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September 2021     
8 Nativity of Virgin Mary
12 Sun 24B
14 Exultation of the Cross
15 Our Lady of Sorrows
19 Sun 25 B
21 Matthew
26 Sun 26 B
27 Vincent de Paul
29 Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

October 2021
2 Guardian Angels
3 Sun 27 B
4 Francis Assisi
10 Sun 28 B
17 Sun 29 B
18 Luke
24 Sun 30 B
28 Simon & Jude
31 Sun 31 B

November 2021
1 All saints
2 All faithful departed

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception

: Second and fourth Sundays of the month at 12 noon (email the 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. Email our office at 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
Our Parish Office is again open for business, albeit on rather shortened hours … Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10am and 2pm or send your query/comments via email … and we will get back to you. 

Birth of the Blessed Virgin
(This week the Church celebrates) the birth of the  Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne. The circumstances of the Virgin Mary's infancy and early life are not directly recorded in the Bible, but other documents and traditions describing the circumstances of her birth are cited by some of the earliest Christian writers from the first centuries of the Church.

These accounts, although not considered authoritative
in the same manner as the Bible, outline some of the
Church's traditional beliefs about the birth of Mary.… An angel revealed to Anne when he appeared to her and prophesied, that all generations would honour their future child: “The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive, and shall bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.”…. Saint Augustine described the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an event of cosmic and historic significance, and an appropriate prelude to the birth of Jesus Christ. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley,” he said. The fourth-century bishop, whose theology profoundly shaped the Western Church's understanding of sin and human nature, affirmed that “through her birth, the nature inherited from our first parents is changed." birth-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary-357

Support   13 11 14  1300 22 46 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  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.

Pope Francis says…
The family is the place where we learn to be fully human. The shared life that spouses create is the basis of this. How families embrace children, how they protect each other, and how they bring the generations together are the beautiful outcomes of this.
Pope Francis reminds us that how a family lives together is very important. It’s not enough to simply remain faithful and together. We must also create a ‘community of life’ in which all our family members can prosper. This is the ‘domestic church’ of which Vatican II spoke so eloquently.

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 2021

 Sunday 24 B - Sept 12 

Now that the disciples have acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he will be rejected, must suffer and die, and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely. The image of Christ that Jesus is giving is not the image of the Messiah that Peter was expecting. Jesus then teaches the crowd and the disciples about the path of discipleship: To be Chris’s disciple is to follow in the way of the cross.

We can easily miss the fear that Jesus’ words must have evoked in his disciples. Death by crucifixion was all too familiar as a method of execution in Roman-occupied territories. It was also an omnipresent danger to the Christian community for whom Mark wrote. The path that Jesus was inviting his disciples to share meant tremendous suffering and death. This is the kind of radical commitment and sacrifice that Jesus calls us to adopt for the sake of the Gospel.

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For Kids

Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB

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[Updated Sept 13]

We are able to have 5 people presentto assist with reading, filming, etc  If you would like to participate please email us on

[Mass Times in OLSC Parish - OUTSIDE OF LOCKDOWN
St John’s:
Tuesday, Thursday at 9.15am, Saturday 8.30 am
Sunday at 9:00 am (Italian), 11:00am and 5:00pm
St Joseph’s:
Tuesday to Saturday at 9am
Saturday at 6:00pm (English) Sunday at 9:00am and
Good Shepherd:
Sunday at 9:30am.
TRY BOOKING FOR MASS at St John’s Church:
11am Mass...
5pm Mass... ]

Season of Creation
All are welcome to celebrate with the Missionary Sisters of Service and friends, the ‘Season of Creation’, each Sunday until 4 October.
During this time, we will host a 40-minute ‘pause’ at 4pm to reflect on the wonder of our Cosmos and its astonishing 14 billion year story, our own living planet and ourselves as an intimate and interdependent part of it all.  Our pause will be a time of wonder, to reflect, to pray and to care for our common home.
We will gather on zoom each week and each session will include: a presentation on some aspect of Creation, followed by a short time for reflection, a few minutes sharing with a concluding blessing.  Come for any or all sessions.  Contact Corrie van den Bosch mss at

This weekend marks 20 years since the world watched in horror as multiple terrorist attacks took place in the United States of America on 11 September, 2001. Close to 3,000 lives were claimed that day, with thousands more lost and millions displaced in the protracted conflicts that followed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The events of 9/11 have become etched in the minds of many the world over.
For Melbourne Catholic Joe Doolan, who was living in New York at the time with his wife, he remembers the day vividly and their frantic rush to reassure those back home of their safety. But, Joe says, what has remained with him the most is the Eucharistic celebration that took place a few weeks later at St Patrick's Cathedral, New York. To read his reflection, go to the Archdiocese website

St John's Outreach Program
Don’t forget our outreach program
Buy something extra for our outreach program
next time you are shopping. Long life milk and cleaning products (including toothpaste and soap) would be
appreciated by our outreach team. Thank you.

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".

Bishop Robert Barron Masses

3.  Daily 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)

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