Book: "Centenary of Saint
Mary Magdalen Parish Trentham 1905 - 2005"
edited by Vi Ramsdale
Recently, in 2005, our Parish Community celebrated
our Centenary in which we paused to reflect on the contribution
of those goon before us, taken stock of our role as the Catholic
community of the present, and prayed for a renewed parish spirit
to guide us into the future.
As we begin our second century, we find ourselves
partnered with Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Kyneton as we share
our spiritual journey.
This marvelous book, edited bt Vi Ramsdale, celebrates
our Parish and the contribution of the many people who have
shaped our community.
of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Trentham 1905 - 2005
Forward ~ Year of
2005 celebrated the centenary
of The Parish of Saint Mary Magdalen, Trentham. It is made up of
the surrounding villages of Barry's Reef, Blackwood, East Trentham
, Fern Hill, Little Hampton, Lyonville, Newbury, North Blackwood,
Spring Hill, Trentham, Tylden, which constitutes this very unique
Catholic Parish constellation.
For over a hundred years catholic christians have
emerged from these villages and throughout this district to proclaim
in word and deed their fidelity to the person of Jesus the Chirst,
Son of God and Son of Mary.
The Patroness of this catholic community, Saint
Mary Magdalen, is the first herald of Easter Joy according to the
Gospel. Her experience and example has been, is and will always
be, that which flavours the lives of the pilgrims that belong here.
In the Church and Chapter Room there is a statue
and pictorial representations of the faith journey which Mary of
Magdala endured in order to become the prototype of Easter Joy;
at the foot of the cross - Good Friday, on her way to the tomb
- Holy Saturday and encountering the Risen Jesus - Easter Sunday.
Her journey of faith is the journey we are all called to walk
as pilgrims - no pain ~ no gain; there can be no resurrection
without the cross; Easter Sunday always follows Good Friday.
And so this book is to give you, the reader, a
glimpse of the journey of faith the Parishioners of Trentham have
had over the past hundred years. A journey filled with 'from
death to life' experiences that have been transformed by the
Holy Spirit in order to proclaim again and again in a myriad of
variations, the life, death and resurrection of our Saviour and
Lord, Jesus the Christ.
It is NOW our duty and our salvation always and
everywhere to deliver faithfully as contemporary stewards of the
Gospel, the message of resurrection to our brothers and sisters
awaiting the proclamation.
Saint Mary's Mission
"Ad Jesum per Mariam"
"To Jesus through Mary"
The Mission of Saint Mary still exists though not in its original
form. Today a number of Parishes occupy that same territory and
the Parishes of Saint Mary Magdalen's, Trentham and Our Lady of
the Rosary, Kyneton consists of thirty four villages that were part
of the Mission.
The work, apostolate and ministries of the Mission continue because
the Kingdom is already built but not yet. Parishioners and people
of good will are still committed to the dream of the Mission that
is to tell the story of Jesus the Christ in word and deed.
We are proud inheritors of a long tradition for us in Australia,
of Catholic people's fidelity to the faith of over one hundred and
fifty years. Those who have gone before us would no doubt be proud
of us for our ongoing commitment to the faith today. We hope we
can continue to live out our faith as we come full circle with how
the Mission began and developed with only one Priest and so many
is an art and is refined by the 'telling' of stories'. The one hundred
and fifty years of telling the story has no doubt taken its toll
on our collective energies, yet we are still here doing what many
of our forebears did before us and, hopefully, many will do after
us. All our efforts to bring about the Kingdom have borne many fruits
and may those fruits encourage us to move forward in hope.
The Risen Jesus is our focus; He is the main character of the story.
Through, with and in Him we come to realise our worth in the eyes
of God both personally and collectively. Our best ally is His mother,
Mary. She is also our patroness. Mary accompanies us with her eternal
energies. As our patroness we are blessed to have Mary walk the
journey of faith with us as we seek to do as she did so long ago;
bringing to birth in our hearts and in our communities, the tangible
presence of Jesus the Christ.
- The Journey Turns Full Circle
The History of St. Mary's Mission Kyneton, 1852-2002
- Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious
A History of St. Mary's Parish, Kyneton, 1852 - 1977
(Shane P. Hoctor)