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5 December 2021
Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

The call of John the Baptist.  Luke 3:1-6

From the Parish House 

Advent is a gift to us each year; a time of great expectations when we call on God with joyful hope...

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Sacraments Delivered

It has been a busy year in our parishes for Sacraments as over 450 young people were presented for Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation...

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Advent with Pope Francis

Recently retired Parish Priest, Father Michael McEntee, continues this series of Advent reflections inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical letters, Care for our Common Home (Laudato Si') and On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti)…


Communal Celebrations of Penance 

Father Frank O'Loughlin explains how the celebrations of Penance or Reconciliation offer us the opportunity to expand and develop our understanding of God’s overwhelming forgiveness...

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Other Articles from the Parish

  • Sacramental Milestones - November 2021 

  • Christ Present Through Ministry - Fr Frank O'Loughlin continues his series on the Mass.  Read more...

  • The Joy of Giving - Supporting a charity or a social cause is a practical way to assist our brothers and sisters seeking asylum and refuge. Kate Baines offers suggestions on how you might make their story part of your own.  Read more...

  • We can be human-kind! - Ann Rennie's December reflection invites us to consider the small kindnesses that can transform the lives of those around us.  Read more...

  • Op Shops - opportunity knocks - our well loved 'op shops' were invented right here in Melbourne with many opening up to support a number of causes, including St Vincent de Paul.  Read more...

  • Advent Enrichment - an invitation to open our lives to the renewing presence of God with resources providing opportunities for prayer, reflection and action during Advent.  Read more..

What's on Across our Parishes

  • SHWP Men's Breakfast Group - meets for fellowship this Saturday at 9.00 am at a local café.  Contact Denis Billings for further details.

  • Children's Liturgy - will be held this Sunday during the 9.00 am Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church and during the 10.30 am Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Reflections and activities are based on the Gospel of the day for school aged children.  All welcome.

  • Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP) baskets - will be available in the churches at Camberwell, Balwyn and Deepdene this weekend.  Non-perishable foods, cleaning products, washing powder, toiletries and other necessities can be placed in the baskets provided.

  • Faith and Life Questions Group - will hold their first meeting at 4.00 pm on Monday, 6 December in the Our Holy Redeemer Church Meeting Room to consider childhood beliefs and how they may need to be re-articulated as we move through our life journey. For reading material or further information, contact Rose Marie Prosser.

  • Advent Penitential Service - will be held at 7.00 pm on Tuesday, 21 December at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church. 

  • Christmas Eve Family Masses - Families are invited to be involved in proclaiming the Gospel during the 6.00 pm Christmas Eve Family Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church. Please sign-up for Our Lady of Good Counsel Church or Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church.

  • Choir Rehearsals - for this year’s Our Holy Redeemer Christmas Vigil will be held at 7.00 pm on Tuesday, 14 and 21 December at Our Holy Redeemer Church. Please contact James Squire if you would like to be part of the choir.

  • OLGC Primary School Family Carols Night - will be held from 5.00 pm on Thursday, 9 December.  Download flyer...

  • Join Eastern Central Catholic Parishes Facebook Group 

Recently Deceased and Anniversaries

Let us pray... that those who have died may sit in glory at the feet of Christ especially Pina Angelo, Herb (Herbert) Bennetto, Sr Elizabeth Costigan RSC, Sean Dillon and Greg Ferguson, and that those whose anniversaries occur at this time might continue to know God's love, particularly Alice Hickey, Tom Hickey, Nancy Roberts, Stanley Roberts, Elizabeth Thornton-Smith, Nellie Lim Kim Suan and Edmund Walsh.

If you would like a particular anniversary of death remembered in the weekend newsletter and Prayers of the Faithful, please contact the Parish Office by phone or email.

Daily Readings

Nourish your life from the table of the Word

Practicing Spiritual Communion
Daily Readings

What's on in the Wider Community

  • Ordinations to the Priesthood – please remember in your prayers Deacons Alexander Chow, Hoang Dinh, Jaycee Napoles, Joseph Nguyen and Samuel Pearson who will be ordained for the Archdiocese of Melbourne this Saturday, 4 December.  Read more…

  • Tudor Choristers Sing Nowell! 2021 - will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 14 December at Our Lady of Victories Basilica.  Download Flyer...
  • Garratt Publishing - join Dr Phyllis Zagano in conversation with Fr Frank Brennan SJ for the online launch of her new book Just Catholic: The Future is Now.launch at 10.30 am on Thursday, 9 December. Places are limited.  Register here...

Other News

  • Bishops elected as Australian delegates to Synod of Bishops  Read more...

  • Pope Francis message to those with disabilities 
  • ACU begins seven-year path towards integral ecology 

  • ’Tis the season for Christmas carols! Do you know where your favorite got its start?  Read more...

  • Israeli archaeologists find remains dating back to Sanhedrin  Read more..

  • Melbourne Catholic online for news from the Archdiocese  Read more...

  • CathNews online, a service of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference  Read more...

  • Current Job Vacancies 

For Electronic Giving

Thank you for your continued financial support of our parishes.  Your Stewardship and Presbytery offerings may be made by EFT to:-

OLGC & All Hallows Church Account
BSB: 083 347   Account: 68679 0501

Our Lady of Victories Church Account
BSB: 083 347    Account: 63604 1772

Surrey Hills Wattle Park Church Account
BSB: 083 347   Account: 4894 17994

Camberwell, Balwyn, Deepdene & Surrey Hills Wattle Park Parishes
Presbytery Account

BSB: 083 347   Account: 69440 0585

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 Camberwell, Balwyn & Deepdene
19 Brenbeal Street, Balwyn VIC 3103
Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Telephone: 03 9816 9291
Surrey Hills Wattle Park 
4 Barton Street, Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9.30 am - 3.00 pm
Telephone: 03 9890 2510
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