This weekend 21 Sisters are in Adelaide for the various farewell ceremonies. On Friday 9 December, St.John Bosco School invited them to be part of their annual Gratitude Mass which acknowledges the volunteers at the school. Presentations were made to the Sisters and one by the Sisters, a portrait of their co-founder, Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello – also known as St.Mary Mazzarello. The Sisters were taken on a tour of the school including the new facilities, and were served morning tea by senior students in the library.
The Provincial, Sister Margaret Bentley FMA noted that while the Sisters are not present in Brooklyn Park, they are keen to maintain connections with the school in the future through various initiatives.
That evening the Salesian Sisters and Priests came together for Mass at the Salesian residence. Fr.Germano Baiguini presided, and the past 57 years of Salesians Sisters was acknowledged in a special way during the prayers of intercession. This was followed by the evening meal. The Sisters presented the priests with a beautiful white chasuble features the image of Mary Help of Christians.
The Parish farewell was at the 6.30 pm Saturday Vigil Mass, on 10 December, followed by a presentation and supper. The Parish is grateful to all those who assisted in any way. The Mass features the musical and singing talent of a number of parishioners.
Thank you to all who contributed items to be included in a special Memories Book which has been coordinated and produced by Yolanda Bartsch. How this came about was quite providential, particularly the handcrafted cover. When things happen co-incidentally, where we are at the right place at the right time – that is often called good luck. When things happen co-incidentally and there is an element of divine blessing in the occurrence, then we call that providential or even heaven-sent. Special thanks to Judy for your generosity and timely assistance. Yollie, Charmaine and Natalia sewed a decorative gift for each Salesian Sisters, something beautiful, original, local and made with love. Supper was organised by Aileen, Bernice, Eva, Salesian Cooperators and others. There is also a souvenir archives booklet which has other historical material mainly from the Parish sources.
The Sisters presented a large colour photograph of St.Maria Mazzarello to the parish for placement in the St.Maria Mazzarello Memorial Complex, known simply as the hall. An earlier black and white portrait has gone missing, and this new photo of Maria with children will be a worthy addition and remembrance.
In 1954, Mother Josephine Galassi FMA, of the Salesian Sisters in Paterson, New Jersey, USA, wrote to the parish priest of St.John Bosco Parish, Father John J. Ryan SDB, to discuss the arrival and work of the four Salesian Sisters in Brooklyn Park. Now in 2011, on behalf of everyone in Parish of St.John Bosco and St.Aloysius, I say thank you for your wonderful presence over 57 years at Brooklyn Park in various ministries. You have touched many young people, their families, parishioners and beyond. The spirit of St.Maria Mazzarello continues and will be remembered.
Parishioners and friends were invited to the 11 am Mass at St.Francis Xavier Cathedral on Sunday 11 December, where Archbishop Philip Wilson presided and two Salesians concelebrated. This farewell was from the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Over fifty seven years ago, it was the then Archbishop of Adelaide, Dr.Matthew Beovich, who invited the Salesian Sisters to the Archdiocese.