We all know Lent is approaching when we start to hear this
question!This Lent let us all remember that Jesus challenges us
personally in three special areas: prayer, fasting and
almsgiving. This Lent I recommend we all make some simple
Prayer: This Lent how can each of us strengthen our relationship
with Christ? What will help us get to know the Lord better?
One simple suggestion is to spend an extra 15 minutes at night
slowly reading, praying and reflecting on the daily Gospel. It
isnít a great sacrifice but it really helps. Pope Francis
reminds us that 'the Word is a gift'óhe stresses prayer, fasting
and almsgiving. >More
2 Lent 5A Farewell Sr Joan at 10.30 Mass & cuppa
5 Viet Reconciliation
7 Stations of the Cross 6pm + humble Lenten meal
9 Palm Sunday,
9 Teaching Conversational English to Refugees meeting noon
11 Reconciliation 7.30pm St John's
15 Holy Thursday 7.30pm St John's
14 Good Friday
15 Holy Saturday
16 Easter Sunday
23 Easter 2A
25 Anzac Day
26 St Mark
30 Easter 2A
7 Easter 4A
14 Easter 5A
21 Easter 6A
24 Our Lady of the Southern Cross / Help of Christians
28 Ascension of the Lord
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Children's Liturgy10.30 Mass, 1st & 3rd Sundays, with Virginia & Jennifer Sacramental Program for Children
At the Parish
Centre behind St Johnís Presbytery at 4 pm (enter
from Hodgkinson Street).
Those parents of children wishing to attend are asked
to ring Jenny Perry on 9481 8282 or Janice OíRourke
on 0408 556 862 for more information.
Parish of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Clifton Hill - Collingwood
Gospel Reflection 2017 Fr Peter Hoang - Lent 4A If we can be humble enough, as the blind man
was, to know that we are not only Ďblindí, but Ďblind so that Godís
works might be revealedí in us, we can credibly respond, ĎLord, I
believe!í. ďLent is a time to examine where we have placed our hopes
Ė in our confident knowledge and self-trust, whee God hardly has a
place, or in a ready admission of our need for the good gifts God
alone gives us.Ē Fr. Francis J. Moloney SDB.
Blindness / Sight
March 25-26 Jesus
gives sight to the man born blind
Sunday Cinema Online Viewing
for this Week's Liturgy
* There is reflection and prayer of the
the Cross every Friday during Lent in St. Johnís
Church at 6:00 pm; followed by a humble Lenten
meal in the Aikenhead hall.
* Womenís Lenten Prayer Circle and
Conversation to be led by spiritual director
Mary Kay Stebbins of the Look for the Blessing
Ministry in the US, will be held on Tuesday, 28th
March at 7:00 in St. Johnís Church. All women are
* On Sunday, 2nd April during the 10:30 am Mass,
we will say a sad farewell to Sr Joan
and the Sisters of Charity. The Sisters of Charity
have been closely associated with St. Johnís
church and school since 1894. It is an end of an
era. Please join us for a special Mass and a cuppa
afterwards in Aikenhead Hall. We have a register
at the back of the church asking people to sign up
if they would like to contribute a plate on the day;
please indicate if it's a sweet or savoury.
* Meeting for Family Support through Teaching
Conversational English to Refugees at noon on
Sunday, April 9 in Aikenhead Hall. Please come if
you would like to volunteer in this program. It is
an exciting new ministry in our parish
* Donít forget lunch in the Aikenhead
after 10.30 am Mass.
* Parish reconciliation will be held
11th April at 7:30 pm at St Johnís Church. Our
Vietnamese reconciliation will be on 5th April.
Fr Michael Court sdb - Salesian Vocation Story Visit Vocations page also >Here
Vocation Do you feel God's call to serve him as a
working with youth?
Contact Fr Will Matthews
(03) 9740 6322
Pope Francis - Lenten Message 2017 - 1 minute
The rich man & Lazarus. Read
is a weekend of Joy, Fun, Friends, Faith and
Festivity, with special guest speakers, workshops, Prayer and
Liturgy, group sessions, and a variety of recreational activities.
OzBosco is open for young people from 15 Ė 25 years. Youth teams,
students, youth leaders and anyone connected with the Salesians of
Don Bosco who would like to participate in this weekend.
Dates & Times:Starts at 5pm on Friday April 28, 2017 and concludes
at 3pm on Sunday April 30, 2017VenueSt Josephs College, Ferntree
Gully, VICAccommodation:Is at St Josephs College, Ferntree Gully.
You will need to bring a sleeping bag, sleeping/camping mat and a
pillow.Meals:All meals are included. Delicious meals will be served
at lunch and dinner during the weekend, as well as morning and
afternoon teas, breakfast and supper each night.Cost:The cost is
$150.00, this includes all activities and events, meals,
accommodation and the fun.