Sacramental Program

Sacramental Program

Sacraments of Initiation and Reconciliation, for Children. Parents/Guardians you are invited to present your child/ren for the Parish Sacramental Program  when you feel that your child is ready.  This readiness is usually around the age a child is in Grade 3. The Sacraments of Initiation – Confirmation and Eucharist are preceded by the preparation for and celebration of, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When you presented your child for the...

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Celebrating 150 years of St Mary’s Parish Life

Celebrating 150 years of St Mary’s Parish Life

On the weekend of 13 and 14 August St Mary’s parishioners will celebrate a milestone in Hamilton’s Church history. In 1866 construction of the first section of the current Gothic Style Church building took place, making way for a special Anniversary on the same weekend 150 years on. The itinerary includes a Parish dinner, Commemorative mass and luncheon, History tour & displays. The weekend has attracted great interest, including from past...

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Parish Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Council

At its July meeting, the Parish Pastoral Council discussed the following items. “Evangelising the digital continent” Our parish website is making great progress, and is well-equipped to enable the parish to “evangelise the digital continent” as Pope Benedict puts it. Our challenge is to develop a sticky website — a dynamic website which users visit on a regular basis. The Parish Council recommends the formation of a parish iTeam, which will...

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Fr John McKinnon’s Website

Fr John McKinnon’s Website

A NEW RESOURCE – (Taken from Ballarat E- News June 2012) Fr John McKinnon, well known to many around the Diocese, has established a website. Although still under development, Fr John’s aim is for it to be a resource to help all who love and reflect on the Word of God. Already on the site are the Commentaries on the Gospels of John, Mark & Luke, written over the past years. The Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is a work in progress...

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Multicultural Mass

Multicultural Mass

A Multicultural Mass recently welcomed members of the local Indian community to St Mary’s Parish, who have settled well in Hamilton and into their respective professions and lifestyles.  Fr Peter Jose  travelled from Melbourne to join with Fr Patrick Mugavin in concelebrating the special service. Parishioners experienced Mass by way of the Indian culture as they ministered through music, prayer and stories.   They willingly participated...

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Seminarians on pilgrimage to Penola

Seminarians on pilgrimage to Penola

An annual pilgrimage to Penola, in honour of St Mary of the Cross, is an important part of the First Year formation programme at Corpus Christi College. Every year, the first year seminarians travel from Fitzroy to Hamilton to Portland to Penola. (Fitzroy is St Mary’s birthplace; Hamilton is where Mary’s father Alexander is buried; Portland is where Mary lived and taught for several years; and Penola is where she discerned her...

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Parish dinner

Parish dinner

A recent dinner at St Mary’s Hamilton provided the ideal occasion for 100 parish members to welcome in the new and farewell the not so old. Fr John Corrigan was introduced to the St Mary’s parish earlier this year and is a young newly ordained priest, eager to commence his life of ministry at Hamilton, where he has acknowledged being overwhelmed by the warmth of his first church community. The  newly designed St Mary’s website was launched at...

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Celebrating The Year of the Priest

Celebrating The Year of the Priest

In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed 2009 – 2010 the Year of the Priest and called on the Church to support their Diocesan clergy. To celebrate locally, the parish community of St Mary’s recently welcomed the return of past serving clergy to Hamilton, including Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) priests who established Monivae College. A parish dinner held at the Hamilton Golf Club included a night of entertainment and nostalgic memories of...

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