St Vincent de Paul Redfern Catholic Church.
As a Catholic Church, we are gathered from many nations, and have become even more diverse in recent years. This has brought diverse groups, spiritualties and charisms together which actively reach out far and wide to announce the Gospel including the needy of the area. Aside from the regular sacramental celebrations to sustain the faithful, it is also a missionary parish which endeavours to serve both the spiritual and material needs of the wider community. There is the Australian Christian Meditation community; two ‘Sharing of the Meal’ groups to serve the needy of the area; the ministry of the Legion of Mary doing active work; the presence of the aboriginal ministry; the Tongan families with their singing and pastoral work with the youth; the gospel discussion group; the prayer group in the McKell building to provide a prayerful presence; the presence of two Neo Catechumenal Way communities, of which one is on Mission Ad Gentes, and there are many individuals who with their own gifts of faith serve and contribute to the life of the parish. Certainly these come from the same Spirit of God. By virtue of God’s grace many members of the community serve with zeal and voluntarily in fulfilment of their own personal vocation. These make our parish Church alive and active.
We endeavour that our parish is a communion of the faithful, a sanctuary which provides spiritual nourishment for its members and those they serve, through life’s journey as well as a centre of constant missionary outreach. In a spirit of evangelisation we continue to support the parish communities and lay movements mentioned above as they provide new dynamism and a new way of approaching people who may not otherwise be introduced to the Gospel message or a personal encounter with Jesus.
It remains our vision that our community of communities gathered together at the Lord’s table will continue to grow in one faith and be committed to the missionary mandate of all the baptised: so that each individual may grow in holiness; families are sustained in their love for each and strengthened to pass the faith to their children; foster vocation to the priesthood and religious life; announce the Gospel to the poor and sick and the serve the needy.