A Friendship Community

Friendships across our parishes

Across our three parishes, there is a range of friendship groups that come together around particular interests, hobbies or talents. These groups include:

  • The Hospitality Group
  • The Friendship Group
  • Singing with Friends
  • SHWP Surrey Social Club
  • Wattle Park Social group
  • Kitty Craft

Members of these groups attest to the varied benefits they experience, with some recurring themes being the opportunities their involvement offers for new friendships, companionship, community engagement and contributing to the parish in ‘ways that work’ for them as individuals.

Friendship Group

The Friendship Group has become a social outlet for many parishioners across Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park Parishes.

A range of activities are planned throughout the year, including morning tea and cards on the first and third Fridays of each month after 9.15 am Mass in the Gathering Space at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene and Singing with Friends on the second Friday.  There are also periodic movie screenings and lunches.  The group is always open to new ideas, which you may like to help organise.  New friendships have been formed and interests have been nurtured.


Hospitality is a significant service to our parishes and parishioners. It invites inclusion and offers welcome to all. Across our three parishes, close to 50 volunteers in the Hospitality Group provide refreshments after one or more of the Sunday Masses, giving all parishioners the opportunity to meet and greet each other over a cup of coffee or tea. When we have special events happening in our parishes, the Hospitality Group rises to the occasion, providing food and service for parishioners and visitors.  View the Hospitality Calendar.


Craft Group

Kitty Craft Group gather to work on a craft project, chat and share a cup of tea.  People are welcome to come along just for the chat and cup of tea.

The group meets on the third Monday of the month from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm in the Barnsbury Club House, 27 Barnsbury Road, Deepdene.

For more information contact the Parish Office,


Join our Facebook Group

Parishioners, friends, supporters and colleagues of Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park Parishes are invited to join the Eastern Central Catholic Parishes Facebook Group.  The group provides an opportunity for dialogue, connection and support as both our Church and world are renewed at this time.


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Becoming Involved
To find out more about these groups, contact Tricia Norman at the Parish Office on 9816 9291 or at Tricia.Norman@cam.org.au