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


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!

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.


Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

St Mary 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:

Please read and share it.

Please click on links below for full texts. 

Pastoral Letter 

We Care

Mary Help of Christians
97 Railway Street Nth
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