Parish News

Keep up to date with what is happening around the Parish and within our community.


National Carers Week: Recognising Care Given in Love.

11th October 2020

National Carers’ Week runs from Sunday, 11 October to Saturday 17 October.

We offer in thanksgiving the following prayer for the compassion and dedication of all the workers and volunteers from our Sacred Heart Mission, our parish pastoral team and our parish families who in providing care to others bear witness to God’s Spirit of love.

You have granted me life and favour, and your care has preserved my spirit (Job 10:12).

Prayer for Carers

Holy Spirit, pour out your gifts and fruits 

on all those who provide care for others. 

Grant them time and rest to rejuvenate, 

courage and fortitude to face the day to day challenges 

and wisdom and trust to know when to ask for help.

Blessed Trinity, inspire and awaken us to be a Church community 

that is actively seeking to provide assistance and support to people 

who care for our brothers and sisters, 

who are witnesses of your gifts to our world. Amen.

[Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 2007]

Praying Together

Staying connected during the Coronavirus epidemic

March 20th 2020

As Masses and other public gatherings get cancelled, social distancing and panic buying happens around our community, many people are living with fear and uncertainty. Some in our community need support more than ever. Here are some resources on how you can access support and information and also how you can offer support and volunteer at this time.

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Be the change you want to see in the world

February 7th 2020

This is the theme for our St Columba Primary School for 2020. The children, staff and families celebrated the beginning of the school year with a beautiful mass this morning.

Fr John's homily focused on the Paschal candle and the light that shines within all of us. He asked the children to name the 'thing's that give them and our community light and then a candle was lit from the Paschal candle honouring each of these - teachers, fellow students, parents, firefighters, Sacred Heart Mission.


St Columba Primary School - Seussical

September 15 2019

Huge congratulations to everyone involved in preparing for and performing in the school musical ‘Seussical’. It was a fantastic achievement and a wonderful success.

For other news and stories please see the online newsletter


Young women of Sacred Heart and St Columba

September 6 2019

Friday 6th September was the first young women’s dinner and talk series, “Full of Grace”, and what a fruitful night it was!


Renewing our Relationship

August 18 2019

On Sunday 18 August, we celebrated the renewal of the agreement between our Parish and Sacred Heart Mission at 9am and 11am masses. Thank you very much to Chris Stolz, Chair of Sacred Heart Mission Board and to Cathy Humphries, CEO Sacred Heart Mission for their attendance and support.


Dine with Heart 2019

Raising money for our Missions Dining Hall

Our Parish Dine with Heart Soup Evening was a resounding success with 70 parishioners and school families and friends gathering to enjoy a bowl or two of warm, nourishing soup on a cold night.

Good company, a warm atmosphere and plenty of chatter was enjoyed by all. It was wonderful that we were able to host such a great night with all the proceeds going to Sacred Heart Mission Meals Program.

Together we raised $1,676.50 We are grateful to everyone who came and donated to this most worthy cause.


Plenary council

June 2019

A Plenary Council is a formal meeting of the bishops and other representatives of all the dioceses and eparchies of the Catholic Church in Australia. Its purpose is to discern what God is asking of us in Australia at this present time.

While the church should be asking that question continually, a Plenary Council is a particularly graced instrument for seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And it has the authority to make church laws on the results of its discernment.


Sacred Heart Memorial

August 18 2018

On Sunday 19 August 2018 we dedicated the Sacred Heart Memorial.
“We Remember” is a tribute to those who have died in our community. In erecting this memorial, we hold them forever in our hearts. 
“We Remember”, depicts a small gathering holding their friend who has died. In this act of intimacy, through their grief, in some ways they hold each other. The figures are close with each other. They hold the body of their friend through the interweaving of their hands and bodies. This is an experience of deep intimacy in a place vulnerability.

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Moving our ministry online

March 28 2020

As the Coronavirus COVID-19 continues, we are finding more ways to connect online right here on the website. So we have put together a resource page with handy links, information, prayers plus lots more.

We update our news and events as they happen, so check back often for the latest. You can also contribute by sharing your story on our Blog or get an item published in our Parish Bulletin by contacting us

(03) 9531 6120

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