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January 2023     
15 Sun 2A
22 Sun 3A
24 Francis de Sales
26 Australia Day
29 Sun 4A
31 John Bosco

February 2023
2 Presentation of the Lord
5 Sun 5A
12 Sun 6A
19 Sun 7A
22 Ash Wednesday
26 Lent 1A

March 2013
5 Lent 2A
12Lent 3A
17 St Patrick
19 Lent 4A
20 Joseph, spouse
25 Annunciation
26 Lent 5A

April 2013
2 Passion/Palm Sun
6 Holy Thursday7 Good Friday
8 Easter vigil
9 Eeaster Sunday
16 Easter 2A
23 Easter 3A
25 ANZAC Day
26 St Mark
30 Easter 4A

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception

Baptism :
Second and fourth Sundays of the month at 12 noon (email the office to book)
by appointment
approach a priest before Mass
First Communion and Confirmation:
Preparation for this is conducted in our two schools; we also offer this preparation to State School children. Email our office at for further information.

Our Parish Priest   
Fr Anthony Dung Ngoc Nguyen SDB PP 
The mobile phone is available anytime via text. In case of an emergency a call can be made. 0424 376 193

Assistant Parish Priest
Fr Peter Varengo SDB
Help bring St John's history to life
If you have any photographs, publications or personal memories that can bring St John’s Story (since
1864) to life, then your help is needed and appreciated.
For more information, please ring John Andrews, care of the office on 9481 7333 or email to

Support   13 11 14  1300 22 46 36
Defence Family Helpline  1800 624 608
Open Arms  1800 011 046
SANE Helpline  1800 18 SANE (7263)
Domestic Violence  1800 RESPECT (737 732)
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  1800 853 437
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.

At Our Lady of the Southern Cross, we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our parish.
We acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people and offer our respects to the elders past, present and future. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

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


Gospel Reflection 2023

 Sunday 4A - January 29 

Far from an airy-fairy pious teaching, the Beatitudes are an incisive critique of the values and codes
of behaviour found in the twenty-first century. In a
world where success is measured by possessions,
Jesus called blessed those who are poor in spirit. In a
country where pain and death are avoided at all
costs, Jesus called those who mourn.
In companies and corporations where people
jockey for power, Jesus called blessed those who are
meek. In a litigious society that often seeks revenge,
Jesus called blessed peacemakers and the merciful.
Though Jesus taught the Beatitudes two thousand
years ago, they remain timeless challenges and critiques of our contemporary culture. GPBS eNews
Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he
sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he
began to speak. This is what he taught them:
 ‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
 Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for
their heritage.
 Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
 Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is
right: they shall be satisfied.
 Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy
shown them.
 Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
 Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called
children of God.
 Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of
right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Happy are you when people abuse you and
persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny
against you on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in
heaven.’ Australian Catholics

Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB





Jan 29

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[Updated Jan 27]

Fr Anthony's Message
Dear brothers and siters in Christ!
I wish you a blessed week in the Lord.
As the new school year begins, I wish teachers and
students a successful and joyful year in teaching and
learning. May the Lord inspire you in any project you
We also take this opportunity to congratulate our
newly ordained priests (Frs. Jeffery Miller, Kevin Fiame, Peter Duc, Joseph Huong, Eteuati Milo). We pray
that they may be faithful to their vocation and ministry and God will be their reward. 
Dear brothers and sisters, today’s Gospel is the
beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which is
found in Matthew’s Gospel. The form of the Beatitudes
found here is not unique to Jesus. In fact, Beatitudes
are found in the Old Testament, in the psalms, and in
wisdom literature, for example. They are a way to
teach about who will find favour with God.
We quickly note in the Gospel that the people
whom Jesus calls “blessed” and “happy” are not people
we think of as blessed or happy – the poor in spirit,
the meek, the persecuted. This Gospel is one of rever sals. Jesus’ blueprint for happiness reflects little of
what the world might call happiness.
“Blessed” is sometimes translated as happy, fortunate, or favoured. In other words, Jesus is saying that
divine favour is upon those who are poor, those who
mourn, those who are persecuted. This news might
have been welcome—and surprising—to the crowds
who heard Jesus that day but may not be accepted
today by some people. 
As we read or listen to the Beatitudes, we need to
open our hearts to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
then we come to realize that the Beatitudes can be
understood only in the framework for Christian living.
To be concrete, our vocation as Christians is not to be
first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of
God. By referring to the good things that the faithful
will experience, Matthew reminds us that those who
act in the manner described in the Beatitudes will find
their reward with God. Let us look for praise and rewards in God rather than in human.

Priestly Ordinations
Congratulations to our newly ordained priests:
Fr Jeffery, Fr Kevin, Fr Duc, Fr Joseph and Fr Eteuati,
who were ordained yesterday at St Francis’ Church with our own former Parish Priest, Archbishop Tim Costelloe presiding. 
Dear Frs Eteuati Milo SDB, Jeffery Miller SDB,
Joseph Vu Viet Huong, Kevin Sailele Fiame & Peter
Tran Ngoc Duc
: May God’s blessings be upon you: As you walk the journey of life in the Holy Priesthood of Christ: Our love and prayers will follow you: May you remain faithful to Him forever
and be a blessing to all.

St Therese of Lisieux’s Prayer for Priests
O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the
shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priest hood. Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.

There are several avenues in which Mass can be viewed.

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".

2Daily streaming of Masses at St Patrick's Cathedral

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)

3. Mass for You at Home
6.00-6.30am Sundays or catch up on 10 Play Freeview [need to sign up!]

 Returned to the Father 
Condolences: We pray for the families and souls of
those who have departed recently:  


John O’Connell,
Salvatrice Bascetta, Giovanni Caruso,
Mary Joseph Kane
 We remember ... 
Prayers for healing:
Ian Armstrong,
Matt Kennedy,
Betty Croker,
Attilio and Dorina De Rango, Terry Whelan, Mario Misurelli,
Cecily Hollingworth,
 Fr Chris Riley,
Teresa Boetti,
 Julia O’Malley,
Tony Addamo, Lorena Ferri.

Please let us know if the office can help in any way.
Congratulations !!!
Congratulations also, to our Salesian family. The
Order of Salesians of Don Bosco celebrates their
100th year this year.

Holy Hour
Holy Hour: Adoration and prayer for deepening voca tions. Friday 2nd February from 7.30pm-8.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Clifton Hill.

Sacramental Program
Our Sacramental Program will recommence this year on Tuesday, 14th February at the rear of St John’s Presbytery, between 4-5pm.

Thank you  ;-)
A big thank you to Barry Whelan for organising two skips, one for St Joseph’s and one for St John’s. (Thanks Madeline.) A very big thank you to Daniel Ryan and Rafelina De Donato for setting up our Christmas theme and also to Daniel for putting everything back away last weekend. Heavy stuff to do by oneself. Thanks, friend.