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Parish Weekly Calendar & Forthcoming Events

Saturday 21 October   
5.00pm     Reconciliation at Mary Immaculate
5.30pm    Reconciliation at St. Bernadette’s
6.00pm    Family Mass at St Bernadette’s with St Bernadette’s School - Grades 1&2                                             

Sunday 22 October (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

9.00am    Mass at Mary Immaculate                        
10.30am   Mass at Mother of God                                         
Monday 23 October  
         
Tuesday 24 October  
9.15am    Mass at Mother of God with Grade 3/4H
4.15am     Christian Meditation at MI Hall

Wednesday 25 October  

9.15am    Family Week Mass at Mary Immaculate with Mary Immaculate School
7.00pm     First Communion Class 3 at MI Hall
7.30pm    Parish Pastoral Council

Thursday 26 October 

9.15am    Mass at Mary Immaculate
10.00am    Liturgy Group Meeting at Parish Office

Friday 27 October      

9.15am    Mass at St Bernadette’s with Prep N & 5/6

Saturday 28 October  (Sts. Simon and Jude)

5.00pm     Reconciliation at Mary Immaculate
5.30pm    Reconciliation at St. Bernadette’s
6.00pm    Mass at St Bernadette’s                                            

Sunday 29 October (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

9.00am    Family Mass at Mary Immaculate with Mary Immaculate School Years 3 & 4                                      
10.30am     Mass at Mother of God


Looking Ahead


November     
Wed 1    All Saints’ Day
    9.15am Mass at Mary Immaculate
    7.30pm Mass at Mother of God
Thu 2    All Souls’ Day
    9.15am Mass at Mary Immaculate
    7.30pm Mass at St. Bernadette’s
Fri 3    7.30pm Men’s Group at MI Hall
Wed 8    Noon Outreach Lunch and Cards
Sun 12    10.30am First Communion Mass at MOG
Wed 15    8.00pm Parish Finance Committee
Sat 18    8.00am-12 noon Spring Working Bee at MI
Wed 22    7.30pm Parish Council
Wed 29    10.30am Joint Schools Mass at MI

December
Fri 8    Feast of the Immaculate Conception
    9.15am Mass at St. Bernadette’s
    7.30pm Mass at Mary Immaculate followed by Parish BBQ
Wed 13    Noon Outreach Christmas Lunch  - tbc


Ryder Cheshire Morning Coffee
Friday 27th October, 10am at 14 Donaldson St, Ivanhoe. This month’s topic:  Chocolate - surely appealing to all of us! Do come and hear Bruce  Nethercole give us the inside story of Chocolatier.

Catholic Theological College Open Day
Wednesday 8 November, 4.30–6.30pm or 6–8pm at Catholic Theological College, 278 Victoria Parade,  E. Melb. Interested in theology, spirituality or pastoral studies at CTC in 2018? Come along to either session  and explore your options. There are a number of courses available at audit (no assessment or credit), undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Studies are offered in ‘The biblical world: texts and traditions’; ‘Christian spirituality: patristic and medieval authors’; ‘Introduction to liturgy’; ‘Pastoral studies: pastoral care and spiritual leadership’; ‘Meditation in the Christian tradition’; ‘Enhancing Catholic institutional identity’; and ‘Human ageing: theological and spiritual perspectives’. Explore these and many more subjects, along with a reflection and a guided tour. Light refreshments will be served. Details / RSVP: 3 Nov. Jenny Delahunt 9412 3314; [email protected]
Working Bee Saturday 18 November 8am-12 Noon
Around Mary Immaculate Church, Parish Office and Mary Immaculate Hall; mostly a general garden clean up, not too onerous with a mid-morning catch up  cuppa and a chat! If available for an hour, or two or more will help your Parish in this most practical way - collecting rubbish, weeding, trimming and pruning around the grounds and car parks, and any other small jobs that can easily be done!  BYO bucket, gloves, secateurs and weeding fork.  Any other labour saving equipment you can bring, will be most welcome! We will have a large garden waste skip on site to be filled!
Handel’s Messiah
Heidelberg Choral Society and Orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, corner Upper Heidelberg Rd and Noel St, Ivanhoe on Saturday 25th November at 7.30pm and on Sunday 26th November at 2.30pm.  Enquiries: 9434 4742
Annual Walter Silvester Memorial Lecture:Joys and  Struggles:  Tues. 24 October, 6.30pm, Christ Lecture Theatre, ACU, Young St, Fitzroy. This lecture features Donatella Acerbi, President of General Coordination Council of the Union of Catholic Apostolate. She will be discussing the joys and struggles of a lay woman leader in the global Church. Light refreshments offered from 5.45pm. Cost: Free Registration: Anne Dowling 9304 2926. Details and RSVP: by Monday 16 October for catering purposes to Anne Dowling 9304 2926 or Ronnie Malone
Understanding Power of Attorney Laws   Information session: Wednesday 25 October from 10am–12pm at LeLevel 3, 204 Lygon St, Carlton.   People interested in learning more about making enduring powers of attorney will find this information session a useful update on the new power of attorney laws. Powers of attorney allow adults with legal capacity to appoint someone to make decisions for them if they are unable or need help to make their own decisions. Many people are unsure about which documents to complete and the processes required to ensure they are legally valid. Session will explore issues around choosing the right decision maker and different powers of attorney available in Victoria.   Registration (essential)     Details: 1300 309 337
St John’s Parish Seminar:        
Thursdays 19 & 26 October and 2 November. Rev Dr Elio Capra, speaks about Amoris Laetitia - the Joy of Love, by Pope Francis.   
Topics: Structure and content of Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love. Why has Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love caused so much controversy? What are the implications for the individual, the family, the parish and the church?  7:30 - 9:00pm at Francis Xavier meeting rooms (St John’s Parish House) 52 Yarra St, Heidelberg. Entrance through the meeting room doors at the back of the  parish house. All Welcome.  Entrance Free. RSVP 9457 1066 or email: [email protected]
Annual Blessing of the Animals:
Saturday 28 October, 2pm, St Brigid’s, 378 Nicholson St, North Fitzroy. Catholic Concern for Animals,   Australia invites you to 2017 Blessing of the Animals, with celebrant Bishop Hilton Deakin. The ceremony will take place on St Brigid’s front lawn. Come with or without your pet animal (under due control). If there is rain, the service will go ahead under cover. There’s plenty of parking. Refreshments will follow. Cost: Free  Details: [email protected]
Working Bee Saturday 18 November 8am-12 Noon
Around Mary Immaculate Church, the Parish Office and Mary Immaculate Hall; mostly a general garden clean up, not too onerous with a mid-morning catch up cuppa and a chat! If you can spare an hour or two or more, to help your Parish in this most practical way. Collecting rubbish, weeding, trimming and pruning around the grounds and car parks, and any other small jobs that can easily be done! BYO bucket, gloves, secateurs and weeding fork.  Any other labour saving equipment you can bring, will be most welcome! We will have a large garden waste skip on site to be filled! Hoping some energetic and younger, school families can join in for an hour or two, to help their local Parish in this very practical way!
Mary Glowrey Museum:
The museum is now open Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm and Friday10am–1pm. Mary Glowrey Museum, ACU Fitzroy campus, Level 2, Cathedral Hall, 20 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.  The Museum is the perfect place to learn more about the remarkable life of Servant of God, Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ. Victorian-born & educated, Mary Glowrey felt called by God to medical missionary work in India. She left Melbourne in 1920 aged 32, joined a Dutch religious order in India and served there as a medical missionary for 37 years. The  museum gives a photographic and interactive overview of her remarkable life. Individuals and groups very welcome. Cost: Free. Details & group bookings (five or more): 9416 4674 for a tour or presentation Website:  www.maryglowreymuseum.info  www.facebook.com/maryglowreymuseum
Mass for Young Adults: Wednesday 6 September:
7.00pm at Sts. Peter and Paul’s, Corner Dorcas and Montague Sts, South Melbourne. Main celebrant at the next Mass for Young Adults will be Fr Andrew McCarter,  Catholic chaplain at the University of Melbourne. Food and festivities for after-Mass get together are being organised by University of  Melbourne Catholic Society and Catholics of One Spirit Down Under (COSDU).  Please stay after the Mass for conviviality, friendship and some great tucker!

Sister Anastasia Benevolent Fund 

In memory of great work given to the parish by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition, a fund has been established to assist their works. Donations or bequests can be made to: Sr. Margaret Anne Beech, Provincial & Bursar, 52A Bradshaw Cres. Manning W. A. 6152. T.08 9450 1588

CatholicCare-Volunteer Learning Partners:   
Are you interested in helping people overcome disadvantage and undertake tertiary education? CatholicCare, in partnership with Australian Catholic University, is looking for people with degree qualification or higher to help guide & support adult students from disadvantaged backgrounds to commence formal study for the first time. Time commitment of Learning Partner is 1.5 contact hours a week with a matched adult student over the course of 13-week semester, including an induction session. Note: Volunteers are required to undergo a police check and must have a current Working with Children Card prior to commencing any volunteer work. CatholicCare will facilitate police reference check at no cost to volunteer. - Matt Walton [email protected] or www.ccam.org.au/volunteer
Melbourne Catholic Magazine - August  - Catholic Heritage: St Colman’s Church, Balaclava - Census and Religion - Joel Hodge- Minor Prophets - Tribute to author Brian Doyle  Subscriptions can be made through Archdiocesan  Media and Communications Office:  9926 5758.
CatholicCare:  In Search of  Volunteer Learning Partners  
Are you interested in helping people overcome disadvantage and undertake tertiary education? CatholicCare, in partnership with Australian Catholic University, is looking for people with a degree qualification or higher to help guide and support adult students from disadvantaged backgrounds to commence formal study for the first time. Time commitment of a Learning Partner is 1.5 contact hours a week with a matched adult   student over the course of a   13-week semester, including an induction session. Note: Volunteers are required to undergo a police check and must have a current Working with Children Card prior to commencing any volunteer work. CatholicCare will facilitate the police reference check at no cost to the volunteer.  Details: Matt Walton on [email protected] or www.ccam.org.au/volunteer
When Life is Ending - Discussing Dying, Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia
The Victorian Government is seeking to introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide later this year. The proposed changes will impact everyone, not just the terminally ill. To help inform parishioners about the key issues involved, Archbishop Hart recently launched a resource titled – When Life is Ending. It is written by a religious sister who is also a GP and  bioethicist and seeks provide information that will be helpful to all seeking to oppose proposed legislation. Copies are available in each church. For additional copies please contact the Life, Marriage & Family Office on: [email protected] or 9287 5587NOTE: See 'From The Parish Newsletter'  HERE
St V de P Society Store  Volunteers:  Volunteers are needed to assist for periods of time in our local Vinnie’s stores at Heidelberg West.  Positions are available for volunteers who wish to involve themselves in the great works the stores do for the SVDP Society. Flexibility for volunteers to do half days only, full single days or multiple days in the afternoons of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We would especially welcome more men volunteers to join our in store team. If you are able to assist please make  contact with the store direct. Please contact Manager - Delores Tel: 9458 3428


Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea – Part-time recruitment:
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea is looking for a permanent part-time receptionist / administration person to work on Mondays from 2.30 – 7.00pm at the Mercy Centre, Alphington.
The successful person must have a pleasant manner, be proficient with Microsoft products and available to cover sick and annual leave for the other two receptionists. If you are interested in this position please email: [email protected] to request position description. 


 Volunteer Opportunity Assisting Refugee and Asylum Seeker:                                                                                                     Since our last request we have trained a further 22 volunteers to work in the schools assisting the Refugee and Asylum Seeker students. We now have 150 volunteers working in schools and our 3 adult programs. The majority of these volunteers have come through the advertising in parish newsletters.


Mercy Connect Project Melbourne– Mercy Works Ltd. is currently recruiting volunteers to support Refugee Students and Asylum Seekers in the Melbourne Archdiocese. The volunteer commitment is approximately half a day per week for four school terms. Experience working in an educational setting is preferred but not necessarily limited to retired, casual and part-time teachers; those interested are encouraged to apply.
Interview process will be in May followed by a Training Day early in June. There will be training days for all volunteers and support will be available on a regular basis. Our next Training Day is on Thursday 4th June.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the second half of the year to work in one of the 34, Primary, Secondary, Catholic and Government Schools where we are placed, or with one of the Adult Asylum Seeker Language Groups in Sunshine, Dandenong and North Melbourne. Please contact Sr. Mary Lewis RSM for an application form and further information. Contact details: Mercy Connect Project Melbourne 9326 1895;
Website: www.mercyworks.org.au or email: [email protected]   

Austin Hospital Mass:     There will be two monthly chapel services at Austin Hospital:
• An Ecumenical Service on the first Sunday of the month
• Catholic Mass on the third Sunday of the month.


Ivanhoe Playgroup:    The Ivanhoe Playgroup offers a welcoming and supportive environment where parents and children can play, learn and have fun.    Ages: The playgroup suits children aged between 0- 4 years

Venue:     Mary Immaculate Church Hall, 4 Waverley Ave. Ivanhoe
Session Times: Wednesday 9 - 11am or Thursday 9 - 11am        Fees: $80 per term.  
Further details: Contact Liz Shearer: Phone 0411 345 664 or [email protected]

y Connect Project Melbourne Phone: 9326 1895  Website: www.mercyworks.org.au            Email: [email protected]

 

Australian Christian Meditation Community at Mary Immaculate Hall:         
There is a Christian Meditation group meeting near you on Tuesday each Tuesday at 4.15pm at Mary Immaculate Church Hall. There have been good responses to our first meetings with an initial group of 11 starters. All are welcome and all are invited. Mary Immaculate Hall, 4 Waverley Ave, Ivanhoe. All are welcome. For further information, please ring Kathy Gillespie: 0438 530 324.  


Heidelberg Planned Activity Group:
Brochures are available in each church for the Heidelberg Planned Activity Group, Repatriation Hospital, Banksia St, Heidelberg West. There are two Planned Activity groups which are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 2.45pm. There is a small weekly charge of $10 to cover the program and transport. Community outings are an additional cost.
A referral is required from doctors, health professionals, case managers or community services. Self referral, and referrals from family or friends will also be accepted if you are eligible and a place is available.
Further information can be obtained by phone: 0401 652 703 or fax 9496 4337.


Family Care Sisters:  The Family Care Sisters facility at Croydon offers wholistic care to all women (aged 20-70 years) who are in need of a peaceful environment, ‘time out’, support or nurturing. Our residential program operates each week, Monday – Friday. Daily group sessions include topics on relaxation, well-being, self-awareness, boundaries etc. Suggested cost is $30 per day. Further information: 9723 5797 or  website: www.familycaresisters.com.au or email: [email protected]