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From designing logos to magazine
covers, wall hangings and patterns on the
chasuble, artist Janet Chaplin has created
beautiful things for the Henley Beach
parish over the years – gaining much of her
inspiration from the nearby water and her
strong Catholic faith.
A recipient of an Archbishop’s Award last
year, Janet has served the parish for more
than five decades and her artistic touch
can be seen within the walls of Our Lady of
the Sacred Heart Church and beyond.
In more recent times she has turned
her talents to design work using the
capabilities of the computer. Twice a month
she prepares the overheads, complete with
words and pictures, to go with the music
during Mass and if there is something in
the parish that requires a bit of creative
flair, Janet is usually the first person called.
“I guess I am a bit arty farty,” she laughs
during a chat with The Southern Cross.
Painting has been a part of her life for as
long as she can remember – probably
since Sister Mary Thomas at St Dominic’s
enabled her in Year 5 to be as creative as
When her four children (including son
Christopher who is now a priest) attended
the local Blessed Sacrament School, she
volunteered to teach art so other students
could express their creativity.
Janet’s work is varied as she paints using
different mediums and styles. However,
one constant has been her source of
inspiration – the water. She says this
comes from many wonderful camping and
canoeing holidays with her family on the
River Murray and now having West Lakes
on her front doorstep.
When not painting or designing on the
computer, Janet finds other ways to be
involved in parish life. She has served
as secretary of the building and property
committee for a number of years and
is also a member of a centering prayer
meditation group which meets once a
“It’s a very simple and very beautiful
practice. It’s a way of clearing your mind to
the busyness of the world around you.”
Together with husband Kevin they have
been an Antioch support couple and
involved in the RCIA program.
One of their most enduring associations
with the parish has been through a
fellowship group. When they first moved
to the parish in the late 1950s they joined
a group of 15 other young couples from
the church, getting together every so often
to celebrate God’s word and enjoy each
other’s fellowship. Amazingly this get-
together has withstood the test of time
– all of the original 16 couples still meet
regularly – although Janet admits they have
got “much rowdier” as the years have gone
No doubt Janet also adds a bit of colour in
her own artistic way!
Parishioners at St John Vianney’s Church in
Burnside describe Terry Carey as an “exemplar
of faithful service”, however, he suggests that the
hours he spends helping others is just a “little bit
selfish” on his behalf.
“I enjoy the friendships of the church community.
Some of the people I mix with there I have known
for 50 years and it’s a companionship when you
are on your own,” he said.
“Partly, why I do all this is because I just love
doing things for the Church. I couldn’t sit in my
apartment all day doing nothing – so it is partly
selfish by me.”
Those “selfish” acts have seen him contributing
to parish life in various capacities for more than
half a century. They include serving as a reader of
the word, commentator and Eucharistic minister
and he is strongly committed to making regular
visits to take the Eucharist to the sick.
“I am really honoured to be able to give
communion to the sick and housebound – they
are grateful to me, but I am so privileged to be
able to serve God in this way.”
Terry, 81, is a mainstay of the weekday Mass
at Burnside, organising the sacristan rosters,
collecting the priest if needed, setting up the altar
and ensuring that everything is in order.
If someone is too frail to get to Mass by
themselves, Terry makes the effort to pick them
up on the way.
Over the years he has served on the pastoral
council, along with his late wife Jean who was
also a tireless worker for the parish.
Since the 1970s the Careys were leaders in
organising the home Rosary program during
October, with Terry stepping down from that role
only last year.
The former real estate developer’s involvement
with Church work has extended to many years
of service for the St Vincent de Paul Society and
he has been a member of the Knights of the
Southern Cross for 59 years, including as State
chairman during the 1980s.
Generosity – both in time and resources – has
been a hallmark of Terry’s service and despite
his advancing years, he continues to practise his
faith through prayer and attending Mass every
“I’ve only missed Mass when I have been
overseas or in hospital. Occasionally there is a
reason you miss – a few months ago I was going
to a funeral which said Requiem Mass, so I didn’t
get up and go in the morning and when I got
there, there was no Requiem Mass – so I missed
Terry admitted he was “humbled and a bit
embarrassed” when receiving an Archbishop’s
Award last year as he believed there were many
others “more deserving than me”.
However, those at Burnside would strongly
disagree and suggest that his service over five
decades has been inspiring – and far from selfish.
By Lindy McNamara
ARTIST OF NOTE: Janet Chaplin with one of her paintings.
Service far from ‘selfish’
Janet’s creative flair adds colour at Henley
UNSELFISH: Terry Carey continues to be a
tireless worker for the Church.
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