01 Sep 2020

Keeping St Mary’s community together

The Southern Cross  |  September 2020

Keeping St Mary’s community together

When Masses were suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Isabel Storer knew it was going to have a big impact on parishioners at St Mary’s Church in North Adelaide.

Known as a “very welcoming community”, parishioners not only enjoy each other’s company at the Sunday Mass but also look forward to the catch up afterwards at the nearby Cibo on Melbourne Street or in the church carpark.

“It’s a little church and the community are great… and sometimes we get up to 40 people going to Cibo afterwards,” Isabel said.

“It’s a good get together and it is conversation about any and everything.

“When COVID happened I couldn’t think of what to do to engage the community, but I absolutely saw the need to try and keep the community together.”

Initially, the retired kindergarten director put her technology skills to use and with some assistance from another parishioner set up a Facebook page. It ran for a while but wasn’t as effective as Isabel had hoped.

After enjoying a ‘virtual’ gin and tonic catch-up with a friend one evening, Isabel (pictured) had the idea that maybe online get- togethers would work for the parish community. Someone suggested Zoom and she jumped on the idea, setting up a regular meeting every Sunday after people had observed Mass on the live stream.

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