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Parish Weekly Calendar & Forthcoming Events

Saturday 25 May  (Easter feria)
5.00pm    Reconciliation at Mary Immaculate
5.30pm    Reconciliation at St Bernadette’s.
6.00pm    Family Mass at St. Bernadette’s with Yrs 5&6

Sunday 26 May  (6th Sunday of Easter)
9.00am    Family Mass at Mass at Mary Immaculate with Years 4&5 
10.00am    1st Communion Catechist Class at MOG
10.30am     Mass at Mother of God

Monday 27 May  (St Augustine of Canterbury)  

Tuesday 28 May  (Easter feria)  
9.15am    Mass at Mother of God
4.15pm    Christian Meditation Mary Immaculate Hall

Wednesday 29 May  (Easter feria)  
9.15am     Mass at Mary Immaculate with 1/2D & 4HB
1.00pm     Funeral Mass for Judith Rule at M.I.

Thursday 30 May  (Easter feria)
9.15am    Mass at Mary Immaculate
10.00am    Liturgy Group meeting in Parish Office

Friday 31 May  (Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)  
9.15am    Mass at St Bernadette’s with Prep B

Saturday 1 June  (St Justin, martyr)    
8.00am    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Regional       Council Training Day at Mother of God Church
5.00pm    Reconciliation at Mary Immaculate
5.30pm    Reconciliation at St Bernadette’s
6.00pm    Mass at St. Bernadette’s

Sunday 2 June  (The Ascension of the Lord)
Nominations close for Parish Pastoral Council
9.00am     Mass at Mary Immaculate
10.00am    1st Communion Catechist Class at MOG
10.30am    Mass at Mother of God

Monday 3 June
Registration for Sacrament of Confirmation closes
Friday 7 June
7.30pm    Men’s Group meet MI Hall
Monday 10 June  Feast of Mary Mother of the Church
7.00pm     Patronal Festival Mass at Mother of God
    followed by Pizza
Saturday 15 June
6.00pm    1st Communion Mass at St. Bernadette’s
Saturday 16 June
10.30am    1st Communion Mass at Mary Immaculate
2.00pm    1st Communion Mass at St. Bernadette’s

Ivanhoe area Consultations on aged-care and disability services
VCMH is Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s leading provider of high quality specialist education, disability services, affordable homes, residential aged care, retirement living, at-home aged care and disability. How can VMCH improve design and delivery of accommodation, with and without support, for people with disability, to meet the expectations of clients and residents? VMCH invite you to a gathering to discuss your views of accommodation with and without support, for people with disability and what’s currently on the market. We’ll showcase current projects and ask your feedback on what future projects might look like. Taryn Muller 9926 2083  28th & 29th May Full details HERE

Ryder Cheshire Afternoon Tea Program

Heidelberg All Stars performance on Wednesday 29 May, 2.00pm at Ryder Cheshire Homes, 14 Donaldson St, Ivanhoe. Cost of $5 includes Afternoon Tea which is provided by Alphington CWA. All welcome. No bookings are required.

Fr Kevin Dillon’s 50th Anniversary of   Ordination

Fr Kevin Dillon was Assistant Priest at Mary Immaculate from 1974-1980, and then Parish Administrator in 1984 before the retirement of Fr John Connellan.   St Simon’s Parish, Rowville has invited parishioners to join them for this special occasion on the weekend of 1-2 June at any of the four Masses at St Simon’s Church. Mass times are: 6.00pm Saturday, 9.0am, 11.00am and 2.30pm on Sunday. A response from those intending to attend would be much appreciated and will assist in planning: Phone 9764 4058; email:

Pastoral Care Education Event: Saturday 15 June from 9.30am – 1.00pm with Rev Peter Sanders & Jon Rumble.

Personal Stories and Professional Wisdom will be shared at Heidelberg Scots Church, Burgundy St, Heidelberg.  

RSVP: Julie Giuliani, Pastoral Care Coordinator Mobile No: 0407 501 298     

Faber Fridays: Easter Seasons Prayer                 Series for Young Adults
Fridays 24 & 31 May and 7 June, 6.30–9.30pm at Faber House, 8 The Avenue, Parkville
This prayer series for young adults (aged 18 to 35) aims to help you pray with some of the Easter Gospels, guided by Fr Robin Koning SJ.  Each evening, there will be guided prayer and some time for spiritual conversation about your experience in prayer, finishing with a simple meal for those who wish. You can attend individual evenings if you can't get to them all.    Cost: Donation towards the meal appreciated but not essential.  Details:

A Forum for Parishes: A Place to call Home

Saturday 8 June, 9.30am – 1.00pm (Registrations from 9.00am) at Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne. With Winter approaching, across Victoria around 1,100 homeless people, children, young and older people and people with disabilities will be sleeping in city parks, carparks, bushland areas and coastal reserves, without the comforts we take for granted. Come and hear what the Australian Bishops have to say about making a home for everyone in our land, what the Christian community is already doing to assist, and how you and your parish can help.    Cost: $20 (concession available)  

Enquiries: Lucia Brick on 9287 5566 or  Bookings: Download flyer: 

Women’s Vocational Discernment Retreat Day

Saturday 15 June from 9.30am – 5.00pm at St  St Joseph’s Home, 112B St Georges Road, Northcote
A day to prayerfully reflect on the Lord’s will for your life as you seek to discover your vocation in the Church.

Enquiries and registrations: Sr. Mary Lourdes: 9489 8444 or Registrations close Tuesday 11 June.  Download flyer

Jose De Piro Kabataan Youth Orchestra, Saturday 15th June 7:00pm, Our Lady of Mercy College Heidelberg

The Jose De Piro Kabataan (youth) orchestra started five years ago in the parish of St Catherine of Alexandria, in the poor village of Pagalanggang, in Dinalupihan, Bataan Province in the Philippines. The aim of this orchestra is to empower these young people giving them a skill they can use to better their life. Thirty members of this orchestra, together with their conductor and their parish priest are doing a ten day concert tour in Heidelberg, Braybook, Tarneit and Colac. The concerts are free, donations to support the orchestra are welcome. Some members of this orchestra are being sponsored to continue their studies at tertiary level in a university in Manila.To book please visit the following site:For Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg: To book you can also email or ring 9457 1066.

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: