Expansions sought as parish booms

ST AIDAN’S Catholic Church has launched its fund-raising art union.

The church hopes to raise $300,000 in the next year for its much-needed extensions and renovations.

Parish priest Father Alan Layt was among the first to buy tickets.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who brought raffle tickets on the day and those who will buy raffle tickets to support the extension and refurbishment,’’ he told the packed church at the launch.

‘‘This is a project of one of the largest communities in Rooty Hill and we hope that everybody in the community will support it.’’

Parish pastoral council president Carmen Cassar said: “This is a time of celebration because we have grown so much. What better problem could you have than the need to enlarge your church?’’

The original St Aidan’s church was built in 1915 on a large vacant piece of land surrounded by farming communities.

The current church was built in 1981, thanks to the devoted efforts of the large Maltese and Polish communities who settled in the area.

It was built by then parish priest Father Norm Grady.

Many of the surrounds were completed by the next parish priest, Father Alex Scibberas.

Today the community is largely of Filipino and Indian descent, although there are still many Polish, Maltese and Italian parishioners.

Four masses are held on Sundays to cater for the 1600 people who attend.

The church hopes to sell 15,000 tickets at $20 each to raise the $300,000.

The church proposes a $10,000 first prize and four $5000 runners-up prizes.

Winners will be announced next May.

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