The Way of the Gospel—the path of missionary discipleship—has always been adapted by every generation to fit the local circumstances. How this is arranged has varied according to time and place. How might our local communities of faith continue to address the missionary call of the Gospel into the future? How might we invite people into the fullness of the Gospel of life, and do so with a sense of vibrancy and vitality?

The Way of the Gospel—the path of missionary discipleship—has always been adapted by every generation to fit the local circumstances. How this is arranged has varied according to time and place. How might our local communities of faith continue to address the missionary call of the Gospel into the future? How might we invite people into the fullness of the Gospel of life, and do so with a sense of vibrancy and vitality?

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

In April and May 2021, Archbishop Comensoli met with the clergy and lay leaders of the Archdiocese of Melbourne to begin this conversation. These initial meetings had one purpose in mind: to open up the question as to how our local Church in Melbourne might best be organised into the future, such that:

  • The mission of the Gospel is at the heart of our life, worship and outreach;
  • Local faith communities are arranged to allow for them to flourish, and;
  • Our faith communities be effectively resourced—spiritually, ministerially and materially.

At St. Joseph’s, we are embarked on our Mission, as described by Archbishop Comensoli. On this page, you can read updates on the progress towards achieving that objective.

Preparation for Parish Meeting

On Tuesday 12th October the Parish Coordinating Group consisting of Damian Coleridge , Kerri Anne Brussen and Fr Alan Gibson met online to plan for the Parish Meeting to take place on Tuesday 19th October from 7pm-8pm. To view Fr Alan’s invitation to all parishioners to attend this meeting please

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Invitation to a Parish Meeting

All Parishioners are invited to a Parish Meeting (via zoom) on Tuesday 19 October from 7.00pm-8.00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to share up to date information as to what has been done with this so far and to answer any questions or hear any concerns expressed. To attend

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Fr Tony Kerin: ‘We’ve got to do something different’

For the past few months, the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has been undergoing a process of discussion and discernment as part of an invitation to “Take the Way of the Gospel“. Fr Anthony (Tony) Kerin has attended a number of the online information sessions held with parish communities and is

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A Church on the way

In August, Pope Francis dedicated his monthly prayer intention to the specific vocation of the Church: to evangelise. Reiterating the words from his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he said he dreams of an even more ‘missionary option’ for the Church: ‘one that goes out to

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Our interactions with other Parishes

Last Monday 20th September 2021 members of the Parish Pastoral Council met with Berna Wake, Member of the Parish Leadership Team from Mordialloc / Aspendale (via zoom). Berna spoke to the Council about the process of parish renewal that Mordialloc / Aspendale Parish has undertaken these past few months and

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Why Missions?

Last Wednesday evening I, along with Kerri Anne Brussen (Staff) and Damien Coleridge (Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson), attended a meeting (via zoom) of the Southern Region. At this gathering we were assured that forming Missions was a process. The question of “Why Missions?” was examined. Data was provided that suggested

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