Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month,  6.15–7.15pm
Caroline Chisholm Library, 358 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (near Elizabeth Street)

John Young presents this course on Catholic doctrine, ‘Understanding the Catholic faith’, which began in September 2017 and recommenced in February after the January break.  This course will be conducted each first and third Tuesday for the remainder of 2017 and into next year. Participants are welcome to join the course at any time. Highly recommended for non-Catholics with an interest in the Catholic faith, and for all Catholics seeking to renew and refresh their understanding of the Church’s teachings.

Those taking part will need a copy of Fr John Hardon SJ's book Catechism of the Catholic Church, a book which discusses all the main doctrines and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. 

John Young B.Th. is a graduate of the Aquinas Academy in Sydney, has taught philosophy in four seminaries, and is author of three books. 

Cost: Donation

Saturday 3 March, 9am–9pm and Sunday 4 March, 8.30am–1.30pm

St Joseph’s School hall, 362 Station Street, Chelsea

The experience of men gathering together at a menALIVE weekend is dynamic and powerful. Many men are inspired, encouraged and feel that they have a new sense of purpose and mission. menALIVE is a national Catholic ministry for men. Come along to a menALIVE weekend and discover what it means to be fully alive.

Other menALIVE weekends this year are scheduled for Keysborough (May), Airport West (June) and Aspendale (August).

Cost: $50 includes workshops, morning tea, BBQ dinner on the Saturday

Details and RSVP: by Monday 26 February to Mike Shaw on 0418 122 966 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday 16 March, 7pm to Sunday 18 March, 5pm

St Paul’s Missionary College, Nortons Lane, Wantirna South

Here is a magnificent opportunity to join other couples and spend a weekend together investing in your most precious asset, your marriage. This is an intimate residential weekend for couples, exploring the precious nature of marriage, allowing you both to share feelings, hopes and dreams with each other in ways that normal daily living tends to inhibit. Couples and a priest present this weekend, which is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome. Accommodation and all meals provided. There is no group sharing.

Details and bookings: Maria and Andre Rasquinha on 0411 225 992 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.wwme.org.au

Cost: $55 application fee + confidential donation at the weekend. (Average cost for a couple for a weekend is $595 but no couple is refused a weekend because of financial hardship.)

Thursday 26 April, 6.30–7.45pm

Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade (corner of Hoddle Street), East Melbourne

The Ozanam Conversation (previously the Ozanam Lecture) is a free annual event in honour of the 20-year-old activist and founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam. Now in its 21st year, it invites us to reflect upon how relevant the Society’s founding mission of 1833 is to today’s world.

For this year’s Conversation, Bishop Vincent Long will be joined by journalist and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue for a conversation on the topic, ‘What it means to be a Catholic welfare organisation in a post-Royal Commission world’. Drinks and canapes will be served for 30 minutes prior to the event. All welcome.

Details: Julie Fewster on 9895 5929
RSVP: by Friday 20 April to 9895 5935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday 26 April, 6.30–8.30pm

Deakin Edge Auditorium, Federation Square, corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne

Br Guy Consolmagno SJ is the president of the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. Having studied planetary sciences at MIT and the University of Arizona, Br Guy worked as a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya and taught physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989. Since 1993, he has worked as an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, and was appointed president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation in 2014.

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