighbours and friends, or show up any
time just to relax”.
To find out more, contact Luis
on 0414 631 475, email contact@
kilburngarden.org or visit www.
Overlooking Lake Albert, the Mary
Help of Christians Church has
been a prominent landmark of the
Meningie landscape for the past half
Past and present parishioners will
gather on May 22 to celebrate the
church’s 50th anniversary and share
their memories about their place of
worship over the years.
When Archbishop Matthew Beovich
blessed the new church on May 22,
1966, he described it as a “credit to
“I am delighted with the building
you have erected,” he told the
congregation. “I have also been
impressed with the economy of its
Costing $18,000 to build, the
church was able to accommodate a
congregation of 120 people and in
its early days it was often full.
The building was dominated by
a simple wooden cross clad with
sheet galvanised iron above the
Perhaps its most unusual feature
at the time was the inclusion of
a priest’s bedroom, complete
with a shower alcove, which was
considered a boon to the then
parish priest Father Vin Regan, who
had large distances to cover.
Today, the church is part of the
Murray Mallee parish and Father
John Herd is the priest.
The 50th anniversary Mass will be
celebrated at 10.30am on May 22,
with a light luncheon to follow.
For more information:
P: 08 8210 8157
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“Catholic Charities wants to let children know that no-one should be left behind
and me4u – helping each other through – is how we express this.”
– Annie O’Neill, Catholic Charities Manager
Helping schools promote and celebrate their fundraising activities for
Building on the strong support from the Catholic Community for
Catholic Charities since 1941.
Garden reputation grows
REAPING PRAISE: Canadian High Commissioner Paul Maddison tours the
Kilburn garden with Luis Arriola and Fr Leon Czechowicz.
Meningie to celebrate 50th
The oldest parishioner Gerry Van
den Brink, 93, outside the Mary
Help of Christians Church at
In the closest finish ever at the Clergy-Laity Golf
Day, seven players achieved the highest score of
38 Stableford points.
After a countback based on the best score
for the back nine, the Dean Travers Cup was
awarded to Henley Beach’s Denis Toohey
(pictured with Mgr Bob Rice).
For the eleventh time in 20 years, Henley Beach
won the John Mahoney Parish Trophy, also
after a countback, from last year’s winner, Glen
A total of 81 players hit off in a shotgun start at
the Adelaide Shores Patawalonga South Course
on March 7. The annual golf day provides an
opportunity for the priests and Religious of
the Adelaide and Port Pirie dioceses to come
together with lay men and women in a relaxing
Fr Leon Czechowicz (Clearview/Kilburn)
collected the Archbishop Leonard Faulkner
Trophy for the best clergy score with 36 points.
Runner-up in the clergy division was Fr Allan
Winter (Payneham) on 35 points while third with
32 points was Fr Severino Bustamante (Newton).
Laity club handicap winners, each with a score
of 38, were - A: John McCarthy (Henley Beach),
B: Robert Hughes (Clearview/Kilburn), C: Peter
Walsh (Glen Osmond/Parkside) and Women:
Mary Mittiga (Glen Osmond/Parkside).
By Jenny Brinkworth
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