A Responsible Community

Safeguarding Children and Young People

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility


At Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park Parishes we hold the care, safety, and well-being of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our parishes.  Read more …

The Environment

Environment a major concern – an issue from the Vatican to our Parishes

Our Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park Parish Councils have prioritised the environment as one of our major projects.  Read more…

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by Christian Churches around the world as a time of prayer and action for the safeguarding of our common home through responsible stewardship.  Read more…

Plenary Council

Fifth Plenary Council of Australia

The Catholic Church of Australia gathered in July 2022 for the Second Assembly of the Plenary Council.  This was the second – and final – assembly of the Council and the conclusion of a four-year journey of discernment around the theme, ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’.  Read more …

Building Stronger Parish Partnerships for Mission

A new governance and leadership model for the Parishes of Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park was implemented in May 2022.  Read more…

Church Renewal

Governance of diocese, parishes and schools

The Catholic Church in Australia renewed its governance structures and the way in which dioceses and parishes can further develop co-responsibility of clergy and laity in the life of the Church.  Read more …

Stewardship of our Parish Resources

Across the Parishes of Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park we strive to achieve wise and faithful stewardship of our assets and to operate within a responsible and sustainable financial framework. We place a high priority on ethical business transactions and on transparent accountability.  Read more …

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us

The Parishes of Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park are committed to protecting the personal information they collect. The parishes uphold the principles contained in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne Privacy Policy which complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Act as well as the Victorian Health Records Act 2001. This Privacy Policy is designed to tell you about the Archdiocese’s practices in relation to the collection, use, disclosure and storage of personal information.  Read more…
Parish Survey

Parish Community of the Future

In 2020, the Christian Research Association was commissioned to undertake a two part investigation into how the parish’s mission is engaging within the local community.

The first part involved a Parish Survey.  Over 500 responses were received.  The Executive Summary of the data is available to download.

Download Executive Summary

For the second part, a group volunteers took part in three focus groups.  The Focus Group Report is available to download.

Download Focus Group Report