Heart Parish, Diamond Creek started its 100th anniversary celebrations on 9
February with a colourful para-liturgy and the unveiling of a commemorative
plaque, blessed by Archbishop Denis Hart.
and historical items that have been in the parish for years were featured in
the entrance procession. The Prayers of the Faithful were composed and read by
members of the baptism teams, Passionist Family groups, catechists, Senior
Moments group, Diamond Creek St Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary, liturgy and
parish committee, school parents, staff and students.
large congregation included past parish priests and school principals, Diamond
Valley Deanery priests, and parishioners, both past and present, from St
Peter’s, Hurstbridge, St Mary’s, Kinglake, and Sacred Heart. The school choir led
everyone in song.
hundred years of photos and memorabilia were displayed in the hall where all
gathered for afternoon tea. The ‘sacred’ parish tradition of afternoon tea
continued, and guests commented on the abundance of refreshments.
Roadley baked the anniversary cake, which was cut by Archbishop Hart, parish
priest Fr Michael McEntee, 98-year-old Mary Burke from Hurstbridge and
97-year-old Nese Roberts from Diamond Creek. Mary reflected that ‘the hard work
of the pioneers laid the foundation for the parish, and that community spirit
parish will continue to celebrate throughout the year. Parishioners and friends
enjoyed a High Tea at the original Diamond Creek church in late February, and a
twilight sports carnival at Sacred Heart Primary School, a ladies’ dinner,
men’s gatherings and a parish mission are all planned for the year ahead.
Pat Guatta is parish secretary, Sacred Heart Parish, Diamond Creek.
Pictures by John Casamento
Heart of Jesus Catholic Church opened in 1874 on 24 February. Ashton Manor
Function Centre now incorporates this building within its facilities. Many
other Mass centres opened to the north and east, all serviced from Diamond
Creek and part of the Diamond Creek Parish when it was formally severed from
Heidelberg Parish and declared a stand-alone parish in February 1914:
St Mary’s, Kinglake.
St Margaret’s, Panton Hill.
St Gerard’s, Warrandyte.
Our Lady Help of Christians, Eltham.
Church of the Irish Martyrs, Arthur’s Creek.
St Teresa’s, Kinglake West,
St Peter’s, Hurstbridge.
following areas have been separated from Diamond Creek Parish to become
parishes in their own right:
Greensborough, including Montmorency, Watsonia and North Greensborough.
Warrandyte (joined with Park Orchards).
St Mary’s, Kinglake (to become part of Whittlesea).