Working Bee

Saturday 17 March 2018 at 9am - 12noon

Please come along and help spruce up our garden and clean up the Church in preparation for Easter.


Saturday 17 March, 10am–10pm
Mount St Joseph’s, 133 Maidstone Street, Altona (opposite Westona train station)

As part of the celebrations for the Year of Youth 2018, a number of youth groups, schools and communities around Melbourne are hosting this one-day event for young people aged from Year 9 to 30 years, to discover and deepen in Christ and to celebrate their faith.

Walk for Justice for Refugees

Palm Sunday, 25 March
Pope Francis has challenged all of us with his action plan for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: to Welcome, to Protect, to Promote and to Integrate.
All are welcome to join and participate:

  • Liturgy of Welcome to be held in St Patrick's Cathedral from 1pm – 1:30pm
  • Public Rally at 2.00pm at the State Library


Confirmation: 31 May 2018
First Holy Communion: 3 June 2018
First Reconciliation: 25 October 2018

Preparation classes for First Holy Communion and Confirmation has commenced this weekend and will run for 4-5 weeks every Saturday at 3PM.
Registration form is available in the Narthex or please contact Parish office.

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Project Compassion

14 February ~ 31 March 2018     
“For a Just Cause”           
Donation boxes are available in the Narthex.


Autumn Reflections by Jan Webster

Evening Session: Thursday, 19th April 2018, 7pm - 9pm in Narthex
Morning Session: Thursday, 26th April 2018, 10am - 12noon in Church Hall

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New Rosters

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During the first half of the twentieth century, St. John the Baptist's Church Ferntree Gully served the greater Catholic community throughout the hills district, including Bayswater. Later, Mass was celebrated in either private homes or in the Bayswater Community Hall according to the availability of priests from Ferntree Gully or Croydon monastery.
By late 1946 or early 1947, the community acquired an old, wooden, seamen’s mission hut which they transported to land donated by the Read family on Mountain Highway. In 1949, Our Lady of Lourdes Church was built on this site (where Woolworth stands today); and it was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Mannix on the 8th of January 1950. Later much of the land on Mountain Highway was sold to establish a Primary School in Boronia, and what remained was a small tract of land occupied by the little church.
As the population increased in Bayswater, a Primary School became a felt need and the present land at Orange Grove was bought. By February 1965 a church-school was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Simmonds on the 11th of July, 1965 dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. It was still under Boronia parish.
In 1967 there was a significant push from the community itself to have its own separate identity – to become the Parish of Bayswater, instead of being part of the Boronia Parish. A small determined delegation of men from Our Lady of Lourdes was sent to Archbishop Knox to accomplish it. As a result, in November 1967, the Archbishop gave his approval to form a separate parish at Bayswater and on January 20th 1968 the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes Bayswater was officially established. We enjoy the fruit of the hard work of many. Some of them have gone to their eternal reward and some of them are still with us. Let us gratefully remember and pray for all those who have shed their sweat and blood and spent their treasure for this parish. May God bless them all.

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As we celebrate the glorious moment of our Parish, our new altar which is dedicated today will stand as a memorial of our Golden Jubilee.

Condensed from: Our Labour Our Love by Trish Adrichem

Stations of the cross


Every Sunday in Lent after 5pm Mass

Lenten Reconciliation


Wednesday, 21 March, 7:30pm

Holy Week and Easter Schedule


Palm Sunday, 25 Mar 2018
Regular weekend masses
10am Mass with Solemn Procession

Holy Thursday, 29 Mar 2018
7:30pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
Adoration up to midnight

Good Friday, 30 Mar 2018
11am Stations of the Cross
3pm Passion of the Lord followed by Divine Mercy Devotion

Holy Saturday, 31 Mar 2018
7:30pm Divine Mercy Devotion
8pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, 1 Apr 2018
8am Mass
10am Mass followed by Divine Mercy Devotion
(No 5pm Mass)

Divine Mercy Sunday, 8 Apr 2018
Regular weekend masses
2pm Reconciliation, Adoration, Rosary
3pm Divine Mercy Devotion followed by Benediction and Holy Mass

Download Holy Week 2018 Schedule

Mass Times

Sat: 6pm (Vigil)

Sun: 8am, 10am, 5pm

Mon: 9am

Tue: 7:30pm (followed by Adoration, Divine Mercy & Benediction)

Wed, Thu & Fri: 9am (followed by Adoration on First Friday)


2nd Sunday of the month (2 months notice)

Baptism Preparation:
2nd Thursday of the month, 7:30pm

Tuesdays 7pm; Saturdays 5:30pm

Please call Parish Office (Minimum 6 months notice)

Children Sacramental Preparation:
Please call Parish Office

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