Our local communities of grace across the Archdiocese of Melbourne will unite for a weekend of prayer from Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March 2023. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has said that this weekend, which coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord on Saturday 25 March, ‘promises to be a moment of grace for the local Church, as together we meditate on Mary’s fiat, her total “yes”.’ Parishes, communities and movements throughout our Archdiocese have been busily planning their own hour of prayer. People are invited to join in their local parish’s celebrations or to join in the weekend in their own circumstances.

This guide to Fiat will be updated regularly.

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Fiat—A Weekend of Prayer

Friday 24 March – Sunday 26 March 2023

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has invited the Archdiocese of Melbourne to unite for a weekend of prayer from Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March 2023. Parishes, communities and movements will be hosting hours of prayer across the Archdiocese, meditating on Mary’s fiat, her total ‘yes’.

Our community will be praying [NAME] on [DATE], [TIME], at [PLACE].

You can view the full schedule at bit.ly/fiat-prayer-weekend

What is Fiat—A Weekend of Prayer?

From Friday 24 March, at 6pm, to Sunday 26 March, the Archdiocese of Melbourne will enter into a period of prayer as we meditate on Mary’s fiat—her total ‘yes’. In their own circumstances, parishes, religious communities, chaplaincies, movements and groups have been invited by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli to hold at least an hour of prayer. A regularly updated schedule has been provided below to enable everyone to join in a nearby celebration.

What are we invited to pray for?

Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.
—Luke 1:38

A pivotal moment in the history of salvation occurred when a young woman, Mary, listened to God’s call and then gave a free and wholehearted ‘yes’ to the Lord and his mission, and to his gift of salvation. We too are assured of new life in Jesus Christ.

Our local Church has been walking the Take the Way of the Gospel journey together, and we have been invited to begin this year in prayer. We are asked to pray and reflect on what Mary’s example means for us as individuals, as local communities of grace and as a local Church of Melbourne.

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Fra Angelico, ‘The Annunciation of Cortona’, 1433–1434, Museo Diocesano di Cortona.

Prayer resources

The following resources have been developed for communal and individual use during the Fiat weekend:

Schedule

This schedule will be regularly updated.

Friday 24 March 2023

6pm–midnight

Sacred Heart Church
Rathdowne Street and Pelham Street, Carlton

Nightfever
People from across the Archdiocese will gather for a night of prayer, praise and intercession.

5.30pm–6.30pm

Immaculate Conception Church
36 Nihil Street, Alexandra

Mass and Stations of the Cross

6pm–7pm

St Simon the Apostle Catholic Church
2 Taylors Lane, Rowville

Adoration with Benediction

6pm–midnight

St Catherine’s Church
2–4 Buchan Street Moorabbin
(Parking available)

Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy
A decade of the rosary on every other hour and quiet reflection

6pm–midnight

St Luke’s Parish, Lalor
1A David Street, Lalor

Six hours of prayer

Friday 6pm – Saturday 11am

St Mary’s Church
123 St Leonards Road, Ascot Vale

Mass—Eucharistic Adoration
Friday: 6pm—Mass, 7pm—Stations of the Cross, 7.30pm Friday – 9:30am Saturday—overnight Eucharistic Adoration Saturday: 9:30am—Mass, 10am—Holy Hour with Rosary, Legion of Mary annual Acies ceremony

7pm–8pm

Queen of Peace Church
62 Everingham Road, Altona Meadows
(Parking available and disabled access available)

Stations of the Cross

7pm–9pm

St Peter’s Parish
2 Parkside Avenue, Keilor East

Stations of the Cross, Mass and Adoration
7pm—Stations of the Cross followed by Mass, 8pm—hour of Adoration

7pm–8pm

Sorrento Parish
Holy Family Church,
15 Weeroona Street, Rye

Stations of the Cross and evening prayer for the Annunciation
with time for reflection and quiet prayer

7pm–8pm

St Christopher’s Parish, Airport West
34 Roberts Road, Airport West

Fiat—A big ‘yes’ of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the invitation of God
An hour of reflection with a biblical presentation of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her response of ‘yes’ to the invitation of God to become God’s Mother, music, Rosary and finishing with Benediction

7pm–8pm

St Thomas’ Parish
Lumen Christi Church
72–78 Kensington Road, Leopold
(Car park located at the rear of the church. Disabled access available from carpark to church.)

Lent evening music and prayer
In the gospel for the fourth week of Lent, the story of the man born blind is a perfect choice for the Lenten season. As we journey through this season, we are invited once again to open our eyes to Jesus; to step out of darkness and into the light.

We invite you to join us for Laetare evening music and prayer in person or via live broadcast on our St Thomas Catholic Parish Facebook Page as we contemplate through sung music, Scripture, reflection and prayer this annual call to turn away from darkness and walk in the light.

7pm–8pm

Parishes of St Vincent de Paul and St Monica
Church of St Vincent de Paul
Cnr Woodland Street and The Crossway, Strathmore

Mary’s Way of the Cross
A Way of the Cross based on the seven sorrows of Our Lady

7pm–8pm

St Mary Mackillop Church
152 Odessa Avenue, Keilor Downs 3038

Holy Hour
Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Rosary

7pm–9pm

St Luke’s Church
1 Ipswich Court, Wantirna

Stations of the Cross and Adoration
Stations of the Cross and Marian prayers followed by Adoration until 9pm

8pm–9pm

St John Bosco Church
29 Muriel Street, Niddrie

Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

9.30pm–10.30pm

St Dominic’s Parish
408 Camp Road, Broadmeadows

Adoration, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Midnight Friday – 9.30am Saturday

Sacred Heart Church
Rathdowne Street and Pelham Street, Carlton

Prayer and Mass
Corpus Christi College seminarians will be praying throughout the night, ending in Mass at 8.30am.

Saturday 25 March 2023

8am–9am

Greater Box Hill Parish
St Clare Church, 138 Woodhouse Grove, Box Hill North
(Parking is available behind the Church in Killara Street.)

Adoration and guided meditation

8am–9am

St Clement of Rome Church
9 Egan Drive, Bulleen

Eucharistic Adoration with devotions to Our Lady at 8.40am

8.30am

Reservoir–Reservoir East Parish
St Gabriel’s Church
1 Viola Street, Reservoir

Holy Hour
Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Rosary, followed by Holy Mass

9am–10am

Mansfield Catholic Parish
St Francis Xavier’s Church
54 Hunter Street, Mansfield

Eucharist—A reflection on Mary's fiat and service
At every Eucharist we hear God’s Word, receive the Body of Christ and are send forth. The Eucharist reflects the Annunciation to Mary, who received the Word of God in her heart, which became Flesh in her womb, and then went forth to serve her cousin Elizabeth. Eucharist leads to service.

9am–10am

St John Vianney’s Church
Springvale North
23 Police Road, Mulgrave

Eucharistic Adoration

9am–10am

St Patrick's Church
18 Harding Street, Portarlington
(Car park at front of church. Entry to church through side door due to renovation.)

Private prayer of devotion on the feast of the Annunciation.

9am–10am

St Peter Chanel Church, Deer Park
848 Ballarat Road, Deer Park

Adoration with Benediction
For the intention of world peace, especially between Russia and Ukraine

9am–10am

St Andrew’s Church
105 Greaves Street, North Werribee

Mass, Exposition, Rosary and Benediction

9am-12noon

St Peter’s Church
258 Clayton Road, Clayton

Holy Mass, Confession, Adoration and Benediction at 12noon
Solemn Mass of the Annunciation of the Lord, Confession and Adoration available after Mass, with Benediction at 12 noon

9.30am–10.30am

St Dominic’s Parish
408 Camp Road, Broadmeadows

Adoration, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

9.30am–2.30pm

St Peter’s Parish
2A Parkside Avenue, Keilor East

Lenten healing retreat
9.30am—registration and morning tea, 10am—praise and worship, 10.30am—talk by Fr Rojan George VC, 12noon–12.30pm—Adoration and Confessions, 1pm—healing Mass, 2.30pm—close

10am–11am

St Patrick’s Church, Murrumbeena
1 Dalny Road, Murrumbeena
(Parking is available near the St Patrick’s School basketball court on 3 Danly Road.)

Adoration

10am–12noon

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Centre
101 Holden Street, North Fitzroy
(Parking and disabled access available)

Eucharistic Adoration combined with praise and prayer in tongues
Praise and worship before the Blessed Sacrament leading to periods of silent adoration, themed around the Magnificat—My soul rejoices in my God.

10am–12noon

St Mary’s Church
76 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine

Mass, Adoration and Rosary
Mass at 10am, followed by Adoration at 10.30am and Rosary at 11.30am

11am–12noon

St Christopher’s Parish
5 Doon Avenue, Glen Waverley

Praise and worship with Eucharistic Adoration
This public hour of prayer is part of FAST24, a 24-hour Lenten event run by the youth of St Christopher’s Parish, Syndal, from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

11am–12noon

Holy Spirit Parish
Holy Spirit Chapel
120 Oban Road, Ringwood North
(Parking on site)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary

2.30pm–4pm

St Peter Apostle Mission Parish
38 Guinane Avenue, Hoppers Crossing
(Disabled access available)

Adoration, Benediction and lectio divina with the theme of the Annunciation

3pm–5pm

St Joseph Parish Springvale
Corner Buckingham Avenue and St James Avenue, Springvale
(Limited parking on Church grounds and side streets)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
3pm–3.10pm—Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and quiet time
3.10–3.40pm—Rosary (English)
3.40–3.50pm-quiet time
4–4.30pm—reflections on the Annunciation (Vietnamese)
4.30–4.50pm—reflections on the Word of God (English)
4.50–5pm—Benediction

4pm–5pm

St Thomas’ Parish
St Philip and St James Church
1343–1349 Murradoc Road, St Leonards
(Due to current renovations, access to the church via the side door. Disabled car park access is available to the side of the church and car park adjacent to the church.)

Private prayer before Vigil Mass
Contemplating the Annunciation of the Lord, before the vigil Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent

5pm–6pm

Mooroolbark Parish
St Peter Julian Eymard Church
234 Hull Road, Mooroolbark

Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration

5pm

St Luke’s Church
1 Ipswich Court, Wantirna

Adoration, Mass and Rosary
5pm Adoration, followed by Mass at 6.30pm, Marian prayers and Rosary

6pm–8pm

St James the Apostle Church,
336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing
(Fully accessible parking)

I am the handmaid of the Lord
Praying the psalms, gospel reading and reflection, silent reflection, song

6pm–7pm

St Catherine of Siena Church
28 College Street, Caroline Springs

Mass—International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima
The image of Our Lady of Fatima will be at the parish for the weekend. There will be a short talk at the end of Mass to explain the significance of the Pilgrim Image.

6pm–7pm

Holy Family Parish
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
46A Ballarat Road, Maidstone
(Parking is available. Church is near public transport.)

Rosary and prayer
Following our 5pm vigil Mass, we will have an hour of praying the Rosary—the Joyful Mysteries, quiet prayer and contemplation. All are welcome!

8pm–9pm

St Kevin’s Church,
120 Hallam Road, Hampton Park
(Ramp for disabled access)

Hour of prayer

Saturday 10pm – Sunday 10am

St Michael’s Church
460 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

11pm–midnight

St Roch’s Catholic Church,
200 Burke Road, Glen Iris

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
with guided meditations and concluding with Benediction

Sunday 26 March 2023

7.30am

St Luke’s Church
1 Ipswich Court, Wantirna

Adoration, Marian prayers, Rosary, Mass
7.30am—Adoration followed by Mass at 8.30am, Marian prayers and Rosary
9.30am–10am—Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Marian prayers
10am—Mass, Rosary and Marian prayers, followed by Eucharistic Adoration

8am–9am

Holy Trinity Parish Bellarine
Our Lady Star of the Sea Church,
68 John Dory Drive, Ocean Grove
(All-abilities-access parking and off-street parking is available.)

Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
An hour of quiet prayer and contemplation prior to our regular 9am Sunday Mass. All are welcome!

9am–10am

St Catherine of Siena Church
28 College Street, Caroline Springs

Mass—International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima
The image of Our Lady of Fatima will be at the parish for the weekend. There will be a short talk at the end of Mass to explain the significance of the Pilgrim Image.

11am–12noon

St Anthony’s Parish Church
67 Exford Road, Melton South

Holy Hour
Rosary, meditation, Benediction

11am–12noon

St Bernard’s Parish Church
61 Lerderderg Street, Bacchus Marsh

Holy Hour
Rosary, meditation, Benediction

12noon–1pm

St Joseph’s Parish, Meredith
St Mary MacKillop Church,
24 High Street, Bannockburn

Rosary, Adoration and Benediction
Parishioners will gather in the St John’s Chapel.

12noon–1pm

St Catherine of Siena Church
28 College Street, Caroline Springs

Mass—International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima
The image of Our Lady of Fatima will be at the parish for the weekend. There will be a short talk at the end of Mass to explain the significance of the Pilgrim Image.

12noon–1pm

St Dominic’s Parish
408 Camp Road, Broadmeadows

Adoration, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2pm

The Combined Societies of Mary
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Cathedral Place, East Melbourne

Walk with Mary 2023
Prayers, Holy Mass, city street procession

It’s not too late!

Parishes, communities and movements can still sign up their hour of prayer so it appears on the schedule. Register through Trybooking.