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Calendar, Special Notices, & Forthcoming Events


Saturday 14 May (St Matthias)

9.15am       Mass at Mother of God

9.45am       Reconciliation at Mother of God

5.30pm      Reconciliation at St. Bernadette’s

6.00pm      Mass at St Bernadette’s


Sunday 15 May (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

9.00am Mass at Mother of God

10.00am 1st Communion Catechism at MOG

10.30am Mass at Mother of God

12noon Baptism at Mother of God

7.00pm Rosary for Teresa O’Donnell

at St Bernadette's


Monday 16 May (Easter feria)

10.00am Funeral Mass for Teresa O’Donnell

at St Bernadette's


Tuesday 17 May (Easter feria)

9.15am Communion Service at Mother of God

4.15pm Meditation Group at Mother of God


Wednesday 18 May  (Easter feria)

9.15am Mass at St Bernadette’s

7.30pm Parish Pastoral Council


Thursday 19 May (Easter feria)

9.15am Mass at Mother of God

9.45am Gospel & Coffee Discussion Group at MOG

1.45pm Mass at BlueCross


Friday 20 May (Easter feria)

9.15am Mass at St Bernadette’s [with Gr. 2 & 3]


Saturday 21 May  (Easter feria)

9.15am Mass at Mother of God

9.45am Reconciliation at Mother of God

5.30pm Reconciliation at St. Bernadette’s

6.00pm Mass at St Bernadette’s


Sunday 22 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

9.00am Mass at Mother of God

10.00am 1st Communion Catechism at MOG

10.30am Mass at Mother of God




Wednesday 18 May 

7.30pm Parish Pastoral Council at Mother of God




Parish Pilgrimage 2023

Harvest Journeys have confirmed the new dates for our Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to the Covid pandemic). The new dates are Tuesday 11th April - Friday 28th April 2023.


Original participants are asked to email Fr. Bill to confirm that they are still interested in participating. New participants are welcome to join the pilgrimage and should email Fr. Bill.


All who express a continuing or new interest in the pilgrimage will be sent a revised itinerary and further information will be forwarded as it becomes available.

Gospel & Coffee Discussion Group

Our Gospel and Coffee Discussion Group meets each Thursday after the 9.15am Mass

and concludes at 10.30am.

All Welcome! 


Parish Climate Action Group

As you’ll know from today’s Mass, we’re starting Laudato Si’ week and you’ll receive a take-home handout about it at the end of mass. 


Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si in 2015.  He addressed it to “every person living on this planet”. At the start of it, he wrote: our “Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us ….  now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.  The violence present in our hearts …. is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.” 


He says our world and human life itself are God’s gifts to us and must be defended from the continuing harm.  He repeats the call of Popes before him for all of us to undergo an ecological conversion. “Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in our lifestyles, models of production and consumption and the established structures of power which today govern societies.” 


Please have a read of our Laudato Si week handout and reflect - and act -  on our shared journey of ecological conversion.  Please consider how to protect and defend God’s earth, our Mother Earth, her climate and ecology, when you vote in the election next week. And remember, there are links on the parish website right at the top of the homepage to Laudato Si Week resources and to Catholic Social Justice election statements. There’s also  useful  statements to help with voting for the good of the earth on The Climate Council’s website,  HERE

 and on the ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) website in their newsletter of 10 May HERE

Sr. Joan Chittister osb
The Time Is Now - Getting Back On Mission
Live in Melbourne, May 12 -  then Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane     (Flyer and bookings HERE)
Meditation Group
Held in the foyer of Mother of God Church at 4.15pm every Tuesday. Newcomers most welcome.
Normal Covid protocols apply, so bring a mask. Any questions phone Kathy on 0438 530 324.

Volunteer Opportunity

Assisting Refugee Students

MERCY CONNECT MELBOURNE – Mercy Works is currently recruiting volunteers to support Refugee Students and Asylum Seekers in Primary and Secondary schools across 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 limited to. Please contact Sr. Mary Lewis RSM for an application form and further information. A Training Day for new volunteers with emphasis on Child Safeguarding will take place prior to commencement.   

Email:   (preferred for contact)       Website:     Tel: 9326 1895