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2020 Newsletter
Nov 22
Nov 29

Thanksgiving ways

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Today's Mass Scripture
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2020 Liturgical C

Mass Times, Events, Mass on Demand, Prayer of the Day, Archbishop, News,
Events Calendar 2020

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November 2020
29 Advent 1B
30 Andrew

December 2020
3 Francis Xavier

6 Advent 2B
8 Immaculate Conception BVM
13 Advent 3B
20 Advent 4B
25 Christmas
26 Stephen
27 Holy Family
28 Holy innocents

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 ...

“The Lord consoles us and refashions us in hope so
that we might continue on.”
‘When God closes a door, praise God in the hallway!’
This sentiment is quite close to what Pope Francis is
trying to tell us here. There are many times in life when we feel our prayers are unanswered, when we are disappointed, discouraged, and afraid. Life can and does throw us curves that are hard to surmount. Sometimes it’s hard to find God in these times, and sometimes it is easier to reject God as uncaring and uninvolved.
Instead, Pope Francis says, call on God! God will always open a door for us. If we trust in our darkness that God is working for good in our lives, then hope is alive in us. God is ready to help.

Thanksgiving - the easy way
If you wish to assist in “keeping the parish afloat” we offer different ways of giving … direct debit, credit card or sacrificial envelopes. Ring the office on 9481 7333. Remember … 25% of your commitment is returned in the form of a tax deductible receipt at the end of the year. Our Parish bank account details are: BSB 083-347 account: 16647 1224.

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

Gospel Reflection 2020

 Advent 1 Yr B Nov 29

Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of Mark’s Gospel, the chapter that immediately precedes Mark’s account of Jesus’ Passion. Having been questioned repeatedly by the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus is now questioned by his disciples—Peter, James, John, and Andrew—who want details about his prediction of the destruction of the Temple. Jesus answers with many warnings about the difficulties that the disciples will face.

Today’s passage comes at the conclusion of Jesus’ warnings to his disciples. Jesus emphasizes the need for watchfulness. The Son of Man will come without warning; only the Father knows the exact hour. The disciples must not be caught unprepared when this time comes.

Scholars believe that Mark’s Gospel was written around the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. Mark’s audience consisted of Christians who were living in difficult social and political times, times of conflict. They were likely beginning to face persecution as followers of Jesus. In this difficult time, it helped to recall that Jesus had foretold of such difficulties. Early Christian communities took courage from Jesus’ warning to remain alert and watchful, and they found in his words a way to persevere through suffering.

Today’s Gospel reminds us that Advent is about more than our preparation for the Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas. Advent is also about preparing ourselves for Christ’s return in glory at the end of time. Like the disciples and the faithful in Mark’s community, we must also stay alert and watchful. Our faithfulness to God, through the good times as well as the difficult times, shows us to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.

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Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB


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Mass Times
St John: Tuesday at 9.15am Thursday at 9.15am
Sunday at 9 am (Italian) 11am and 5pm
St Joseph: Tuesday at 9am Wednesday at 9am
Thursday at 9am Friday at 9 am
Saturday at 9am Saturday at 6 pm
Sunday at 10.30am

A message from Fr Martin ..
Dear All
I hope this week’s newsletter finds you all well and
enjoying the warm weather. When thinking about what to
write each week I try to think of something that is somewhat
different and thought provoking. It is so easy to get stuck in
the rush of our busy days that we may lack the time for a
reflection moment.
One night while I was sitting down trying to find that quiet
moment, I sat there meditating on the doorway of my room. While I was doing this, what came to mind my mum. My mum died four years ago from cancer, but she is still very
much on my mind. So, as I was sitting there meditating on the doorway, I imagined what if my mum came and walked through the doorway.
What would she tell me? What would I think she would
tell me? What would I say to her? Would she be offering
advice as all parents do? Would she be praising me for my life at the moment? Would I be open to listen to her? Or would I want to correct her and give her my side of the story.
Then, my thoughts shifted to think what would happen if
Jesus walked though the doorway. What would Jesus say to
me? What would I expect Jesus would say to me? What would I want to hear from Jesus? Would I be open to what Jesus was saying to me? Would I be humble enough to accept any correction from him? Or would I go on the defensive and defend myself because of my mistakes. Would he be praising
me for all that I have tried to achieve in my life. Would I have
a few suggestions to help Jesus make the world a better
My question to all those reading this article is ‘How
would you react if Jesus walked though your doorway right
now?’ What would you be thinking? What would he say to
you? What would you want him to say? What would you like
to hear? Would you go on the defence and push your point
across about your current life? Would you be humble enough
to accept any corrections from Jesus? Would you be able to
open your eyes and ears and see and hear what Jesus is
trying to say to you as a way of gaining wisdom of heart?
This week we begin the season of Advent in preparation
for Christmas. We have the Advent wreath which represents
the 4 weeks leading up to the celebration of Christ’s birth. As
is mentioned in an article in the newsletter, the first candle is
a symbol of Hope. We have the hope that Christ is present in
our lives. In the gospel today from Mark, Jesus tells us ‘Be on
your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the
time will come… So, stay awake, because you do not know
when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight,
cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find
you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’.
During the next four weeks Lord, help us to be attentive to
our actions. That if you were to come to us today, we would
be proud of who we were. May your light of Hope shine
brightly for all to see. May we be all that you can’t be in our
world today. Amen. God Bless, Fr Martin

The first Candle lit on the Advent wreath is referred to as
the Prophecy Candle. Its colour, purple, the liturgical colour for the Advent season, reminds us that this season is a special time of prayer, preparation, and penance. The lighting of this Candle is a brilliant symbol of our Hope for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 
Long before the Incarnation of Jesus, Abraham and his
children, the holy Prophets, and the Kings and people of Israel were bonded in the same Hope – the coming of the Messiah. They all prayed, awaited and hoped with much anticipation for His birth.
God granted these holy people the grace of Hope to sustain
them and help them not to fall into the despair and
discouragement of sadness, grief, trials, adversities, tribulations, and evils around them. They clung to the hope that one day, the Paradise of God, closed to men from the fall of Adam and Eve, would be open again to the souls of the just. God fulfilled His promise of Hope and answered the prayers of His people. Jesus became Man, sacrificed Himself, and went through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection so that all the past generations, our generation now, and all the future generations could have eternal life.
The hope represented by the First Purple Candle, is not
merely a plain kind of ‘hope’ to overcome the problems in our
lives. But the good news is that this heavenly hope also sparks in our hearts that humanly hope which we need in this world. Whether we suffer seemingly ‘impossible’ or ‘unsolvable’ problems, or whatever trials we’re going through right now, we must deal with them with hope - to see them through the eyes of God, and not with the eyes of the world.
So whenever you feel like there is no hope, and you want to
give up, or even have the desire to expire, know that all the trials you face, the injustices done to you, and the ill-treatments or malice caused by your enemies, are temporary. For all these shall pass and end.
Adapted from

Advent Prayer and Reflection
And we begin anew... next Sunday we begin a new liturgical year and the start of Advent. May we enter this season with hope, and wonder upon the ways that, 'God is within us, now,' carrying us towards our Christmas celebrations. To that end, we invite you to a weekly reϐlection and prayer series each Wednesday evening during Advent, December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd from 7:30 - 8:10pm via zoom. All are welcome. Please email the office ( in order to receive the
zoom link and with any questions.

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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".

Bishop Robert Barron Masses

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
6.00-6.30am Sundays or catch up on 10 Play Freeview [need to sign up!]