The Southern Cross : September 2010
obituaries The Southern Cross September 2010 Page 29 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Catholic Theological College of SA FRIENDS OF CTC ANNUAL LECTURE THE CHURCH IN A SECULAR AGE How should the Catholic Church understand its role in contemporary Western culture? This lecture will reflect on the significance of Vatican II's conception of the church in dialogue with the world. PRESENTER: Rev Dr James McEvoy Fr McEvoy lectures in theology at the Catholic Theological College, Adelaide College of Divinity and Flinders University School of Theology, and has recently returned from a year as a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown University, Washington DC. When: Thursday, 30th September, 2010 --- 7-9pm Where: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE - Adelaide West Uniting Centre, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park --- enter via either Beverley Street or the front entrance to the ACD Campus, 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park. Cost: $15 (FREE for current financial FOCTC members) REGISTER --- CONTACT CRIS: 8416 8460 firstname.lastname@example.org Adelaide College of Divinity Campus 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park SA 5032 P: 8416 8460 F: 8416 8470 E: email@example.com W: www.ctcsa.edu.au Kevin Flaherty, eldest son of Michael and Vera, grew up in West Croydon with his five brothers and sisters in the Depression years and during World War II. Times were tough and food, clothing and fuel were rationed. There was a lot of self help: growing vegetables and fruit, keeping fowls, doing home repairs and making and repairing clothes. The children had few needs but also very few wants and knew they were loved and well cared for by their parents. Kevin and his brother Michael rode their bikes everywhere, fished in the Port River and played cricket and football in the street and in the parks. In winter they went with their Dad to Alberton Oval for Saturday afternoon football and in summer after Sunday Mass they were on the first train to Henley Beach. Kevin attended St Margaret Mary's School on Torrens Road. On Friday afternoons the desks were moved, partitions were opened and the hall readied for a dance on Saturday night or other activities. After this the chairs were set out for Sunday Mass and after Mass the desks were returned. It was not a Parish yet and priests and Sisters of St Joseph came from Hindmarsh. Tennis and netball were played on the courts. Kevin was active in Legion of Mary work and visits, as well as in Woodville YCW. Kevin moved to the Marist Brothers School at Alberton for Grades 4 -- 7 and then attended secondary school at Christian Brothers College in the city. The two brothers rode their bikes to Port Road and caught the trolley bus to the city. The year Kevin left school Michael joined the Christian Brothers and was sorely missed by all, especially Kevin. In 1944 at the age of 15, Kevin got work in the Railway Offices in the city. His father urged him to change to the Bank of Australasia in 1949 (which later became the ANZ Bank). Kevin worked in various branches and spent three years in Victor Harbor where he met Kath and Roy Armfield and their family of three boys and three girls. All three girls, Marie, Carmen and Liz, married bank workers who later became managers and remained firm friends for life. Kevin's friendship with Carmen developed over card games and dances and they married in 1956. Kevin's first appointment as a bank manager was to Alice Springs where he and Carmen visited the outlying cattle stations and made life-long friends. They joined in all the various activities and functions in Alice Springs and later at Mt Barker and Clovelly Park. Not having children of their own, Kevin and Carmen generously supported youth activities. Kevin was a tower of strength in the fledgling ANZ Football Club and for many years Carmen and Kevin spent Saturdays supporting these teams and Kevin acted as goal umpire, sometimes for several games each Saturday. While in Mt Barker, Kevin started to play bowls. In 1976 he joined the Somerton Bowling Club and when he retired in 1986 he took up bowls earnestly, throwing himself into volunteer work, the Night Owls and raffles. Kevin's faith was strong but unobtrusive. Daily prayer was part of his life. For years he helped count the money after Sunday Masses. After he retired Kevin attended daily Mass whenever possible in the Brighton Parish. He made friends easily and was devoted and loyal to his family and many friends. He loved to celebrate with his mates and to have a talk, a smoke and a few beers with them. He knew each by name, greeted them in his loud voice and frequently asked about their families. His faith and trust were sincere, practical and unobtrusive. Strong faith Kevin Flaherty March 22, 1928 -- May 18, 2010 Mary Walker was born in Glenelg on July 4, 1947 and was educated at Cabra Dominican College, Cumberland Park. She and her younger sister Imelda were extremely close, even when separated by vast distances later in life. Losing their father at a young age helped cement the relationship between the girls and their mother. Mary met Ian Taylor at the Warradale Army Barracks in 1966 where she was working as a civilian typist and they married a year later. Mary followed the beat of the drum and lived with Ian in army quarters in Malaysia, Adelaide, Melbourne, Townsville, Sydney and Port Wakefield before settling in Piccadilly. Mary cared for their two children, Kristin and Scott, while Ian served in South Vietnam. She and Ian were separated for almost 18 months but Mary wrote to Ian every day, without one complaint. When Scott joined the Army, the family travelled over for his passing out parade. He also served overseas and as only Mary could, she was always sending care packages for him. The strength that Mary and Ian displayed after he passed away was amazing. Mary's faith in God did not waiver in that time and only strengthened in the last 14 years. Seeing her daughter married and the arrival of her precious grand-daughter Lily were joyous moments in Mary's life. Mary always had a wonderful sense of joie de vivre and humour and had an uncanny knack of retaining the most bizarre information. Mary and Ian were married for 43 years with so much understanding, love and devotion. Ian said he hoped Mary would be remembered as a warm, intelligent and brave woman who passed away with dignity. Devoted to each other Mary Victoria Taylor July 4, 1947 -- May 15, 2010 The National RCIA conference will be held from October 7th - 10th in Glenelg. Its theme is about RCIA in parish life. Those interested are invited to download a copy of the programme and registration details from: www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/ sites/OfficeforWorship or phone: 8416 8477 RCIA National Conference Registrations by 24th September 2010 Why not stay at STORMANSTON HOUSE, 27 McLaren Street, Nth Sydney Restful & secure accommodation operated by the Sisters of Mercy, Nth Sydney. Situated in the hear t of Nth Sydney & shor t distance to the city Rooms available with ensuite facility Continental breakfast, tea/cof fee making facilities & television Separate lounge/dining room, kitchen & laundr y Private of f-street parking Contact: phone 0418 650 661 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org VISITING SYDNEY?