Sacred Heart - Diamond Creek
St. Peter's - Hurstbridge
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25 Gipson Street, Diamond Creek VIC 3089
1053 Kinglake Road, Hurstbridge VIC 3099
Partner Parish with Greensborough & Greensborough North
Fr. Steven Rigo
03 9401 6361
Monday - Closed Tuesday & Thursday - 10:00 am to 1pm Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm



Since February 2020, the St Thomas Plenary Council Facilitation Group has continued to meet both in isolation, and with similar groups from St Mary's and Sacred Heart Parishes. One of the primary purposes of these meetings is to plan a way forward with regard to Recommended Local Actions, and to further disseminate information coming from the Plenary Council 2020.
We are a Parish Advisory Group working in conjunction with the Parish Priest and our partnered parishes, which brings forward these recommended local actions for consideration and decision. We are
focused on implementing or enabling the Recommended Local Actions to occur in a timely and efficient manner. We have developed a Model, Governance Statement, Statement of Intent, together with supporting Guidelines to guide us on our way.

Continuing the Journey

A number of key themes have emerged from the 'Listening and Dialogue' and 'Listening and Discernment' phases of the Plenary Council.
These themes have been assimilated and presented in a document called 'Continuing the Journey.
This document can be found on the Plenary Council website.

To assist with working through this document, Ted Jenkins from our Partnered Parishes Plenary Council Facilitators Group  (PPPFG) of Sacred Heart Diamond Creek, St Thomas the Apostle Greensborough North and St Mary's Greensborough, presents a guide called 'Plenary Working Document proposals'.
This guide helps to highlight the problems and proposals raised in the  'Continuing the Journey' document.
The guide can be found  below.

Response of PPPCFG July 2021

The following document is a response to the agenda paper for the first meeting of Australia's fifth Plenary Council, written by members of the Partnered Parishes Plenary Council Facilitation Group (PPPCFG) of Sacred Heart, St Mary's and St Thomas.  It has been forwarded to the Plenary Council Facilitation Team, the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Archbishop Tim Costelloe, Plenary Council President.  All members of the Plenary Council will have access to it.  It has also been forwarded to other interested groups of Catholics:  Sense of the Faithful and Catholics for Renewal.  To view the agenda, please follow this link.

Update from the Partnered Parishes Plenary Council Facilitators Group

In the newsletter of 20th March we advised you that the group was exploring ways to acknowledge the pain and hurt caused by sexual abuse in our Church by some members of the clergy, religious and others engaged in Church work.  This was in response to the major concern expressed by so many parishioners during the Listening and Dialogue and Discernment phases of the Plenary Council consultation about sexual abuse within the Church.  

We can now report that a letter and proposal has been sent to Archbishop Comensoli  regarding the raising of a sculpture/statue and plaque to be placed in the cathedral grounds, "as an act of sorrow and reparation for those betrayed and hurt by this abuse". 

We await his reply.  Work is continuing on the wording and placement of a plaque within each parish grounds, again acknowledging the pain and suffering of those abused and expressing sorrow, and the development of a ritual of sorrow/lament.  

It is encouraging to note that in the framework of the proposed motions for consideration for the Plenary Council members who meet again in July, there is an acknowledgement of "profound sorrow" and "unreserved apology" for the abuse of children and young people by Church personnel, that "religious leaders have failed to act sufficiently to prevent abuse"  and a commitment "to do

whatever we can to promote healing ... and acknowledge the need for repentance".  An annual day of prayer is also mentioned, to particularly address the needs of those who have been hurt.  We believe that the three projects above are ways that, at our local level, we are able to respond proactively to the pain and betrayal felt by many in our Church, now clearly acknowledged by the leaders of the Church.

See under Information below Letters to Archbishop Comensoli.

Response from Archbishop Comensoli

8th June 2022

Dear members of the Partnered Parishes Plenary Council Facilitators Group.

Thank you again for your letter and proposals. The Archbishop has reviewed them and is very grateful for what has been put forward.

There is currently a project being formulated (still in its early stages) to look at the whole Cathedral precinct and how that can be a place of invitation for both the local faith community and the wider community. A key part of this consultation is the physical and permanent acknowledgement and recognition of those who have been damaged and hurt by the Catholic Church.

Your proposals are valuable and will be provided to the Project group that is working on this. As the above project gets further underway (and this may take some time), we can look towards a meeting to discuss the proposal further.

Please be assured of the Archbishop’s prayers for you, and his gratitude for the deep commitment and care you bring to God’s people. The communities that have come together in this proposal demonstrate the heart of Christ in action.

With kindest regards and best wishes,


Annie Carrett

Chancellor of the Archdiocese,

Chief of Staff to the Archbishop

Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne


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    Proposal for a Statue

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    Re Statue

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    Agenda Response July 2021

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    Plenary Working Document Continuing the Journey

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    Combined Parishes Action Plan 2020

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    Plenary Update Dec 2020

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    Listening & Discernment Joyful, Hope-Filled & Servant Community

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