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2019 Newsletter
Jan 5-6 + Viet
Jan 12-13 + Viet
webmaster away Jan 19-20

Today's Mass Scripture
Today's Morning Prayer
This Week's Ordo
2019 Liturgical Calendar

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Melbourne Diocese
Melbourne News

Upcoming Events 2019
Parishes Update
Jan 3 + Jan 10

Diocese Youth Site

Jan 7-10, age 9-13
Jan 14-17, age 13-16
Jan 21-24, age 9-13
January 2019 [Sunday dates corrected]
13 Baptism of the Lord, Fr Peter's final Mass St Joseph's 10am [
new time] 10.30 St John's cancelled
16-Feb 3 World Youth Day Panama
20 Sun 2C
24 Francis de Sales
26 Australia Day
27 Sun 3C, Samoan Mass?
31 John Bosco, Salesian Family Day, St Margaret Mary's Brunswick North

February 2019
2 Presentation of Lord
3 Sun 4C, WYD concludes
10 Sun 5C
17 Sun 6C
22 Chair of St Peter
24 Sun 7C

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

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.

Social Justice Statement 2018-19

Children's Liturgy 10.30 Mass, 1st & 3rd Sundays, with Virginia & Jennifer

Sacramental Program for Children

Our Sacramental Program has recommenced for 2018, organised by Janice O’Rourke and Jenny Perry. We meet on Tuesdays between 4 and 5pm in the Parish Centre (behind the church, entry is from Hodgkinson Street). Enquiries: Jenny Perry on 9481 8282.


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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Baptism of the Lord Yr C
In his book Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI wrote, “ In light of the cross and resurrection, the Christian people realized what happened: Jesus loaded the burden of all mankind’s guilt upon his shoulders; he bore it down into the depths of the Jordan.” In Philippians 2:5-11, St. Paul describes the willingness to humble himself that the Son of God showed by taking on himself our human nature and its burden of sin. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “Jesus’ gesture [of submitting to baptism] is a manifestation of self-emptying. The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude to the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as ‘his beloved Son’ ” (no. 1224).

 Sunday 2C
The changing of water to wine is Jesus’ first public act in John, the inaugural “sign” of God’s presence in the world through him.

The “third day” language in verse 1, suggestive as it is of Jesus’ resurrection after three days, clues us into the symbolic nature of this particular miracle story. So does the wedding setting, as wedding and banquet imagery is used to symbolize the messianic era (Isaiah 54:4-8; 62:4-5; Matthew 22:1-14; Revelation 19:9). Present at the wedding are Jesus, his disciples, and Jesus’ mother, never called Mary in the Fourth Gospel (see 2:1, 3, 5, 12; 19:25). She is introduced first because of her prominent role in the story.

The need that arises is a lack of wine, which Mary reports to Jesus in verse 3. Without explicitly requesting that he do anything, her telling Jesus they have no wine implies that she wants him to do something and that she believes he can solve this problem. Jesus’ response to her in verse 4 sounds rude and harsh to us, but he is not being hostile to her.


Baptism of the Lord




Wedding at Cana


Jan 13 Jesus is Baptised by John

Jan 20 Wedding at Cana

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   [Updated Jan 9]

Welcome to Fr Martin
Our new Parish Priest is Father Martin Tanti, sdb having been a Salesian for over 25 years.
Fr Martin has been in the Lysterfield community since 2007. He has had numerous jobs over the years such as coordinator of the Salesian youth centre in Brunswick, worked in both primary and secondary schools, worked on camps and has just completed his stint as Director in the Don Bosco Retreat Centre.

Fr Martin grew up in Melbourne and has two older brothers. He enjoys going to the movies, gardening and being creative.
We hope his time with us at OLSC will be most enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding for him. A very warm welcome to you, Fr Martin !!

Goodbye to Fr Peter  :-(

Goodbye to Fr Peter
We say goodbye to Father Peter during his final Mass at St Joseph's Church today (Sunday) at 10:00 am. This will be a combined Vietnamese and English Mass.
We will then have a big celebration in St Joseph's hall following Mass.
All are invited to share in his send-off and giving thanks for all that he has been for our parish. It has been a blessed seven years and he will be greatly missed. Please note that 10:30 am Mass at St John's has been cancelled today due to this celebration.

Anusit’s Ordination in Thailand
You will remember our Salesian friend Anusit who was ordained a Deacon late last year, after five years of study here. He returned to his home province just prior to Christmas and will be ordained as a Priest next Saturday, 19th January in Hua Hin, Thailand at 10 am. Please say a prayer for him on his priestly journey.

Opening up St John’s in 2019
To all those people who are not committed to work during the week, we need your help. We would like to open St John’s Church, in addition to Mass times.
If you are available to help, please let the Parish office (9481 7333) know, leaving your name, contact details and times when you could help out with this initiative or ring me direct on 0439 614 461 or speak with Jennifer. Thanks for your help.
John Andrews

Audio Divina Podcast
Audio Divina is a lectio-divina inspired Podcast that features high-quality, meticulously researched reflec-tions provided by our very own world-renowned biblical scholar Rev Professor Francis J Moloney SDB AM.
Audio Divina will help bring the sacred texts alive through a medium that is easily accessible to all ages in the modern world. The podcast offers a fantastic resource to those who are studying, or simply hunger for the gift that comes from listening and understanding the Word of God. They are available to listen to and download from or from iTunes or Facebook.

January Weekday Masses
For this coming week (commencing 14th), OLSC will be celebrating weekday Masses as follows …
St John’s —Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.15 am
St Joseph’s—Wednesdays 8.30am, Fridays 9am.
Luke’s gospel conveys a concern for all humankind, and a particular care for the poor. It also focuses on ministry to and by women. The seeking out and saving of the lost is another recurring motif, as seen in the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost (or prodigal) son.

Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Luke is interested in who Jesus is, and what he’s about. Luke’s Jesus is a charismatic figure. His humility is evident in his depiction as a poor wanderer, dependent on the hospitality of others. He is a gentle and compassionate saviour, but also strong and uncompromising towards those who collaborate to exploit others.

Warm Welcome to Fr Martin
A very warm welcome to our new incoming Parish Priest, Fr Martin Tanti.

Fr Martin arrives from Lysterfield where he was the Director of the Retreat Centre at Auxilium College, Lysterfield.
Fr Martin spent his study years at the Salesian Don Bosco House next door to the Presbytery in Clifton Hill.
So, one could say that he is not new to OLSC, just returning home.

Melbourne Catholic app available now
The new Melbourne Catholic app is now available for download in the app store. The app is your one stop shop for all things Melbourne Catholic, featuring Melbourne Catholic trending news, a search function for Mass times, Archbishop's Homilies, Daily Readings, Prayers and Weekly Reflections as well as local events and news about Plenary Council 2020.

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to current and archived Audio Divina Podcasts

Audio Divina is a lectio-divina inspired Podcast that features high-quality, meticulously researched reflections provided by world-renowned Salesian biblical scholar Rev. Professor Francis J. Moloney SDB AM
It will update every Wednesday with content related to the following Sunday's gospel.   f

Sunday 20 to Sunday 27 January 2019
PGL Campaspe Downs, 1302 Trentham Road, Kyneton
In 2019, the Melbourne Summer School of Evangelisation in partnership with the Archdiocesan Office for Youth will be offering a special WYD-themed Summer School! The Summer School will include many of WYD features such as Catechesis with bishops, a Stations of the Cross, an expo and a final Mass. Join Bishop Mark Edwards and participants from around Australia for a week of faith and fellowship. Open to young people aged 16-35.
Registrations close December 20. To register visit:

The Holy Father's Message to young people in preparation for the XXXIV World Youth Day 2019, which will be celebrated in Panama, is centred on the theme: ‘I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word’ (Lk 1:38). The Message, published on the day of the celebration of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, concludes a cycle of three Marian messages dedicated to young people along their journey WYD 2016 to WYD 2019. >More

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