A wonderful evening was had by all parishioners at the annual Parish dinner, this year, held for the first time at the Canada Bay Club Auditorium. Function managers and staff pleasantly delivered a delicious 3 course meal including excellent wines and beverages.

Together with St Pat’s Parish Priest, Monsignor John Usher, the VIP guests included Fr Tom Stevens, St Mary’s Liverpool, Fr Brian Egan, St Ambrose Concord West, Fr Paul Crowley, St Mary’s Concord, Canada Bay Mayor Helen McCafferey, John Sidoti Member for Drummoyne, Mandy Westgate, Principal St Patricks Primary School. Apologies were received from Fr John Langtry who was unable to attend.

Michael Bailey donated his services and was the MC for the evening. Monsignor John Usher welcomed everybody and Father Tom Stevens said Grace. Mike Bailey honoured Mons. John on his 45th year of ordination and Anne Manenti presented him with a gift from the parish.

Following this presentation and continuing with the celebration, a surprise guest artist was introduced, that being Joseph Fimmano. Joseph’s brilliant show business career was highlighted and he received due applause from the appreciative audience. Joseph is a recipient of 21 Australian Club Entertainment Awards for performer of the year Award and 8 MO Awards, starting at the very young age of 5 years and winning Johnny Young’s Young Talent Time and now performing throughout Australia and SE Asia on Royal Caribbean and Princess cruises and theatres across Australia with his brand new show, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT.

Anne Manenti, Co-ordinator of the dinner, thanked Joseph Fimmano and in turn thanked her committee, Sponsors of the raffle and Hosts for their participation in making the evening such a great success. In addition many luxurious prizes were won by so many in the fabulous raffle. Many thanks to our “Parish ” photographer, Denise Norman. Photos can be purchased with a gold coin. Proceeds to the Pastoral Care Ministry.

After dessert and coffee was served while guests continued to enjoy the remainder of the evening.

Thanks to all who were able to attend this special annual event. It was a wonderful occasion for us all. We extend our heart-felt gratitude to Anne Manenti and her wonderful team for bringing us together to celebrate our community life and common faith. The social Ministry of our Parish is vital. It is a ministry which enable us to share our common goals as Catholics and acknowledge the importance of solidarity and friendship as people united in faith, hope and justice.

Parish Admin