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Our focus for this year, 2020, is Matthew 5:7

"Reach out in Love and Mercy"

This reference originates in the pdf Beatitudes (269 KB) of Matthew’s Gospel. “They begin a systematically arranged collection, or discourse, as it is sometimes called, of various teachings that Jesus gave at different times on the new life of the kingdom. It is popularly called the Sermon on the Mount, since Jesus is on a hill, probably close to Capernaum and overlooking the lake. His listeners are his disciples, but includes the crowds also. Matthew’s solemn introduction suggests the fulfilment of the Old Testament given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Jesus begins not with commandments but blessings, or beatitudes. He shares the wonder and happiness of what the kingdom means for our lives, now already and in the future. The beatitudes are eight surprising ways, in which the kingdom comes to people who respond to God’s action by true conversion of heart.

Those who seek God’s righteousness or justice, sharing God’s goodness and the right order in the world willed by God, will find it. Those who are merciful, forgiving and compassionate, experience Gods’ mercy.

The pure of heart, those who single-mindedly seek God, will be with God. The peacemakers are reconcilers.”

(Cf. Praying Matthew by John Reilly sj).

The key theme in the Gospel of Matthew is the coming of the Kingdom of God.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome YOU to our Parish Website,

pdf and our 2016 Parish Social Profile
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During these challenging times Music can be such a good therapeutic tonic ...

Maroon 5 - Memories (Cover) One Voice Children's Choir

Leaps and Bounds | MSO Virtual Choir feat. MSO Chorus | Paul Kelly (Dedicated to Melbourne)

The Blessing Australia

Prayer for Peace of Mind

ACU Melbourne Virtual Choir | Be The Change

The Royal Melbourne Hospital Scrub Choir 2.0 sing "I'll stand by you" by The Pretenders

MSO Chorus virtually performs Be still my Soul

RMH's 'Scrub Choir' sings Bruno Mars' 'Count on Me'

Beethoven Symphony No.6 | MSO and MYO Virtual Ensemble

And So It Goes - Stay At Home Choir with The King's Singers

How Can I Keep From Singing

We are the World 2020

You've Got a Friend

You'll Never Walk Alone

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 3, 'Water Night'

Fr Gerard
Parish Priest

 

27 October 2020

#19 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

26 October 2020

METRO MELBOURNE
(More details to follow as soon as they are available from the Archbishop)

As of 11.59pm, Tuesday 27 October

  • Faith communities:

Outdoor religious ceremonies permitted up to 20 people, in addition to those required for the service.

Indoor religious ceremonies can be held with up to 10. There has been no indication that the faith leader is additional here and we need to get confirmation on this.

(Note: Indoor and Outdoor services are not to be held concurrently, it is an either or, or alternating, for example).

  • Weddings permitted up to ten people outdoors.
  • Funerals permitted up to 20 mourners. This limit doesn’t include babies under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral.

 20 October 2020

pdf #18 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (536 KB)

18 October 2020

Parish Patronal Feast - Happy Saint Luke's Day

28 September 2020

pdf #17 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (531 KB) pdf

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25 September 2020

pdf Open letter to the Premier from the Bishops of Victoria (1.08 MB)

17 September 2020

pdf A Pathway through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Archdiocese of Melbourne (507 KB)

16 September 2020

Letters from Archbishop Peter: To the People and Clergy of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and … "Caring For Those Facing Sickness And Death"

pdf #16 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (349 KB)

15 September 2020

pdf #15 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne Information (348 KB)

13 September 2020

pdf MELBOURNE'S ROADMAP OUT OF COVID 19 LOCKDOWN (55 KB)

6 September 2020

pdf Victoria’s roadmap for reopening – How we live in Metropolitan Melbourne (159 KB)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

Working Together To Re-Open Victoria – Safely

3 September 2020

Parish Pastoral Council wants to reach out to all Parishioners with a Zoom meeting to touch base, pray a little, chat about the experience we've been having with COVID and respond to any questions from Parishioners; i.e.: Is there anything else you need in terms of your spiritual lives? Please join us on Thursday 3rd September at 7.00 p.m.

30 August 2020

The Prayer for Serenity comes to mind for me after reflecting on Sunday's Gospel this weekend and it goes like this:

God, grant us the serenity

to accept the things we cannot change,
the courage to change the things we can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful/fractured world as it is,
not as we would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if we surrender to Your will;
so that we may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.

8 August 2020

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4 August 2020

pdf #14 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (351 KB) pdf
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These last few days have brought very sad news to us all with the continued rise in the numbers of deaths, particularly from aged care communities. The attached update is much briefer than usual, mostly because the restrictions are more uniform. Whilst in some respects it makes things easier, it also highlights how far we have to go, and how much harder we have to work to keep our communities thriving.

2 August 2020 (Stage 4 Restrictions)

default Premier's statement on changes to Melbourne’s restrictions

default Updated restrictions – announcement 2 August

31 July 2020

pdf #13 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (405 KB)

 
 30 July 2020
COVID19 Prayer

    

22 July 2020

pdf #12 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (393 KB)

Please find attached the most recent information that pertains to the wearing of face coverings. This new information is contained in the first pink-shaded pages and relates most notably to the Hot Zone areas. It is important though, that this is read by all regardless of your zoning as a clear understanding about movements across zones must be considered - particular in relation to funerals and for staff where applicable. I also urge you to read the DHHS link contained in the document regarding face coverings as this explains what must be considered in the workplace and for travel.

The sections around Liturgical Guidelines and Holy Communion are detailed.

21 July 2020

default The Chief Health Officer recommends that Victorians wear a FACE MASK when leaving home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.

image 3C's: WHO (227 KB)

image Know the Facts Poster: WHO (369 KB)

default COVID-19 transmission and protective measures: WHO

17 July 2020

pdf COVID 19 Online Safety for Parents and Children (1.11 MB)

default COVID LIVE default We're remembering & holding all People affected in Prayer at this time

12 July 2020

pdf SUNDAY HERALD SUN COVID-19 FACT SHEET (50.08 MB)

pdf Ten ways to reduce your risk (1.45 MB)

8 July 2020

pdf #11 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (372 KB)

We're closed for Sunday Masses and Weekday Masses until further notice

7 July 2020

pdf Letter from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli (395 KB)

pdf The Premier announced this afternoon that we will return to Stage 3 Restrictions on Wednesday 8 July at 11.59pm for six weeks. (342 KB)

4 July 2020

pdf Statement From The Premier (342 KB)

1 July 2020

pdf #10 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINESCOVID - 19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne  (359 KB)

We're closed for Sunday Masses this weekend 11 & 12 July and until further notice

30 June 2020

default Statement from the Premier

23 June 2020

pdf #9 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (333 KB)

20 June 2020

17 June 2020 pdf (333 KB)

pdf # 8 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (333 KB) pdf #8 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (333 KB)

17 June 2020

pdf Welcome Home Parish Checklist (252 KB)

3 June 2020

pdf Protocols and Roles for Masses (709 KB)

1 June 2020

pdf #7 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (158 KB)

27 May 2020 (Stage 2 Restrictions)

pdf UPDATE COVID 19 GENERAL GUIDELINES (337 KB)

pdf A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE CATHOLIC PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA FROM THE BISHOPS OF AUSTRALIA (247 KB)

pdf Entrustment Prayer Card (256 KB)

12 May 2020 pdf (351 KB)

pdf GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19: Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (351 KB)

pdf What can my Parish do? Points to consider in determining how your Parish might be able to move into new Stages of re-opening.

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13 May 2020

pdf Most recent Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Victoria
(231 KB)

Post Easter Message: 29 April 2020

default Latest message from the Archbishop, this link will take you to a short message from Archbishop Peter

Easter Message: 12 April 2020

pdf An Easter Calling to Us by Name, (328 KB) pdf from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne (328 KB)

default a Video Easter Calling to Us by Name,  from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne

Public Confidence: 7 April 2020

pdf Melbourne's Catholic Archbishop's Letter to the Faithful (409 KB)

Public Safety: 3 April 2020

pdf Update from Archbishop Peter regarding restricted arrangments for the celebration of Holy Week throughout the Archdiocese of Melbourne (285 KB)

Public Safety: 23 March 2020 pdf (586 KB)

pdf Update from Archbishop Peter regarding the implications of the most recent Government directives (586 KB) pdf (586 KB)

Public Safety: 19 March 2020

pdf Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (316 KB)


Public Safety: 18 March 2020

pdf (516 KB) pdf Letter from the Bishops of Victoria (472 KB) pdf (472 KB) pdf
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Regarding COVID-19 and how the Church in Victoria has decided to respond to the directions of the Government. Gathering in our Church for Worship is now suspended until further notice – please read the Bishops' Letter. It is important to understand that this is to minimise any infection to any person in close proximity to other people gathered in a static environment for an extended period of time. N.B. Our Church is now closed until further notice at the Archbishop's instruction and the Goverment guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Safety: 13 March 2020

pdf Letter from the Bishops of Victoria (516 KB)

General Guidelines for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Public Safety: 6 March 2020

document Letter of Guidance from the Catholic Vicar General, Melbourne, regarding the current situation pertaining to the novel coronavirus. (549 KB)

pdf Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference Advice (174 KB)

Public Safety:28 February 2020

pdf Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Parishes - Archbishop of Melbourne (680 KB)

Psalms and readings from the Liturgy of the Hours, and Mass readings

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