The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

21st May, 2017



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

An important clarification

As many of you would have seen, various comments were attributed to me in two articles in the Weekend Australian of 6/7 May (one on page 8, leading into the other in the Weekend Magazine). I was approached some time ago and gave an interview in good faith. Unfortunately, in certain respects the articles do not give an accurate or adequate representation of my views, mainly because certain comments have been used selectively and taken out of context.

I have never denied or minimised the reality or horror of child sexual abuse, wherever it has occurred. Because of all that the Catholic Church is and proclaims, such abuse is even more reprehensible when any of her members, especially one in Holy Orders, commits it. For all of my adult life as a layman and then a priest I have opposed a culture of concealment, and done my best to assist those victims of abuse who have made themselves known to me. I believe that all that the law provides – canonical, civil and criminal – should be available and followed by all concerned. However, it is of great concern to me that some of those who claim to be acting in the interests of victims, or with the noble aim of preventing future abuse, have another agenda that would obscure or undermine the essential nature of the Church as established by Christ, and which could also endanger the rights of accused persons, or even classes of persons, which rights have long been recognised and protected by existing legal systems. We abandon or derogate from the received wisdom of existing law, at our peril.

Finally, I wish to reiterate that any coherent and authentic approach to the prevention of future abuse must be based on the unequivocal affirmation of the Church’s traditional moral teaching, including that concerning human sexuality.

I do not intend, for the time being, to offer any further public comment on these issues.

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest


From the Parish Priest's Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we begin in earnest our fight to defeat the Andrews government’s plan to legalise euthanasia in Victoria, I commend to you Cardinal Muller’s recent talk on this topic, reproduced below.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest

Protecting the Least of Among Us: The Enduring Universal Wisdom of the Church on Euthanasia


Pentecost Novena


Ascension Thursday (25th May): this coming Thursday is the Solemnity of Our Lord’s Ascension. It is one of the great feasts of the Lord, and traditionally observed as a Holy Day of Obligation. While under the present dispensation for Australia the obligation is met by attending Mass on the following Sunday, traditional Catholics will still wish to give due honour to Our Lord by attending Mass on Ascension Thursday itself. Masses are scheduled at 7 am, 10 am & 7 pm. Please note that the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia, will be celebrated on the preceding day, Wednesday, 24th May

Pastoral letter regarding assisted suicide: as previously noted, it is anticipated that the anti-life Andrews government will introduce a bill to legalise assisted suicide in Victoria, in the second half of 2017. The Bishops of Victoria have produced a pastoral letter in response to this. Please take a copy (or read it on line). Eve Woolven has kindly volunteered to coordinate our efforts in the Parish to oppose the Bill. This will include letter writing and other campaigns. Eve may be reached at Stephen Jury will update us today (21st May) after the Solemn Mass. His talk will follow the brief introduction to the Legion of Mary. Both talks will be given at Maryvale.

Legion of Mary: it is hoped that a Praesidium of the Legion of Mary will be established in the Newman Parish, in the near future. Those interested in being part of this are invited to contact Lili Morgan:, or 0478 667 136. Watch the Bulletin for details of a talk on the Legion. We are aiming to have someone from the Melbourne Senatus speak in the Parish on Sunday, 21st May, following Solemn Mass. This is to be confirmed. Thanks to the Legion, we will be privileged to have the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima visit the Parish, from 19th – 25th August.

Parish Picnic/BBQ – Sunday, 28th May: we propose to hold the recently postponed Parish Picnic/BBQ on Sunday, 28th May, following the Solemn Mass. The requested donation for food and refreshments is $10 per person, or $25 per family. The picnic is a good opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow parishioners, and especially to welcome newer members of the Parish.

Wolff organ restoration appeal – update: appeal chairman Bill Rimmer will speak briefly next Sunday 28th May, after the 10.30am and 5.00pm Masses, to inform the Parish of progress with the Wolff organ restoration works and the appeal. The organ is an important element in our celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. Your generosity so far means well over half the required funds is in hand. $45,000 more is required before September. As 30th June approaches, now is the time to make a tax-deductible donation. You can use the appeal brochure available at the back of the Church or the Parish website.

First Friday adoration roster: please commit to a period of Eucharistic adoration on Friday evening, 2nd June. You are invited to sign up on line:

Banns of Marriage: Grace O’Donoghue & Andrew Givan (27th May, 2017); Astrid Reker & Ryan Knipe (2nd June, 2017).

Newman Fellowship – Saturday, 3rd June: the Newman Fellowship for young adults will next meet on Saturday, 3rd June. Confessions will be heard from 3.30 pm in the Church, and tea and coffee will be available in Maryvale from the same time. The meeting commences at 4 pm. We will conclude our discussion on the Papacy, with particular reference to the teaching of the first Vatican Council. We will conclude with Vespers and Benediction, followed by Supper.

Parish Registration: because the Newman Parish is a personal, non-territorial Parish in canon law, it is necessary to register to become a Parishioner. Those who have begun to attend our Masses more recently, as well as more longstanding congregants, are invited and encouraged to register as Parishioners if they have not already done so. This can be done on line via our website, or using the forms available in the vestibule.

For your diary: the Parish dinner dance will be on Saturday evening, 26th August. Tickets will go on sale early in July.

Peter Elliston – Prayer request: Peter Elliston requests our prayers for the success of his surgery, now scheduled for 29th May.