“For a Just Cause”
Please bring your donation on Holy Thursday.
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
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS 2018
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.
SHE’S NOW FIFTY: "HERSTORY" OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH, BAYSWATER & DEDICATION OF THE NEW ALTAR
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.
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
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
10am Mass followed by Divine Mercy Devotion
(No 5pm Mass)
Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday, 8 Apr 2018
Regular weekend masses
2pm Reconciliation, Adoration, Rosary
3pm Divine Mercy Devotion followed by Benediction and Holy Mass
Sat: 6pm (Vigil)
Sun: 8am, 10am, 5pm
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)
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