Sr Maureen Parker: A full life at Viridian

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Sr Maureen is a resident of Viridian Retirement Village, Boondall in Brisbane.

  • We have Mass four times a week. We are anointed twice a year and we have communal Reconciliation
    twice a year. I contribute to these, as requested.
  • I am on the roster for Reading and as a Special Minister.
  • I pray, read, reflect and enjoy the beauty around me.
  • I take Communion to the sick Residents here and in the Nursing Centre when needed.
  • I run a Lenten Programme each year during the day.
  • I attend a weekly Prayer group which breaks open the Sunday Gospel and I provide the music for the evening when needed.
  • I belong to the choir and attend meetings and practice as required. I came up with the name for the group, the Viridian Voices.
  • I attend the monthly Pastoral Care morning teas in the Café and functions run by CRAqld.
  • I visit the sick in their apartments, phone them, send them emails or drop them a note. At times I have visited residents in hospital.
  • I comfort the bereaved, write notes, visit them, attend vigils and funerals when possible.We have had 19 residents go to their eternal reward since I’ve been here. Three residents have buried one of their children.
  • I listen to people, have a cuppa, socialise! There are in-house markets each Wednesday. All residents on my floor have morning tea together each Wednesday so we can get to know each other.
  • I maintain relationships and friendships with Sisters here and interstate by phone and email. With family in Toowoomba, on the Sunshine Coast and elsewhere. Friends from my Outreach days in Toowoomba, from my teaching days at the Gap and Cabramatta.
  • I’ve been contributing to the Crossroads Newsletter since 1992. Twice a year now! I wrote a reflection on Easter for the Shalom magazine of the Zillmere Parish as
    requested. I prepare and give a talk on Mary Aikenhead each year for 22nd July and I meet up with the members of my Community from time to time, to pray, chat and celebrate. I attend community meetings, functions, movies and celebrations. I also visit Sisters at Mt Olivet when I can.

Exercises

  • I attend weekly aqua aerobics, Zumba for Seniors and make good use of the walking track set up for our use.

Other things I do

  • I keep my apartment in order: washing, ironing, shopping and cooking etc. I do the budget each month, pay bills. I visit the Doctor
    regularly. I care for the car: petrol, cleaning, servicing every six months.
  • I have learnt how to use the technology in the Media Room and have taught others to use it. I am able to show DVDs when needed.
  • I am responsible for the care of our Sisters’ graves here at Nudgee, in Toowoomba and at Lismore. I liaise with Sr Maria Wheeler.

Sisters in Ministry

THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
When we have so much to praise the Lord for, we must not complain.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
True affection is to rejoice in the happiness of our dear ones. Never allow a sentiment of resentment to enter into our hearts.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
What we do ought to be done well.

The Sisters of Charity acknowledge the First Peoples and traditional custodians of this land where we live. We respect, value and honour their history, culture and spirituality. We are committed to standing in solidarity and to actively working for justice, peace and harmony in this land.

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