Towards the end of 2012 the Sunbury Branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross held a fishing contest on Deep Creek. Here are some images. Leave a comment at the bottom if you would like.

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John McMahon was born at home in Sunbury 88 years ago. Educated at OLMC School and Assumption College. With Margaret, his wife of 65 years, they were blessed with children: Anne, Michael, Judith, Anthony, Daniel, Jane, Peter and John. John worked in the family dairy business and was active in many civic organisations– Fire Brigade, Football Club, Bowling Club, Sunbury Show and a Shire Councillor for 15 years. John was involved actively in our parish serving in the Parish Council and Thanksgiving Renewals. John was one of the founding members of The Knights of the Southern Cross in our Parish. We offer our prayerful sympathy to Margaret and their large extended family. Vigil Prayers with Rosary will be held at 7.30pm on Monday at OLMC Church, followed by Mass at St Anne’s on Tuesday at 11am, concluding with burial at Sunbury Cemetery.


Supreme Knight Australia Colin Walsh and  State Chairman Victoria Maurice Skehan recently travelled to Werribee to visit former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parishioner  Hugh O’Neill. The reason for Colin’s visit was to present Hugh with a certificate reconising Hugh’s 50 years as a member of the Knights of the Southern Cross. A lot of parishioners will remember Hugh who was a very active member of our Parish until Hugh and Wife Margaret moved to a retirement village in Werribee 10 years ago.
Colin found Hugh and Margaret both still going very strong with Hugh having lost none of his humour.HHUGH O’NEILL WITH HIS CERTIFICATE FOR FIFTY YEARS SERVICE TO THE KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS



We offer our prayers and sympathy to Jonathan and Andrew Hines as their father Michael entered eternal life last Wednesday. Michael has been our parishioner for twenty years and was involved in a small Christian community and in the music ministry. He held several positions in the Knights of the Southern Cross, including past Branch Chairman and with some of his fellow KSC friends, acted as a volunteer maintenance man, especially for the Sisters at the Convent.
His funeral on Tuesday will begin with Mass at 2.00pm and conclude with burial at Sunbury Cemetery.


On Friday 10th February the Knights of the Southern Cross are holding a dinner at the Celtic Club in Melbourne in order to raise money to assist in the purchase of ten thousand new Military Prayer Books. These books are printed on waterproof paper and will conform to the new english translation.
The Dinner is open to the general public.
For more information contact John Stafford 0411151663


The Knights of the Southern Cross are holding an information session for new members after the 8.30am Mass at St Anne’s Church on Sunday 25 September. Come and hear what this Catholic men’s organisation is all about. You will be made most welcome by the members of the Order from your own parish here in Sunbury. If you are unable to attend on this day, phone Colin Walsh 9744 2947 or John Stafford 9744 9966 for information to be posted to you.

For a quick look at the Knights of the Southern Cross click here to have a look at a previous post.


The second Men’s Health Forum for 2011 is to be held from 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon on Monday the 12th of September at the Glenroy RSL, 186 Glenroy Road, Glenroy. The speaker is Mr John Doutch from the Council of the Ageing (Vic), who will be speaking about “Anxiety and Depression”.
The session will be interactive and there will be time for questions. Entry is by gold coin donation.
This Forum has been organised by the Knights Consultor Division and is open to every person in the Community – not just KSC Members, not just Catholics – but everyone, men & women no matter what their age or belief.


Peter Readman- has been our voluntary maintenance coordinator for twenty years.  In that time, he  has carried out maintenance on our two churches, convent, parish office and presbytery.  In addition, he has coordinated the engagement of carpenters, electricians, fencers, plumbers, painters, slate repairers and other tradesmen.  He has helped us fulfil our statutory obligations for health and safety.
Peter has been available and prompt to assist at all hours.  His wife Pat has been a gracious secretary taking phone calls whenever there has been a crisis.  A visiting priest said recently ‘you have a big plant here’.  Only Peter would know how many hours he has given to our community in service since 1991.
Peter has decided to finish this service and will continue to serve us in other ways.

As a result of our Stewardship Program we now have four men doing the maintenance Peter did:  Ben, Colin, Jo and Vern.  There was a hand-over meeting of several hours last Tuesday.  When three of our buildings are over 100 years old, there is much maintenance to be done.


Established in 1969 and sponsored by the Knights of the Southern Cross, Southern Cross Care is a community-based program of aged care guided by a Christian ethos caring for 5,300 aged Victorians.
Enquiries about services and packages—9244 0900 or


At the recent Parish Coordinating Team meeting it was asked “What do the Knights of the Southern Cross do?”

In order to answer this I’ve simply cut a chunk from the national website and pasted it below which should go some way towards answering the question.

But it’s more than that. On a local level it’s a group of men from Sunbury and Gisborne Parishes that come together once a month for a meeting which always starts with prayers and a twenty to thirty minute Faith Formation Program. This year we are focusing on “STEWARDSHIP – THE WAY OF THE DISCIPLE”, a program put together by Sister Anne McMillan, Coordinator of the Pastoral Ministry Office of the Ballarat Diocese. The previous program was on the changes to the missal, and prior to that we focused on the “Year of St Paul”. Locally we look after the graves of our past Parish Priests who are buried in the Sunbury Cemetery (now with the help of Teachers and Pupils from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School), we do various maintenance jobs in the Convent. Putting up safety rails springs to mind. Some of our members keep a look-out for repairs required on our Churches and Presbytery. We have members that visit the sick and infirm. We are on call when the Archbishop asks for our assistance. This can be anything from providing ushers at St Patrick’s Cathedral to collecting signatures opposing the Abortion Legislation that sadly now is law. Much else is done by our members around the parish but as our members don’t like to blow their own trumpets, much of it is invisible. Maybe we need to get a badge in similar manner to other service organisations.

Our meetings usually end with a light supper brought by one of our members, and some liquid refreshments.

If you look at the left-hand side of this page you will see “Categories” and if you go down the list you will come to “Knights of the Southern Cross” Click on that and it will take you to some of the things we have done locally, photos included.



A Catholic Men’s Organisation originally established in 1919 to help fellow Catholics obtain work and to support each other’s families to live their Catholic Faith. The organisation is known as The Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross Australia and is a member of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights, whose members are recognised by the Vatican.

The Objects of the Order have been agreed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and are:

1.      To promote the Advancement of Australia;

2.      To foster the Christian way of life throughout the Nation;

3.      To promote the welfare of members of Member Organisations and their families;

4.      To encourage social and intellectual activities amongst members of Member Organisations; and

5.      To conduct and support educational, charitable, religious and social welfare work.

The Member Organisations are the State Branches (Organisations) of the Order. Each State Branch is an autonomous body which is represented on the National Council of the Order – the Governing Body of the Order.


The Knights of the Southern Cross carry out a wide variety of works which vary from State to State. Some of the works are included below:

In Australia:

  • Annual Mass for deceased members.
  • Formation Programme written each year to be used by Branches throughout Australia to develop the spirituality of members and the knowledge of their Faith.
  • Anzac Day Mass – Provision of Ushers and assistance with invitations and seating.
  • KSC Education Foundation (established by KSC (WA) in the early 1990s) – provided over $70,000 in 2006 to assist 41 teachers in the Catholic School system to attain qualifications in the area of Religious Education and Theology. $8,000 of scholarships went to seminarians from the Redemptorist Mater Seminary studying at UNDA.
  • Southern Cross Charitable Trust – donations made to the Sisters of St Joseph through the Mary MacKillop Foundation to help the disadvantaged and to Centacare (Qld) for assistance to people with disabilities through Soubirous Place.
  • Sponsorship of an award in the Rock Band section of the Performing Arts Festival in Perth for Catholic Schools and Colleges.
  • Australian Defence Force Project – the Order has provided 10,000 specifically designed prayer books and single decade rosaries to Catholic members of the Australian Defence Force.
  • Australian Defence Force Support – The KSC provides support to all Catholic Defence Force Families and Military Chaplains as required.
  • Working with aboriginal elders and young boys in WA.
  • Financial support to committee arranging exchange of seminarians between the Perth Archdiocese and a Greek Orthodox seminary.
  • Assistance to St Charles Seminary (WA) to overcome an urgent maintenance problem.
  • Assistance to a Presentation Sister in WA to publish and promote a faith education and development program for young children that involves participation of Parish/School/Family.
  • Financial support to Bishop Bianchinni to assist aboriginal youth in his Diocese.
  • Sponsorship of Fr Peter Hung Manh Tran C.Ss.R to publish his book “Advancing the Culture of Death: Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide”
  • Working with Southern Cross Care (Australia) in the provision of aged care facilities throughout Australia.
  • KSC was represented on the WYD08 Communities Advisory Committee for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney and was greatly involved in the project.
  • Assisting voters to make informed choices at elections by obtaining the views of political candidates on matters of morals and ethics – abortion, same sex marriage, etc. – and facilitating public forums to meet candidates.
  • Promoting the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign throughout Australia throughout the year.
  • Visiting detention centres for asylum seekers.
  • Established Priests Support and Education Funds to assist clergy and seminarians in a number of States – fundraising is generally carried out through annual dinners.
  • Creation and sponsorship of the Festival of Faith in Sydney – to showcase the organisations and works of the Catholic Church.
  • Mobile phones for jobseekers – Canberra
  • Australia Day Mass – Organisation and Assistance
  • Golf Tournaments for Members
  • Barney’s Picnic for Members
  • Retired Members Group
  • Monthly Branch Meetings for Members
  • Monthly State Council Meetings – Sometimes in Country Areas
  • State Conferences for Members and Wives
  • National Triennial Conferences for Members and Wives (Special Programmes for Wives)
  • Collection of recycled paper and cans.
  • Assistance with Christmas Bowl Appeal sponsored by the SA Council of Churches (KSC-SA).
  • Preparation and distribution of regular State Newsletters to all members in Australia and to all IACK (International Alliance of Catholic Knights) organisations overseas.
  • Helping the Josephite Sisters in a project to have a framed picture of Mary MacKillop sited in every church throughout Australia (KSC-WA initiative).
  • Presentation of Rosary Beads to all First Communicants (KSC – WA initiative) in certain parishes.
  • Installation of stained glass window depicting a Christian Knight in St Thomas’ Parish in Claremont, WA.
  • Preparation of submissions to Government on matters affecting morals and ethics.
  • Support for Southern Cross Bioethics Institute in SA.
  • In partnership with Notre Dame University Australia – organised a seminar on Ethics in Business for invited business leaders in Perth and the Alumni of the University.


  • Tools for East Timor – Huge project to provide 3 shipping containers of good quality tools to enable students in East Timor to learn trades to help themselves and their people.
  • Running Water for St Peter’s Junior Seminary, Tanzania – $10,000 from KSC (NSW) to help extend water pipes to three dormitories. KSC(NSW) had been helping the seminary for three years previously.
  • Pakistan –  $5,450 in support to Fr Anthony for his work to provide a safe environment for Catholics in the area. All IACK Orders were asked to contribute.
  • KSC is represented by the Supreme Knight at all meetings of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK) held every 2 years in different countries.
  • Twinning Arrangements have been established with the Knights of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Mauritius and joint projects are being arranged.