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Hundreds of parishioners and members of local Catholic school communities in northern Sydney have paid tribute to the remarkable Marist priest, Fr Kevin Bates who has retired as Parish Priest at Holy Name of Mary, Hunters Hill after 14 years in which he has helped shape the faith of generations of Catholics, particularly through his love of music.
Despite the rapid changes and shifts of modernity, a regenerative Divine energy lies at the core of the Church.
"While 87 per cent of our parishes are equipped with e-giving, the utilisation rate is roughly 20 per cent," Dias said. "So a lack of public Mass means declining collections."
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