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James Mallon visits St. Christopher's Parish

Fr James Mallon, Author of Divine Renovation. Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission was a fleeting visitor to St. Christopher’s on Sunday 9th Sept 2018 while on a brief Melbourne stop-over.

Fr James concelebrated the 10.30am Mass with Fr Ralph and afterwards shared his thoughts in a brief discussion session and light luncheon with ministry leaders and members of the Pastoral Council. An enthusiastic and charismatic speaker, passionate about moving his parish of St. Benedict’s in Halifax, Canada into ‘missionary’ mode, Fr. James is currently assisting his Archbishop to implement Divine Renovation across all parishes in the Diocese.



ST CHRISTOPHER'S PARISH MISSION 2018

St Christopher’s Parish welcomed its 2018 Parish Mission Speaker, Fr. Richard Leonard, from 25 to 29 August.

On all counts the Parish Mission held last week was a resounding success. It certainly helped us reflect on our journey of faith. All the sessions were very well attended. Fr Richard helped put in perspective our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and how it sits with our relationship to Jesus Christ. He also helped us understand that God never plans for us to suffer pain and sorrow and it is not God’s will, that disaster and calamity should happen. There were some laughs, some tears and some serious lessons on how we could practically apply our Christian spirituality to the choices we make in our life. We had an insight into how Fr Richard and his family steadfastly held their faith when challenged by enormous adversity. The efforts of the committee in organising this successful event and making sure everything went smoothly during the 3 days was commendable and much appreciated. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the various tasks assigned to them and particularly to Georgina who was here from early morning to late evening every day ensuring that the place was clean and tidy for each of the sessions, as well as preparing and serving the soup for the evening sessions. Well done!


Music Ministry Event

In the last two years, our parish saw a transformation of our music ministry in several wonderful ways. A significant number of parishioners joined the music ministry resulting in a community of volunteer parish musicians and vocalists with diverse musical interests and talents. 



FORMED - Free Online Resources

Our Parish has subscribed to FORMED - THE CATHOLIC FAITH ON DEMAND. 


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New Life in the Spirit

This Easter we are delighted to welcome our four newly Baptised (Tuan Huynh, Li-Shan Wong, Anoja Xavier & Onaela Xavier) and the two candidates coming into full communion with the Catholic Church (Scott Rollings & Watson Xavier), into our St. Christopher’s Parish.



St. Christopher's Fete

Our recent Fete was a resounding success. Read our Parish Priest's message of thanks here, and view a slideshow of the day's event.


Looking to the Future - A Reflection

Last weekend, at all Masses on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary time, Fr. Ralph Besterwitch presented his reflection on the future of St. Christopher's parish. As it was an important homily and lays out ideas and plans for St. Christopher's Parish going forward, his reflection is reproduced here for all parishioners to have a chance to read it, in case you were not present on the weekend...


menALIVE Christmas Party

St Christopher’s menALIVE small group members got together with their spouses and our two priests to celebrate Christmas on 9 Dec 2017.


Ministry Thanksgiving 2017

The Annual Parish Ministry Thanksgiving took place on Friday 1 December and it brought together about 100 of us to praise God for His blessings on us and in our ministries.  It was also an opportunity for Fr. Ralph and Fr. Pat to thank everyone for their generous gift of talent and time through our participation in the different ministries.



BLESSING OF PETS - Sunday 22 October 2017 @ St Christopher's Parish

In the Spirit of St Francis of Assisi, a BLESSING OF PETS will take place in the rear carpark on 22 October at 12 noon.
COME ALONG ........  BRING A FRIEND ........ BRING YOUR PETS
Dogs on Leash Please. 


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