St Kevin's Templestowe Parish
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St Kevin's Templestowe Parish
26-44 Herlihys Road, Lower Templestowe, Vic 3107
Fr. Gerard McKernan
9850 5983
Tuesday: 9-5pm and Wednesday to Friday: 9-4pm

Mass Readings

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th August, 2018

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12th August, 2018

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5th August, 2018

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

29th July, 2018

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Parish Newsletters

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th August, 2018

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

12th August, 2018

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5th August, 2018

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

29th July, 2018

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St Kevin's Templestowe Parish

 Vision Statement 

“St Kevin’s Templestowe Parish is a Catholic community called by God and trusting in Jesus. We aspire to care for and connect with the wider world and to be hospitable and generous so that all may live life to the full."


 Mission Statement  

Through the Holy Spirit we make tangible the good news of Jesus Christ in the whole community, by   practising our faith, fostering our growth in Christ and offering service to all.

  We aim to achieve our mission by:

· being a welcoming community;

· promoting prayerful and vibrant liturgies;

· working with other churches and community groups;

· providing opportunities for people to develop their faith;

· respecting every person and

· identifying and providing for those in need.

  Have a chance to have your say in preparation for the Plenary Council 2020  

The last Plenary Council held was in 1937.... 81 years ago. 

Times have changed, let's move forward together.

The Plenary Council is upon us all. 

Here at St Kevin's Parish, we are having our say. A group of parishioners have come together and constructed a letter to Archbishop Peter Comensoli. Please have a read Letter to Archbishop Peter Comensoli

What is a Plenary Council? Why a Plenary Council?

A Plenary Council is a formal meeting of the bishops and other representatives of all the dioceses and eparchies of the Catholic Church in Australia. Its purpose is to discern what God is asking of us in Australia at this present time. While the church should be asking that question continually, a Plenary Council is a particularly graced instrument for seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And it has the authority to make church laws on the results of its discernment.

Although in the end it will be the bishops who will vote on any future directions for the church in Australia, they will be making those decisions in the light of a long listening to the Holy Spirit speaking through the voices of any of the faithful who wish to speak around Australia. This makes the Plenary Council 2020 different from the last one in 1937. Everyone has a chance to participate and to express whatever the Spirit is saying to them in their heart.

Vatican II spoke of how God, who spoke in the past, “continues to converse” with the church (Dei Verbum, 8). Through our Plenary Council 2020, the Catholic Church hopes to enter more intensely into that divine-human dialogue.


To have 'your say' click on this link and submit your response.


ABC checks in on Plenary Council
The mainstream media is becoming more interested in the Plenary Council and its unique status in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia. The first Plenary Council in more than 80 years, it is the highest form of gathering in the Church.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and Professor Massimo Faggioli, a Church historian based at Villanova University in the United States, spoke with ABC’s Noel Debien about the Plenary Council.

Listen to the interview here.


For more and ongoing information, please visit the Plenary Council website at:

2018 eConference - Synodality in Practice: 

Listening to the Spirit and Leading Change

This 14th National eConference focused on engaging communities around Australia in a landmark discussion around the future vision and direction for the Catholic Church in the country.

This discussion is timed to coincide with the 2020 Plenary Council - the first such synod for the Australian Church in 80 years.

Speakers at this year's eConference focused on models of leadership in the contemporary Church, drew fresh insights from Pope Francis' vision of synodality and examined how the upcoming Plenary Council may help promote a more inclusive, dialogical Church.


Please use this link: The individual sessions are outlined below.


Session 1 21.40 mins -'Leaders that Listen-Synodality in Practice' speaker - Archbishop Mark Coleridge  

Session 2 17.33 mins -'Preparing for the Australian Plenary Council' speaker - Ms Lana Turvey-Collins 

Session 3 21.43mins -'Structures of Synodality-Insights from Pope Francis' speaker Professor Massimo Faggioli

Session 4 25.10 mins - 'Synodality, Community and the Margins' speaker Dr Gemma Cruz

Session 5 22.42mins - 'Changes and the Church Tradition' speaker Professor Richard Lennan

Q & A Panel 53.05mins- 'Facilitated by ABC Religion Presenter Mr Noel Debien 

Find out what's happening in the Good Samaritan community and beyond. Keep track of events in our Good Samaritan and Church calendars, as well as activities in the broader community of relevance to our faith life.

Please visit our website and perhaps subscribe to our e-newsletter to read more.

Please have a read of this terrific article "My journey with Parkinson's" by Eileen Brown SGS 

Interesting Reading

  • My journey with Parkinson’s

    by Eileen Brown SGS

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  • ROBERT MICKENS. The Pope’s long hot summer.

    Will Francis make the necessary changes needed to save the Catholic Church?

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  • ANDREW GLIKSON Global fires and droughts while Nero fiddles August 2018

    Read how Climate Change is very real.

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  • August - The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister

    Daily reflections "to be in" the everyday.

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  • Spare a thought for the new archbishop

    by Eric Hodgens

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  • Let's talk about the Catholic Bishops

    by John Warhurst - Eureka Street

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  • Reform & Renewal after the Royal Commission

    Summary of Parishioners meeting held 19th April

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  • Would ordaining women save the Church?

    by Stephanie Dowrick

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  • The Participation of Women in the 2020 Plenary Council

    prepared by 'The Council for Australian Catholic Women' June 2017

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  • History of St Kevin's Templestowe Parish

    An interesting account of where/how we came to be.

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  • Francis Sullivan: Reform & Renewal after Royal Commission

    by Fatima Measham of Eureka Street

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St Kevin's Church: 26-44 Herlihy's Road, Lower Templestowe . VIC 3107
Holy Cross Centre
207 Serpells Road
St. Kevin's Church
26-44 Herlihy's Road,
Holy Cross Centre: 207 Serpells Rd, Templestowe VIC 3106
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