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St Pius X Catholic Parish
419 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, Vic
Fr. Wayne Edwards, Parish Priest
(03) 9457 5794
Tue, Wed & Fri – 10am to 3.00pm Parish Secretary - Junia Avramopoulos

Parish News


Sunday 26th March 8.30am – 2.00pm. If you would to be a stall holder and promote your goods i.e. Art, Craft, Plants, Baked Goods (labelled with ingredients), or provide an activity for children, please contact Junia 9457 5794. More details on the market to follow

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All seniors (over 55) are more than welcome to join us at our monthly gatherings. Our February outing is a road trip to Williamstown for Fish & Chips at Commonwealth Reserve on the Williamstown foreshore. The bus will leave St Pius X car park at 11am sharp. Please call Junia 9457 5794 to reserve your seat.

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Parish Newsletters

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Epiphany of the Lord

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All Aboard

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Summer 2022/2023

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Spring 2022

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Winter 2022

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Autumn 2022

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St Pius X Catholic Church Heidelberg West actively works to listen to, empower and protect children, and has zero tolerance for child abuse and neglect.

St Pius X Catholic Parish Heidelberg West acknowledges  

the Wurundjeri people. 


This St Pius X CDFPay QR CODE enables you to make quick and easy online thanksgiving payments – you can set up a recurring payment, or you can choose a one-off offering to your parish or presbytery account.  

Thank you for your ongoing support of our Church


If you are new to the parish or have not contributed before please consider doing so. Our thanksgiving campaign is important to the upkeep of the church and parish.

Contributions can be made via the QR Code below, direct deposit, direct debit or via weekly envelopes. Please contact Junia at the Presbytery on 94575794 for more information or to request a set of envelopes.


We invite you to enjoy our Memorial Garden's quite, reflective space.  

If you are interested in ordering a plaque for a friend or family member. The size of the plaque is 150cm x 120cm and the cost is $280.00, which includes a symbol and eight lines of text. Order forms are available on the Church noticeboard or by calling the Parish House (03) 94575794 


A borrowing library has been set up in the Church foyer.                                                                            Please feel free to borrow a book and return once finished.   

If you have any AS NEW BOOKS we are happy for you to add them to our collection.                     (Please no tattered or old books)                                                                                                 


Please advise Junia at the Parish House 9457 5794 if you would like to join the Home Visitations team. The team visits sick, lonely, bereaved people in their homes on a Thursday afternoon. 

If you know someone that would like a visit from the team please advise Junia at the Parish House 9457 5794 



A message from Aid to the Church in Need Australia: ACN is the Pontifical Foundation dedicated to supporting the suffering and persecuted Church.

 Our brothers and sisters in Lebanon are suffering due to ongoing financial and political instability. As the body of Christ we are called to support one another. Will you join us as we help them by providing food parcels to 500 needy families in the diocese of Baalbek, Lebanon? To read about the project, or to make an offering visit:



Following the Second Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia, 

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written a letter to the Church in Melbourne reflecting on the events and fruits of the Council. 

Copies of this letter can be downloaded  a print-friendly version here.

Last week was a big one for the Catholic Church in Australia. The Archdiocese of Sydney hosted our country’s Fifth Plenary Council, an opportunity to collectively discern where the Holy Spirit is leading the Church and how we might respond to the challenges currently facing us.

A Plenary Council is a meeting of the Catholic Church in a particular region (in this case, Australia) in which members of the Council come from different parts of the Church, including lay women and men, clergy, religious sisters and brothers, most of whom make up the ‘consultative vote’ to make proposals and discuss them, and the ‘deliberative vote’ made by the bishops, which determines an outcome. After a Plenary Council, the Pope is asked for his confirmation of the motions, and whatever he approves will become part of the ‘law’ of the Church in that land. At all times, every member is asked to submit their hopes and aspirations to God, trusting the Holy Spirit to guide the Church in all places and times.

There were many highlights of the week, but here are four takeaways.

Keeping Christ at the centre

The President of the Plenary Council, Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe SBD, opened and closed the Council with words aimed at focussing our hearts and minds on what is most important.

His opening address prepared the Members for what lay ahead, reminding them that by the end of the Council, their own projects and priorities might not have come to fruition.

‘Cherished hopes, dreams and projects may not have been realised, or not in the way we had hoped and presumed would be the case,’ he said. ‘Who knows what will have to die for something new to spring to life?’

None of us is perfect and none of us I suspect is free from the tendency to presume that the way we see things must be right and must be God’s way and that therefore those who see things differently must be mistaken or not as wise and full of insight as we are.

In closing the Council, Archbishop Timothy also reminded Members that if we are to see renewal in the Church, we must always put Christ at the centre. He took up the words of St John the Baptist, ‘He must grow greater, I must grow smaller’ (John 3:30), saying:

There will be no renewal of the Church if we put ourselves above Christ or in some perverse way push him to the margins.

Australian Catholics have spent four years discerning together, in which many local groups met for dialogue and prayerful consideration of the future. In many ways, the collective discernment that was at the heart of the Council was a new experience for the Church. The Archbishop said that the Council had only achieved it in a ‘tentative and incomplete’ way, but even so they had ‘opened up some possibilities’.

The nature of discernment

The discernment revolved around ‘spiritual conversations’ that were structured in a prayerful way, drawing upon the depths of Catholic tradition.

The best way to think about this is to say that it was a lectio divina–styled process, adapted to suit the dynamic of conversation.

After a period of prayer, Members would begin three rounds of sharing. The first round would focus on sharing the fruits of their prayer; the second was an opportunity to share their responses to what others in the group had already said; the third round was more of a free-flowing discussion, seeking points clarification and discerning agreement or disagreement.

Catholicism has a rich tradition of discernment practices, but discernment-in-conversation is not something many of us are used to. The approach mainly used in the Plenary Council process included features of the Ignatian tradition.

It is sometimes observed these days that the art of conversation is on the decline. Using the structure of spiritual conversations, however, the Council modelled how to put diverse groups of people in the same room for a week of intense dialogue.

Motions, amendments, decisions

Because the Members came from different traditions and perspectives, the events of the week became opportunities to grow and learn in the face of disagreement, often heartfelt and personal. Halfway through, on the Wednesday, some disruption saw a temporary halt to proceedings, to which the bishops responded quickly and pastorally.

Recognising that there were some flaws in how the Council had been conducted to that point, Members shifted gears, organising the remainder of the week in a way that felt smoother and more engaging.

The end product was a document to which all Members felt able to give their signature. There were more than 35 motions for the Members to consider, most of which passed when brought to a vote. One motion that did not pass was a request for Canon Law to be amended to permit lay homilies during Mass.

Things to look out for

The motions that received a qualified majority in the deliberative round of voting (voting by Bishop-Members) have been confirmed as Decrees of the Plenary Council. While much of the media coverage has highlighted the more controversial ones, there are many that have received little attention. One aspect that the media has not covered, but which illustrates the deeply Christian nature of this meeting, is the way that Members made their own journeys of change and a growth in mutual understanding. There were emotional moments of reconciliation between individuals, much laughter every day as strangers became friends, and even moments of apology after strong words or actions had been on display. These actions were part of the fabric of the whole week and they tell a story of joy, forgiveness and healing.

Here are just a few things to look forward to:

Decree One outlines an openness for worshipping communities to offer an appropriate integration of Catholic liturgy and First Nations rituals and symbols.

Decree Three outlines the establishment of a national forum that would seek to make Catholic education a more effective instrument of evangelisation and to provide greater formation for teachers in Catholic schools.

Decree Five outlines a commitment to build a foundation upon which catechists are a normative ministry in Australian dioceses. Pope Francis recently instituted the catechist as a formal ministry in the Church, and despite having an ancient pedigree, they are not common today. Officially committing to the role is something that will hopefully bear good fruit for the Church. This decree also outlines a national program of catechesis on the sacrament of Penance, widely recognised to be a declining practice in the Church.

Decree Six outlines the development of a ‘national framework for formation in Catholic Social Teaching’ to be used in ministries across the board. Catholic Social Teaching is a rich and important source of formation for Christians, especially in navigating an increasingly complex and secularised world.

Where to from here?

After the November 2022 meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the decrees will be sent to Rome for review and approval by Pope Francis. Following direction from the Holy Father, the decrees will be promulgated in the Australasian Catholic Record and the website of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Six months after promulgation, the decrees will become binding on the Church in Australia. You can review the Plenary Council Decrees here.



Our sister churches in Africa, Asia and the Pacific are requesting Australian Catholics to join them to build the skills of those in their community who have had less opportunity than ourselves.  Please consider these Mission opportunities abroad. 

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference provide support.  Palms Australia, who have prepared Australian Catholics for global mission since 1961, will ensure accommodation and a living allowance is provided to you during your time away.  Enquire online or 0422 742 567 to find out about a placement to engage your skills.


MERCY CONNECT MELBOURNEMercy Works Ltd. is currently recruiting volunteers to academically support Refugee and Asylum Seekers in Primary and Secondary schools across the Melbourne Archdiocese and also adult centre. Experience working in an educational setting is preferred but not limited to. Please contact Sr. Mary Lewis RSM for an application form and further information. The training day is in July. 

Website: (preferred for contact) Tel: 9326 1895



Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli is inviting young people, ages 16-35, across the Archdiocese to journey with him to Lisbon, Portugal for World Youth Day in 2023.

This is a life-changing opportunity for our youth to experience their Catholic faith with more than a million young people from around the world.

We are holding six information sessions at Regional Youth Gatherings around Melbourne this month to help parish leaders, priests, parents and of course young people learn more about this opportunity.

Upcoming World Youth Day Information Sessions in October. A life-changing trip to Lisbon, Portugal: Join 500 other young Catholics from around Melbourne on an epic journey to World Youth Day in 2023. Find out more at

Upcoming Events


Friday, 27 January 2023, 6pm-7pm at St Pius X Church 

Come and experience this calming, quieting, welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of life…. All are welcome!  

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