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2020 Newsletter
September 12-13
September 19-20

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Today's Mass Scripture
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2020 Liturgical Calendar

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Events Calendar 2020

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September 2020     
20 Sun 25A
21 Matthew
23 Padre Pio
27 Sun 26A
29 Michael, Gabriel, Paphael

October 2020
1 Therese of the child Jesus
2 Guardian Angels
4 Sun 27A
11 Sun 28A
18 Sun 29A
22 John Paul II
25 sun 30A
28 Simon & Jude

November 2020
1 All saints
2 Faithful departed

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception

Sundays at 12 noon (ring office to book)
Marriage:  by appointment
Reconciliation:  approach a priest before Mass to make an appointment.
First Communion and Confirmation:  Preparation for this is conducted in our two schools; we also offer this preparation to State School children. Ring our office on 9481 7333 for further information.

Our Parish Priest, Fr Martin Tanti, SDB PP is normally at St John’s on Thursdays, 10-3pm. He is normally at St Joseph’s on Wednesdays at 10-3pm. However, to make a time to see Fr Martin please ring Joan on 9481 7333.

The Parish office
Due to Covid-19, our Parish Office is now closed until further notice. To make connection with our Parish Secretary please send your query/comments via email … or and Joan will respond to you.

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.

Pope Francis says ...

“Peace in our Hearts: The human heart is the true battlefield where violence and peace meet.”
When we’re tempted to think that the world is far more complicated now than it was in Jesus’ time, and that therefore any action we take is futile. Pope Francis reminds us that things really haven’t changed. Like the people in Jesus’ day, we can’t escape the truth that the best and worst sides of our human nature are in constant conflict. Violence and peace are always vying
for prominence. If we are open to the call to be peacemakers, then we must recognise this truth about our humanity and work on asking for God’s mercy on our weakness. Then we can more easily accept the weakness in another.

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

Gospel Reflection 2020

 Sunday 25 Yr A 

On the surface, the parable of the workers in the vineyard appears to be an offense to common sense. Those who work a longer day ought to be paid more than those who work just an hour or two. When viewed in this way, the landowner seems unfair. That is because we are reading into the parable our own preconceived notions of how fairness and equality should be quantified.

A close read shows us that the landowner paid on the terms that were negotiated. The landowner, it seems, has acted completely justly. The parable goes beyond that, however, and we come to see that the landowner is not simply just, he is exceptionally just. He is radically just. He has given those who labored in the field for a full day their due pay. But he has also given a full-day's wage to those who worked only a single hour. No one is cheated, but a few receive abundantly from the landowner just as we receive from God more than what is merely justifiable or due. God, like the landowner, is radically just and abundantly generous. The workers who complain are made to look foolish as they lament the fact that landowner has made all workers equal. Indeed, what more could one ask for than to be treated as an equal at work or anywhere else?

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16 September 2020
To the People and Clergy of the Archdiocese of Melbourne   [view original]

As we now welcome the beginnings of easing in COVID-19 Restrictions in Victoria, I would like to take this opportunity to write to you, the Clergy and people of our Archdiocese. It is great news that regional Victoria will, from tonight, move into the Third Step of the Roadmap to reopening, which includes our parishes located outside the metropolitan zone. However, we have a long way to go.
The deprivation in sacramental life has been a profound loss for our people. As well as all the other sufferings of the Pandemic, the sense of estrangement from the Eucharist has been a particular struggle for Catholics. The Mass is our primary means of gathering together in faith; it is the source and summit of our Christian life, and its life-giving nourishment and healing is dearly missed.
In the midst of this loss, I am grateful to our Priests and Deacons for continuing to serve the faithful, for sharing a sacramental ministry even under strict conditions, and for being alongside our people and their loved ones in times of death and grief. Thank you for your faithfulness.
All of us are anxious to open church doors, but I want to emphasise our need to be creative in the ways we do so, especially with the thousands of children who have been waiting for Sacraments of Initiation. Countless Catholic families are awaiting Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy
Communion and Confirmation for their children. Adults, too, have longed to be received into the life of the Church. We shall be exploring possibilities such as outdoor liturgies in parish and school settings to facilitate these crucial events of grace and welcome. 
Throughout the pandemic, I have been advocating directly with the Government, reminding authorities continually of our respectful compliance with each stage of restrictions, and seeking a fair consideration in what is permitted. The Catholic community throughout the pandemic has  St Patrick’s Centre, PO Box 146, East Melbourne VIC 8002 Australia
Tel: +61 3 9926 5612 Email:
been constructive and positive. We have, and continue to act in a mature way, caring for the safety and vulnerability of Victorians facing great risk. Thankfully the signs of driving down COVID numbers are looking good at this moment and Catholics join other people of faith in giving thanks for this outcome and working to ensure the steps ahead do not take us backward.
Now, it is essential that the Government does not treat faith communities as an afterthought to the opening up of other sectors. Our churches are locations for communities of care and essential service, and must be treated fairly and reasonably. Practically speaking, I have been in discussion with the Premier to thank him for overturning the
restriction on spiritual ministry to the sick and the dying, and have assured him that the Catholic Church is able to manage restrictions (including good hygiene, face coverings, social
distancing and density requirements). If pubs and restaurants can open, then places of worship should be open under similar conditions and numbers. If case numbers track well, I expect we will see larger outdoor gatherings in regional Victoria become possible over the next few weeks, and proportionate opportunities for gathering in metropolitan Melbourne. I am hopeful that this may occur sometime in October, which would be a deeply welcomed improvement on the current Roadmap indications. If we can open our
churches, even for outdoor gatherings, then we should open them.
The Deputy Premier and the Multicultural Affairs Minister are conducting discussions this month through the Multifaith Leaders Forum. The Archdiocese will be contributing to these
meetings. In addition I will continue to engage with the Premier and Ministers directly on the Church’s need for opening doors, carefully and safely.
Be assured of my ongoing closeness in prayer and concern. I have heard your cry, and I am working to bring your voice to the authorities. The Lord has promised he will be with us
always; let us place our hope in Him.
With every grace and blessing, I remain,
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Most Rev Peter A Comensoli
Archbishop of Melbourne

Archbishop Peter's  message to the faithful


[Updated Sept 19]

A message from Fr Martin ...
Dear Parishioners
This weekend is the beginning of the school holidays and I
hope these next 2 weeks will give all involved a chance to
rest and have a break from the routine of school or home
schooling. Even though we are still in lock down we still
have the opportunity to spend some quality time together as
a family. Let us continue to pray for the future; the day when
we may go out, socialise with our family and friends and
experience the gift of freedom.
In a recent video message from Archbishop Peter, he spoke
about several important principles for the church when
working with the Government. Firstly, one of the principles
which he believed to be important is the aspect of
consistency and fairness. Archbishop Peter said “Whatever
decisions are made for the good of all people, that there will be consistency and fairness about how they are applied to people of faith – us Christians and Catholics.” For many of us, our faith is our foundation and we need to practise it as a
community, not only as individuals. 
The second principle he mentioned was regarding the
Government’s road map. Archbishop Peter shared “If we can
get some movement in terms of when the outdoor spaces
regulations are to be put in place – that we might be able to
have something in our sights, and here at the Cathedral, where outdoor Mass might be opened.” For me, looking forward, I wonder what Christmas may look like in 2020?
The third principle he spoke about was the Sacraments of
Initiation for our young people. “If schools are allowed to
open up again (if children are back at schools), then whether
we might be able to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation
within that context.” The children in our two schools are
preparing for their sacraments, especially Confirmation, and
I look forward to celebrating with them before the year has
Finally, the last principle the Archbishop mentioned was the
need for the Anointing of the Sick and the care for the dying.
“If you do have someone in your family who is sick and dying,
please get in touch with your local priest and invite him to
come to be able to offer the sacramental care of Jesus Christ”.
Again, for a lot of people these gifts of the sacraments are
there to assist us in our hour of need. Let us seek the
blessing of anointing like we seek the need for exercise and
food. These are important moments in our lives and the lives
of those we love and care for. Have a safe week.
Fr Martin

Marriage Encounter
If you are spending time together, but feel the distance
between you …
A great opportunity to spend a weekend improving your
communication in the comfort of your own home.
This VIRTUAL Weekend gives couples the chance to sleep in
their own beds and check-in on kids or animals during meal
times. Come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in
your relationship and how to keep your love growing!
The weekend we offer is based around Catholic values but
couples of all faiths are welcome.
Couples from regional areas may find this option ideal.
Next weekend is on 9-11th October 2020.
Information/Bookings: Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or
Email: Website:

An Act of Spiritual Communion:
The simple and loving act of Spiritual Communion (written by
St Alphonsus Liguori) can be made when we are unable to
attend Mass and receive the Eucharist. Pray these words:
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least
spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I
embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me
to be separated from You. Amen

Thanksgiving - the easy way 
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different ways of giving … direct debit, credit card or sacrificial envelopes. Ring the office on 9481 7333. Remember …
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account details are: BSB 083-347 account: 16647 1224.

Current edition - Sept 17

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1.  EWTN provides Masses every day at 8am and many other quality programs about the Catholic faith. the EWTN App can be downloaded to your phone or iPad. It has continuous live streaming of programs. These include news, interviews, children's and teenager's programs and more. Access the EWTN schedule at
or on the EWTN App go to "Program Schedules" then "Pacific Rim".

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Daily streaming of Masses at St Patrick's Cathedral
Monday to Friday, 1pm
Saturday, 8am
Sunday, 11am
and catch-up

The 11am Sunday Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral will continue to be televised free to air on
C31 (often listed as Channel 44 on digital TVs) until the end of June. Mass is also live streamed on our Archdiocesan YouTube channel and website.

Mass for You at Home
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