The Parish of St Gerard’s has been serving Catholics and the broader community of Dandenong North since it was founded in 1956. The demography of the parish has changed dramatically since St Gerard’s was first opened and is reflected in the rich ethnic diversity of the parishioners. In fact, St Gerard’s is like a microcosm of the universal Catholic Church: many cultures united in one Faith under one Shepherd.
St Gerard’s takes its mission statement from the charter given to the Church by Christ: “Going, teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19-20).
We sadly entered another lockdown on Thursday 5th August from 8pm, and the Church remains closed for daily and weekend Masses. At this stage, the lockdown has been extended with no definite date of its end provided.
Should you wish to speak with Fr Shanthaiah or the office staff to arrange a funeral, please call 9792 4422.
Celebration of the Feast of St. Gerard – Saturday 16th October
Please join us to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Gerard Majella on Saturday 16th October beginning with Mass at 11:00am to honour our patron saint. Please click HERE to watch this Mass live. The day will continue with a zoom meeting from 1:00pm, with a presentation on Saint Gerard, updates on what has been happening in our parish, as well as reports given on two major events – the Plenary Council, and the Take The Way of The Gospel project. We look forward to seeing you then. This is a free event but please book via https://www.trybooking.com/816920 in order to receive the link to the zoom meeting. For enquiries or assistance with the booking, please contact Jeff Zaher on 0477 188 883 or the Parish office on 9792 4422.
We will live-stream Mass on Sunday October 17th, at 8:30am (change of time for this weekend only). You may watch this Mass by clicking HERE.
To read this week’s bulletin (as well as previous bulletins), please see links above.
Our staff will work remotely, Monday to Friday, from 9.00am-2.30pm. Please phone 9792 4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please stay safe and healthy and be assured that we will continue to pray for you all whilst still having to work within some very difficult government guidelines.
God bless you all,
Fr Shanthaiah Marneni
St. Vincent de Paul:
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Great protector of the family, St Gerard, we ask your prayers for all parents, that they may receive the grace to live in the love of God and bring up their children to know and love him with all their hearts. We ask you to pray also that those who take the lives of unborn innocents and attack the dignity of motherhood may come to see the error of their ways, and that all may value the true holiness of Christian family life. God, our loving Father, your love gives life to the world. Bless and make holy all human love, especially the life-giving love of husband and wife. May your love fill the hearts and homes of all families, so that the world may enjoy the peace and happiness promised by your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.