Morning Prayer is at 8.30am Tuesday to Friday, except public holidays. All are welcome, and for coffee afterwards.

Mid-week Eucharist – Not at present due to church works

12 May 2019

From the Locum

Perhaps one of the most well-known psalms in the Hebrew Psalter is Psalm 23. Many people have derived great strength and comfort in times of sorrow from this Psalm. Many times in my ministry with the bereaved, whether believer or not, I found it was known and often brought back memories of their loved one.

It is a Psalm about God. It describes God as being like a shepherd who is present with us both in the good times of life (vs 2) “He will make me lie down in green pastures He will refresh my soul”, and who also is present in those times in life which are unpleasant or difficult (vs 4) “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil: for you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort me.”

This same God is also a hospitable God (vs 8) “You spread a table before me in the face of those who trouble me: you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.”

During this Easter season, we celebrate particularly the God who is present among us in whatever happens in our lives and has shown us His hospitality in the gift of His Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour and the Saviour of the world. The challenge for us today as Christians is to be present among people, to offer hospitality to the stranger and to offer our care and concern to those within our community, which comes from knowing our God – being able to see the living God at work in His world.

In Christ’s name


  • Fr Barry


Next Sunday

Sunday 19 May – 5th Sunday of Easter

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

10.00am Messy St Mary’s


Acts 11:1-18; Ps 148; Rev 21:1-6; Jn 13:31-35

  • Morning Prayer is at 8.30am Tuesday to Friday.
  • No Mid-week Eucharist at 12.30pm until further notice.



Sunday 19 May                                10am Messy at St Mary’s

Thursday 30 May                            6.30pm Ascension Day

Sunday 2 June                                  Fr Barry’s Farewell Morning Tea

Thursday 6 June                              7pm Induction Fr Jan Joustra



On Sunday 2 June, after the 10am service, we will have a farewell morning tea for Fr Barry, and Trish, to say thank you for being our Locum since January.  If you would like to contribute to a farewell gift, then please give donations to one of the Wardens or the office before 26th May.


‘Messy St Mary’s’ 19 May – in the Main Hall during the 10am service.

‘Light Up!’ 2 June – in the Main Hall during the 10am service.

Please let Harriet know if you would like to join in or want more information.


Are there any winter coats languishing at your place? If so, please

bring them to St Mary’s, in church or office hours. We will also collect new socks and wooly hats. We will be giving the coats and socks to Anglicare and the hats to Mission for Seafarers. Collecting until end of June. Help make someone who is cold, warmer this winter.



SHARING SUNDAY – 6th and 12th May

Two Sundays of each month are Sharing Sundays for Anglicare. Please bring toiletries or non-perishable goods such as two minute noodles, canned fish, meat or soup, cereals or tetra packs of milk, leave them in the basket at the back of the church. Thanks


Fr Barry Fernley’s workdays are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Mobile 0421 903 390 or Email



Bev’s neighbours are wondering if anyone has 2 rooms they can rent in mid June close to Royal Melbourne Hospital. If you can assist at all please speak to Bev.


St Mary’s Stitchers Group meets every Thursday at 10am in the small hall. Please join us on any Thursday.


The garden group normally meets on the 2ndSaturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.




If you would like a name added to the ongoing prayer list, please notify the Parish Office. Names written on the Sunday list will be prayed for on that week only.


Please pray for those in need, including: Ikenna, Charlotte, Kathy, Jean, Alwynn, Susan, David and Family, Michael.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

David John Hood, Roslyn McIntosh, Nan Dawson, Frankie Artis.




12 May

Next Sunday

19 May

8am Reader Anne Sunderland Jenny Langmead
10am Readers Rhondda Fahey

Michael Golding

Greg Reinhardt


Sub Deacon


Kathleen A-Ross

Anne Sunderland

Peter O’Donoghue

Alice Christofi

Angelica Del Hierro

Jack Lindsay

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen A-Ross

Adam Wing

Intercessions Sam Miller TBC
Bread & Wine Fabien Nunes Peter O’Donoghue
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Michael Golding

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Alice Christofi TBC
Children’s Ministry Sunday School Messy St Mary’s
Refreshments Margaret Noble

Michael Noble

David Keuneman

Helen McCallum

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Rhondda Fahey

Anne Sunderland

Adam Wing

Flowers Andrea O’Donoghue Helen McCallum

Church for People who Think


Sunday Lecture/study groups




Social Justice Month

19th May


Peter Norden AO will be providing an insight into his social justice work over the past forty years in the field of criminal justice and community services sector. An Honorary Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, in 2007 Peter was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia ‘for services to community development through social research programs aimed at assisting marginalized young people and offenders, to the mental health sector, and to the Catholic Church in Australia’. Peter will reflect on his youth and community development work in the late 1970s in North Melbourne.


26th May


Rev Dr Craig Thompson and Joey Rebakis will be providing an insight into the work of Hotham Mission, which is the justice, community, and welfare outreach arm of the Congregation of Mark the Evangelist. Hotham Mission is one of our giving partners and we have a representative from St Mary’s, John Blanch, on the board. Hotham Mission provides community support for disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised people in and around North Melbourne, Flemington and Kensington, with a particular focus on young people and supporting their continued education.