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Parish Weekly Calendar & Forthcoming Events

Saturday 14 September (Exultation Holy Cross)
5.00pm    Reconciliation at Mary Immaculate
5.30pm    Reconciliation at St Bernadette’s.
6.00pm    Vigil Mass at St. Bernadette’s

Sunday 15 September (Ordinary Time 24)
9.00am    Mass at Mary Immaculate
10.30am Mass at Mother of God

Monday 16 September (Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian)
Fr. Bill will be attending the Archdiocesan Annual Clergy Conference. Masses will be replaced by Communion Services from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 inclusive.

Tuesday 17 September  (Feria)  
9.15am    Communion Service at Mother of God

Wednesday 18 September (Feria)  
9.15am     Communion Service at Mary Immaculate
    with Yrs. 2, 3 & 4    

Thursday 19 September  (Feria)
9.15am    Communion Service at Mary Immaculate
10.00am    Liturgy Group meeting in Parish Office

Friday 20 September (Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Husang & Companions)  
9.15am   End of Term School Mass at St. Bernadette’s

Saturday 21 September (St. Matthew)
5.00pm    Reconciliation at Mary Immaculate
5.30pm    Reconciliation at St Bernadette’s
6.00pm    Vigil Mass at St Bernadette’s

Sunday 22 September  (Ordinary Time 25)
9.00am     Mass  at Mary Immaculate
10.30am    Mass and Baptism at Mother of God

Saturday 5 October 
8.00am    Working Bee at the Parish Office
Wednesday 23 October 
8.00am    Parish Finance Committee
Sunday 27 October 
5.00pm    Meet at Parish Office for excursion to St. Joseph’s Melkite Catholic Church, Fairfield for the Eastern Rite Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

Book Launch "Getting Back on Mission: Reforming our Church together"  Garratt Publishing. Launched by Francis Sullivan former CEO Truth, Justice & Healing Commission,  Newman College, University of Melbourne, 6:30 pm Tuesday 17 September.  An updated  book version of Catholics For Renewal's comprehensive submission to the Australian Catholic Plenary Council 2020/2021. Details and booking for this free event  HERE.     Further book details from Garratt Publishing.

Parish Climate Action Group

Responding to Pope Francis’ call for immediate action to mitigate global warming and avoid committing “a brutal act of injustice on the poor and future generations”          Lifestyle tip for the week: Remove or add to the clothing your wearing to stay at a comfortable temperature rather than changing your thermostat. This reduces your energy use and your carbon emissions. (From ARRCC - Australian Religious Response to Climate Change)    Simone Weil Lecture: Virtue in a Changing Climate. Prof. Roger Crisp, Oxford University Prof. of Moral Philosophy, Thurs Sept 19, 6pm Australian Catholic University Fitzroy campus.  No cost but you need to register. One of our Climate Action Group members is attending so if you want transport or company to attend, contact the parish office.       School Strike for Climate movement is holding rallies all over the world on Sept 20  -  Global Climate Action Day  -all concerned about climate justice welcome. 2-4pm Treasury Gardens.  ARRCC is holding a multi-faith service beforehand 12.30pm Wesley Church 148 Lonsdale St.  The 12.06pm train from Hurstbridge will have musical entertainment and fun activity for people taking the train to the rally. It’s called the Northern Party Train and leaves Ivanhoe station at 12.44pm.

Parish Working Bee
Saturday 5th October 8.00am to 12 noon - Around Mary Mother of the Church Parish Office and Mary Immaculate Church and Hall. A general garden tidy up, with the bonus of a catch up cuppa and chat mid-morning! Can you spare an hour or two for your Parish, to help in this most practical way? Our primary goal this time is to take cuttings and transplant smaller plants into pots, so we can nurture them at home until the building programme is over, and then transplant them back into the Parish’s new garden areas. Please collect and bring along as many recycled plastic pots and buckets as you can. We do hope school families will join in, looking after some plants at home until we can plant them again after the Parish building works are completed

Annual Mission Fair

The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver will hold their Annual Mission Fair on Sat 12 October 9am - 3pm at 154 Cotham Rd., Kew. The year the proceeds will go to Sr. Veneranda Myuku working at the Ikombo Epileptic Centre for the poor in the Mahenge Diocese of Tanzania. Enquires 9817 3715.

Parish Excursion - Sunday 27th October Reserve the Date! After the success of our last excursion to the Islamic Museum, our next Parish excursion is to the Eastern Rite Melkite Catholic Church in Fairfield to attend their evening Mass - the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.         5.00pm Meet at our Parish Office for a brief introduction to the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church.

5.30pm Travel together (sharing cars) to St. Joseph’s Melkite Catholic Church, 40 Gillies St. Fairfield, for Mass at 6.00pm. After Mass we will share pizza for dinner.        In a week or two there will be a sheet to register your attendance in the church foyers.

We are looking for males who would be available to assist us with our men’s shed program.    Perhaps you are an avid traveller, a retired school teacher, handyman, etc  who could come and have a coffee and a chat for an hour with a handful of our men? Blue Cross Ivanhoe

 Please contact:  Catherine Lifestyle Coordinator 8846 3924  (or speak to Eugene from our Parish: 0407 869 582)

A Local Initiative on a Shared Moral Challenge
Local parishioners concerned about the moral challenge of climate change may be interested to learn more about ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change). ARRCC is a multi-faith member based organization of people of faith who are committed to taking action  on climate change. It has a local Victorian Chapter called “Green Faith / ARRCC. It has an excellent website with inspiring information and ideas for personal and communal action. See         If you are interested in being part of a local parish group that could share   and participate together on issues of climate change please contact me via Fr. Bill at the Parish Office.  Christina Pead-Erbrederis (Parishioner MOG)

Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

At the request / suggestion of some parishioners the Parish Pastoral Council has given its support to a Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2020.  Its viability will, of course, depend on how many people are interested and ultimately book a place on the Tour. Harvest Pilgrimages will be organising the tour and formal details, information and booking procedures will be available once they have been prepared by Harvest.

Some basic details are:  Duration: 16 Days     Dates: 15th September 2020 - 2nd October 2020     

Cost: $7,700 includes airfares, tour guides, entrance to all sites, accommodation, most meals. At the moment this is an estimate and could vary depending on numbers.  Register expressions of interest with Fr. Bill at

Christian Meditation 2019

Jesus says that as followers we need to “leave self behind”. A group meets to try and do just that through the silence and stillness of meditation each Tuesday 4.15pm in Mary Immaculate Hall, Waverley Ave, Ivanhoe.    All are welcome. Further information, contact Kathy on 0438 530 324.

Catholic Walking Club, New Members Welcome

The Catholic Walking Club is a bushwalking club founded in 1951 which has for its objectives the encouragement of bushwalking and allied activities in a Catholic atmosphere, and the fostering of a greater love of the outdoors. The club is seeking new members to enjoy its active program of day, weekend and extended bushwalking, ski touring and cycling trips. Membership is open to all age groups, 16 years and over.  Details and enquiries: Peter 9889 2751 or; or Margaret 9439 8205    Website: 

Taoist Tai Chi Classes

New Beginner Classes started on Monday 16 July from 9.30am - 11.00am at Mary Immaculate Hall, Waverley Ave, Ivanhoe. The first class is obligation free. Flier is on display in each church with small notice to take away.   The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia Inc. is a national volunteer. Non-profit organisation. Contact details:; 9384 6120 or

Volunteers Needed

Can you spare an hour each week to visit a newly arrived refugee or migrant to help them learn English? There are isolated people across Melbourne who need your help to settle into their new communities in Australia. Melbourne Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is   currently seeking volunteers. Tutors work one-on-one with students, or in small groups if you’d prefer to work as a team. Free training and support is provided and will commence in August. Details: Contact 9269 1514 or  Website:     

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:
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 or
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 or
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: 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: 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: or email:   

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

y Connect Project Melbourne Phone: 9326 1895  Website:            Email:


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: or email: