Our Lady of the Pines Catholic 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 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 happily 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.
So, whether you are a regular, a part-timer, new to the area or just got lost on the way to somewhere else – we are thrilled that you are here and you are very welcome.
“Love one another, 
as I have loved you”
                               John 13:34
May God Bless You,
Fr Jerald Cecil Mariadas,
Parish Priest
Medjugorje Pilgrimage 2019
At the end of April 2019, a group of 20 parishioners from Our Lady of the Pines and other parishes, accompanied by Fr Jerald, embarked on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and Rome.  
The pilgrims had many wonderful experiences during their journey and kindly shared them with parishioners at recent Masses. 
A video has been produced depicting highlights of the pilgrimage.
Next Pilgrimage
The next Medjugorje pilgrimage will be held approximately between 23 April and 9 May 2021.  Exact dates and costs will be confirmed in the latter half of 2020.
Books and videos on Medjugorje are available at the OLOP library which is open after the Saturday and Sunday Masses.
If you are interested in joining the 2021 pilgrimage or have any queries, please email Teresina Yung at teresina1129@gmail.com
Weekend Masses
Sat    5.00 pm Vigil Mass
Sun   9.30 am Mass followed by Coffee
         10.45 am Rosary in the Chapel
Weekday Masses
Mon    No Mass
Tue    No Mass
Wed    9.00 am Mass followed by Rosary
Thu     No Mass
Fri       9.00 am Mass followed by Rosary
By appointment.  Phone 9841 8354
First Eucharist Masses
First Eucharist Masses will be held this coming weekend, as follows:
  • Saturday 24th August at 5.00 pm
  • Sunday 25th August at 11.30 am
All parishioners are welcome to attend.  Please keep the children and their families in your prayers (9.30 am Mass will be as  usual).
RCIA Reunion Mass
The annual RCIA Reunion Mass will be held in the Worship Centre on Sunday 25th August at 3.00 pm.  Afternoon tea will follow.  Parishioners are cordially invited to attend and celebrate the faith journey of our newest members of the Catholic Church.
OLOP Youth Mass – 6 October
The 9.30 am Mass on Sunday, 6th October will be organised by the youth of the parish.  Young singers and musicians are being sought to participate.  If you know anyone suitable, please contact Andrew Buchan, email afbuchan@tpg.com.au.
Save the Date – Sports Night
Our annual Sports Night will be held on Wednesday, 18th September, featuring Sam Kekovich, Garry Lyon and other stars to be announced soon. $80 per head plus drinks at bar prices.  For further details keep your eye on the parish newsletter and this website.  Book now by phoning David Sowersby on 0419 311 775.
Interested in Knowing more about the Catholic Faith?
Our new season of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will commence in September.  The RCIA process supports people in their faith journey and is suitable for adults who have not been baptised in the Catholic church, or those who have been baptised but who have not made the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation.  For further information, please contact the parish office.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival
Young people from parishes, communities and schools are invited to join the Melbourne ACYF Pilgrimage to the fourth Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Perth from 8–10 December.  ACYF is the largest national gathering of Catholic youth in Australia and it exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their faith, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church. The Festival is for youth and young adults from year 9 to 30 years of age.  To find out more, please email rosannecroker@gmail.com.  Keep up to date by liking the following Facebook page: melbacy
77 Carbine Street
Donvale   Vic   3111
Tel:       (03) 9841 8354
Email:  donvale@cam.org.au
Office Hours:
Monday            9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday      9.00 am – 5.00 pm
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we can be contacted at our Partnered Parish,
Ss Peter & Paul’s, 23 Leeds Street, Doncaster East,  Tel: 9842 1480.