Five minutes with… Rebecca Klarica
This month, the Catholic Voice spent five minutes with REBECCA KLARICA.
What is your job title and what do you do? (44+)
My title is Parish Liaison and Pastoral Care Coordinator (Bateman’s Bay), but I really do a lot of administrate work, however I feel the pastoral side is more where it’s at for me. Even sitting at the front desk is all about being pastoral.
How long have you worked for the Archdiocese?
About 8 years
What are the best parts about your job?
I really enjoy working as part of the sacramental team, working alongside our parish priest and the teachers in St Bernard’s school. Here we assist parents who are bringing their children for a sacrament, but they are often unsure about a lot of things, so it’s in that space that we work to bring Jesus to them in a very real way. I also feel it’s a real privilege to be part of people’s lives when they are sharing matters of the heart. My ministry in my job is “listening,” then comes all the practical work, which I don’t mind either.
Who inspires you in your faith?
My daughter is my inspiration. She was raised catholic but as a young woman went about seeking out what being a” Catholic” means for her. She discovered real beauty in the church and why we as Catholics do what we do. Also a friend of mine who has a great gift of prayer. These two inspire me daily.
Do you have a favourite Saint?
My favourite saint is St Catherine of Siena, also a great inspiration for me.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that you’ve done in your present job?
My most embarrassing and humbling thing has been, when I’ve made a blunder in the bulletin and knowing that 300 people over the weekend have spotted it.
What was the last concert you went to and the next one you’d like to go to?
I last went to see the ballet in Melbourne ,” Alice’s adventures in wonderland”, SPECTAULAR. Next show is Lin Manuel Miranda’s “ HAMILTON”, can’t wait!
What is your favourite sporting team and/or sport (and why)?
I don’t really have a favourite sporting team, but we follow the Rabbitohs in our house, my husband’s influence on all of us. Even my son in-law had to come on board if he was to take our daughters hand in marriage.
What is your favourite food or beverage?
I just love food full stop and coffee is my addiction.
What is your favourite place to eat?
Outside cafes in Paris.
What is your favourite movie?
Who is your favourite actor/actress?
What is your favourite book and last book read?
“To Kill a mocking bird” and one just read is, “The glove maker”
What is your favourite place for a holiday?
Paris… can’t get enough.
What is the best thing about where you live?
Where we live is inspiring and peaceful, it’s beautiful, being surrounded by bush and ocean.
What is your favourite quote, phrase or motto?
“Do all things with great love,” Mother Theresa quote.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advise I’ve been given was to, live in the present moment as much as you can, not to worry about tomorrow.