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  Mary Mother of the Church

Catholic Parish Ivanhoe

Parish Child Safe Information HERE
A very short personal message from Fr Bill   (15th October  2021)

Parish update 15.10.21


Our parish climate action group is involved in the Faiths 4 Climate action this weekend in preparation for the COP 26 Glasgow conference on climate change. As a part of our local action, our school children from Mary Immaculate and St. Bernadette’s have been making posters with messages for our political leaders. You can see their posters displayed outside Mother of God and St. Bernadette’s Church. They will also feature at the end of our online Mass this weekend and I urge you to watch their inspirational message. This week’s gospel and homily takes on the issue of leadership. The message of our children in their art work gives us a glimpse of what real leadership looks like on issues like climate change and care for our common home, unlike the leadership we are getting from Canberra. It is no wonder Jesus tells us we must enter the kingdom like little children. Join your parish family at our online Mass this weekend - You will find the link on our home page.



Last week many of you followed the proceedings of the 1st assembly of the 5th Plenary Council. In this weekend’s newsletter, I have printed the full concluding report of the Plenary Council assembly. I encourage you to read it.



During lockdown, you can access our Online Mass from our Parish Website. It will be available from 12 noon on Saturday. Click this link Our Parish Online Mass


Please make sure that during the lockdown, you access our parish newsletter on our parish website or you can pick up a hard copy from the containers at the front doors of MOG Church and Presbytery, St. Bernadette’s Church or Mary Immaculate School.


Our Prayer at Home liturgy is printed in the Newsletter and on our website you can access our weekly Children’s Liturgy. In addition to our own online Parish Mass (see above) you can access the Cathedral’s online Mass service: and on Sundays at 11:00am you can watch it on Channel 44 (previously known as C31).



  1. Concluding Report from the 1st Assembly of the 5th Plenary Council
  2. This week’s homily “Servant Leadership”
  3. Roadmap out of Lockdown



The State Government’s “Roadmap out of Lockdown”, is a comprehensive proposal of slowly opening up our community in line with vaccination rates within the state. Dates are only indicative and nothing is set in concrete but if we reach our vaccination targets by the estimated dates, the opening up of Parish activity may look something like this:


  1. From Friday 5 November: Normal Mass timetable will resume, Reconciliation and Baptisms can be celebrated.
  2. To attend a weekend Mass full COVID-19 vaccination will be required.
  3. To attend a weekday Mass full COVID-19 vaccination is preferred but may not be obligatory for all weekday Masses.
  4. All liturgical ministers and rostered assistants must be fully vaccinated.


We are still awaiting advice on the use of parish facilities for meetings and other activities.


As our lockdown continues, and our churches remain closed, please note the following:


COVID RESTRICTIONS In summary the following restrictions and regulations apply throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area until otherwise notified.

Religious Gatherings, Masses & Ceremonies:  Not permitted

Churches and Parish Office: Remain closed. Please use email or phone to contact Fr. Bill or 0427 879 733

Funerals:  Permitted with no more than 10 people

Face Masks: Must be worn inside and outdoors: everywhere except your own home.

Travel: You cannot travel more than 10 kms from your home

6 Reasons to leave home:

- shopping for necessary goods and services (you do not need to stockpile toilet paper)

- caregiving or compassionate reasons

- authorised work & study

- exercise

- receive a vaccination or Covid test

- outdoor social gatherings (5 people if double vaxed - only 2 people if not)

Gatherings: Other private and public gatherings are not permitted


Please use our website for other news and links 


Please keep in your prayers all those individuals and businesses severely affected by this ongoing lockdown, those suffering from isolation and those suffering financially.


With my prayers and best wishes.


Fr. Bill Edebohls

Parish Priest

See other items of interest on the  NEWS  page

Streamed Weekend Parish Mass co-celebrated with Fr. Bill    HERE

This Week's Children's Liturgy (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)  HERE

Details and user-friendly access to live-streamed Plenary Council events  HERE

News:  (Follow Pop Frnacis' call to be a listeninng Church;   Synodality and the still "too Clerical" Catholic Church;  Plenary Members present final reports of First Assembly;  Pope Opens Synod on Synodality;    + more HERE

Parish Calendar 2021 HERE

Parish Redevelopment project document (15/04/21)    HERE


Welcome to Mary Mother of the Church  Parish Ivanhoe

Our Parish Churches

Mother of God Church & Parish Office

56 Wilfred Rd. Ivanhoe 3079

St. Bernadette's Church

89 Bond St., Ivanhoe 3079

Mary Immaculate Church

4 Waverley Ave., Ivanhoe 3079

NOTE: During the redevelopment of our new Parish Centre on the Mary Immaculate site Mary Immaculate Church is temporarily closed and our Parish Office is operating out of Mother of God Church. 

Mass Times

Normal times are printed below but please check current Covid regulations in the Covid Update at the top of this page:

Saturday         6.00pm         St. Bernadette’s
Sunday           9.00am         Mother of God
Sunday           10.30am       Mother of God
Tuesday          9.15am        Mother of God
Wednesday     9.15am        St. Bernadette’s
Thursday         9.15am       Mother of God
Friday             9.15am        St. Bernadette’s

Reconciliation (Confessions)

Every Saturday
  • 10.30am at Mother of God
  • 5.30pm at St. Bernadette’s

Parish Primary Schools

Mary Immaculate   03 9497 1827

St Bernadette's       03 9499 3914

Safeguarding our Children

We are a Child Safe Parish committed to the safety, wellbeing & dignity of all children. For details of our Safeguarding Policy see  HERE

As a Catholic Community we respect the Wurrundjeri people, traditional custodians of the land upon which our parish resides, and commit ourselves to reconciliation and justice

Parish streamed Mass@home  HERE

Parish Contacts
Parish Priest:   Fr. Bill Edebohls
Parish Secretary: on leave
Office Hours:                 
Tuesdays 9:00am - 2:00pm

Office Location:  
56 Wilfred Rd Ivanhoe East 3079
Postal Address:    
PO Box 319     Ivanhoe 3079
Phone:            03 9926 2310



Parish Newsletters   HERE

Mass Details              HERE

Parish Events

& Calendar                  HERE


Baptism, Sacramental Program for Children & other Sacraments                  HERE

Supporting your Parish

Contact the Parish Office for details of giving via envelopes, credit card or direct debit OR donate online by clicking image

Envelopes & Parish Giving

A reminder that your weekly offering envelopes may be placed in the locked letterboxes at either MOG Church or the MOG Presbytery - or just save them up until we are allowed to return to Mass.            Those wishing to contribute to the Parish and Presbytery Collections via credit card can do so above.

News from
our Archdiocese

Wider News:        HERE

  • Follow Pope Francis' call to be a listening church — but from a 45-degree angle
  • Synodality and the still "too clerical" Catholic Church
  • Plenary Members present final reports of First Assembly
  • Pope opens Synod on Synodality saying it can’t be an ‘elitist’ exercise

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