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The Grovedale Parish has relocated from Grovedale to Torquay.  The new address is:


Nazareth Parish Office

43a Surfcoast Highway

Torquay, Vic, 3228

(behind St Therese Church)

Tel:  5243 9891

Sunday Mass times in Torquay are:  8.45am and 10.30am.  There will be no Sunday 10.30 Mass At Grovedeale or Thursday 9.30am Mass

Please look under the calendar for Christmas and Easter Mass Times for all churches in the Geelong Catholic Deanery.

Become Quiet.
For a moment accept yourself gently
as a loving as well as a sinning person.
Allow yourself to be loved by God
whose love is freely given, always
available, ever faithful.
Hollow out a space within yourself
and take into it
all the suffering people of the world.
Recall them to mind:
the sick, the blind, the deaf,
the victims of violence, prisoners,
people in mental homes, the lonely,
the aged, those suffering from discrimination,
the hungry, those with marriage problems.
Open your heart to them.
Let them rush in on you and smother you.
Let the compassion of Jesus
be within you to welcome them.
 Pray to the Father out of their midst.
Let the Spirit express your groan of compassion.
Be silent.
Afterward, go out and be gentle to people.

Sean Caulfield

An Ecumenical Service to pray for all those affected by the Queensland floods, and also for other victims in Northern Victoria, will take place in St Mary's Basilica on Sunday January 16 at 7 .30pm.

Civic leaders and representatives of many Christian churches in central Geelong will be participating.  All are welcome to participate in this significant event of soidarity with those who have lost so much.


Advent invites us to open the eyes and ears of our heart to a joyful receptivity of Christ's presence.  There is a spotlight on Joy in Advent.  We can grow from joy as well as from sorrow.  All depends on our attitude.  Suffering can lead to compassion or to bitterness.  Joy can also move to self-orientation but it most ofter promotes gratitude, praise, eagerness to share and enthusiasm for the Creator's gifts.  Perhaps the best present we can give one another this Christmas is a joyful heart and a cheerful attitude.

Living Faith Daily Devotions 2010

The Ordination of Revs Richard Rosse, Nicholas Pearce, Aurelia Fragapane and Jossy Kizhakkethalackal took place at St Patrick's Cathedral, East Melbourne on Saturday 11th September.  St Mary's congratulates Rev Richard Rosse who has been assisting in the parish during his final year of preparation for the priesthood.  He will be celebrating his first Mass in Geelong on Wednesday, 15th September in St Mary's Basilica at 8.00pm.

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The Canonisation of Mary MacKillop will take place in Rome on Sunday October 17 and Catholics are encouraged to celebrate Australia's first saint.Born in Fitzroy in 1842 to a Catholic Scottish migrant family, Blessed Mary MacKillop will be recognised as Australia’s first Saint on Sunday October 17th at a Canonisation Ceremony conducted by Pope Benedict XVI at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Simultaneously in Melbourne, ‘Celebrating Australia’s First Saint – Mary MacKillop’ will be a multi-faceted event, bringing people together to celebrate, participate, learn, and join in a moment in history. The celebration will culminate with a live feed of the Canonisation ceremony.

Commencing at 2:45pm at the Royal Exhibition Buildings on October 17th, the event will be hosted by the Sisters of St Joseph together with the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Starting from Mary’s birthplace in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, and travelling to the Royal Exhibition Building (the site of the Nation’s first Parliament), the celebration will continue with many festivities, including music and entertainment from a broad range of cultures, informative displays outlining the life and story of Mary MacKillop and her legacy today and a prayer service, culminating in the live broadcast of the Canonisation ceremony in Rome on big screens both inside and outside the Royal Exhibition Building. 

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Free those who through fear of death had been sujbect to slavery all their life.

There are two kinds of death:  Physical and spiritual.  The first is inevitable:  the second is not.  Everyone fears death, but God promises us that if we place our trust in him, he will give us strength to rise above our fears.  His eternal love will be with us to our last hour.



The Torquay Foreshore Festival will take place on 6th March, 2010 at Elephant Walk in Torquay.  It will begin at 10.30 am and finish at 4.00pm.  All proceeds will go towards the employment of the Deanery Youth Facilitator.  Stalls include:  Hamburgers, Hot Chips, Books, Amusements, Lucky Envelopes, Lucky Dips, Mystery Bags, European Food, Fairy Floss, the very popular Jams and Preserves, plus plenty of entertainment and rides.

New stalls this year are:  Small antique collectables, with a valuation service; Cappucino 2, Hot Potatoes and Salad and a large plant stall.  The Fete is now accepting gifts of -  Plums, Apricots and small jam jars which can be left at St Mary's Parish Office, 150 Yarra St., Geelong.

"The Messiah" - Christmas Performance by the Choir and Orchestra of Scots' Presbyterian Church, Melbourne.  Tickets available at the door or GPAC - Adults $35, concession $30, Under 12 $19
"Lord, Make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved"

Welcome to the Geelong Catholic Deanery

The Deanery logo design centres around
the Cross of Jesus and the "G" of Geelong.
We are the community of believers in today's world.
Our unique environment is depicted -
the sea, the You Yangs, city and country life.
The "blocks" on the Cross remind us that we are a network of parishes.
The rays of light and the streams of living water symbolise our mission
- Pastoral Care, Building the Community, Education in Faith.