Mentone - Parkdale East Parish
(St Patrick and the Holy Angels and St John Vianney)
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10 Rogers Street, Mentone, Vic 3194
Fr. Michael McEntee
9583 2103
Weekdays 8.30am – 5.00pm

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The Parish Office is located on Mitchell Street, Mentone, around the corner of Rogers Street and is open 8.30 -5pm Monday - Friday (lunch 1-2pm)
St Patrick & the Holy Angels Church located corner Childers Street & Rogers Street Mentone
St John Vianney church located corner Warren Road & Brisbane Terrace Parkdale East

Sacraments

Sacrament of Baptism


Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life,
the gateway to life in the Spirit,
and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God;
we become members of Christ,
are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:
"Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1213

Since its earliest days, the Catholic Church has baptised infants (children younger than five) into the life of Christ. Below you will find information about the various steps that lead towards the Baptism of your child.

Baptism Request Form
The first step in seeking to have your child baptised is to call the Parish Office 9583 2103 request a registration form which contains for a Baptism and dates of the Preparation Sessions.

Baptisms are celebrated after the 11am Mass on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Sessions evening prior to selecting the date of the Baptism. This meeting is held once per month at 8pm.

The preparation night includes: welcome of families, catechesis on the meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism, and guided discussion during which any questions about the Baptism can be raised. The Seminar runs for approximately one hour. Mark and Liz Freeman are your hosts for the evening.

Other Important Information

Baptism Offering - It is customary for a donation to be made to the celebrant of the Baptism. This is the only cost associated with the Baptism. The suggested donation is $50-$100. The offering envelope is given to families at the preparation night.

Living outside the Parish - If you live outside our parish, you will need to get a letter from your local parish priest (contact his parish office) advising his approval for the baptism to take place at St Patrick’s. For further guidance, please call our Parish Office.

For SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN, a program of catechesis is offered prior to their baptism, usually on Sunday between 10:00 am and 10:45 am. Please contact the Parish Office to enquire.

For ADULTS who wish to be baptised into the Catholic Church, we offer the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. Please call the Parish Office 9583 2103 to enquire.

 

Image result for funerals clipartFUNERALS
Parish staff will assist you, including the preparation of everything needed for the funeral liturgy. Should you prefer, your funeral director can first make contact with the Parish Office. Funeral rites are conducted in either of our churches.

Fr Michael will be informed of your bereavement and will contact you promptly. Details of prayers and readings will be arranged with the priest.

Arrangements for the music will be made with the Director of Music (Miffy McIndoe 0484 079 880).

Please note that there is no installation for audio-visual presentations.

Small groups up to 40 or 50 people can be accommodated for refreshments between the Funeral Mass and departure for the cemetery. Normally, larger groups cannot be accommodated as the parish halls are utilised in term times by St Patrick’s school.

“In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #1)

“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because it its confident belief that death
is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the eucharist.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #4)

 

MARRIAGES
Marriage between two Christians has a deep value, both as a human relationship and as a sacrament. Where one party is not a baptised Christian, marriage is esteemed in its human depth by the Catholic church.


Marriage is a living sign of God’s love in the couple and the family that grows around them. Because of this, the whole Church views marriage as an active element in its mission of showing God’s love to the world.

This element of living witness is why the usual, valid marriage ceremony for a Catholic woman or man is performed in a Catholic church. The church is where the local community of believers gathers to pray and support one another in their christian living. The official witnesses to your marriage are the priest, or deacon, and two of your friends.

In several circumstances, approval of the bishop is given for a marriage in a place other than a church. If you wish to celebrate your marriage in this way with the blessing of the Catholic church, please meet Fr Michael to clarify what may be possible. As noted already, the dignity of your commitment merits the Church’s recognition and blessing.

Weddings should be booked at least six months in advance. Both church and government strongly encourage a ‘Marriage Preparation’ course.

Regarding preparation, a generous couple in our parish is ready to help you with the FOCCUS instrument
(= Facilitating Open Couple Communication and Understanding). Alternatively, if you wish to meet other engaged couples in the preparation phase, consult www.cam.org.au

Please contact the Parish Office to begin. Fr Michael will meet with you soon after you make contact. Basic documentation consists in a full Birth Certificate and, for a Catholic or non-Catholic Christian, a recently issued record of baptism.

Catholic priests are not authorised to officiate at same sex marriages.


Please read the attached music policy regarding weddings at St Patrick's/ St John Vianney's.

Map Location

St John Vianney
crn warren road brisbane terrace
St Patrick's Catholic Church
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