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2018 Bulletin
June 16-17 + Viet
June 23-24 + Viet

Today's Mass Scripture
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2018 Liturgical Calendar

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Melbourne Diocese
Upcoming Events 2018
Parish Update

 June 13 + June 20

Diocese Youth Site

Safety Beach - Dromana
Winter Camps 2018
Junior Camp
Young people aged 9 to 13 years - Monday 2nd July to Thursday 5th July
Senior Camp
Young people aged 13 to 16 years - Monday 9th July to Thursday 12th July

Archdiocesan Office For Youth
This year Jesus Youth Australia and the AOY invite you to join the Chosen Conference - a huge four days of fun... see all the speakers and information

June 2018
17 Sun 11B
24 Birth of John Baptist, Samoan Mass 12.30
29 Peter & Paul

July 2018
1 Sun 13B
3 St Thomas
8 Sun 14B
15 Sun 15B
22 Sun 16B, Samoan Mass 12.30
29 Sun 17B

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Support   13 11 14  1300 22 44 36
SANE Helpline  1800 18 SANE (7263)
Vic Statewide Suicide helpline  1300 651 251
Mensline Australia  1300 789 978
Drug info. to your mobile phone 0439 TELL ME
Crimestoppers  1800 333 000
Suicide Helpline Victoria  1300 651 251
Where homeless people might go for help ...
* Ozanam House in North Melbourne
* Mary House of Welcome in Fitzroy
* Jesuit Social Services in Richmond
* Margaret Oats Van, corner of Smith and Stanley Streets (near Safeway) in Collingwood.
For further information on where people can get free meals contact Joan in the office on 9481 7333.

Children's Liturgy 10.30 Mass, 1st & 3rd Sundays, with Virginia & Jennifer

Sacramental Program for Children

Our Sacramental Program has recommenced for 2018, organised by Janice O’Rourke and Jenny Perry. We meet on Tuesdays between 4 and 5pm in the Parish Centre (behind the church, entry is from Hodgkinson Street). Enquiries: Jenny Perry on 9481 8282.

Our Salesian Deacons
Our next Salesian Deacon is ...
“I am Deacon Abilio Eusébio Correia Guterre, originally from East Timor, which gained its independence in 2002 after a long struggle. I was ordained last year and am currently undertaking my theological studies for priesthood in Melbourne.

I grew up during the Indonesian re-gime—there was no freedom of speech, no clean water, no access to entertainment, etc. My family had to keep moving home to escape the brutality of the Indonesian military. But through-out we never lost hope or our catholic faith. Growing up in these nightmarish conditions, I always held on to my dream to become a priest. Every time I partici-pated in Mass I was inspired by an Italian Salesian missionary priest who celebrated there. From these strong first impressions, I went to a Salesian boarding school from 2000 to 2006. After graduation I en-tered the Salesian way of life and my ordination as a priest will be in August next, back in East Timor.
Someone once told me ‘When you discover your vocation, you become more who you are.’ God’s plan is amazing indeed—we need only seek to discover it. Our vocation is about coming to know God’s love.”

Parish of Our Lady of the Southern Cross
St John the Baptist, Clifton Hill - St Joseph's, Collingwood

Gospel Reflection 2018
Fr  Peter Hoang - Birth of John Baptist
This is to be no ordinary child. Even from his mother’s womb, he will be filled with the Holy Spirit and his task is quite explicit. In his ministry he will reawaken in people a love for their God. Like the great prophet Elijah, he will ‘turn the hearts’ of the people, refocusing them on what truly matters. In doing this, John is preparing a people who is worth of the One who is to come. John stands firmly in the prophetic tradition of Israel. He comes out of the desert proclaiming the advent of the kingdom of God and issuing a call to repentance (Lk 3:2-3). He baptises those who repent of their sins and announces the coming of One who would be greater than he and who would baptise with the Spirit.  >Cont

June 23-24 Birth of John Baptist

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Our next Salesian Deacon is ...
“My name is Tristan O’Brien and I was born in Mel-bourne back in 1992. I grew up near the Dandenong Ranges out in the east and have always found myself more at home in a forest, field, or mountain than in a concrete jungle. I have a passion for animals and gardening and find quite a lot of joy in just being outside.

   Tristan in green

I joined the Salesians in 2014 after spending time in Cambodia with their overseas lay missionary organi-sation, the Cagliero Project. I did my noviciate in Fiji in 2015 and made my first vows at the beginning of 2016, so I’ve been a Salesian brother for around 2½ years now. Being the youngest in my community I often get called the baby Salesian which is fun.
My studies have led me through Science, to Educa-tion, and now through to Philosophy and some introductory Theology. I’ve enjoyed my studies, and also enjoyed the many Salesian ministries I am involved in as an alternative to study.”

Nativity of John Baptist
The Nativity of John the Baptist on June 24 comes three months after the celebration on March 25 of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was in her sixth month of preg-nancy, and six months before the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus.
John the Baptist is regarded as the precursor of Jesus Christ. A very well-known preacher, he gave sermons about the proximity of God's Final Judgment. He asked people to repent for their sins and baptized those who apologized in self-preparation for the Lord to come.
John the Baptist was a hermit and preacher among the Jews at the time of Jesus and a relative of Jesus. He wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. According to the Gospels, John declared, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'”
The day commemorates the martyrdom by the beheading of Saint John the Bap-tist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the vengeful request of his step-daughter Salome and her mother.
John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God because Jesus is too holy and wonderful for him to even untie his shoes. By saying he was not worthy to untie Jesus' sandals, John put himself in the position of the lowest slave.

Youth Night
St Christopher’s in Airport West is having a Young People’s Evening on Friday, 22nd June between 5-9pm at St Christopher’s Church, 34 Roberts Rd, Airport West. RSVP for catering purposes by 15 June: 9338 3793 / 0433 458 637 (Christiana). This
Session is hosted by St Christopher’s Parish, facil-tated by NET Ministries Australia.

Ooops! With Apologies!
Last week we reported that Deacon Lorenço will be ordained a priest at St John’s this coming December. We got it wrong! Lorenço will be going home to East Timor to be ordained as a priest next August during the Feast of the Assumption.

Anniversary Mass
This year the 2018 Annual Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 29th July 2018 at St Patrick’s Cathedral with Archbishop Hart celebrating.
The Mass will again honour the marriages of couples who will celebrate their 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th-70th wedding anniversaries this year. The Mass is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their faithfulness and life-long love in the company of family and friends.

Our Salesian Deacons
Our next Salesian Deacon is ...
I am Lourenço das Neves Soares and I come from East Timor. I was born and raised in a very simple family of farmers and in a strong religious environment. 
My desire to be a priest started when I was in Year 12 and I met a Salesian priest who was always playing soccer with kids. I had never seen a priest consistently playing soccer with kids and because I am a big soccer fan, I joined the Salesians in 2006, made my first profession in 2008 and my final vows in 2015. I was ordained as a Deacon in December last year at St John’s.
Now, when I look back, I realise that God called me in a very simple and ordinary way. He used what I love and enjoy the most ... Soccer ... As a means to commu-nicate His plan for me.
In December this year I will be ordained as a priest and will return to East Timor to live this divine call, (especially playing soccer with young people ).

HomeStays Required
Collingwood College is looking for families or indi-viduals who can offer accommodation to our interna-tional students. You may be eligible to become a host if you ... can provide a caring, supportive, safe environment to a young person; can provide a clean, comfortable home with a private bedroom near the school; are fluent in English or native speakers of English; provide healthy food. If you are interested and would like more information contact Angie Pantelidis on

Our Salesian Deacons
Our first is Anthony Anusit Chanphen.

“I belong to the Salesians of Don Bosco of the Province of Saint Paul, Thailand. I made my first profession at Salesianum, Sampran in 2007, and my perpetual profession was held at Don Bosco Technological College Bangkok in 2013. My family live simple lives on the land, working in the agricultural field, under the pastoral service of the Salesian parish of Saint Joseph Banpong, Thailand. I grew up within the Salesian atmosphere where I perceived and received the Salesian apostolic love, whose lives touched my heart and my spiritual journey. This leads to the recognition of the privilege of the Salesian presence in my village, where I experienced and gained maturity as a human and a follower of Christ. I am now a Salesian Deacon and doing my last year of theology studies in Melbourne. I will be returning to Thailand at the end of the year. Please pray for me and also my vocation. Thank you!“

Help for St Vinnies
Our parish is collecting canned soups, baked beans and canned meals to help restock supplies at St Vinnies. They have been very busy these past few weeks “giving alms to the poor”. A big thank you to our parishioners in anticipation.

World Meeting of Families
Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.
A quote from Pope John Paul II ...
“Dear families, you too should be fearless, ever ready to give witness to the hope that is in you, since the Good Shepherd has put that hope in your hearts through the Gospel.”

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Audio Divina is a lectio-divina inspired Podcast that features high-quality, meticulously researched reflections provided by world-renowned Salesian biblical scholar Rev. Professor Francis J. Moloney SDB AM
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