Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Parish
77 Carbine Street Donvale 3111              Tel: (03) 9841 8354              Email: donvale@cam.org.au
 
MASS FOR SUNDAY 31ST MAY 2020 – PENTECOST SUNDAY

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW PREVIOUSLY RECORDED MASSES AND REFLECTIONS
WEEKDAY MORNING MASS – NO BOOKING NECESSARY
EACH WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY AT 9.00 AM
 
Restrictions on gatherings at places of worship and ceremonies have now eased slightly.  Places of worship may now open for private worship or small religious ceremonies for up to 20 people in a single undivided indoor space, subject to the four square metre rule plus the minimum number of people reasonably required to perform the service or ceremony.
 
In view of this, with effect from Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 parishioners will be allowed to attend our morning Masses without the need to register beforehand.  You will still however be required to sign the attendance list for contact tracing purposes and will still need to adhere to the social distancing rules. We also ask that if you are feeling unwell, please keep safe at home and do not attend. These Masses will still be available on Zoom as normal.  At this point in time, weekend Masses are still suspended. 
 
SUNDAY MASS
 
To the left is a photo of Fr Jerald being filmed as he celebrates Sunday Mass.
 
Sunday Mass is pre-recorded each week and uploaded to this website each Saturday, along with Readings and Commentaries for each Mass and a Family Prayer and Children’s Activity.  These may be downloaded and printed for your use.
 
Public attendance at Sunday Mass is still not permissible at this stage.
 
 
 
 
PARISH
NEWSLETTER
 
 
THANKSGIVING OFFERINGS
 
 
CORONAVIRUS
INFORMATION
 
 
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
 
 
A Message from Fr Jerald – 30th May 2020
 
My Dear Friends,
 
When I was young, after returning home from school, my neighborhood friends and I would always get together for a game of soccer in the streets.  We had no television or other gadgets to occupy our time, this was our entertainment.  Sadly, buying a soccer ball was out of the question.
 
Firstly, it was too expensive and secondly, we lived too far away from the city where all the sport shops were.  So instead, we made our own soccer ball from old clothes and coconut fibers.  We would mould this into a soccer ball shape and tie this together with twine, ribbon and such.  It did not matter that we did not have a proper soccer ball, we always had a great game.
 
One of our friend’s dad, had a great passion for soccer and he would always join us for a game.  As soon as we saw him return home from work, we could call out to him to join us. As soon as he joined us, he would always ask which team was winning or was struggling and he would then join that team.
 
His presence on the weaker team would always change the entire game.  Not only was he a strong and confident person, but he was also a great motivator and coach.  He would always encourage and motivate everyone to play well.  He taught us all about the game, he would call us into huddles to set a new strategy or when we made mistakes.  His very presence brought new life, energy and spirit to the teams.  
 
God does the very same thing in our lives.  The Holy Spirit did the same thing in the lives of the apostles when they were feeling timid and afraid about the future.  The coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, both empowered and encourage them and changed their game.  The coming of the Holy Spirit empowers and encourages us as well, in every moment of our lives.
 
I wish you all a lovely week ahead.
Fr Jerald
 
Monday                     No Mass
Tuesday                    No Mass
Wednesday              9.00 am
Thursday                  No Mass
Friday                        9.00 am
Saturday                   Suspended
Sunday                      Suspended
 
 
Parish AGM
Due to current restrictions, the Parish AGM will not be held this year.  The AGM Reports for 2019 will be available on this website from the 6th June onwards.
 
Welfare Assistance Available
Do you, or anyone you know, need extra support during these uncertain times?
The St Vincent de Paul Society (VINNIES) is available to assist anyone in the community who is in need.  A phone call to 1800 305 330 Monday to Friday, 10 am to
3 pm, is all that is required. Confidentiality assured.
 
Normal Office Hours to Resume
From Monday, 1st June, normal office hours will  resume at the Parish Office, as follows:
 
Monday          9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday    9.00 am – 5.00 pm
 
At all other times we can still be contacted on 9841 8354 or 0473 873 479.
 
Plenary Council Update
The Bishops have announced the new dates for the Plenary Council Assemblies.  Assembly 1 will be held in Adelaide in October 2021 and Assembly 2 in Sydney in April 2022.   To read the full statement please click here.
 
OUR COMMITMENT TO ENSURE A CHILD SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL
 
 
 
Our parish is committed to upholding the safety and dignity of each child and young person and ensuring that they are able to grow and develop in a caring and supportive environment within our parish.  We are adopting the ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy’ developed by the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and will be working to implement and communicate the policy over the coming months.  Please click here for more details on the policy.
 
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY
 
YOUTH GROUP
 
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
FOR CHILDREN IN NON-CATHOLIC
                        SCHOOLS
FIND OUT ABOUT
FAMILY GROUPS
 
BECOME INVOLVED
 
 
 
BECOMING A CATHOLIC
CONTACT US
 
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

 

At all other times, we can still be contacted on the above number, or by emailing jerald.mariadas@cam.org.au.   In case of an emergency Fr Jerald may be contacted on 0473 873 479.