John Hassett Memorial Social Justice Series

In both 2018 and 2019, the Parish Social Justice Group organised a series of seminars on ‘Catholic Social Teaching and Action’ under the title of the John Hassett Memorial Social Justice Series. John Hassett was a longtime Deepdene parishioner whose legal career, along with his Catholic faith, gave rise to his abiding interest and commitment to social justice, inclusive of his roles as Chair of the Catholic Archdiocesan Commission for Justice, Development and Peace and member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. John died on 5 September, 2018.

The seminar series will continue in 2020 and beyond, with the theme and guest speakers changing each year. Information will be posted on this website and published in the Parish Newsletter when the program and dates are finalised.

Men’s Scripture Group

This small group consists on average of 6–8 men who meet regularly on the second Saturday of each month at the OLV Parish Meeting Room, immediately after the 9.30 mass.

The purpose of this gathering is to encourage like-minded men to come together to examine closely and discuss collectively the scripture readings of the day so that a more thorough understanding of them can be gained, particularly through examining and understanding their historical and social context. Other topical issues are often discussed, and group participation occurs from time to time, such as providing a group submission to the current Plenary Council.

This meeting is run on a semi-formal basis, usually over a cup of tea or coffee, and lasts no longer than an hour. It concludes with the group singing a hymn together. New members of any age are welcome to give this group a try, with ‘no strings attached’.