Marking the 130th Year of Saint Mary`s Parish Dandenong



Marking the 130th Year of Saint Mary`s Parish Dandenong
Marking the 130th Year of Saint Mary’s Parish Dandenong
“Though many we are one.”
One in faith
one in the Gospel values
hospitality and welcome, compassion and justice.
Parish Priest:
Pastoral Associate:
Polish Chaplain:
Fr. Declan O’Brien
Rev. George Piech Meat
Mrs. Cate Kavanagh
Fr Marian Szeptak SC
Telephone: 9701 6071
Parish Secretary:
Ms. Maria Evans
Finance Officer:
Mr. Geoff Harkin
Gardener /Caretaker: Mr. Kevin J McLaren
A/G Centre Manager: Ms Sue Findlay
St. Mary’s Parish: 160 Foster St, Dandenong
Postal Address: PO Box 22, Dandenong 3175
Telephone: 9791 4611 Fax: 9791 7119
Email: [email protected]
Parish Office Hours
9.15 to 12 noon
Tue. Wed. Thurs.
9.15 to 4.15pm
9.15 to 3.00pm
If you urgently need a priest please call
9791 4611, if Father does not answer,
please leave a message and he will call you
back. The church will be closed on Mondays after the word and communion service and rosary.
Sunday Mass Times
Saturday Evening: 7.00pm
Sunday: 8.30am, 10.30am and 5.30pm
English, 12.30pm Polish
Weekday Mass Times
Monday: Word and Communion Service
Tuesday, Mass 9.15 am
Wednesday, Thursday: Mass 9.00am
Thursday: Mass at Cardinal Knox 11.00am
Friday: Word and Communion Service 8.00am
Mass at 11.00am
Saturday: Mass 9.00am
Reconciliation: 9.30am Saturday or upon request
Baptism: Information must be obtained from
Parish Centre during office hours, 6 weeks prior to
the Baptism.
Marriage: please book the Church at the same
time as you book your venue.
As marriage preparation is an essential condition
of marriage, you must book your preparation
course at least 6 months prior to the wedding.
Further details can be obtained from Fr. O’Brien
St. Mary’s Primary School Phone: 9791 7650
New St, Dandenong: Principal: Mr. Greg White
St. John’s Regional College Phone 9791 3366
Caroline St, Dandenong:
Principal: Mr. Andrew Walsh
St. Mary’s Community Centre 9792 4884
New St, Dandenong: Download brochure from
If you are going to
Hospital and
would like to be
anointed please
call Fr Declan.
Collections for last
Direct Debit weekly $207
Total T/G Rec’d: $1970.00
Pledged weekly
From the Parish Priest……
On these Easter Sundays, we read from the Book of Apocalypse . This New Testament work is
puzzling, with its strange descriptions and symbolism. Many readers misunderstand its purpose,
and try to find involved, often convoluted references to specific events in our own time or the future. But much of Apocalypse refers to the time in which it was written. Like those resistance fighters in occupied Europe during World War II, the early Christians lived through persecution under Roman rule. I like to
understand the Book of Apocalypse as a kind of “resistance literature,” a message of hope shared by persecuted Christians. Jesus has triumphed over evil; God’s enemies will be defeated; even death itself.
Today, we Christians face our own troubles. We need to hear encouragement, as the Book of Apocalypse tells
us that all will be made new, that death is not the end. It’s an ancient message of hope as new as today’s
From the Desk of the Pastoral Associate…
Please have a browse on our notice board, here
are a few items that may be of interest to you…
Fr. D
Touring another land can help us to understand the people, history and culture of that place. A tour led by Fr
John Magri and Sr Margaret Mary is being organised for later this year. The tour wanders through Jordan and
Israel, visiting places where Moses, Joshua, Ruth and other Old Testament people of faith travelled, as well as
where our Lord was born, grew up, worshipped and carried out his ministry. “Walk the very ground that Jesus
walked!” If you are interested please register your interest with Fr John (9568 1206 / [email protected] )
or Sr Margaret Mary (0423 813 361 / [email protected] ) and for an itinerary.
Peter Colvin will share with us today about our plans for our new Saint Mary’s Parish Pastoral
Disable Parking spaces are ONLY for those with a permit from the council.
Heart of Life Spirituality Centre
Open Door Writing for Fun workshop
Rosies Van Volunteers
St John’s College job opportunity
Jordan & Israel Tour 2013
Biggest Morning Tea at Cardinal Knox 17th May 10am
St John’s WYD 13 retreat 25 – 27 July 2013
St Peregrine Mass 19 May 2.30pm @ Fitzroy
CTC Public Lecture 15th May 7.30pm
The Regulars:
St Mary’s
Friendship club
Members please note that
while we don’t have meetings, we still meet at the
RSL on the 3rd Wednesday
of each month for lunch.
Come and join us if you are
Cuppas next weekend
after 8.30 &10.30 Masses
The current Leadership Core
Group will meet on Wednesday the 1st of May from 7. 30 to
9.30 pm
Leadership Training will be held Wednesday 8th,15th;22nd; 29th, May 7.30 to 9.30 pm in
the Parish meeting room. This training is for
people who will be facilitators for our study
groups. a small group of people in the study
of the Scripture.
Sign up sheets will be in the Church foyer or
call Maria Picone: 97935540 or email
[email protected]
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget
We welcome the Confirmation Candidates of 2013 as they prepare for their
Confirmation Day on Friday 24th May. The candidates will be presented at the
Parish Mass this Saturday.
Please remember these children and their families in your prayers.
Facing the Truth -
Catholic Church to appear before the Victorian
Inquiry into child abuse, starting 29 April.
Go to for videos, statements, frequently asked questions and fact sheets.
Please register on the homepage for updates.
Applications are called from Parents wishing to enrol children in
Preparatory Class at St. Mary's Primary School,
Dandenong for 2014. Enquiries: School Office 9791-7650
Rosary after morning Mass
(except Sunday)
Centering Prayer 7-8pm
(at The Open Door)
Legion of Mary 10.30am
First Friday of the Month
~ Exposition of the Blessed
Eucharist 11.30—3.00pm
Fourth Friday of the Month ~ 11.00am Anointing Mass
First Sunday of the Month ~ Hospitality Sunday aka Cuppa’s
Second Sunday of the Month Youth group after 5.30 Mass
Third Sunday of the Month ~ Trade Winds tea & coffee sales
Baptism preparation
Fourth Sunday of the Month ~ Baptism, drop by the office or
pick up a form after Mass.
Check this out……
Helpers needed for Bingo, Tuesday afternoon and
evening sessions and Saturday experience
necessary, training on the job, call the office 9791 4611
This weekend we pray for
Recently Deceased: Fr Tom Fury, Fr Richard Rafter,
Asha Juan Pitia
Anniversaries:We remember our War dead,
also Mel Meyer, Ron O’Meagher, Marc Guillemain, Anna
Huynh, Toan Nguyen, Fred Deegan, Brigit & Francis Regis
Ray Watson, Tony Linossi, Frank Pigott, Fr John Allen,
Alistaire D’Rosario, Pedro Cabrera, Basil Kalka,
Humbert Bettin
The privacy legislation requires us to have written permission by an authorised
person before any name can be printed in the Marian.

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