News and Announcements

26th May, 2024

Trinity Sunday

Potential for a Melbourne Classical Liberal Arts Catholic Primary School

Dear Brethren,

It is my privilege and pleasure to share with you an important educational initiative by Fr Nicholas Dillon, Parish Priest of St Philip’s Blackburn North. This proposal has my strong support, and I hope it may answer the needs of many families in the Newman Parish. I ask interested parents to contact Fr Dillon at their earliest convenience. Fr Dillon’s announcement follows. In Domino, Fr Tattersall.

Parents looking for viable options for the education of their children may be interested in a proposal for St Philip’s Catholic Primary School in Blackburn North. Fr Nicholas Dillon, Parish Priest, and Mrs Michelle Worcester, Principal, have met with representatives of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS - the governing body of Archdiocesan schools) to discuss some plans for the future of St Philip’s School. It is hoped that the school will be able to offer a classical liberal arts curriculum at primary level. This would be unique at this time in Melbourne, but would reflect a trend in other parts of Australia where parents are seeking an education that prioritises formation in faith and virtue, having solid academic foundations, and introducing students to the great cultural heritage of our Western civilisation as expressed in art, literature, and music. A key to launching this initiative will be firm expressions of interest for potential enrolments to show MACS that there is the necessary number of people who would support the venture and enrol their children. Based on experience elsewhere, such an educational option will prove to be highly sought after.In due course, more information will be available on the St Philip’s School and Parish websites. In the meantime, if this is something you would seriously consider enrolling your children in, please be in touch with Fr Dillon or Mrs Worcester to register your interest. If there is enough support, it is envisaged that the adoption of the classical education curriculum will begin in 2025.

Easter Duty: one’s Easter Duty (the worthy reception of Holy Communion) should be completed by today, Trinity Sunday.

Liturgical catechesis is held in the school hall from 9.30 – 10.00 am every Sunday. We are studying the text of the Ordinary of the Mass (that is, the unchanging parts). The Doctrinal catechesis (for adults) does not seem to be at a suitable time for most, and will be moved to the first and third Wednesdays of the month, commencing 5th June. The class will be held at Maryvale from 7.00 – 8.00 pm. Registration is not required.

Latin Classes: it has been gratifying to see a high level of interest expressed in Latin classes. Weekly Classes will be on Saturdays at the school hall from 3.00 – 4.30 pm, commencing 1st June. Those wishing to commit to the course are now asked to register by sending an email to the Secretary, entitled “Latin Registration”, with their full name and ‘phone number. Attendees are asked to obtain (if possible), the Cambridge Latin Course, Book 1 (4th edition). For at least the first few lessons, copies of the relevant sections from the 4th edition will be supplied for those who have not been able to buy a copy of the book. The first three lessons in June will be free. For those who then decide to remain in the class, a small registration fee will be requested.

The feast of Our Lady Help of Christians has been transferred to tomorrow (Monday, 27th May), due its being impeded on its proper day by the Octave of Pentecost. In addition to Low Mass at 7 am & 10 am, there will be a Solemn Mass at 7 pm. Our Lady Help of Christians is Patroness of Australia. Let us implore Our Lady’s protection and intercession for our nation.

Please note the reduced Mass schedule from Tuesday – Thursday this week. The Cathedral Mass resumes this Wednesday, 29th May.

Circle of the Immaculate: the ladies’ prayer group will meet in the hall on Saturday, 1st June, after the 10 am Sung Mass & Rosary.

Corpus Christi Procession: following the Solemn Mass next Sunday (within the Octave of Corpus Christi) we will have a Eucharistic Procession through Caulfield Park, concluding with Benediction back at the Church.

Bible Study will continue on Tuesday 28th May from 6 pm – 7.30 pm in the school hall. We will continue our study of St Matthew’s Gospel. Newcomers are kindly requested to register with Fr Murphy ()

Planned Giving

The Parish of St John Henry Newman

Mass and Confession Times

Masses at St Aloysius’: 26th May to 2nd June


Mass Times



  • 8.00 am
  • 10.30 am Solemn Mass
  • 5.00 pm
  • Trinity Sunday


  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 7.00 pm (Solemn Mass)
  • Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia (transferred)


  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • St Augustine, Bishop & Confessor


  • 7.00 am
  • 5.30 pm at St Patrick's Cathedral
  • St Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi, Virgin


  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • Corpus Christi


  • 7.00 am
  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 6.00 pm
  • Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen


  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am (Sung)
  • 5.00 pm (Kealba)
  • St Angela dei Merici


  • 8.00 am Low Mass
  • 10.30 am Solemn Mass followed by Corpus Christi Procession & Benediction
  • 5.00 pm Low Mass
  • 5.00 pm St Joseph’s Iona
  • 2nd Sunday after Pentecost/Sunday within Octave of Corpus Christi

    Confessions: Weekdays & Saturday mornings after each Mass; Sunday before and during each Mass.

    The Parish of St John Henry Newman


    Sunday within the Octave of Corpus Christi

    2nd June