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Photo above (7 December 2017): Thursday morning Mass for anyone
Following Mass the Liturgy Group meets at MI at  10:100am. All are welcome
Thanks to those who completed the survey of 2017 Easter Liturgies. Your feedback will assist us as we prepare for Easter 2018. You are very welcome to assist with others in preparation for the Easter 2018 liturgies. Contact the Liturgy Group (Convened by Merle Gilbo).

Our Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe Easter 2017 Liturgies - How were they?

Easter is a very important part of the Church year. To help ensure that future Holy Week liturgies are as valuable to you as reasonably possible we invite, encourage and indeed URGE all those who shared in our various liturgies this year to let us know what you think?

We've created a very short Online Survey to find out what you think?  The survey is anonymous, unless you wish to optionally identify yourself.

The Liturgy and Communication groups would greatly value your feedback on each/any of the Holy Week liturgies you attended, before Thursday 4 May please. The Survey is is quick and easy for you to complete (in just a few minutes) and is accessible HERE

NOTE: The Liturgy content below is old, frozen in time by changes at our US based website host. It will be updated as soon as time allows


NOTE: The Liturgy content below is old, frozen in time by changes to our US based website host. It will be revamped and updates as soon as time allows

 Lectio Divina reflections App (Friday 20 December 2013)                                                                                                               The Lectio Divina reflections App is a new and accessible way to prayerfully reflect on the Scriptures in preparation for the joyful arrival of the Christ child. Lectio Divina is the meditative reading of a text of God’s Word, alone or with others, which leads to prayer and through that transformation of life. Lectio Divina App is available free worldwide for both Apple and Android devices.

iPhone: click here                                                                                                                                                                           iPad: click here
Android phone: click here
Android tablet:  click here

International Eucharistic Congress resources (10-17 June 2012)                                                                                   Excellent resources from the recently concluded International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin are available here. They include papers, copies of significant talks by renowned international speakers (including from Australia), prayers, music, pastoral resources and ongoing initiatives.


Liturgy Group

The Parish Liturgy Group meets every Thursday morning from 9 - 10 am to plan prayers, readings and arrangements for Mass and other Sacraments and Services across the three churches in the Parish.

The Group warmly welcomes anyone from our three churches with an interest in learning more about the word of God and helping to make the words and liturgy more accessible, relevant and helpful to the lives of our peoples of all ages. No expertise required or age constraint, just a willingness to share in this journey. The Group similarly welcomes enquiries from people potentially willing to assist with some of the Liturgical preparation, being a Reader or helping in other areas of the Mass.  Each church has multimedia facilities and operators are always needed and welcomed (training provided). The Liturgy Group (convened by Merle Gilbo) can be contacted at or via the Parish Office 03 9499 1515, or at 

Children's Liturgy

Resources for children are available at Mass at each of the Churches.  Books, Bibles stories and activities are available for children.  Please ask when you arrive at Mass. 

Easter 2012
 Easter 2012 in Ivanhoe parish
Easter this year followed the pattern of last year and of other parishes with record attendances at the various services.  Below is a photographic glimpse of some of those services at our three churches in Ivanhoe, followed by a reminder of Pope Benedict's message for Lent this year. Permission to publish has not been sought from those included in the following photos. If anyone would like particular photos removed please contact
  Palm Sunday
   Inclusiveness is one of the Parish values!
Holy  Thursday
  Liturgy of the Word and Veneration of the Cross
  Easter Vigil
  Easter Sunday
 Apart from the large attendance many parishioners were also involved with the parish priest in preparing the various liturgies, arrangements, choir, music, multimedia, notices, publications, church set-up and myriad of invisible support activities.
Pope Benedict XVI - message for Lent 2012

Extract from Mary Shovlain, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

In his Lenten message, Pope Benedict XVI called on the faithful to be concerned for one another and "not to remain isolated and indifferent" to the fate of others.

Materialism and a sense of self-sufficiency are obstacles to a Christian life of charity, the Pope said.

Instead of looking first to God and then to the well-being of others, people often have an attitude of "indifference and disinterest born of selfishness and masked as a respect for 'privacy.'"   (more)        Image:Casa Beltran

Ash Wednesday 22 February 2012
The Distribution of Ashes:
(edited version of original by Scott P Richert)

During Mass, the ashes which give Ash Wednesday its name are distributed. The ashes are made by burning the blessed palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday; some churches ask their parishioners to return any palms that they took home so that they can be burned.

After the priest blesses the ashes and sprinkles them with holy water, parishioners come forward to receive them. The priest (sometimes also with other celebrants) dips his right thumb in the ashes and, making the Sign of the Cross on each person's forehead, says, "Remember that from dust thou came, and into dust thou shalt return" (or a variation on those words).

A Day of Repentance.
The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance. In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which those who had sinned, and who wished to be readmitted to the Church, would begin their public penance. The ashes that we receive are a reminder of our own transgressions, and some Catholics leave them on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility. (more)

Advent 2011
The lighting of the third Advent candle (3rd Sunday of Advent) 2011:    
Today’s candle is rose – joyful relief from the penitential purple – signalling that ‘the time’ is near. When the people asked John the Baptist what they should do, he answers simply – act justly, share with those who are hungry, clothe those who have no tunic. May we remember what we mean when we say we want to be a community who offers loving service to the sick, the lonely, the neglected, the ignored, the newcomers, the very young and the very old.

Advent: Walking Towards The Light,  2011


 "Lectio Divina - Praying the Scriptures in Advent Year "

At first glance, Advent may seem simple enough to understand as a period of preparation for the great Feast of the Lord’s Nativity. But the themes that emerge from the liturgical texts of the Roman Liturgy– the antiphons, collects, readings, psalms, prefaces etc.– present a season that is altogether unique and profound.

There is nothing quite like it in the liturgical traditions of the East. Certainly they do have their own special periods of preparation for Christmas and Epiphany but nothing the same as Advent.

To help us further understand the richness of Advent a Broken Bay Institute booklet has Written by Bishop David Walker DD, with the support of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Mission and Faith Formation.
"Lectio Divina - Praying the Scriptures in Advent Year "

In a very interesting and informative way it discusses the origin and meaning of of Advent, and provides an overview of the four dominant themes associated with each of the four weeks of Advent:

1st week – Watch and Pray: Vigilant waiting for the Lord’s coming
2nd week – John the Baptist’s challenge: Prepare the way of the Lord!
3rd week – The Messianic Age is here: Therefore, Rejoice!
4th week – The Incarnation of the Word: God’s plan set in motion

Thanks to the Broken Bay Institute and Bishop David Walker DD with support from the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Mission and Faith Formation you can
download the Advent booklet here
(756 kBytes)

More thoughts on the new Liturgy:

(14 October 2011)

Now that we have become more familiar with the new words, we can probably agree that the changes are quite few. Not so for the priest and the words he prays on our behalf!

The Eucharist Prayers – at the heart of the Liturgy of the Eucharist have been the subject of significant changes. Perhaps you have heard some different words without being able to pin down the difference.
Fr Thang often uses the new version of the First Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation.                                 
It begins:    “Lord, Holy Father, Almighty and eternal God” and continues with:   
“Even now you set before your people a time of grace and reconciliation, and, as they turn back to you in spirit, you grant them hope in Jesus Christ and a desire to be of service to all.”

Simple and beautiful words that speak our language


New Translation of the Mass 2011

The new translation of the Mass, the Revised Roman Missal, will be phased in during 2011.

The actual Mass is not changing – the familiar pattern of the Mass is exactly the same – what is changing is some of the words – the original Latin text has been re-translated to be more accurate.

Ivanhoe will be using the revised “People’s Part” – which is not a lot of changes – starting at Pentecost.  No changes will be used in Ivanhoe Masses before Pentecost. Choir & music rehearsals will start straight after Easter.

The Parish schools will start learning the new responses in term 2.
We will be having information sessions:
- at a local Church level (we are planning four sessions at each Church, some in Lent, some after Easter – DVD presentation at Mass & discussion afterwards)
- with the Deanery and led by the Archdiocese facilitators – this will be on Saturday morning 26th February 2011.

More information is available on the website 


See earlier Liturgy activites here