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‘Faithful Servants’ – meet Maureen Allen Nov 24, 2023

First Sunday of Advent
Faithful Servant_Maureen Allen
Faithful Servant_Maureen Allen

Meet Maureen Allen

How long have you been a parishioner?

I have been attending Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church for 50 years or so.  In the early 70’s Grant and I and the children spent all school holidays at Currimundi Lake and we always went to Sunday Mass and Easter ceremonies at OLR.  I have been a permanent parishioner since the mid 90’s.

 

Where is your place of worship?

Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Caloundra attending 5.00pm Mass on a Saturday evening.

 

What is your favourite prayer/devotion?

I don’t have a favourite prayer.  I talk to God sporadically during the day and night.  What I find most prayerful are the words of particular hymns, especially hymns by Monica Brown, Trisha Watts, Taize and others.  When I first heard the expression “He who sings prays twice”  this really resonated with me.  I find hymns to be very meaningful and speak to me of God’s love.

 

How do you like to live out your faith?

I love going to Mass first and foremost.  I also try to live out my faith by caring for my family – I have 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  I like helping neighbours and people in the community through volunteering in different areas.  I have recently completed an eight week Pastoral Care Volunteer course at Southern Cross Aged Care facility.

 

What is your experience of God’s love?

I believe God’s love manifests through people’s love and kindness.  My mother would be a great example of that. I experienced God’s love through the devotion, love and care of my wonderful husband and throughout our 61 years of marriage;  becoming parents to our beautiful family; a Marriage Encounter weekend, Cursillo and many other times.  I just know that God loves me.

 

What do you most enjoy about being a part of the parish community?

The spirit of friendliness and acceptance of our parish community which is expressed through the many groups within the parish.  I like being actively in service and ministry, whether it is proclaiming the Word of God, or being a Communion Minister among other things.

 

 

 

 

Faithful Servants is a regular feature of the ever-present ‘servants of the faith’ across our local parish community.

Please email Bernadette Bain, if you would like to nominate someone for this feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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