150th Anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church
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1869 to 2019 - Celebrating 150 years of serving the community
The Immaculate Conception Church Hawthorn was consecrated and opened on October 10th 1869, and in 2019 we celebrated this milestone in our parish.
We hope you enjoy the glimpses into the past via the photographs and articles below which highlight the history of the church and parish.
Our Parish 1869 to 2019 (an online exhibition)
Grateful Thanks to Kevin Slattery for collecting and writing all the fascinating historical items featured throughout the 150th Anniversary year. Appreciation to Fr Michael Head, from whose history much of the material comes and his assistant Liz Parker who supplied many of the photos.
The narrated slideshow below provides a brief summary of the history of Immaculate Conception Church and the people of Hawthorn Catholic Parish.
Enjoy browsing below the more detailed items created for the 150th Anniversary Historical Exhibition which was scheduled to be held in the Hawthorn Arts Precinct. The full set of Weekly articles which were published in 2019 is also included.
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ICC 150th Anniversary Events
On Sunday 6th October 2019 the 150th Anniversary of the consecration of Immaculate Conception Church was commemorated at a special Mass celebrated by Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli, who was joined by Jesuit Provincial Fr Brian McCoy SJ and Parish Priest Fr Des Dwyer SJ.
Those attending the Mass listened to an inspiring homily by Archbishop Comensoli.
'Faith is a light to be fanned into a blazing fire, not typically left on the mantelpiece to give off a reassuring glow', said the Archbishop,
'The gift of faith that Christ set alight 150 years ago still needs fanning and still needs fanners … You stand on the sacred ground of those Christian disciples who went before you who did not demand “give us more faith” but humbly declared “we are his servants”.’
The Mass was followed by a light lunch and gathering on the lawn, during which the raffle was drawn. As part of the celebration St Joseph’s Primary School Principal, Sharon Kenyon-Smith, presented a time capsule prepared by the students and blessed by Archbishop Comensoli (see details of time capsule). A framed portrait gallery of all the Parish Priests of Hawthorn over the last 150 years was also gifted to Fr Des Dwyer.
At another event, on Sunday 11th August, eminent historian, Dr Joan Barclay Lloyd, presented a most informative lecture entitled ‘Faith, Family and Fine Art: Reflections of the Architecture and Stained Glass Windows in Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn’.
In addition, an enchanting Musical Prelude was performed by Georgina Docherty, Han Cahyono and Krishna Martin.
A Spring Concert was held on Sunday 8th September featuring the charming music of St Joseph’s School String Duet and the School Choir of students from Year 3 to Year 6, Xavier College Senior Singers, Hawthorn U3A Orchestra (conductor Julie Lancashire), Georgina Docherty, Han Cahyono, Gabriel and Raphael C., Fiona Dyball, Patrick Shannon, Ben Colley-McKinley, Jane Schleiger, Heather Stockart and Yu Lin. The historic George Fincham organ was showcased by Vincent A. (Xavier College), Simon and Lucas D’C. (Whitefriars College) and Maureen Mahon.