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Fr Terry's quadruple bypass heart surgery update

Thursday 20 December 2018

The time has come for me to return to full time Parish ministry. It is now 3 months since my open heart surgery and my recovery has been fantastic. It will still take time for me to fully recover but I feel well and I also feel so grateful ...

- for the gift of life
-  for the medical profession
-      and for this wonderful parish community of St Francis Xavier Montmorency.

Thanks to all of you, especially those of you who have come with beautiful meals and shared them in my home or in your home, for the visits, the lunches, the cards, the telephone calls, the gifts and those of you who drove me to medical appointments and rehabilitation at Donvale.

Thanks to our wonderful Parish Team, Rose, Ana, Beth and Chris for leading our Parish so capably and generously through these months of my recovery.

Thanks to the priests who presided over our week-end Masses and Sunday baptisms. Thanks for so many of you who have taken on extra responsibilities to ensure that our parish can still be a vital community in the absence of a Parish Priest.

As we come to Christmas and on behalf of our Parish Team, we wish you a very Happy Christmas. And for those of you who will be on holidays for Christmas Day, have a great holiday and see you in the New Year.

Friday 30 November 2018

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Fr Terry's news continues to be good as he recovers from his heart surgery. His cardiologist last week gave him the green light to return to the parish on light duties so you may be seeing him around the parish, particularly the parish house over these next weeks. His rehabilitation sessions at Donvale have been extremely helpful and already he can walk the hills of Monty better than he has for a long time.

Fr Terry will be at some Sunday masses to concelebrate with the priest who has already been organised to preside at those masses.

Immediately after Christmas, Fr Terry will be back full time in the parish and there will no longer be visiting priests for weekend masses. He wishes to thank all those priests who have helped to provide these masses.

He is extremely grateful for all the support of the parish community, with a real highlight being the dinners shared in his home each night.

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All continues to go well for Fr Terry. Some of you may have seen him walking the streets of Monty.

His cardiologist has prescribed 3 months of recovery time but he will ask at his next appointment on 23 November if he can resume some very light duties in the month of December. If however, the answer is a definite “no”, he will not be back before Christmas.

Fr Terry continues to be in good spirits 😊

Wednesday 31 October 2018
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Fr Terry recently went to meet the surgeon who operated on his heart last month and received a fantastic report.

He is recovering really well and is now out walking the tracks, even some hills, for 45 minutes to an hour on some days.

He is so grateful and always will be, not only for the gift of life, but also for the love and support of this wonderful community.

Thursday 25th October 2018
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Fr Terry is doing really well this week.  His recovery and rehab programme is on track and all going to plan.

He is so very grateful for the generosity of everyone and is really enjoying the meals and the enlivening company.
Fr Terry’s joy of being given a second chance and his delight in life and people is so wonderful to witness.

Thank you to everyone who has put their name down on the roster to provide a meal.  It filled faster than it took to sell out tickets to the AFL Grand Final!
The roster goes to the end of December at this stage. As per Fr Terry's wishes, we will leave it there for now as he would like to see how he goes and then determine later what type of support he needs.

Please remember that aside from his rest time of 2pm – 4:30pm, you can always contact Fr Terry directly about catching up with him outside of the dinner times.

With sincere appreciation,
The Parish Team

Sunday 21st October 2018

Fr. Terry has been home for a week now and is doing well.

He asked us to pass on this message:

"Please know I am totally overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. It has been an absolute joy seeing so many of you, enjoying a meal with you, having a chat with you and feeling your love and your support. I am doing well, feeling stronger each day, realising however, that it is a slow process and doing my best to stay within doctor’s orders.”

Last week we commenced a meal/visit roster for him and as he mentioned is enjoying sharing meals and company with everyone.

As you can imagine though, it is a big task to put together a smooth running meal/social visit roster, so to facilitate the process into the following months we will now use an online tool whereby you can access the roster and available dates directly at 

The internet is a wonderful tool in situations like this!

Fr. Terry isn't one to surf the internet though and he would like to know who is going to be coming ahead of the day. As such, when you add your name to the roster please call him and let him know so that he can put it in his diary. In addition if you change the date or remove yourself from the roster please also recontact him about the change so he can update his diary too just as you would any friend!

Thanks so much for your continued support and have a great day!

The Parish Team

Friday 12th October 2018

Father Terry is doing really well and has advised us that he will be discharged from the rehabilitation hospital on the weekend. He has passed on a message that he wanted us to share with you all:

“I just so appreciate the wonderful support and love that you've given me and the prayer that has obviously 
sustained me. I'm doing really well and taking one step at a time but so far it's all looking good. Looking forward to seeing you all again but it will be a couple of months yet before I see you in public ministry.” 

The plan is that he will return home and then go away a few days here and there over the month of November for short breaks when he doesn't have doctor and physio appointments.

As such he has advised us that his mornings in the next few weeks will be filled with appointments and he hopes to strictly hold the time between 2pm – 4:30pm as a rest period where he does not receive any calls or visitors.
If you would like to visit outside of this time please give him a call to make a date.

What Fr Terry will need is to have some meals organised for dinner during his recovery time.  However he does not want loads of meals left at the door as he just won’t be able to eat them and doesn't want to waste them so we will put together a meal roster.  

Fr Terry has made a special request. What he would love is that the person or family who is providing the (simple) meal will stay and eat dinner with him.  This will entail going to his place at dinner time with the meal and staying and sharing it with him.  The company for dinner would mean as much to him as the meal itself!

Frances Toscano of our Family Ministry Team will organise the roster as she has the dates he is available for dinner - he already has plans some nights. If you would like to provide and join Fr Terry for a meal, please keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website as there will be more information to come shortly.

Thanks, The Parish Team

Sunday 7th October 2018

Great news!  Fr Terry is doing well with his recovery and gaining more strength every day. He feels he is now up to receiving short visits.  

Fr Terry is at Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital.  If you are thinking about visiting, please check their website for visiting hours and the contact number to call ahead to check he is up to and available for a visit.  He mentioned that the best time for a visit is between 6-8 pm as he doesn’t normally have physio and other therapies scheduled at that time.
Cheers, The Parish Team

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

We are pleased to let you know that Fr Terry is slowly improving day by day.

He has been transferred to rehab for the next stage of his recovery process.

We spoke to him today and he sounded good and is very grateful for everyone’s prayers, thoughts and wishes.  

At this stage though, he has told us that he is still feeling very tired and not quite up to visitors as yet.  He will let us know when he is feeling up to visitors.

Thanks for your continued care and support. We have an awesome parish community!
The Parish Team

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Hi everyone, 

We are pleased to be able to let you know that Fr Terry has moved from ICU to the Coronary Care Ward.

He is doing as well as can be expected, however as you can imagine, it is still very early days and he has a long way to go to his full and complete recovery.
At the moment he is quite exhausted and needs much rest.  As such, he is not up to visitors or calls for the time being.

The hospital will advise us when he is able to start receiving visitors and calls and we will be sure to keep you posted.

By the weekend, there will be a message book set up in the Gathering Space of the Church.  
Please feel free to sign it or leave a message for him there.  In a couple of weeks when Fr Terry is feeling stronger and has moved to rehab we will give him the book.

Also, just to also let you know that from now on we will keep everyone updated by posting on our website www.sfxmonty.org and on our Facebook page.
We won’t continue to send emails.  

This week has demonstrated how much Fr Terry is loved. We thank you for your continued prayers and for your understanding in giving him the space he needs to recover successfully.

Gratefully yours,
The Parish Team

Monday 24th September 2018

Fr Terry has had a good night and is doing well. He is held dear to many people’s hearts and he is very grateful for all the kind wishes, thoughts and prayers that everyone is sending him at this time. 

As you would understand, in the next week or so whilst he is in hospital, we have been advised, it is vitally important that he gets as much rest as possible to aid in his full recovery. When he moves to rehab after his stay in hospital, there will be plenty of time for calls and visits which we are sure he will welcome and look forward to very much. 

At this time, by the request of the hospital, we ask that you please contact the parish office for updates rather than call or visit the hospital directly. We will post regular updates on our website, Facebook page and via email. The office is open as normal and we can take calls Tuesday-Friday between 9am -2pm. 

If you have cards or gifts that you would like passed on to Fr Terry  in these early days (though not expected or necessary) please feel welcome to drop them off at the Parish house and we will ensure that he receives them. 

We would appreciate if you could please pass this message on as you feel appropriate. 

Our sincere thanks and gratitude to you all for the love and support you have given to Fr Terry and to us, his parish team at this time.
We are truly blessed!

Sunday 23rd September 2018

We have just heard that Fr Terry’s operation went really well, he is stable and will be moving to ICU soon to begin his recovery.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Friday 21st September 2018

Fr Terry, having gone in for an angiogram this morning, has been told that he requires quadruple bypass surgery on the weekend.

As such he will be out of action in the parish for the next three months.

We are working to put alternative plans in place during this time including
•        having supply priests for the weekend masses and baptisms,
•        having Liturgy of the Word from Tues – Fri 9:10am
•        there will be no Saturday 8am mass 

We ask that you please keep Fr Terry in your prayers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or if there is anything that comes up of which you think we should be made aware.

Together as a parish community we can support each other and Fr Terry at this time.

We will keep you updated as we know more.

Rose, Ana, Beth and Chris
SFX Parish Team