Sunday : 8 am, 10 am, 6 pm
Polish Mass: 12 noon
Monday : 12 Noon
Tuesday : 7 am
Wednesday : 12 Noon
Thursday : 9 am
Friday : No Mass
Saturday : 9 am
Cardinal Freeman Village Chapel
Masses at 9am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Saturday: 8.10am - 8.40am
Saturday after 9am Mass
Faith communities in Ashfield gathered together at St Vincent's Parish Hall on Thursday 19 October to discuss affordable housing policy in the Inner West. All elected Councillors from the Ashfield and Leichhardt Wards were invited. Newly elected Greens and Labor Councillors for Leichhardt Ward, Marganita Da Cruz (Greens), Lucille McKenna (Labor) and Ashfield Ward Tom Kiat (Greens) and Mark Drury (Labor) chose to respond to our invitation and attended.
Organised by the newly formed St Vincent's Ashfield Social Justice Group, the night was an opportunity to hear Councillors' policies on affordable housing and find ways for Faith groups in the area to engage with them on the issue.
The rising cost of rental property in Sydney is causing essential service workers to live further away from their places of work which in turn impacts the ability of service providers to source staff. Councils are finding housing affordability effects staffing in areas such as pre-schools.
Many people pay more than 30% of their income in rent and this in turn affects their ability to pay for basic necessities.
Housing affordability as a growing cause of inequality is causing community groups including the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Sydney Alliance to campaign on the issue of Affordable Housing.
On the night, community worker at the Exodus Foundation, Les Banton, introduced a video Bill Crews, chairman of Exodus, which works with the poor and the homeless, sent in apology for his inability to attend.
Mr Banton said that a new development next to Exodus in Ashfield was charging $540 a week rent for a one-bedroom unit.If rent is a third of your income, using a pay calculator, you would need a before tax income of $120,000 to pay $450 a week in rent.
Parish Priest and Chair of the Social Justice Group, Father Alan Gibson said it was very heartening to hear that the Councillors shared the groups concerns about affordable housing and the need to ensure that a mix of people were able to live in the area.
He thanked them for their comprehensive responses to the questions asked at the forum and, also for suggesting ways that Faith communities could work with them. He said: "This is a mutual concern, let's continue to explore ways of helping one another."
by Suganthi Singarayar (a member of the St Vincent's Ashfield Social Justice Group)
Dear Parishioners here is the Parish Pastoral Plan which was approved by the Parish Pastoral Council last year. Thanks again for all your input regarding this.
Comments on how you think the Parish is going with the Plan are most welcome. If you feel improvement is needed, your constructive comments on how this might be achieved would be gratefully received.
Please email me at alan-at-vinash-dot-org-dotau
I have received reports this week from our men in Fiji. They are all safe and well. The real damage from Cyclone Winston has been in our Vincentian Parish of Natovi. The school buildings have been damaged, the administration block and school toilets have been damaged, the Presbytery has been damaged and the grand old Church has been damaged. Photos of the damage are on the notice boards in the foyer as well as on this website. School Buildings will be replaced with tents. Tents are being organised for our Natovi school. It is going to be a big project. Therefore we are holding an appeal in our parish this weekend Sunday 28th February 2016. Anyone wishing to donate are invited to do so by placing their offering in the envelopes provided on the seats. These can be handed in at either the first or the second collection.Fr. Alan Gibson cm, Parish Priest
I am pleased to announce that the State Government has approved a grant under their Community Building Partnership (CBP) program for our parish to assist in birdproofing the facade of St Vincent's Church Ashfield. It is great news as this funding will enable us to preserve our church which is heritage listed. I am hoping that the work will commence early in the new year. Please see our photos where Stephen Fenn, the Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council, on behalf of the parish receives a presentation in regards to this funding from Jo Haylen, our local state member for Summer Hill.Fr. Alan Gibson cm, Parish Priest