Parish and School News

Diamond Creek celebrates 100 years

Pat Guatta, Kairos Catholic Journal, Friday 28 February 2014
SACRED 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.

Liturgical 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.

The 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.

One 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.

Moya 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 continues today’.
The 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


A short history

Sacred 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:

1890 St Mary’s, Kinglake.

1905 St Margaret’s, Panton Hill.

1907 St Gerard’s, Warrandyte.

1927 Our Lady Help of Christians, Eltham.

1929 Church of the Irish Martyrs, Arthur’s Creek.

1935 St Teresa’s, Kinglake West,

1972 St Peter’s, Hurstbridge.

The following areas have been separated from Diamond Creek Parish to become parishes in their own right:

1955 Greensborough, including Montmorency, Watsonia and North Greensborough.

1970 Warrandyte (joined with Park Orchards).

2012 St Mary’s, Kinglake (to become part of Whittlesea).

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