This group of parishioners cares for the Immaculate Conception and
St Joseph's Churches so that both are properly prepared for worship and
Any help with this important work is always most welcome.
A casserole bank operates from a freezer in
A cooking roster keeps this freezer well
These meals are distributed to households where illness,
death or some other crisis has caused hardship.
Religious instruction for children attending the West Hawthorn Primary
School in Burwood Road and is conducted by trained volunteers.
Classes are held in the school every Wednesday morning.
Each Sunday during School Term children have the opportunity at the 9.30
Mass to take part in their own Liturgy of the Word.
They leave the
main body of the church just after the start of Mass and return for the
These special times for the children are
conducted by a group of men and women from the parish. The group meets twice
a year for discussion and planning.
AFTER 9:30 AM MASS
This rostered group is constantly looking for volunteers to participate in
the summer months to prepare tea and coffee for special Family Mass
Two rostered teams count the Sunday Mass collections.
This is a
necessary service which benefits the whole Parish Community.
These ministers assist in the distribution of Communion at both Sunday and
weekday Masses, with a roster operating on Sundays.
Some of these
ministers also take Communion to those unable to attend Mass.
Eucharistic Ministers (sometimes called Special Ministers) are
commissioned by the Parish Priest after appropriate preparation.
As its name implies, Manresa Care aims to encourage a caring community in
which ordinary people share their time and resources to help one anotherI.
It was set up by parishioners to provide help for needy Hawthorn residents
in the following ways:
- Home Visits - these take place at
Christmas time when gifts and hampers are taken to those in special
- Christmas Carols - in conjunction with
pupils from the Parish School, visits are made to some of the local
nursing homes where carols are sung by the children.
Anybody interested in joining the Committee
would be most welcome.
Organises the Parish Stall which sells homemade goodies and sewing items
at the annual fundraiser, for the work of the Jesuits of Hazaribag
Province in the North East of India.
The fair takes place each May
at Xavier College.
If you are new to the Hawthorn Parish, we would like to get to know
The Parish Pastoral Council provides the means for parishioners to come
together with their priests and share responsibility for the development
of their Parish community of faith and the mission of the Church in their
The Parish Education Board acts as a forum for discussion on matters
concerning education in the Parish.
It brings together in a spirit
of co-operation, the Parish Priest, Principal, representatives of parents
and teachers, and suitably qualified parishioners so that responsible and
informed advice can be given to the Parish Priest.
The Board's responsibilities can be divided
into two sections - those that are concerned with the operation of the
Parish School and those concerned with other aspects of education in the
This important and necessary ministry promotes participation in
the liturgical life of the parish.
A large group of parishioners is
rostered as Readers for each Sunday Mass.
New Readers are always
IN DAILY LIFE
Retreatrant lives at home and works as those normally do, with a
commitment to 1/2 hour of prayer each day.
themselves to a weekly conversation with their Spiritual Director.
DE PAUL SOCIETY
The Hawthorn Parish Conference provides assistance for people in need of
food, clothing, household items, furniture.
Requests for help should
be made through the Parish office - Tel: 9819 3699.
The Hawthorn Parish provides weekly
financial assistance to several rented house projects of the Hawthorn
Conference in the local area.
The Conference is also involved in the St.
Vincent de Paul Shop at 254 Auburn Road, Hawthorn. Tel: 9818
The donation of items for the shop is always welcome and a pick-up service
operates when necessary.
Members of the Parish conference visit the
needy and lonely in their homes and also offer support for the unemployed.
Each week parishioners who have been commissioned as Special Ministers
take Holy Communion to those unable to attend Mass.
It is important that the Parish Office be
notified of those parishioners who are in need of such visits.
|YEP – YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROJECT
A joint project of Genazzano FCJ College, Xavier College, and the
Parishes of Immaculate Conception Hawthorn, Sacred Heart Kew,
Our Lady of Good Counsel Deepdene & All Hallows Balwyn.