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St. Martin De Porres - Avondale Heights Parish
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St. Martin De Porres
158 Military Road, Avondale Heights, Vic 3034
Fr Nhân Le
9337 6016
Tuesday to Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm 1:30pm - 5:30pm

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Parish Newsletters

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - Large Print

5th April 2020

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - Normal

5th April 2020

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5th Sunday of Lent - Large Print

29th March 2020

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29th March 2020

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Priests’ and Parish Support during these challenging times

Breaking News - St Martin's Mass Online

 Palm Sunday Mass on Youtube

Watch Mass on Facebook!  

Due to the suspension of Masses there have been minimal contributions to Collections.

We encourage parishioners to complete the Direct Payment form found under Parish News in the Directory on the left to continue contributing to the upkeep of our priests and parish support network.

Please return the form to the office which will stay open, phone the Parish Office on      9337 6016 or email it to If the office is unattended place the form in the locked silver mailbox next to the office front door.

Thank you to the parishioners who have completed & submitted their forms already.

The parish is still functioning and needs your support during this challenging time.


Online Daily Mass and Other Resources

Breaking News - St Martin's Mass Online

Palm Sunday Mass on Youtube

Watch Mass on Facebook!

Search the Vatican News website for Masses and talks by Pope Francis in various languages:

English with Pope Francis (from the U.S. 24 hour delay)        

Daily from 8am Sydney 

St Patrick's Cathedral       Monday - Friday 1pm;  Saturday 8am;  Sunday 11am                  The recording is available until one hour prior to the next scheduled Mass.  

Bishop Barron's private chapel U.S.A. (24 hour delay)





An Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.


Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary Indulgence

N. 200320c

Friday 20.03.2020 

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic

The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from

COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.


“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom 12: 12). The words written by Saint Paul to the Church of Rome resonate throughout the entire history of the Church and guide the judgment of the faithful in the face of all suffering, sickness and calamity.

The present moment in which the whole of humanity, threatened by an invisible and insidious disease, which for some time now has become part of all our lives, is marked day after day by anguished fears, new uncertainties and above all widespread physical and moral suffering.

The Church, following the example of her Divine Master, has always had the care of the sick at heart. As Saint John Paul II points out, the value of human suffering is twofold: “It is supernatural because it is rooted in the divine mystery of the Redemption of the world, and it is likewise deeply human, because in it the person discovers himself, his own humanity, his own dignity, his own mission” (Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 31).

Pope Francis, too, in these recent days, has shown his paternal closeness and renewed his invitation to pray incessantly for those who are sick with the Coronavirus.

So that all those who suffer because of COVID-19, precisely in the mystery of this suffering, may rediscover “the same redemptive suffering of Christ” (ibid., 30), this Apostolic Penitentiary, ex auctoritate Summi Pontificis, trusting in the word of Christ the Lord and considering with a spirit of faith the epidemic currently underway, to be lived in a spirit of personal conversion, grants the gift of Indulgences in accordance with the following disposition.

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father's intentions), as soon as possible.

Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.

This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.

The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful aPlenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, (no.12).

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, Health of the Sick and Help of Christians, our Advocate, help suffering humanity, saving us from the evil of this pandemic and obtaining for us every good necessary for our salvation and sanctification.

The present Decree is valid notwithstanding any provision to the contrary.

Given in Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 19 March 2020.

Mauro Cardinal Piacenza                                             Krzysztof Nykiel

       Major Penitentiar                                                           Regent

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158 Military Road, Avondale Heights, Vic 3034
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