Parish Weekly Calendar & Forthcoming Events
Parish Excursion to the Islamic Museum
Saturday 16th March leaving from the Mary Immaculate Church car park at 10.30am. Tour of the Islamic Museum at Thornbury followed by lunch at the IMA Café. The Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) provides educational and cross-cultural experiences and showcases the artistic and cultural heritage of Muslims in Australia and abroad. Through the five permanent galleries — Islamic Faith, Islamic Contributions to Civilization, Art, Architecture and Australian Muslim History — the museum fosters a more nuanced and realistic understanding of what it means to be an Australian Muslim. By showcasing a wealth of contemporary artistic expression and an extensive cultural heritage, IMA facilitates space for critical reflection and personal interpretation — in the act of sharing, common myths and prejudices are dispelled and mutual understanding is established. Admission $12 plus lunch at the Café. Please book before 28th February. To book ring or email the Parish Office. For details see the flyers available in the church foyer.
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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]; or Margaret 9439 8205 Website: www.catholicwalkingclubvic.org.au
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: [email protected]; 9384 6120 or www.taoist.org
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 [email protected] Website: www.melbourneamep.com.au/volunteer/contact
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
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: [email protected] 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: www.mercyworks.org.au or email: [email protected]
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 [email protected]
y Connect Project Melbourne Phone: 9326 1895 Website: www.mercyworks.org.au Email: [email protected]
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:
www.familycaresisters.com.au or email: [email protected]