Pastoral Council Members

CO-CHAIRPERSONS

David Bland and Tasha Chye

David Bland and Tasha Chye are a husband and wife team who, as a couple,have been members of the parish since 2015.

Tasha has been working in the financial services industry for almost twenty years and in her current role is involved activities run in collaboration with community advocacy groups to support people who find themselves in vulnerable situations.  Her professional background spans a variety of experiences including Marketing & Communications, Project and Change Management, Business Strategy, People Development & Training and Customer & Community Advocacy.

David works in local government and has been for the past twenty years in various roles supporting at the grass roots level of community.  His career in local government has encompassed project management, contract management, development process, strategy and resource recovery.

Together, they look forward to bringing their respective skills and experience to the Parish Pastoral Council, and contribute to the continued efforts to renew our Parish community.

 

CHAIRPERSON

Gerry McCarthy

I grew up in the Enfield Parish and served
as an altar boy at the Holy Family Church
which stood in the grounds of what is now
OLSH College. My mum, dad, aunty, brothers
and sisters were involved in Parish life and I can remember as a small boy attending working bees for the building of St Martin’s Church.

My working life was as a primary school teacher and I served on Parish Councils at Millicent and Tea Tree Gully. I returned “home” to live in the Parish again in 2004.

Our previous Parish Priest coopted me onto the Financial Council and I’ve found no way of escaping ever since!  I currently serve my Parish through managing finances, maintenance of buildings, safety and welfare and being an active St Vincent de Paul member.

I am married to Cheryl and we have three sons who are all in far flung parts of the world.

 

Kelly Campbell

 I am Kelly Campbell and am a recent member of the Greenacres Walkerville Parish Pastoral Council. 

I live in Broadview and my family and I attend St Martin's Church at 9.30am on Sundays.  I am married to Greg and I have 3 children - Jake, Will and Ruby.

My family has had quite a long association with the parish over the years, my mother and husband have both been past Principals of the Parish Schools.  I currently work as Deputy Principal and APRIM (Assistant Principal In Religious Identity And Mission) at Rosary School, Prospect.  I also previously worked in both Parish Schools, St Martin's and St Monica's. 

I have always had a real interest in the ever changing Church and how we can make our faith real, alive and challenging to people of all ages.  My job involves developing good relationships between parishes and schools and inviting families into our communities through welcome and liturgy.  I particularly love coming along to St Martin's Church because of the family atmosphere and welcome of all the people in the Church.  It is lovely to always see someone with a smile for myself and my family.

 

Pat Patience

Married to Bill, with 2 adult sons (our youngest attended St Monica’s Parish School) and 2 wonderful grandchildren who, unfortunately, live in Sydney.

My working life has been in School Library Services at Blackfriars Priory School.

As a member of the Parish for 40 years, I usually attend Saturday evening Mass at St Monica’s where I share the Sacristan duties.

I represent our St Vincent De Paul Conference and the Work Health Safety Committee on the Parish Pastoral Council and also serve on the Parish Finance Council. As an Eucharistic Minister I take Communion to the Catholic Community at Helping Hand Northgate and the Calvary Rehab Hospital.

 

Maureen Atkinson

My name is Maureen Atkinson. I have been a member of the Greenacres Walkerville Parish Pastoral Council for the past eight months.

I was educated at St Joseph's Convent, Hindmarsh.

My husband John and I were married at St Monica's Church, in 1957. The priest that officiated was Father Thomas O'Rourke and we returned to this lovely Parish in 2012.

We had three sons (with great sadness we lost one 11 years ago). We have seven grandchildren and 4 great grand children.

Two years ago I as a guest speaker at the CWA speaking about dementia. I have had quite some experience in this field after nursing John at home for seven years. He sadly passed away 18 months ago.

I feel very privileged in being a Special Minister at Mass and taking communion to a lady who is no longer able to attend Mass

 

Reg Nye

Hi, fellow Parishioners I’m Reg Nye, a parishioner for the past 21 years and previously, a long term part of the Salisbury Parish.

In my adult years, I have always been active assisting parish administration and am currently a member of your Parish Financial Council. As a member of this Council I endeavour, with my fellow members, to manage our finances so that they are transparent, effective and support the growth and sustainability of our parish community

Church maintenance and upgrading is an important role of the Council and I find this activity, personally, very rewarding .

Also rewarding is my small activity within the ministry to the sick and elderly and attending the Lectio Divina sessions conducted by Sister Rita..

I have an engineering trade and production management background and later became involved in the Retail Hardware Industry for more than 30 years.

My family comprises 3 adult children , their partners, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild – they bring joy to my life. My other joy, is getting away in the car for a few days with friends and playing some bad golf!

A dream for my faith, is that the Church will make itself more relevant to our young people and I pray that that the coming Plenary Council in 2020 will have meaningful impact on this key need.

I think we have a growing, friendly parish community.