News and Announcements

29th January, 2023

4th Sunday after Epiphany


Obsequies for His Eminence, George, Cardinal Pell: the Funeral Mass of His Eminence will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, at 11 am on Thursday, 2nd February; afterwards, the Cardinal’s mortal remains will be laid to rest in St Mary’s Cathedral crypt. In gratitude for His Eminence’s role in the establishment of the community that has become the Newman Parish, and in recognition of his long-standing support for the traditional Mass and for those Catholics adhering to it, we will celebrate the following liturgies at St Aloysius’ Caulfield North, for the repose of his soul:
• Friday 10th February, at 7.00 pm – Vespers for the Dead
• Saturday 11th February, at 9.00 am - Matins for the Dead (Cristóbal de Morales)
• Saturday 11th February, at 11.30 am – Solemn Requiem Mass (Cristóbal de Morales)

Holy Communion – reception: it is a pleasure to welcome many new parishioners and also occasional visitors, some of whom are unsure about aspects of the reception of Holy Communion in the traditional Mass. It might be helpful to note the following points: 1. It is not necessary to genuflect in the Communion line itself, as one kneels at the Communion rail (unless prevented by infirmity); 2. When one kneels, one places one’s hands under the Houseling Cloth, and draws it up as far as possible under the chin, and close to one’s breast; 3. Upon the approach of the priest or deacon, the Communicant should raise his head, open wide his mouth, extend his tongue, and close his eyes, in order to receive the Sacred Host; 4. The Communicant does NOT respond with “Amen”, but receives the Host in silence.

Blessing of items: with the growth of the Parish, there is a significant increase in requests for the blessing of rosaries, medals, statues and other items. We are very happy to meet these requests, but it is often difficult to do so “on the spot”, as usually the prescribed form of blessing is lengthy. Those who wish to have items blessed are asked to ensure they are in a bag or box with the owner’s name and ‘phone number. Please give your items to a porter or sacristan (in preference to the priests). Items left on a Sunday can be collected the following Sunday, or otherwise by special arrangement.

Resumption of Children’s Catechesis/Catechists needed: the children’s catechism classes will recommence (at St Aloysius’ school hall) on Sunday, 12th February, after Solemn Mass. There will be an induction meeting for parents on the previous Sunday. All interested parents with children aged 3-16 (including those who have previously attended) are asked to attend this meeting after Solemn Mass on 5th February. Registrations will be completed at the end of the induction. It is important that children receive a continuous catechesis, and not just attend sacramental preparation. We also need additional catechists to keep pace with our growing Parish, and are calling for volunteers for this important work. Suitable candidates will know the Faith and the traditional Mass well, ideally have some experience with teaching or catechesis (although this is not essential) and must possess a current Victorian Working with Children Card. Please contact the Secretary by email if you would like to volunteer.

Details of Adult catechesis for 2023 will be published soon.

Candlemas: candles will be blessed at 7 pm on the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin (2nd February), before the Procession & Solemn Mass. A table will be placed outside the Altar rails before the first Mass of the day on 2nd February, and parishioners may leave their own candles to be blessed in the evening (please ensure you have put these in place by 6.50 pm). The blessed candles may be collected after the Solemn evening Mass. If you are leaving candles to be blessed but will not be present at the evening Mass, your candles will be left in the Church vestibule for collection. In that case, please ensure that your candles are safely packed, with your name affixed.

St Blaise (3rd February) – blessing of throats: the traditional blessing of throats will be given after each Mass this Friday.

Fortes in Fide: the young adults’ group will meet this Friday evening after Mass. Fr Arthur will present “Mental Prayer: Sainthood 101.” Father’s talk will be at the Russian Catholic Church Hall, cnr Hotham St & Inkerman Rd, St Kilda East, starting at 7.30 pm. Supper follows. The event is open to young Catholics aged 18 and over.

The Circle of the Immaculate Heart: the ladies’ prayer group will meet at Maryvale on Saturday, 4th February, following 10 am Mass, Benediction & Rosary. Newcomers are welcome.

Children’s First Chants: We are now selling copies of Ronan Reilly’s Children’s First Chants in St John Henry’s bookstore. The book is a practical self-teaching book enabling children (7+) to learn simple Chant for Holy Mass and various well-known prayers. It contains a battery-operated piano keyboard and instructions on how to read and play a selection of Gregorian melodies. Translations of the Latin prayers are included in the appendix.

Fr Tattersall will be absent this week from Tuesday afternoon until Friday evening, as he will be attending Cardinal Pell’s obsequies in Sydney. He will continue to check emails during his absence.

Direct learning – Classical Curriculum: we are delighted to announce that an important new educational initiative has been launched in Australia: Via Classica. This will have on line interactive classes in Latin, Music, Literature, Writing & Rhetoric, and Mathematics. Some study guides are also available. This will be an important new resource for home schooling families in 2023 and beyond. We congratulate Liz Matheson and her collaborators on this important work. For further information, and registration for classes in 2023, go to

Newspaper Opportunity: A group of parishioners is looking to start a monthly paper for Catholic university students. The group is currently seeking editors, writers and graphic designers. Applications should be sent to Applicants should ideally be university students or recent graduates. Applications will close on the 27th of February.

Work Opportunity: Pakenham Appliances are looking to hire another administration assistant working in the Pakenham Showroom. Main duties include answering phones, responding to emails and accepting deliveries. Working hours are flexible, between 3-5 days a week or 24-38 hours. Contact Erin Van Strijp ( to express interest with a cover letter and resume.

Staff Needed: The Doxa Community (a non-profit organisation) are looking to hire a male part-time barista for work from Friday to Sunday each week. Training will be provided. Please contact Beata (0435 294 817) for more information.

Sunday 1st Collection - Support for our priests

Sunday 2nd Collection - Support for the Parish and its works

The Parish of St John Henry Newman

Mass and Confession Times

29th January to 5th February


Mass Times



  • 8.00 am
  • 10.30 am Solemn Mass
  • 5.00 pm
  • 4th Sunday after Epiphany


  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • St Martina, Virgin martyr


  • 7.00 am
  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • St John Bosco, Confessor


  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 5.30 pm (St Patrick's Cathedral)
  • St Brigid, Virgin


  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 7.00 pm Solemn Mass (with blessing of candles & Procession)
  • Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemas)


  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 6.00 pm (Confessions from 5.00 – 5.45 pm)(blessing of throats after each Mass)
  • St Blaise, Bishop, Martyr (First Friday )


  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am (Mass followed by Rosary & Benediction)
  • 5.00 pm St Paul’s, Kealba
  • St Andrew Corsini, Bishop, Confessor(First Saturday )


  • 8.00 am Low Mass
  • 10.30 am Solemn Mass
  • 5.00 pm Low Mass
  • 5.00 pm Low Mass at St Joseph’ s Iona
  • Septuagesima Sunday

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

    The Parish of St John Henry Newman


    Office for the Dead and Solemn Requiem Mass for His Eminence, George, Cardinal Pell

    10th February, 7.00 pm Friday (Vespers for the Dead),
    11th February - 9.00am - Matins for the Dead (Cristóbal de Morales), 11.30 am Solemn Requiem Mass (Cristóbal de Morales)