Children’s Liturgy will be starting at alternating 5.30pm Saturday and 10.30am Sunday Masses in term 3. We have 4 new leaders who will help our children pray at children’s level of understanding. Fun activities and interaction are encouraged at the sessions. All are welcome. Sessions are as follows:
Saturday 22 July 5.30pm
Sunday 30 July 10.30am
Saturday 5 August 5.30pm
Sunday 13 August 10.30am
Saturday 19 August 5.30pm
Sunday 27 August 10.30am
Saturday 2 September 5.30pm
Sunday 10 September 10.30am
Saturday 16 September 5.30pm



A number of young people from the northern region of the Archdiocese have decided to work together to take a combined group to the Festival as a ‘Northern Region Collective’, and would like to welcome other young people from parishes in the region. This provides an opportunity for young people from Our Lady of Mt Carmel’s to meet other young people, make new friends and enjoy the Festival in a supported group environment.

There are two ways of registering:

· Participants aged over 18 can simply register themselves individually. The Northern Region Collective organisers will then contact them with information about transportation and accommodation. Click here ‘ACYF – Northern Region Collective Information – Individual Registration Information‘  for more information.

· Participants aged under 18 will need to be accompanied by a leader from your parish and registered as a parish group. This leader will work with the Northern Region Collective Organisers on the logistical planning for their group. Click here ‘ACYF – Northern Region Collective Information’ for more information. Registration and consent forms are also available to assist your leader.


We have recently received from LAP the newsletter setting out the activities they are undertaking in the first half of this year as part of their ongoing care for the children living with HIV AIDS.

Note that LAP are now caring for 95 HIV children, with over 20% now reaching their teenage years and undertaking life-skill education provided by LAP.


If you have a child who would like to be baptised and is at school already, please contact the Parish Office asap on 9744 1060. We will be organizing preparation and celebration times but have limited times/ dates.


PARISH PLAYGROUP is run every Tuesday morning (during school term) from 9am-10am in the Parish Centre. All are welcome to come and play with the toys and join together in a social morning. No bookings required. Contact the Parish Office on 9744 1060 if you have any queries.



It’s on this weekend. We need your support to help those in need this winter. Vinnies prefer cash donations so that families can buy the items they need for their families. Please give generously.


Pop, Rock and Roll, Dance Night, for all ages.

All profits will be shared by three deserving groups:

1) Goonawarra Neighbouring House Mentoring Program – for young girls bullied in schools.

2) Chaplaincy program in local schools and

3) Youth Group.

Your support will allow the above groups to continue to deliver their programs to deserving youth.

Please circulate to family and friends.




Ministry Teams (note there may be some overlap)

– Lectors & Commentators:  To read the word of the Lord at Mass on a roster. Commentators will welcome parishioners and make announcements.

– Musicians & Singers:  To uplift our Masses

– Ministers of Communion

– Altar Servers: Open to boys and girls who have celebrated First Communion

– Baptism Preparation: welcome and instruct families wanting to baptize their children

– Catechetic: a program for children who attend Government schools who would like to celebrate their Sacraments

– Children’s Liturgy

Prayer, Service and Formation Teams

– RCIA Team: Are involved in Initiating Adults into the Catholic faith

– Legion of Mary: Meet every Tuesday to pray together and to reach out to parishioners

– Knights of the Southern Cross: An organization of catholic men who support the educational, charitable, religious and social welfare needs of the parish

– EMMAUS Charismatic Prayer Group: meeting held every Thursday morning in the Chapel

–Small Christian Communities

Support Teams

– Creative Tech: operate laptops, audio, cameras, graphics and lights at events

– Office Support: help with administrative tasks in the office

– Counting monies support: count money and get it ready for banking

– Mass Hosts: set up and pack up weekend Masses on roster

– Pastoral Visitors: visit with the homebound and hospitalized. Take Communion to those at home and/or the Nursing Homes

– Pastoral Assistance: assist people who have no transport but need to get to Mass or Shops or Medical Appointments

– Bingo Helper: running the parish bingo at the Sunbury Football Club every Thursday night

Maintenance Teams

– Parish Posties: deliver our Neighbourhood Newsletter to all our Catholic families three times per year

–Gift Shop

–Church Linen: Wash and iron linen

–Church Cleaning

–Altar care


–Welcoming Team: hand out the newsletter at each Mass and welcome each parishioner

Various Groups

SOCIAL JUSTICE:  We have a small team who promote issues of Social Justice in our parish. We would love to hear from you if you have a passion for Social Justice.

YOUTH GROUP:  Our youth group has many activities that they coordinate each year for the parish and they sup- port our other groups financially from any fundraising they do. New members are always welcome.

OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN PROJECT:  This project has a small committee who coordinate the promotion of the needs of the orphans in Jakarta that our parish has been supporting since …..

PARISH HISTORICAL GROUP:  Our small team preserve our parish’s rich history. If you have a love for History, please join in.

EVERGREENS: Our Seniors are always looking for people to join them as they arrange gatherings and outings.



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 this 
week re-enacting Palm Sunday. The donkey is aged 25 years and in good health

…..Kevin McIntosh


We meet at St Anne’s Church at 10.00am on Thursdays. All welcome, including children. For further info/transport please contact Lambert & Elaine van der Weerden on 0418 322 596.
The closing Mass for the Northern Region of the Jubilee Cross will be celebrated by Bishop Curtin and will be held at St Mary’s, 204 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough on Sunday 23 April com- mencing at 2.00pm. If attending please bring a plate for afternoon tea.


Our Good Friday collection supports the church of the Holy Land. It promotes the missionary work of the Church in the Holy Land by providing welfare assistance to local Christians in areas such as health, education, employment and housing. Parishes, schools, orphanages and medical centres also rely on support from this collection. The collection also is relied upon to maintain the 74 churches and shrines associated with the life of Jesus. Please also pray for peace and harmony will become a reality in the land where Jesus lived.



Our parish offers cards of remembrance to parishioners who would like to remember those who cannot be with us throughout the time of Lent and Easter. If it due to distance or loss that loved ones are not with us, we can still remember and pray for them at this time. Please take a card from either of our churches and place in the basket.

LENTEN PROGRAM (A note on the Jubilee Cross)


This year we will explore “The Gift” that we have of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The following topics will be covered during the six week program:- The Father’s Loving Plan, The Joy of the Gospel, The Gift of the Spirit, Unwrapping God’s Gift, Encountering God’s Spirit and Living in the Spirit.
Morning sessions will be held at 10.00 am on Thursdays commencing on March 2nd. The first evening session will be on Tuesday February 28th at 7.30 pm. The rest of the evening sessions will be on Thursdays at 7.30 pm. All sessions will be at St. Anne’s Church.
The topic for the this week is “The Joy of the Gospel”.




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.