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2019 Newsletter
July 13-14 & Viet
July 20-21 & Viet

Today's Mass Scripture
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Upcoming Events 2019
Parishes Update
July 10 & July 17

Diocese Youth Site

July 2019
20 Parish Fun Night “Christmas in July”, St Joseph's hall
21 Sun 16C
28 Sun 17C “Propagation of the Faith” speaker

August 2019
4 Sun 18C, Family Mass at St John’s 10.30 am
8 Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
11 Sun 19C
15 9.15 am Mass for Feast of the Assumption
17 St John’s School Comedy Night
18 Sun 20C
25 Sun 21C
29 Passion of John Baptist

September 2019
1 Sun 22C
5 St Teresa of Calcutta
7/8 First Communion, Sun 23C
14 Exultation of the Cross
15 Sun 24C
16-20 Our PP away at his conference
22 Sun  25C
27 Vincent de Paul
29 Sun 26C

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
CrimeSJan toppers  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.

Plenary Council 2020 president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says he and his fellow bishops have been 'amazed' by the engagement of people across Australia in the Council’s opening stage. Read

Fr Martin Tanti, SDB PP
... is normally available at St John’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10am and 3pm. He is normally available at St Joseph’s on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm.

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

Sacramental Program for Children

Our Sacramental Program has recommenced for 2019, 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.

Pope Francis says ...
“I invite all Christians everywhere to renew their personal relationship with Jesus Christ or at least let him encounter you.”
Pope Francis gives witness in his own life that a relationship with Jesus Christ can be life-changing and joyous. He has repeatedly said that the way to renew our relationship with Jesus is by embracing gospel teachings. When we reflect on the gospels daily and pray in response to what we read, we begin to encounter Jesus himself and to form a closer relationship with him. This encounter, Pope Francis says, can fill us with great joy.

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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Sunday 16 Yr C

Jesus valued women disciples highly. And this Gospel shows it. In Jesus’ time women were little more than property. They had few rights. They certainly weren’t allowed to study at the feet of religious teachers. But Jesus saw things differently. He encouraged women to learn from him and follow him. He appeared to a woman first at his Resurrection. He defied stereotypes and sexism of his day. Many women tell me they think our society still suffers from warped views about a woman’s role. Ads seem to argue that women have no value unless they wear the latest fashions. Teachers have said that some young women don’t offer answers in class out of fear that boys don’t find smart girls attractive. Women are under-represented in leadership in many parts of society.
A frighteningly high number of women suffer abuse each year by men who think women have no right to refuse their physical advances.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."






July 13-14  Martha & Mary

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[Updated 17.7.19]

Parish Office 
The Parish Office will be closed for the week commencing 29th July. Joan will be disappearing to ride “The Ghan” (instead of her broomstick).

Parish Fun Night on Saturday, 20th July
at St Joey’s Hall. Be there to enjoy the fun !!

Plenary Council 2020
The second phase of the Plenary Council's preparation stage “Listening and Discernment” began last month at Pentecost. Following the opening phase of the Plenary Council “Listening and Dialogue”, the views of more than 222,000 people were assessed, reflected upon and prayed about. From that process, six National Themes for Discernment emerged. The themes invited people to consider how God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is: Missionary and Evangelising; Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal; Prayerful and Eucharistic; Humble, Healing and Merciful; A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community; Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform. Six groups will now be formed - one each to focus on those National Themes for Discernment - to review the responses made during the Listening and Dialogue stage, including people’s questions and stories. The groups will also consider their relevant theme in light of Church teaching, of Church tradition, of Scripture and drawing from contemporary best practice within and outside the Church. For more information on the discernment and writing groups, go to.(https://plenarycouncil.

Marriage Encounter 
Invest in your most precious asset......Your Marriage!
Married couples, come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! This weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.
2019 weekend dates: 23-25 Aug, and 15-17 Nov.
Starts 7pm on Friday. Ends 5pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided. Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or Email: Website:

Winter collection for Asylum
Our parish is making a special collection for the Asylum Seeker Resource Center (ASRC), which is located in Footscray. Currently they have a great need for the following items: honey, coconut cream, jam and peanut butter plus all toiletry items. We will be collecting these items over the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your generosity and support of this great organisation. For more information about the ASRC, go to...
A big thank you to our parishioners who have already donated to the cause.

Helping the Homeless
VincentCare provides services and programs for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and disadvan-tage. Community organisations are designated access points for assisting people depending on where they are located.
To receive assistance from an Access Point in your area call the Housing and Homelessness Support Line on 1800 825 955. Once you have been assessed, you will be referred to the programs that are best suited to you.

Prayer Evenings at St John's
Join us in prayer and spiritual conversation. We meet fortnightly in Aikenhead Hall from 7pm to 8.30pm. Our next meeting is this coming Monday, July 29. There is no cost and all are welcome.

Winter Collection for Vinnies
Rugging up in warm jumpers, sitting in front of a cosy fire and enjoying a home-made hearty soup are among the pleasures of the winter months. Unfortunately, for those living without the security and comfort of a warm, safe home, winter will be long and cold again this year. Please source out your unwanted jumpers, socks, gloves, beanies, etc.
Our parish is also collecting canned soups, baked beans, canned meals and also personal toiletries to help restock supplies at St Vinnies.
A big thank you to our parishioners who have already donated to the cause.

Alight Family Fiesta
Saturday, 21 September
at St Bede’s College Mentone
At a time when living Christian family life can feel like swimming against the tide, Alight is an event that will strengthen everyone – especially parents – to be renewed in their mission. Fr Leo Patalinghug, a priest and chef, will serve up a creative presentation of faith and food that will have the whole family wanting more. Rides, food and live music will help to make this a joyful celebration for the whole family! To register or for more info, look for the Alight flyers in your parish or visit

The Collingwood Cottage Inc.
(Foodbank for the Neighbourhood)
Founded in August 1983 as an Inter Church VOLUNTARY Organisation, is NOW seeking some ‘new faces’ to share the workload. If any person hears God’s call ‘to serve the needy in this simple way’ would you please contact the Parish Office or Sister Zita 9470 4483 for further details. Thank-you!