Parish Centre Redevelopment
Friday 24 June 2022
Dirt is dirt, but - things are moving ahead.
- levelling the ground for our new car park!
Community invited to Plenary Council’s closing Mass
Extract from ACBC Media Blog, Cath News, 17 June 2022
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB is inviting the Catholic community to attend the closing Mass of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia – the culmination of a four-year journey of renewal for the Church. The second and final assembly of the Plenary Council will be held in Sydney from July 3-9. The final Mass, to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral at 10.30am on Saturday, July 9, is open to the public. “While its origins date back the best part of two decades, the journey of the Plenary Council since 2018 has been one for the whole Church in Australia,” said Archbishop Costelloe, the Council’s president. “It is therefore fitting that the whole Church can gather for our final step in the celebration phase of the Council for our closing Mass.” Archbishop Costelloe said about 270 members will undertake a particular task during the second assembly, but there is an awareness that they are acting with a national vision for the Church. “We, the members of the council, have been surrounded by the prayers of so many during these years and we humbly ask for that prayer to continue over these coming weeks,” he said. “When we gather around the altar on July 9, we will unite our voices with the hundreds in the cathedral but the much larger group of Catholics around the country who have been following this journey full of hope for our shared future.” The closing Mass will also be livestreamed through the Plenary Council’s website. The full schedule for the livestream of Masses and sessions during the second assembly will be released next week. Details: Plenary Council website...(more). Image: Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SBD ACBC CathNews 20220617
Our New Parish Centre
Friday 10 June 2022
The past gone and the future emerging: The old Mary Immaculate presbytery and parish office demolished to make way for our new car park next to our new Gathering Space.
Tiananmen Square memorial Masses cancelled in Hong Kong
Extract from CatnNew NZ, 2 June 2022
Church services in Hong Kong to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown have been cancelled amid fears of breaching security laws. Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law in 2020 to snuff out pro-democracy demonstrations. The security law has effectively erased reminders of China’s bloody suppression of the protests in the Chinese capital 33 years ago. Candlelit vigils have been banned, a Tiananmen museum has been forced to close and statues have been pulled down. The Hong Kong Catholic diocese announced that it would no longer hold a memorial Mass to pray for the victims of the massacre. The annual Catholic masses were one of the last ways for citizens of Hong Kong to come together publicly to remember the deadly clampdown in Beijing on 4 June 1989, when the Chinese government set tanks and troops on peaceful demonstrators. But this year, they too have been cancelled over fears of falling foul of Hong Kong authorities. “We find it very difficult under the current social atmosphere,” said Rev Martin Ip, chaplain of the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students, one of the organisers. “Our bottom line is that we don’t want to breach any law in Hong Kong,” he said. The church’s move comes after the candlelight vigil that once featured thousands marking the anniversary at an outdoor park was banned in 2020 and 2021. At the time, authorities suggested that the coronavirus pandemic was the cause of the cancellation. The Catholic Church’s memorial Masses were the last form of organised commemoration in the city. The “Pillar of Shame” in the University of Hong Kong (HKU), an eight-metre-high sculpture by Danish artist Jens Galschiot, was dismantled, tucked into a cargo container and left on an HKU-owned plot of rural land. At Lingnan University, a wall relief by artist Chen Weiming was banished to an underground storage room. His “Goddess of Democracy” statue at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was sent to a secretive “safe place”. “They are trying to wipe out a shameful episode in history when the state committed a crime on its people,” Chen said. Instead, the space for remembering the crackdown now lies outside Hong Kong, with exiled dissidents setting up their own museums in the US and activists planning to resurrect the Pillar of Shame in Taiwan.....(More). Photo: Tiananmen Masses cancelled Hong Kong CathNewsNZ 20220602
Banned by Cordileone in San Francisco, Pelosi receives Eucharist in Washington
Extract from Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter, 23 May 2022
Washington — Two days after San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced he would bar her from receiving the Eucharist in her home city due to her stance on abortion rights, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly received the sacrament at a Catholic church in the nation's capital. According to Politico's Playbook newsletter, Pelosi received Communion on May 22 during Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, a parish where President Joe Biden has also attended services. Footage from the church's livestream of the service shows a person in an orange jacket resembling Pelosi coming forward as the Eucharist is being distributed and walking away behind other worshippers. It's not unusual for Pelosi, a Catholic who often discusses her faith, to attend Mass, but her decision to receive the Eucharist at Holy Trinity amounted to a rebuke of Cordileone, who is well known for his conservative and sometimes controversial views.....(More). Photo: Nancy Pelosi, Washington CNS photo Tom Brenner, Reuters, NCR, 20220523
Canadian Indigenous leaders call for Queen to apologise
Extracts from CathNews NZ, CBC News, 19 May 2022
The president of the Métis National Council made a call for the Queen to apologise for the Canadian residential school crisis in order to help survivors and their families heal. Cassidy Caron (pictured) says residential school survivors told her that an apology from the Queen would be important since she is the leader of the Anglican Church and Canada’s head of state. They also suggested the Queen should pay reparations to survivors. The school system was created to isolate indigenous children from the influence of their own native culture and religion, to assimilate them into the dominant Canadian culture. Caron’s call comes a month after Pope Francis apologised at the Vatican to survivors and indigenous delegates for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. “There’s so much healing that is needed,” Caron said. “We need basic human necessities in our communities and it stems from colonisation. It stems from assimilation – and some financial reparations are absolutely helpful in helping us move forward.” Caron says she will make the request to Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, at a reception with them at Rideau Hall on Wednesday......The Archbishop of Canterbury recently apologised in Canada for the Anglican Church’s role in residential schools. “I am sorry that the church belittled your spirituality, denigrated and undermined your culture and tradition, and above all your language,” Justin Welby said in Saskatoon. After witnessing the apology, Brian Hardlotte, grand chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council, said the Queen should complete the apology for the Anglican Church....(More). Photo: Canada Metis National Council President call to Queen
Pope Francis says he has asked to meet Putin in Moscow
Extract from Christopher White, Vatican, National Catholic Reporter, 3 May2022 (This article appears in the War in Ukraine feature series).
Pope Francis said he has asked for a meeting in Moscow to help bring about an end to the war and warned that Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, a key backer of President Vladimir Putin's fight against Ukraine, should not become Putin's "altar boy." The pope's remarks came in an interview published on May 3 in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. In it, the pope revealed that 20 days after the war began, he asked the Vatican's top diplomat, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to communicate with Russia that Francis was ready to travel there in an effort to bring about an end to the conflict, which he likened to what took place in Rwanda 25 years ago. Although the pope did not use the word, the Vatican has recognized the 1994 violence by the Hutus against the Tutsis, which left more than 800,000 people dead, as a genocide. "We have not yet had an answer and we are still insisting," the pope said of his request to meet with the Russian leader. Francis has spoken with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky twice since the outbreak of the war and, in a break with diplomatic protocol, left the Vatican on Feb. 25, the day after the war began, to travel to Russia's embassy to the Holy See to register his concerns against the conflict. In the interview, Francis again reiterated that a trip to Ukraine's capital of Kyiv was not on table at the moment, saying a trip to Russia to stop the war was the first priority....(more)
It's Au Revoir not Goodbye
John Costa. Friday 29 April 2022
One of the joys of Ivanhoe Parish, evident in each Weekly
Newsletter, is seeing so many names engaged in Parish Ministries.
When Fr Bill and Robyn were recently struck down with COVID at the
onset of Holy Thursday, Easter liturgies continued as planned,
very successfully. Thanks not only to suddenly arranged visiting
Priests, but in particular because Easter, like all else in our
Parish over the years has been so thoroughly and collegially
planned, with determined goodwill.
As part of a clearly emerging national pattern some other Parishes are already going through consolidation and major structural change, such as having to share Parish Priest with one or more other Parishes, and appointing Lay Ecclesial Leaders. Such recently occurred at St Kevin's in Lower Templestowe, just 'down the road' from my home. Amidst such change and with an ageing population there, the number of actively engaged participants has diminished considerably, so after much consideration I have decided to move back from 'far away' relatively well resourced Ivanhoe Parish, to my local Parish where I'm now privileged to help re-establish their once highly active and widely known Social Justice Group. As it happens, very many years ago when Fr Len Egan moved as PP to Ivanhoe from my nearby St Clement's Parish, I with some others, missing his prophetic homilies became 'religious groupies' following him to Ivanhoe, a Parish (cluster at the time) whose people and values I've strongly related to and appreciated through deep involvement over all the intervening years. At that departure I retained the thought that perhaps one day I might also return. So responding to the changes and needs facing each of us in the world and Church around us, that time for me has now come.
Deep involvement in numerous Ivanhoe Parish activities over the
years has not made this move easy, and will be transitional. In a
week's time I will cease production of weekly Multimedia Liturgies
having been privileged to introduce and produce these across our
parish over the last 15 years. At the start there was
apprehension, but Multimedia Liturgies soon became accepted as a
new norm. The regularly updated website I similarly created in
conjunction with others at around the same time is a little more
difficult to transition. The Website committee I'm part of
recently decided to adopt an easier-to- learn-and-manage website
platform fortuitously now being offered by Melbourne Archdiocese.
The Parish is preparing to move to this new platform shortly.
Meanwhile while transitioning to St Kevin's I'll continue to
update the current website until it closes.
Having also been married at MI Church, had our daughter baptised
and confirmed from here, having her at Secondary School age as a
regular MI Mass Reader, Newsletter hand-outer and an inaugural
Ivanhoe Parish Youth Group member for 6 years brings further rich
memories. However Just as I have periodically attended Mass at St
Kevin's over the years I expect in future to now do the reverse as
I now also have many friends in Ivanhoe Parish, particularly
including my Liturgy Group mentor and soul-mate Merle Gilbo, and
many others. Ten years ago with agreement of Ivanhoe Parish
Pastoral Council I invited Melbourne Archdiocese to explore with
me the possibility of streaming Masses for those who couldn't
readily attend Mass physically. The answer was a resounding "You
can't do that!", but history and recent COVID teaches us
otherwise about change taking its own course!
Life journeys continue for each of us in surprising ways. The challenging world around us keeps changing. The Church, which is much more than buildings, also needs to continually renew, as intended by Vatican II and the 'Plenary Council', and now more likely via the Pope Francis's subsequent global 'Synod of Bishops'. As encouraged, the people of our Parish (and elsewhere across Australia) have faithfully recorded what we collectively and prayerfully think God is asking us to make our Church today, and in our case these thoughts are still recorded on our website. So to fellow parishioners here over 37 years, past priests and, wonderfully now, priest of the times and priest's wife, it's thank you, au revoir more than goodbye, and warmest best wishes to all!
Friday 1 April 2022
Our new Sacristies and south east entry to the church are taking shape!
(literally step by step!)
At Last - The Roof Arrives!
Friday 18 March 2022
A section of the roof over the new entry to the church and sacristies (facing the corner of Waverly Ave and Upper Heidelberg Road) is lifted into position.
The roof over the new Presbytery and Parish Offices is also well underway.
The Ukranian Crises
Friday 4 March 2022
On the back of the newsletter you will find a daily prayer for peace in the Ukraine to use at home. On behalf of the parish we have sent a letter of support and solidarity to the community at St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, North Melbourne and the wider Ukrainian community in Melbourne and beyond.
The Joy of Social Justice
Extract from Fr Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, Friday 18 February 2022
We can easily allow social justice to be something we are vaguely in favour of, but not a priority in our lives. The World Day of Social Justice (20 February) will then disappear into the mist of innumerable worthy days and weeks. If our own lives are going smoothly, we might like people who are discriminated against to be properly treated, but we do not agitate for the social change that will make that happen. At election time we think first of how the competing party policies will benefit or hurt ourselves and whether they can be trusted to implement their promises. Only then will we ask whether they will make Australia a more just nation. The experience of Covid, however, has made many people focus on the fairness of our society. They have seen big companies and rich individuals make enormous profits during the epidemic, while others have lost income and have fallen into debt. They have also noticed the contrast between the importance of the work that people do and its financial and social reward.....(more)
Religious Discrimination Legislation
……. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Extract from FR Bill Edebohls, Mary Mother of the Church Parish, Catholic Parish Ivanhoe,
11 February 2022
The current debate on the Religious Discrimination Bill, both inside and outside of Federal Parliament, has brought out the best and the worst of politicians, religious leaders and people of faith. The worst of it is the Australian Christian Lobby, based in Canberra, who have many politicians in their thrall and wield such power that politicians are fearful of incurring their eternal wrath. Hence the amended Religious Discrimination Bill has been pulled from the parliament by the Prime Minister, not just because it has divided his own party but because the religious right (represented by the Australian Christian Lobby) has demanded it. What is ugly about this is that the Australian Christian Lobby presumes to represent the Christians of Australia and the media and politicians are sucked in by this fallacy. They represent a small sector of right wing protestant and pentecostal fundamentalists who have little understanding of traditional Christianity as lived out by mainstream Christianity. They certainly don’t represent the Catholic Faith in which I was raised as an Anglican and now practice as a Roman Catholic. It is, of course, good that we strive to end religious discrimination but we don’t do it by discriminating against others..........(More)