Our Parish Church is called ‘Christ the King Church’ and is in a modern Italianite design that is open plan and welcoming to all.
St Mel’s Parish
Parish Priest: Fr Peter Taylor
Parish Secretary: Ainsley Etuale
Email: Parish St Mel’s firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ the King Church – 18 Hamilton Street, Shepparton, 3630
Phone: (03) 5831 2194
Mass Times Sunday: 9:30 am and 5:30 pm
Weekdays: Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. Friday 9:15 a.m. (First Friday 6 p.m.) – Saturday 9am
Reconciliation: Saturday 9:30 – 10:00
Office Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 9:30am – 3:00p.m. Friday: 9:30 – 5:00pm
Sacraments and Liturgy
At St. Mel’s, our preparation for Sacraments, in line with Sandhurst Diocesan policy, is seen as a task that should be the responsibility of parishes and families, while being actively supported and assisted at school.
The Catholic Church believes that the primary job of preparing children for sacraments belongs to parents. This has led to a Sandhurst Diocesan Policy called ‘Steps In Faith’ that has been in operation for several years. The ‘Steps In Faith’ Policy has meant a shift from school based sacramental programs to parish based sacramental programs with a strong emphasis on parental commitment and involvement. The school will still support the sacramental preparation of the children in its regular Faith Education lessons. Children generally receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion when the child is ready – it is the parent’s decision when the sacraments are to take place.
Throughout the year there will be a number of whole school masses, opportunities for children to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, and regular class masses – usually one per term. Classes will often hold class or area liturgies during normal Religious Education lessons.