Strange Sighting in Ivanhoe
Friday 17 September 2021
It’s not a Ballistic Missile!
It’s not a Submarine
It’s Step 1 in our Environmental Plan for our Redevelopment Project
Our 35,000 litre underground tank to supply recycled water to our toilets and gardens
Don’t blame the boomers for decline of religion
Extract from CathNews NZ, 2 September 2021
The generation born in the two decades after World War II has long touted itself as the revolutionary religious demographic that grew up dutifully sitting in the pews before rebelling — as they did in music, politics, art and the bedroom — and freeing American culture from its hidebound superstitions. OK, boomer. Examining the data from the General Social Survey, it turns out it’s not the baby boomers who were the last vestige of a highly religious, very Christian era of American history. Instead, Generation X — born between 1965 and the early ’80s — is the last to come of age and even perpetuate an overwhelmingly Christian and largely devout religious landscape in terms of church attendance and beliefs about God. The GSS has been asking people about their belief in God since 1988, when the oldest members of Gen X were moving into adulthood. The Silent Generation, the baby boomers and Generation X show up in its findings as just as likely (if not more) to have a certain belief in God in 2018 compared to 1988. That’s clearly not the case for millennials, who dropped about 10 percentage points in 20 years in reporting their certainty about a supreme being. It’s still very early to come to any firm conclusions about Generation Z, but there’s ample reason to believe that they are half as likely as Gen X to express a certain belief — leaving millennials as the generation that was the great divide.....(more). Photo: CathNews NZ
Holiness does not come from following rigid rules, pope says
Extract from Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, 1 September 2021
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Redemption is the work of God, not of human beings, so be careful and do not listen to “fundamentalists” who claim holiness comes through following certain laws, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience. The belief that holiness comes by observing particular laws “leads us to a rigid religiosity, a rigidity that eliminates that freedom of the Spirit which Christ’s redemption gives us. Beware of this rigidity that they propose,” he said Sept. 1 to those gathered in the Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. God’s saving grace is received through faith in the Gospel message of Christ’s death and resurrection, and God invites people to rejoice in the righteousness received through that faith in Christ, he said. The pope continued his series of talks on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians by looking at the apostle’s explanation of justification by faith and of graces flowing from the Spirit, not from works of the law. However, before beginning his catechesis, the pope spoke off-the-cuff to explain the context and purpose of the weekly audience talks, which are usually in-depth reflections on many aspects of church teaching. The pope said the teachings in St. Paul’s letter were not anything new or “my own thing.” “What we are studying is what St. Paul says during a very serious conflict” in Galatia. “They are not things that someone invented. No. It is something that happened at the time and that can repeat itself,” he said, referring to the apostle’s attempts to correct those who were tempted to believe a person is justified through works of the law, not faith in Christ’s redemptive action. The pope said, “This is simply a catechesis on the Word of God expressed in the letter of St. Paul to the Galatians. It is not something else. Always keep this in mind.”....(more).
A very early (external) look at our new, more accessible, Parish Office-to-be
Friday 27 August 2021
Structural steel being put in place across the entry and ceiling of the new parish office.
Centre of picture shows chapel windows, to the right is the entry to parish office.
By The Way:
On next weekend, September 5th, Father's Day, we traditionally take up a collection for Retired Priests. Please see an 'advance notice' about this on the Mass Details page HERE
Fr Charles Balnaves appointed as Parish Priest of St Kevin’s Templestowe and St Gregory The Great Doncaster.
Edited extract from St Kevin'e Parish, 26 August 2021
Fr Charles will commence his tenure on Wednesday, 8th September. He lived in
the parish of St Kevin’s for twenty years. He worked for BHP for
thirty years, was married and has two adult sons. He was among the
early cohorts of men to prepare for ordination as permanent deacons in
the Archdiocese, and was among the first group to be ordained deacons in
October 2012. During his time of
preparation, and subsequent to ordination as deacon, Deacon Charles
served as a very effective Deanery Resource Co-Ordinator for the Yarra
Deanery. His first ministerial term as deacon was spent right in
his “home” parish of St Kevin’s. Fr Charles was a
very good student during his preparation for the diaconate. He received a
number of awards at Catholic Theological College and one year he
received the Master’s Prize. Charles’ wife died in March 2012 after a long illness during which he lovingly cared for her. Some time later,
Charles was encouraged to consider applying to be ordained a priest. He
obviously went on to apply for the priesthood, but he did so after
serious and well-rounded spiritual discernment. He was ordained a
Catholic priest in 2015 and after a short time as an assistant priest,
was appointed to the leadership of a parish. He has served on the
Archbishop’s Council of Priests and, in December 2020, he was appointed
to the inaugural Board of CatholicCare Victoria Ltd. Many of St Kevins
parishioners know Fr Charles already and his appointment to St Kevin’s
and St Gregory The Great is testimony to the esteem in which he is held. He will arrive on September 8, 2021 and take up residence at St Gregory the Great Parish.......(source) Photo: St Kevin's
Update Parish Redevelopment Project
Friday 6 August 2021
The walls of our new Chapel facing unto Upper Heidelberg Road go up.
UPDATE 22 July 2021 : See result of the PPC renewal process on the People / Leadership page HERE
Nominees For Parish Pastoral Council
The following have been nominated for the 9 vacancies on the Parish Pastoral Council.
The election will take place after each Mass on the weekend of 7 / 8 August.
Clare Bellio Wennie van Lint
Eugene Ballao Pat Kelly
Isma Chiera Lucy Dal Pozzo
Robert Erbacher Maxwell Gratton
Phi Nguyen Sue Moorhen
Full details of each nominee, with photo, will be distributed next weekend when hopefully we will be back at Mass.
Archivists file new ideas for the digital Church
Extracts from CathNews, The eRecord, 16 July 2021
The Catholic Diocesan Archivists of Australia gathered in Perth recently to explore new ways of serving the Church in the digital age.
The meeting drew about 30 (online and in person) under the theme of "Walking together in Service with our Community". The Catholic Diocesan Archivists of Australia (CDAA) is a sub-committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, established to foster fellowship and professional development among the Catholic diocesan archivists of Australia......Keynote speaker, Director State Records of WA and State Archivist, Damian Shepherd, spoke about the ways which the State Records Office has been working with a range of agencies to support digital transformation of government services. The Archdiocese of Perth also shared its focus on a new vision and mission statement for the Archives Office, and the new information management strategy, policies, and records management system which are also a key platform of the Archdiocesan Transition Programme. Archdiocese Archivist and Director Odhran O’Brien said the meeting identified many opportunities and challenges for the Church across Australia as it seeks to adapt to new ways of doing things. “Our parishes and agencies now create large volumes of digital information which needs to be managed and this is a particular challenge for regional dioceses,” Mr O’Brien said. “The key message that came out of the meeting was that if we are going to respond to these challenges effectively as a national community then collaboration is more crucial than ever.”....(more)
Happy Birthday Fred
Friday 9 July 2021
Last Sunday afternoon was a day of celebration for Fred Cullen, as his family and friends gathered in the Heidelberg Town Hall to celebrate Fred’s 100th birthday.
We wish Fred every blessing on this milestone - 100 years of life gifted by God and lived to the full.
Pope Francis' Herculean efforts to clean up Vatican finances
The announced trial of 10 people connected to risky investments, including a cardinal, is just one part of a long series of internal reforms that has provoked fierce opposition
Limited Extract from Loup Besmond de Senneville, Vatican City, Subscription journal, La Croix International, 5 July 2021
The scene is the medieval-looking tower of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), more notoriously called the "Vatican Bank". It was here in March 2019 that a request for a 150 million euros loan landed before IOR's board of directors. The applicant? The Secretariat of State of the Holy See. Located in the Apostolic Palace and headed by Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, this is the Vatican's equivalent of a combined ministry of the interior and of foreign affairs. It is here that the Vatican's finances, in particular its real estate investments, are managed. And it was precisely to cover an investment in a building in London that the Secretariat of State sent the request for a loan to the IOR. However, according to La Croix's information, officials at the so-called bank immediately balked. First, because the reason for the request was more than vague: "institutional purposes". Then, because one of the consequences of the profound financial reforms Pope Francis began in 2014 is that the Vatican Bank no longer grants loans, at least in theory. In recent years, the operation and structure of the IOR have been considerably cleaned up. For example, nearly 5,000 suspicious accounts were closed there in 2016. But in the case of the Secretariat of State's request, the board of directors -- under pressure -- made an exception. It asked for documents justifying the reason for the requested loan. This was just the beginning of a struggle that would last several months. The first documents that arrived at the IOR were four photocopied sheets of paper slipped into an envelope. The Vatican bankers were far from satisfied. They quickly realized that the real estate investment in London was based on a series of holdings stacked on top of each other. Several trips back and forth followed, during which the IOR-mandated auditors did not succeed in obtaining the necessary documents. One of them, in charge of compiling the file, was even threatened. This IOR employee resigned a month later.... (source). Photo: Pope Francis attends IOR board of directors AP La Croix Int 20210705
Pat Kelly (Project Manager) and Tim Neill (Architect) inspect form work for the stairwell leading from the new parish office to the church.
Bishop Vincent: ‘My hope for the Plenary Council’
Extract from Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Dom Helder Camera Lecture, Catholic Outlook, 30 June 2021
Plenary Council: Abundance of goodwill or the last throw of the dice? With a few months to the first session of the long-awaited Plenary Council (PC2020), we are finally headed down the home stretch. The initial phase of listening drew nearly 220,000 people across Australia and 17,500 individual and group submissions. These submissions were distilled into the six national theme papers and then further distilled again into the working document and finally the agenda. Momentum for the Plenary Council ebbed and flowed during this process, which has been disrupted by the pandemic. By and large, there has been considerable goodwill, enthusiasm and even a sense of hope for the future of the Church in Australia in the post-Royal Commission period. Robert Fitzgerald who – among other prominent roles – is the new Chair of Caritas Australia, once enthused that the Plenary Council is the only game in town. For a country of about five million nominal Catholics, the initial response was quite remarkable. Perhaps, for many of the disenfranchised, it is the last throw of the dice. I wouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket, though. Some of you might have heard or even attended the first of the three convocation series organised by the Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (ACCCR). There were 3,000 participants, including myself. We heard a powerful and inspiring address by Sr Joan Chittister. Catholicism “must grow up”, she said, “beyond the parochial to the global, beyond one system and one tradition, to a broader way of looking at life and its moral, spiritual, ethical frameworks.” That is the kind of stretching of the imagination and dreaming of the transformation of the Church that many Catholics are thirsting for. Few Catholics have any appetite left for cosmetic changes, mediocrity or worst, restorationism dressed up as renewal. We have struggled under the weight of the old ecclesial paradigm of clerical order, control and hegemony with a penchant for triumphalism, self-referential pomp and smugness. We yearn for a Church that commits to a God-oriented future of equal discipleship, relational harmony, wholeness and sustainability. The revitalisation and convergence of many lay reform groups in response to the Plenary Council is no small development for the Church in contemporary Australia. It is a sign of the “growing up” that Joan spoke about. Australian Catholics are growing up beyond the passive, subservient to the co-responsible agents for the transformation of the Church. In Germany, there is a lay body called Central Committee, which plays a key role in their Synodal Assembly, including having one of its members as co-president of the said structure. Perhaps this unique feature is part of the legacy of the Reformation in the German Church. Is the Church in Australia in pole position for deep reform?....(more). Photo: Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, Diocese of Parramatta 20210630
Congratulation to Paul Shannon
Friday 25 November 2021
It has been announced this week that Paul (a regular reader at the 9.00am Mass) has been appointed the new Principal of Mazenod College. We congratulate Paul and wish him every blessing as he prepares to take up this responsibility in Catholic education.
Parish Redevelopment Project - Laying the Foundation Stone / Slab
Thursday 17 June 2021
Then the real tradesmen clean up his mess - ensuring a perfect slab and a solid foundation stone for our future! Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Friday 18 June 2021
Our Parish Secretary, Teana McIntosh, is currently on a period of extended leave. For the time being the Parish Office at Mother of God will only be open on Tuesdays from 9.00am - 2.00pm during which time the office will be staffed by Ruth Villani. We thank Ruth for coming out of retirement to assist us in this way. At other times the best ways of communicating with the office are:
Phone or Text Fr. Bill’s mobile: 0427 879 733 Leave a message on the office phone 9926 2310 Email: Ivanhoe@cam.org.au
Drop messages, prayer requests, envelopes etc into the letterbox beside the front door at Mother of God Church
Work continues on the MI site even during the lockdown. Final preparation of underground services before the concrete slab is poured for the parish office.
Synods on synods
Extracts from Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street, 3 June 2021
At first sight the recent Vatican announcement that a forthcoming synod would be delayed was non-news. All synods are considered boring, and a synod on synodality sounds entirely self-referential. Yet the announcement was significant. The synod will take up much time and energy of Catholics at the local, diocesan, national and international level for almost three years, involving local congregations in considerations, dioceses in collating these results and sharing them with other dioceses, bishops in participating in the conversations, reviewing and reporting jointly to the Roman office to draw up the agenda for the synod. Given the human investment required by synod it is worthwhile to reflect on the recent history of synods and why Pope Francis places such importance on them. As in so many of his actions, his endorsement of synods addresses challenges facing civil societies, too. This may be the subject of a later article. In the Western Catholic world synods came out of the Second Vatican Council. In contrast to previous Councils Vatican II focused less on Church teaching than on pastoral renewal, freeing and energising Catholics to live out the gospel in their world. It paid particular attention to the relationship of bishops to the Pope, seeing them as a college with the Bishop of Rome as its head. Together they were responsible for the teaching and living of faith in the Church. The council also emphasised the active responsibility of lay Catholics who were equal members of the Church with priests and bishops though with different responsibilities.........Upon his election Pope Francis has set out to encourage freedom and initiative among Catholics. In his own conduct he paid less attention to issues of authority and doctrine than to outreach to people at the margins of the church and beyond it. His gift for such symbolic actions as mixing freely with people, holding off the cuff press conferences, and visiting prisons and refugee camps, were as important as his words. He has made synods a crowning symbol of his vision. He has encouraged participants to speak their mind, to differ on issues, to consult their people, and to see themselves as shaping the understanding of faith. They model the proper shape of relationships within the church as a whole, which Pope Francis has described as synodality.....(more). Photo: Bishops et al Synod of Bishops, Franco Origlia Getty Images, Eureka Street 20210603