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Catholic Parish Ivanhoe


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Latest Update from Fr. Bill – 8th April 2020

My sisters and brothers in Christ,

To help you celebrate the Easter Triduum go to the following Prayer at Home liturgies that have been prepared for our Parish:

§  Holy Thursday - click  HERE (Read ASAP because option 1 needs a bit of preparation)
§  Good Friday Stations of the Cross - click  HERE
§  Good Friday Passion Liturgy - click  HERE
§  Easter Vigil & Day - click  HERE  (includes shortened newsletter)

To view my Easter Message video clip click  HERE

The Easter Triduum liturgies will also be broadcast live from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on your TV on channel 44 (which is actually Channel 31) as follows:

§  Holy Thursday 7.30pm
§  Good Friday 3.00pm
§  Easter Vigil 7.30pm
§  Easter Day 11.00am

Please direct any enquiry (whether it be about pastoral care, ongoing sacramental ministry to the sick, administration, or any other matter relating to our Parish) to our Parish Office at 4 Waverley Ave. Ivanhoe 3079.    Email     Phone 03 9499 1515     Mobile 0427 879 733

You can access the full set of readings for the Daily Mass to read at home at:

You will find the link to the Masses that are streaming online on our Website  Go to  MASS DETAILS on our Home Page

Tip of the Week: (from your fellow parishioners)

1. Make sure you have your flu shot and if over 65 get your pneumonia shot.
2. Tie a ribbon around a bunch of flowers from your garden, add an Easter greeting, drop at neighbour’s front door, and once home call or text.

Do you have any tips to share? Email them to me at

In the solitude and isolation of this Easter may you discover the Risen Christ walking with you, as did the disciples after they left the emptiness of Christ’s tomb.

May our loving God who raised Jesus from the dead raise your spirits in joy and peace and may his blessing rest upon you and your families this Eastertide.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Bill Edebohls

Parish Priest
Important excerpts from previous COVID-19 special notices and updates:
We have been directed by Government (state and federal) to close all places of worship and religious gatherings. At this point in time, this means the closing of our church doors, not just for the celebration of Mass and other liturgies, but for all activities including individual visits and private prayer. So now the church doors remain locked and appropriate signage has been placed on church doors.

As from Thursday 26 March our parish office will close and Ruth will be working from home. Parish business will still go on and phone calls will be redirected to my mobile or to Ruth at home. Emails will, of course, still be dealt with.

Other implications of the current regulations are:

BAPTISMS: Postponed except in emergency.
WEDDINGS: Postponed.
FUNERALS: Must be celebrated privately with only 10 people present.
RECONCILIATION: Ring me for an appointment and for the arrangement of an appropriate place.
HOME COMMUNIONS: To protect our vulnerable parishioners who receive communion at home, and many of our home communion ministers who are also vulnerable, I have stopped all home communion visits. In the case of serious illness and ministry to the dying, whether at home or in an aged care facility or hospital, the parish priest should be contacted so that he can visit and offer sacramental ministry

Talking about things we can no longer do can lead us into despair – so what can we do?

1.       While we are discouraged from visiting people in their homes, make a special effort to stay in touch by phone. Adopt a neighbour, a fellow parishioner, a family member and commit to a couple of phone calls each week.

2.       Drop a parish newsletter into the letterboxes of neighbouring parishioners, especially if you know they do not have internet access. Hard copies of our weekly newsletters can be collected from the front doors of each of our churches or the parish office where I have affixed containers for our newsletters.
3.       Encourage other parishioners to visit our parish website and if they have not been receiving emails from me then encourage them to email the office so that we can add them to our group mailing.

4.       In your regular phone contacts, if you discover a need for practical help, eg. grocery shopping, need for medications  etc. (if you cannot assist yourself) email the parish office so that we can call on other resources that we are trying to establish in the parish in conjunction with other community groups.
5.       Continue to nurture your prayer life: use the liturgy that will be provided in the weekly newsletter, watch a Mass online, use the other prayer resources available both on our website and on countless other sites, start using your rosary again. And remember that I am still offering Mass throughout the week for you, albeit privately behind closed doors.

Whilst this unusual situation that we as a Church find ourselves in, will cause much grief and concern for many within our community, we must remember that we are obligated to work together in charity and in solidarity, with the whole of our country, to best protect our people by the containment of the spread of the Coronavirus.

If we as the Church are to be the Light of Christ in the midst of this crisis, it will be in ways that may be very different to what we are used to. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to both neighbour and stranger. If not reaching out our hands, remembering to reach out with our hearts.

Let me end this update with a message from your Archbishop:

“Please assure your people in every way that the measures being put in place are for their safety, for the safety of the most vulnerable, and for the safety of all whom they love most dearly.

May this great season of Lent, this time of preparation and celebration, not be seen as lost, but something embraced in a new, life-giving way.”

Fr. Bill Edebohls

Parish Priest


To the:

Mary Mother of the Church

Catholic Parish Ivanhoe 



Fr Bill Edebohls. Parish Priest (Here)

& the

Parish Pastoral Council (Here)

Communication This parish prides itself on listening to everyone, and in these rapidly changing times also keeping everyone updated on key developments in our Parish and wider Church and engaging people in our Church mission. If you would like to be kept directly informed you may subscribe to the free parish periodic email  'website update'  facility, and  just as easily unsubscribe at any time should you wish to).

Parish Information

The 2019 Parish Calendar (revised 26 July 2019) is available HERE
For all Parish information and details of Mass and Liturgy times click HERE 

For Local, National and International faith-related News, Information and Opinions see 'News 2019' page Here

Want to be kept informed? Most parishioners keep informed and up-to date with all that's happening in our Parish, and in our Church, by subscribing to the (FREE) weekly email 'Website Update' at (you can also self-unsubscribe at any time)
Parish Mission:
The Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe identifies its mission as a community of people:
Who are united in faith in Jesus and his values;
Who gather to celebrate the Eucharist;
Who seek to serve the needs of the community and the world; and
Who bear witness to the way life could be.

Parish Values:
We name our Parish values as:
Some of the ways we pursue our Parish Mission and Values are through our
Group and our Events

Our Churches

Mary Immaculate Church
Cnr Upper Heidelberg Road & Waverley Ave Ivanhoe

Parish Office behind the Church
4 Waverley Avenue, Ivanhoe
Tel: 03 9499 1515

Melway 31 E8
Photo: 30 November 2008

St Bernadette's Church
89 Bond Street, West Ivanhoe

Also Korean Community Church

Melway 31 D6
Photo: Sunday 23 March 2008

Mother of God Church

63 Wilfred St, Ivanhoe East (Cnr Robinhood Rd)

Melway 31 J9 Photo: Saturday 15 March 2008

Our Parish Schools

Mary Immaculate Primary School:

St Bernadette's Primary School:

Parish Contacts

The Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe is located at 4 Waverley Avenue Ivanhoe 3079

Parish Secretary:        Mrs Ruth Villani, Tel.  03 9499 1515
Parish Office eMail:
Parish Website:
Parish Website eMail:
Parish Priest:              Fr Bill Edebohls: 63 Wilfred Rd East Ivanhoe. Tel. 9499 5440

Latest News


Plenary Council updates.

Parish and Schools input

to the 2020 Plenary Council.

 Plus later developments


Read latest News Here 
Communication from
the Archbishop HERE

  • Letter to Laity, Religioius and Clergy from the Archbishop, CAM.
  • First assembly of Plenary Council postponed.
  • Under lockdown has the whole world become a monastery?
  • Plenary Council. Final Report for Phase 1 to the Archdiocese of Melbourne, 3 April 2020
  • Praying at home during this coronavirus Holy Week
  • Coronavirus and a Church of paradoxes.
  • The Catholics who don’t believe in God.
  • 5th Australian Plenary Council: Has the diversity of voices been called?
  • Common Sense Isn’t Enough: Can the pandemic cure us of bad habits of mind?
  • Number of consecrated men and women decline, Vatican statistics show.
  • Lack of resources, a priest shortage and the merging of dioceses in France.
  • Coronavirus indulgences evoke Francis' 'ridiculously-pardoning' church.
  • Women petition Cardinal Gracias for more decision-making roles.
  • Melbourne’s Plenary Council delegates announced.
  • A Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Victoria
  • Melbourne’s Plenary Council delegates announced.
    Death of Ray Blackbourn.
  • Coronavirus indulgences evoke Francis' 'ridiculously-pardoning' church.
  • Women petition Cardinal Gracias for more decision-making roles.
  • Parish Letter from Fr Bill.
  • Message from the Bishops of Victoria (COVID-19).
  • Lent and Project Compassion 2020 - Barry's Story.
  • Australian Catholic Plenary Council delegates to be announced next week.
  • Full bench reserves decision in Cardinal Pell case.
  • 'Synodal way' could call for women
Ecumenical and Interfaith Communities
Our parish is proud to have enjoyed a long and mutually valuable association with local Churches and more recently also with other faith communities. Details of local churches in Ivanhoe Churches Together may be found HERE
All videos are available under the Photos/Multimedia Menu Button HERE
Events HERE
Mass Details HERE