St Christopher's Parish


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St. Christopher's Raffle Draw Results and Filipino Food Festival

Last Sunday 18th November, St. Christopher's Parish held its Community Raffle Draw amidst the Filipino Food Festival. This took place after the 10.30am Mass.

Turnout was good with the Hall filled to capacity, and there was delicious food prepared and served by members of the Filipino community.


At St. Christopher’s Primary School, we believe that Catholic Education has a very important place in the faith development of a child. Therefore, we are pleased to offer a limited number of General Education scholarships for 2019.

Scholarships will be awarded to new entry students that are members of St. Christopher’s Parish, Syndal.


Scholarships will be made available to eligible students entering our school in 2019. For scholarship conditions and further details please contact the school office on 9803 0011.

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 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! The recordings of Fr. Leonard's talks are now available from the Presbytery for those who would like to listen to him again.

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

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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.

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