Our Lady of the Pines Parish
77 Carbine Street Donvale 3111     Tel: (03) 9841 8354    Email: donvale@cam.org.au
 
 
 
Friendliness and enthusiastic participation in parish
life are the hallmarks of Our Lady of the Pines parishioners
 
We share our happiness with each other and it becomes greater
We share our troubles with each other and they become smaller
We share one another’s griefs and burdens and their weight becomes possible to bear
 
Welcome
Welcome to Our Lady of the Pines Parish, Donvale.
 
We are a warm and friendly community located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, nestled in a quiet residential area. When sitting in our Worship Centre, looking out the windows, you will be surrounded by trees and enjoy the sounds of the many birds.
 
One of our strengths is our strong sense of community which is demonstrated every Sunday when many of our parishioners stay back for a cuppa and a chat after Mass, forming and maintaining firm friendships.  The children are given an icy-pole and happly play together.
 
New parishioners are warmly welcomed by members of our ‘Welcoming Committee’ and are encouraged to stay back for a cuppa to get to know other parishioners and feel part of the community. We also hold social functions once a month which are well attended.
 
We are a community for all and strive towards friendship and inclusiveness.
 
“Love one another, as I have loved you”
                                John 13:34
May God Bless You
Fr Jerald Cecil Mariadas
Parish Priest
 
 
 
OLOP Parish & School Submission to the Plenary Council
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the OLOP Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue Sessions.  The output from these sessions have formed the basis for the draft submission to the Plenary Council by Our Lady of the Pines Parish & School.  A copy of the draft submission can be found by clicking on the following link:  olop plenary council submission based on the listening and dialogue sessions
 
Our submission, together with submissions from all around Australia, will guide the preparation of the agenda for the Plenary Council.
 
If the draft submission reflects your views – great.  But if you feel it does not adequately express your views, you are strongly encouraged to make a personal submission to the Plenary Council.  To do this, just click on the link below which will take you to the Plenary Council website.
 
This will display – ‘Have Your Say — Respond’. Click on this and go down the page to the large box in the centre of the page marked – ‘Have your say – submit your responses. Click here’  Then follow the prompts and click on the ‘>>’ button.
 
THE DEADLINE FOR THE ONLINE SURVEY SUBMISSIONS IS ASH WEDNESDAY, 6TH MARCH 2019.
 
We also encourage you to suggest to your family and Catholic friends, particularly those who no longer attend Mass on a regular basis, to make a submission.  Some people have expressed the view that when encouraging others to make a submission, they would like a simpler process.  Accordingly, we have developed a Survey Monkey process which they may log into at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7XLMKC
 
Please enourage anyone who is not making a submission on the Plenary Council website to go to this link and respond.  It will only take a few minutes.
 
THIS IS AN HISTORIC OCCASION.  THE LAST PLENARY COUNCIL WAS HELD IN 1937.  DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A SAY IN THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCH.
Mass Times
Wed     9.00 am   Mass and Rosary
Thu      9.00 am   Communion Service
Fri        9.00 am    Mass
Sat       5.00 pm    Vigil Mass
Sun      9.30 am    Mass
 
For Mass Times at our partnered parish please click on the ‘Mass Times’ tab at the top of this page.
 
Parish Notice Board
 
OLOP Youth Group
From this year onwards, the OLOP Youth Group will get together on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30 am in the PEACE Centre.  Youth between the ages of 13 and 25 years are invited to join the senior group, while those between the ages of 7 and 12 years are invited to join the junior group.  This is a great opportunity for the youth of the parish to get to know each other socially and to grow spiritually.  We look forward to your children’s participation.
 
Community Notice Board
 
Italian Speaking Volunteers Needed
CO.AS.IT is an organisation funded by the Department of Human Services & the Commonwealth Government.  It is currently looking for Italian speaking people who are willing to volunteer one to two hours per week to visit elderly people of Italian origin, who are socially isolated or lonely and in need of company.  By assisting an elderly person on a social level, you have the chance to make a difference to their life.  If you are interested or require further information, please contact Tania on 0430 556 283.  Continuing support provided.
 
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