Leader of that foundation, Carol Connolly, says that the parish had traditionally held soup and damper evenings as fundraisers and get-togethers during winter; however as parishioners are “getting on in years” they are reluctant to venture out on cold evenings.
“Friday 15 August, the feast of the Assumption, when many of us gather for mid-morning Mass, was chosen for this luncheon. What better occasion and reason to gather on the day we honour Mary our mother than around a family meal?” said Carol.
The day was sunny and warm in Gloucester and the soup and damper meal included a sausage sizzle for the St Joey’s students. A special invitation was issued to the students’ parents to join in parish social events. Many ladies of the parish are always willing to prepare their special soup recipes and damper and parishioners look forward to attending to taste and enjoy the wide range of soups on offer.
Of course, no social function would be complete without the one dollar raffle ticket with suitable prizes of chocolates and other goodies. On this occasion however, it was noted that all the prizes went to the visitors – a carrot for a return visit? “The truth is that the Gloucester people are indeed friendly and welcoming,” said Carol.
Carol’s ladies were most surprised and pleased to welcome some 20 people from the other Gloucester churches, together with parishioners and a good representation of school parents.
These functions are organised by the hard working “catering group” of ladies who regularly cater for such parish functions, weddings, funerals, special groups and other social occasions with the proceeds being donated to the parish.
“This was a most successful function which met all our criteria: we brought together our parish community, the other Christian churches, our school community and along the way we made a few dollars…..we’ll certainly make this an annual event,” concluded Carol.
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Article and photos courtesy of Paul Sheridan.