TWENTY year-old Angela Pascoe has been chosen to represent Our Lady of the Rosary parish, Kenmore at the Brisbane archdiocesan synod in 2003.
When Angela made a late dash to take part in the parish’s seminar on the synod in October, little did she realise that she would be selected from the 63 parishioners who attended.
Angela was the youngest person at the seminar.
She said: “I wanted to attend the seminar and I was running a bit late, but I felt it important to hear what was being said and put forward my thoughts to my fellow parishioners at Our Lady of the Rosary.
‘I am passionate about the fact that the Church needs to keep its young people and must create a feeling of community. Not only should we attend Mass on Sundays but we need to feel part of the entire parish, know and meet others and help in the ministry of Christ.’
A student at the University of Queensland in St Lucia, where she is in her third year of a double degree in computer science and law, Angela has forthright views on what the Church needs to address in the new millennium to ensure that it continues to attract and keep young people.
‘I am a great believer in the fact that you should make an effort and not sit back and let others do all the work. I want to express the views of our parish at the archbishop’s synod.’
Angela lives with her family at Chapel Hill. Her father Ranald is a medical specialist at Wesley Hospital and her mother Lucia is a general practitioner.
Her eldest sister Deborah is an engineer and studying overseas for a PhD, her brother Christopher is a computer engineer at the University of Queensland and youngest sister Rachel is nine.
‘Our family moved to Our Lady of the Rosary parish in 1995 from Ipswich, where we were members of St Mary’s parish. There were three schools adjacent to the church – St Edmund’s, St Mary’s and the primary school. There was a great feeling of community in the parish and we loved the friendliness there,’ she said.
Angela is a lay minister of the Eucharist and sings regularly with the youth groups in the parish.
The Kenmore parish seminar which considered responses to the four synod themes posed by Archbishop John Bathersby lasted five hours. Delegates elected Angela, as in the words of one of the parish councillors, ‘she gave a great presentation and we could see that she was passionate about the Church and what she feels she can do for it’.
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