WWCC – Working With Children Check

Recently the parish held a meeting to present to volunteers who work for the parish, the new requirements for a Working with Children Check (WWCC), and in some cases where the volunteer holds a position of trust or leadership they will also need a National Police Check.

The first thing to understand is that these requirements for a WWCC were made in the final report of the Royal Commission and have been acted upon by the State Government and the Archdiocese. The regulatory requirements that religious bodies must meet are quite strict due to their horrendous record of abuse of the vulnerable in the past.

Basically, if you are on a committee or team or pretty-well anything else except church cleaning and flower arranging, you will need a WWCC card.

The image below will take you to the Archdiocese Guidelines so you can see the requirements of most parish  volunteers in various positions.



Families are asked to attend a session preparing the families as their children begin to take part in the first Sacraments since their Baptism. The session will be held in the hub of St Anne’s School this Wednesday 2 August at 6.30pm. Both children and parents from both of our schools will have their own activities during the session which will last one hour. The input and format will be different from the 2016 session.
Families will then be asked to attend Mass on Sunday 6 August at 10.30am to celebrate as a community.


The time for Children’s Liturgy Mass next weekend has been changed in order to match with the Family Mass.
It will now be on Sunday 6th August at 10.30am.



Over these three days we proclaim Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. It is such an immense and awe-inspiring mystery that we need three days to enter its truth. The mystery is called the paschal mystery. We gaze at the mystery on Holy Thursday as Jesus kneels on the floor to wash feet, sits at the table for the Last Supper and anguishes in the garden of Gethsemane. On Good Friday we gaze at the Cross and on Easter Day, we are gazing in another garden and see the empty tomb. There is no attempt to soften either the sadness or the joy.

John’s gospel presents Jesus as dying as a King and that Jesus is in complete control of his own destiny, with Jesus carrying his own cross.

John’s passion begins and ends in a garden—a feature unique to John. Jesus’s cross is erected in the middle of the garden. The tree of life was in the middle of the garden of Eden. His mother is called ‘woman’ the same term used for Eve in the Garden of Eden.
(Genesis 2:23)
Only in John’s gospel, there is the scene where Jesus from the cross says: “Woman, this is your son. Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother” (John 19:26) This changed the relationship between Jesus and his disciples. Now we share the same mother as he—we hence become his brothers and sisters.
The body of Jesus is buried in a new tomb in the garden. In John 2:19, Jesus said “destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”.
The risen Lord appears to Mary Magdalene saying: “Go and tell my brothers and sisters, I go to my Father and your Father” (John 20:17).
Jesus and we share a relationship of being children of God. We by baptism are the Household of the Father—the New Temple.
“As I have washed your feet, you should wash each others feet”.
At the Last Supper, Jesus shows he is Servant, one who is ready to do the dirty jobs, to be at the bottom of the social heap. He kneels on the floor to wash the feet. (John 13:15)
Today, attached is a list of the various ways we can serve each other in our parish. There is a tear off slip to leave today at the Welcome desk.

we offer to Fr Martin Ashe and to his mother and family in Ireland as his sister Maureen entered eternal life last week.

The Bishop of Lismore, Bishop Greg Homeming has 
launched an appeal for mattresses for the people of Lismore who have lost their bedding in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. Our parishioners at Mass on Thursday evening donated to this appeal. Others wishing to give are invited to leave donations at our Parish office.

Last Tuesday during Mass at the Cathedral, 
254 Melbourne priests renewed their commitment to serve the people in the Melbourne Archdiocese. Please continue to pray for our priests and for more to follow in their footsteps as Melbourne grows bigger. Some parishes are relying on priests aged in the nineties to celebrate Mass for the people. Hundreds gathered for the funeral of their beloved pastor of 32 years Fr Jim Kierce on Wednesday.

We thank the Honner family for looking after our donkey on their farm. The donkey will feature on the “Melbourne Catholic” website melbournecatholic.org.au this 
week re-enacting Palm Sunday. The donkey is aged 25 years and in good health

…..Kevin McIntosh




From 1987 to September 2016, the Ministry of Health recorded the cumulative number of HIV infections in Indonesia as many as 219 036 cases. Meanwhile, the cumulative number of HIV infections in 2010-2016 are as many as 184 779 cases, in which 13 263 (7.18%) of whom were children aged 0-19 years (P2P DG, Ministry of Health, 2016). This number will continue to grow if prevention of transmission is not performed. HIV prevention programs have mainly focused on key populations such as injecting drug users, sex workers and other high-risk groups. Children born with HIV are often missed in the government program, but the child is a traveling source of HIV transmission in the high-risk group.

The Ministry of Health is strongly committed to tackling HIV and AIDS. One of the efforts is through the provision of Anti-Retroviral drugs (ARV) for people with HIV, including children. “Up to the month of November 2016 recorded 74 879 people living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment in Indonesia and about 4% of them are children,” said Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Direct, dr.Wiendra Waworuntu, Kes. This is also supported by David Bridger, UNAIDS Country Director for Indonesia, said: “If children have access to proper treatment, children can grow and develop properly, like the other kids.”

The issue of HIV, both in adults and children, is often seen as a health issue alone. Though there are many aspects in life that are ultimately affected. The challenges faced in addition to health problems is access to education. Discrimination often occurs in the school environment so that the child had to go out and look for a new school. To cope, this should be considered together with a platform and framework that enables a sustainable cross-sectoral involvement, as submitted by the Director General of Culture Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid.

Another challenge faced is the parenting issue that is the responsibility of a guardian such as grandparents or other family members. Ineligibility for shelter and a lack of knowledge about parenting also have an impact on the quality of life of children with HIV. To realize the quality of life for children with HIV, the important role and commitment of various parties including the government and the public is needed. Currently, services and comprehensive programs that serves children with HIV are still few in number. Nahar, SH, MSi., Director of Social Rehabilitation for Children Ministry of Social RI said that the involvement of the Social Worker in the prevention, protection and social rehabilitation for children with HIV should continue to be pursued through partnership with community organizations or institutions that have a concern in the protection of children with HIV.

Through a photo exhibition “One Child One Life Projekt” Rainbow Kids Lantern (LAP) is opening so that the public can learn more about the lives of children with HIV. The exhibition is expected to be the initial idea for all parties to be involved in programs and support services for children with HIV. In addition as a means of advocacy and education to raise public awareness, it also exhibits an appreciation for the volunteers, the community, government, and all parties that already provide support to LAP in assisting children with HIV in Jakarta.

LAP was established in 2009 upon initiation Prof. Irwanto, Ph.D., to address the challenges that exist in the community about HIV-infected children. LAP is part of a community service unit under the auspices of HIV Research Centre (PPH) Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. As the mentoring program of children with HIV in Indonesia, LAP aims to improve the quality of life of children with HIV. In addition, LAP also educates the public and the government to take part in efforts to reduce the adverse effects on the child. Through home-based care program, LAP want to make sure that every child has greater access to family care, health facilities, education, and does not experience discrimination in society. This effort was supported by the National AIDS Commission (NAC) through funding Indonesian Partnership Fund (IPF) for 1.5 years. Since 2011, LAP gain support from various public and private groups to this day

LAP is currently assisting 100 children in Jakarta and surrounding areas. LAP Team consists of permanent staff, part-time, and volunteers with various backgrounds who work wholeheartedly. Without the help of donors, volunteers, communities, the government and all those who have provided support for LAP, this program cannot continue.

In the end, the support given by all parties is very meaningful. Whatever its form, the support is like a beacon for the life of children with HIV to experience a better quality of life and have a better hope in the future, just like the other children.

SALESIAN COLLEGE SUNBURY ENROLMENT (2018 Closing date 17 Feb 2017)

As previously announced, throughout the Melbourne Archdiocese there is an earlier enrolment process for Catholic Secondary Colleges. The new closing date for applications for Year 7 (2018) is 17 February 2017. In recent years, there have been too many applications for the 232 available positions for Year 7, hence some applications have been unsuccessful. Applications endorsed by the parish need to be at the College before 7 February.



Training for young people wishing to join the Altar Server Team will be held at 11am on 18th and 25th June in St Anne’s Church. Candidates should be at least 10 years of age and have received their first Eucharist. Enquiries Michael McConville  0417332186


NOTICE: As part of the Parish’s ongoing commitment to support the LAP Team caring for children living with HIV AIDS in Jakarta, a fundraising appeal will be held at all Masses on the weekend of the 18/19 February. We thank you for your continued support of this worthy cause. Mick Hetherington, Frank O’Connor, Julie Reddan and Tony Kiley.


Firstly a thank-you to St Anne’s Parish Youth Group for their support which culminated in a donation from money raised by the Parish Christmas Dinner Dance.

Secondly there is a report  on their activities over the previous twelve months. If you read it you will find out about St Anne’s students have been interacting with the LAP children. Just click on the link below.




The Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel cordially invite you to join us in Thanksgiving celebration for a Hundred Years of service of the Sisters of St Joseph since 1916. Commemorative Mass will be celebrated at St Anne’s Church on Sunday 21 February 2016 at 10.30am.
Light refreshments served at the convent to renew acquaintances and share memories from 12.30pm.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and School will be open from 2.0pm-3.0pm.
Please bring a plate to share.
tea and coffee will be provided.

NOTE: After a great meeting last Thursday, we are seeking those who would like to share their memories of the Josephites in Sunbury. We would also like to hear from those who are able to help on the day. Please contact the Parish Office on 9744 1060.



Thursday 8th October

Commences at 5.00 pm with tours.  Evening finishes at 7.00 pm

Come and experience the stunning grounds of Rupertswood first hand. Visit the classrooms, see live activities happening around the College; come and visit our Year 9 Centre; and take a look at our newly refurbished Dance Studio and Arts Centre with the amazing view!

  • Information and enrolment packs will be available.
  • Key staff will be on hand to answer your questions.