Mary Help of Christians - Altona
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Mary Help of Christians
97 Railway Street North
Altona, Vic 3018
Archpriest Michael Kalka JP
(03) 9398 2964
Office Hours: Tue, Wed, Thurs – 9am to 2pm

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Welcome to Mary Help of Christians - Altona

If you are new to our Parish, we are delighted to welcome you. We hope that here you will find a sense of community and belonging.

We recognise that being a newcomer can be a little daunting, so we want to make sure that your transition to our Parish is a smooth one. This website gives you introductory information on our parish, its activities and key contacts, but, it might not answer all questions and that is why we are here to help. To this end, please feel free to ask our ushers, greeters and parish staff anything that you might be unsure about. We certainly want to know that you are with us so that we can include you and any family members in our Parish census records.

Please make yourself known!

Message from Archpriest Michael Kalka

This is a difficult and complex time for each and every one of us. However as people of faith we need to keep our eyes always focused on Jesus who guides us through all the events of our daily living. Please remember to pray for one another and please remember to care for one another. May you be able to find joy and peace in the Risen Lord Jesus this Easter. Stay well; stay safe and God Bless,
Archpriest Michael Kalka

 

Updating Parish Database

We are seeking to update parishioners email addresses and mobile phone numbers for the purpose of communication during the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic.  It will be a means of contacting parishioners with any relevant news and in particular to provide you with  the Parish Bulletin Newsletter.  We  would be very grateful if you could provide us with the above information by emailing your details to: altona@cam.org.au  Thank you to those parishioners who have contacted us with their details.

We are seeking to update parishioners email addresses and mobile phone numbers for the purpose of communication during the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic.  It will be a means of contacting parishioners with any relevant news and in particular to provide you with  the Parish Bulletin Newsletter.  We  would be very grateful if you could provide us with the above information by emailing your details to: altona@cam.org.au  Thank you to those parishioners who have contacted us with their details.

Parish finances during Covid-19

Parish Finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic:

While we are unable to gather for Mass, and prayers, you are invited to consider ways of supporting your local Church. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone.

If you are able to continue supporting financially please see options to do so below...

 

Option # 1 – CDF Electronic Transfer

 

  1. Using the internet type in, copy & paste or click on this link

    https://secure.artezpacific.com/registrant/donate.aspx?eventId=52905&spid=5635677

2. Click on Give one time to choose either a one-time contribution or set up a recurring offering.

3. Click on other to decide the amount you would like to contribute

4. Under Additional Questions click on Presbytery to choose where you want you offering to go,         

    either Presbytery or Parish.

5. Complete contact information

6. Complete Payment information

7. Finally click on give (green box with the amount you want to give in the center of the box.

8. Follow the last few steps.

 Option # 2 - Direct debit

If you would like to set up a direct debit from your bank account please call on 93982964 and the office will arrange for a form to be sent to you

 Option # 3 - Bank Transfer 

St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Church Account BSB 083 347 a/c 644 449 954                                                  Reference – Your Thanksgiving Envelope Number if you have one or your full name.

 

Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

                                                                                                                          The Parish Finance Committee

Mass attendance during Covid-19

PLEASE NOTE AS FROM 9TH JULY 2020 

ALL MASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

UNTIL  FURTHER NOTICE.

Plenary Council Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.

Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.

O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia

and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.

Give us the grace to see your face in one another

and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.

Give us the courage to tell our stories

and to speak boldly of your truth.

Give us ears to listen humbly to each other

and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.

Lead your Church into a hope-filled future,

that we may live the joy of the Gospel.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

bread for the journey from age to age.

Amen.

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

St Mary MacKillop, pray for us


Prayer for the Gift of Rain, for People Affected by Drought, for Support Services

Eternal God,

 In wisdom and love you created our earth to sustain us and give us life.

We turn to you now in faith, hope and love, asking you to look with favour on our drought-stricken land, 

on our starving animals, on our falling crops.

 Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers 

and to all who are affected by drought; be with those who support them.

 In your loving providence, send abundant rain and restore our parched earth.

Father of all compassion, hear our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son, in whom the promise of new life has dawned, 

and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life; 

Renew your faithful people; Renew the face of the earth.

 Our Lady of the Southern Cross,

Mary, help of Christians 

Pray for us.

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Pray for us.

 



We Care – Responding to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act


From the earliest times, Christ’s followers have set themselves apart by their care of the vulnerable (Acts 4:34). On 19 June 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (VAD) comes into effect. It legalises euthanasia and assisted suicide. Despite what the law may say, our Christian tradition affirms that every life, including those of the sick and suffering, is sacred. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are never part of end of life care.

Pope Francis has encouraged ordinary Catholics everywhere to resist euthanasia and to protect the old, the young and the vulnerable from being cast aside in a “throw-away culture.” We are called to follow Christ by accompanying people with compassion, sharing hope not fear.

The Bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst, echoing Pope Francis, have published a pastoral letter including practical guidance on ways we can be conscientious objectors to euthanasia.

Copies of the letter are available in our parish and online: www.cam.org.au/euthanasia

Please read and share it.

Please click on links below for full texts. 

Pastoral Letter 

We Care


 

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