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  Mary Mother of the Church

Catholic Parish Ivanhoe


Eased COVID arrangements from 11:59pm Friday 26 February 2021

Weddings, funerals, religious gatherings
• 1 per 2 sqm
No cap on guests, aside from density limits (one person per two square metres). Gatherings of up to 30 people allowed if held in a private residence.
(electronic records are still required)

• Mandatory for aged-care homes, some retail, public transport and commercial passenger vehicles
• Must be carried at all times

Source: Vic government

Parish update 17.02.21


Victoria’s “circuit-breaker” lockdown ends from midnight on Wednesday 17 February, as planned.


In general, it means we return to the situation immediately prior to lockdown with the exception that masks are mandatory in all indoor settings other than your own home. If 1.5 metre social distancing cannot be maintained, they must also be worn outdoors.


Can I draw to your attention three important things:


1. Stations of the Cross

Because of the lockdown, many people will have missed the announcement in last weekend’s newsletter about our new Lenten ecumenical venture with St. George’s Anglican Church.


Each Friday in Lent at 7.00pm we will alternate between St. George’s Anglican Church & Mother of God Church to pray the Stations of the Cross. The timetable is as follows:


St. George’s Anglican Church (46 Warncliffe Rd)

Fridays at 7.00pm - February 19, March 5, 19

Mother of God Catholic Church (56 Wilfred Rd)

Fridays at 7.00pm - February 26, March 12, 26


Please make a special effort to support this shared Lenten devotion. 


2. Blessing and Distribution of Ashes

Again, because of the lockdown, we were unable to begin the season of Lent with the traditional Ash Wednesday Mass with the blessing and imposition of ashes. This coming weekend, when we celebrate the 1st Sunday of Lent we will incorporate the blessing and imposition of ashes into our Sunday Mass.


3. QR Codes and Contact Tracing

At our recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council, we decided that, like most parishes in Melbourne, we will trial the use of QR codes for our contact tracing. Therefore, we are taking up QR codes for Lent. We hope that by Easter the vast majority of those attending Mass will be using the QR code for their contact tracing. That will greatly simplify how we manage our numbers for the Easter Ceremonies. Therefore, for the first time ever, I’m asking “Bring your smart phone to Mass”. But please turn it off or to silent mode. If QR codes are a mystery to you our ushers will guide you through the process.

19 February update: You can also now test your QR Code system on the News page!

Fr. Bill Edebohls

Parish Priest


Lenten Resources:  See Mass Details 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.  (see update on News page, 5 February 2021)

Mass Times

Under current Covid 19 Regulations:

  • No booking is required but contact details must be recorded on arrival
  • Masks required unless otherwise advertised
  • Hand Sanitising upon entry and exiting the Church

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 Contacts
Parish Priest        Fr. Bill Edebohls
Parish Secretary Teana McIntosh
Office                  Tuesday – Friday
Hours                  9.00am-2:00pm
Office                  56 Wilfred Rd
Location              Ivanhoe East
Postal                  PO Box 319
Address               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

News from
our Archdiocese

Wider News:        HERE

  • Access to MI Church site & Church.
  • Plenary Instrumentum Laboris: blissful ignorance is no excuse.
  • Cardinal Tobin will assist Pope Francis pick bishops. What does that mean for the U.S. Church.
  • The Conscience of the NZ Catholic Church.
  • Towards a Synodal Irish Church
  • Panel: Social justice is essential to Black Catholics' faith
  • Ten thousand clerical sex abuse cases in France.
  • German  episcopal Conference selects female theologian as Secretary General.
  • The Remains of Vatican II.
  • Catholic sector urges action following aged care royal commission report.
  • Plenary Post: Release of Continuing the Journey, the Working Document.

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