Photographic Gallery 2016

Holy Trinity & Holy Family Volunteers' Thank You Dinner - 9 December 2016

Volunteers' Thank You Dinner 2016

Images: Frank Bugeja

Seventieth Anniversary Fair – 20 November 2016

Seventieth Anniversary Fair – 20 November 2016

Images: Frank Bugeja

Seventieth Anniversary Mass – 20 November 2016

Seventieth Anniversary Mass – 20 November 2016

Images: Frank Bugeja

Seventieth Anniversary Mass and Fair – 20 November 2016

Seventieth Anniversary Logo – 20 November 2016

Friendship Group Bus Tour to the Blue Mountains – 8 November 2016

Blue Mountains Bus Trip

Our trip was billed as a "Mystery and Eccentricity Tour" of the Blue Mountains.

At our morning tea stop at Glenwood we picked up our tour guide. He gave us a few local stories of events in the early days that happened in the very place that is now the park. These were stories of dirty deeds by not very nice people!

We then proceeded up the mountains and the guide filled us in on stories of the places we went through. Most of the locations were away from the main highway, passing along the original route that the first explorers took in some cases.

The chosen route took us through many areas of beautiful houses and gardens, rich in springtime colours.

Blackheath was the turnaround place on our travels and it was here that we visited Govett's Leap lookout.

The weather, though overcast, was kind to us and the view of the Grose Valley and waterfall was excellent.

The tour then began the homeward journey, stopping at the Blue Mountains Hotel at Lawson for a leisurely lunch, arriving back at MacKillop Hall around five. A good day was had by all!

Images: Dan Hale

The Diocesan Medal of Honour

Diocesan Medal of Honour 2016

Mr Barry Bredbury
Recipient of the Diocesan Medal of Honour on Monday 8 August

Mr. Bradbery has been a member of Holy Family Parish at East Granville since 1967. During this time he has been a reader, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, President of the Parents and Friends Association, as well as a member of the Parish Fi n a n c e C o m m i t t e e , a m o n e y counter, assisted with fundraising and cares for the altar and for the gardens of the church.

Friendship Group Wollongong Bus Trip - 10 May 2016

Wollongong Bus Trip

Our first stop was at the Wollondilly Shire Botanical Garden in Picton, where we had morning tea to the sound of raucous ducks!

Our next stop was time spent in the beautiful sunshine at the Wollongong Botanic Garden, then on to one of the Wollongong clubs for a yummy "all-you-can-eat" lunch.

After lunch we toured various spots down to Port Kembla. One highlight was the visit to Hill 60, an old coastal defence site that is now an excellent viewing place and a take-off point for hang gliding.

Our journey home was via the coast road to Stanwell Park then on to home.

Great day and a lot of fun!

Images: Dan Hale

Warragamba Dam Visit - 8 March 2016

Warragamba Dam Visit

The Friendship Group had a visit to Warragamba Dam on 8 March. The group went via Camden where they had morning tea, then on via Silverdale to the dam site. All were met with fine weather - and a wonderful lunch at the Warragamba Workers Club. The group finished the day with a visit to the Lindt Chocolate factory outlet at Marsden Park! Yum!

Images: Dan Hale

Hector Olivera Concert - Friday 4 March

Hector Olivera Concert

Acclaimed international organist, Hector Olivera, performed at Holy Family Parish on Friday 4 March. It was a one-off performance that will be well-remembered by all who attended on the night.

Born in Buenos Aires, Hector began playing the pipe organ when he was three. At age five he played for the legendary Eva Perón; and at twelve he entered the University of Buenos Aires. By eighteen, he had performed more than three hundred concerts throughout Latin America, appearing frequently on Argentinean radio and television. During this time, he also served for three years as the senior improvisational accompanist for the Collegium Musicum in Buenos Aires, vastly increasing his prodigious improvisational talent. When offered a scholarship at the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York, he moved to the United States. Three years later, Hector’s outstanding professional concert career was launched when he won the American Guild of Organists's National Improvisation Contest.

Besides playing many concerts in the United States, Hector has performed in Australia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland, Holland, Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico, China, Argentina, Belgium, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, Austria, Norway and Switzerland.

Prestigious venues have included the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Constitution Hall in Washington DC, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Balboa Park in San Diego, Myerson Concert Hall in Dallas, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Hector has performed as guest soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fort Wayne Symphony, the Dover-New Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Amsterdam Baroque Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony. Composer Robert Vandall described Mr. Olivera’s performance with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic as "an opportunity to hear and see greatness."

Images: Richard Zaiter