The Geelong Catholic Deanery welcomes the newly appointed Archbishop of Melbourne, the most Reverend

Peter Comensoli to the Archdiocese of Melbourne and hence to the Geelong Deanery.  His last apppointment

was as the Bishop of the Broken Bay Diocese, which covered the Northern Beaches in NSW,  including

the Central Coast.  Broken Bay is one of the most forward thinking Dioceses in Australia.

We look forward to greeting him in the Geelong parishes.


'When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.' 
Acts Chapter 2 

Glorious Trinity, 

Make your presence known in this place, through our worship, our prayer, the reading of your Word. 
Father, Son, Holy Spirit, within whose unity lies all that is you, perfect love, justice, peace,and power.

As we gather here today,y our body, your church throughout this world, fill our outstretched heartswith your spirit, encircle us with your love. Make yourself known to us in new ways, exciting ways, challenging ways. Empower us, Inspire us, Glorious Trinity!

 The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are:  Wisdom, intellect, counsel, fortitude, science, piety and fear of the Lord

 At the Baptism of Jesus, Matthew 3:16, theHoly Spirit  takes the form of a  dove  and descends upon Jesus. A  dove  is also a symbol of peace and purity, which signifies the purity and peace the  Holy Spirit  brings.

Christmas Dinner with Norlane Parish and the Deanery in the Pioneer Room at Berkeley Events and Catering.

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The ACU Centre for Liturgy is offering a public Short CourseFrom death to new life: "preparing and celebrating Catholic funeralsover two Saturdays (June 16 and June 23) at St Mary of the Angels Catholic Parish, Pioneer Room and Basilica, 150 Yarra St, Geelong.


Leading scholars will investigate a Christian theology of dying and death and explore how the Order of Christian Funerals celebrates death in a specifically Catholic way. Experienced priests and funeral directors will discuss how they care for the dead and for those who grieve. There will also be an opportunity to prepare a Catholic funeral for yourself or a loved one. Registration is essential, at: For more information phone 02-9701 4751.

Saturday 16th June

Session 1            Raised to New Life:  A Christian Theology of dying and death (presented by Prof Clare Johnson,

                             Director of the ACU, Centre of Liturgy

Session 2            Celebrating Death in the Catholic way - the Order of Christian Funerals (presented by Dr Margaret

                             Smith sgs)

Saturday 23rd June

Session 3                 Collaborating in Care - funeral directors and priests in dialogue (presented by Rev Jim Clarke

                                  and representative from Tobin Bros Funerals)

Session 4                 A fitting conclusion - preparing your Catholic Funeral (led by Prof Clare Johnson)

Cost:  $60pp ($30 for ACU staff/Students)