“Our feeling today is one of thanks” said Fr. Frank Smith C.Ss.R. Frank is a Redemptorist and part of the Wendouree West Exodus Community in Ballarat, Victoria.
Frank was speaking to a group of 70 people. These people were at a barbecue to celebrate the twelfth birthday of the Exodus Community. It was a beautiful, sunny day (March 12) and a gentle breeze was blowing through the trees on the front lawn of Exodus house.
Fr. Frank thanked God and the many people who had been part of the Exodus journey over the last twelve years.
Exodus Community ministers in one of Victoria’s most disadvantaged areas. It has 30 volunteers who reach out to the neighbourhood and welcome people to Exodus House for friendship, and for material, emotional and spiritual support.
Fr. Frank thanked all, but in particular mentioned the support of Bishop Paul Bird C.SsR and the Ballarat Catholic Community. The Exodus out reach is also being supported by Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Wendouree. Fr. Frank thanked Fr Peter Sherman the pastor of the parish. Fr. Frank also thanked Fr. Glenn De Cruz C.Ss.R and all the Redemptorists for their support to Exodus.
The barbecue was tastefully prepared by the Exodus House Team. It was a day of community sharing food, fun and conversation.
“We started off with nothing” said Fr. Frank., “no house, no people, nothing.” But with the help of God and many generous people, we are here to celebrate our twelfth birthday. Next year we will be a teenager!”