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Salesian Missions

Newsletter - May
Prayer Intention - May
Mission Day 2020

May 2020   
24 Ascension
25 Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians
31 Pentecost

June 2020
1 Mary, Mother of the Church
7 Trinity Sun
14 Body & Blood of Christ
19 Sacred Heart of Jesus
20 Immaculate Heart of Mary
21 Sun 12A
24 Nativity of John Baptist
29 Peter & Paul

July 2020
3 Thomas, Apostle
5 Sun 14A
12 Sun 15A
16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel
19 Sun 16A
22 Mary Magdalene
25 James
26 Sun 17A

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.

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 ...

“Hope is a gift from God. We must ask for it, so that its light may shine on our darkness. There is no corner of our hearts that cannot be touched by God’s love.”

These are pretty encouraging words! When we make mistakes, God is there, never wavering in love. If we open ourselves to trusting in God’s presence in our lives and in our world, we may begin to find the depths of hope buried within us and start to find the strength and conviction that comes from knowing that God is with us. This gift is already within us—we just have to help it grow.

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

Gospel Reflection 2020

 Sunday - Ascension Yr A 

Here we are told that the eleven disciples go the mountaintop in Galilee, as Jesus had instructed through Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (cf. Matthew 28:9-10). They see Jesus, and both worship and doubt at the same time. Jesus approaches them and commissions them to baptize and teach, "to make disciples of all nations." It is a task which Jesus had previously prepared his disciples for; recall that Jesus had sent the twelve apostles to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal (cf. Matthew 10:1-15). However, earlier the Twelve were sent only to the House of Israel; in this Final Commission, the eleven are told to go to "all nations." The mission of Jesus is now to be taken to all people; the task now is to baptize and to teach.

Jesus commissions his disciples to baptize in the name of the Trinity, one of the clearest attestations found in Scripture for baptism in the name of the Trinity. In the Acts of the Apostles and in the Letters of Paul, baptism is more frequently offered "in the name of Jesus."

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Know that I am with you always


Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB

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                    COVID-19 Pastoral Letter [view]
                     Wednesday 13 May 2020
Members of the Catholic community in Victoria,
The Catholic Dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Throughout this situation of the Coronavirus pandemic our prayers and solidarity have been with you all, and will continue to guide the challenging decisions we have been called to make.
Despite the many weeks of worry and social restrictions, we are delighted that as of 11.59pm yesterday, Tuesday 12 May 2020, churches in Victoria may now be open in certain circumstances.
This opportunity for small gatherings and for some quiet moments of prayer in the sacramental presence of Our Lord is a gentle first step in the right direction, and rightly a moment of rejoicing for God’s people. We are pleased to work constructively with our communities to make appropriate adjustments. Strict restrictions still govern our actions due to the risks of COVID-19 and we are all being asked to show patience and fortitude.
Each Diocese is communicating with their parishes about how various ministries, including sacramental care, will be conducted in this first stage of the easing of social restrictions. We wish to be fully compliant with the directives that apply across Victoria, so that we ensure the protection of elderly and vulnerable people, and work together for the common good of our communities.
The conditions under which a church can be open include a collection of contact details (for the purposes of contact-tracing if it becomes necessary), strict monitoring of numbers, ongoing hygiene requirements, publicising the scheduled times for private worship, and public worship
limited to ten people at a time.
Arrangements for liturgies and access to churches while ensuring these conditions are met will vary, depending on the facilities and resources that are available in each particular
community. We recognise that deciding on these arrangements and putting them in place is not straightforward, and we ask for patience and understanding during this time.
This new stage of restrictions is subject to changing guidance that we receive from the State Government authorities, and we are advised this will be reviewed at the end of May.
After a difficult time for all of us, including many new pressures on families and great challenges for healthcare and emergency workers, we share in the disappointment that social restrictions are likely to continue for some time.
Nevertheless, we act with one accord in doing what is most prudent and loving for the sake of those most susceptible to the virus. We rejoice that Christ is with us and will walk with us as we begin the long journey out of the current stage of restrictions.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,

Most Rev Peter A Comensoli
Most Rev Shane Mackinlay
Most Rev Paul Bernard Bird CSsR MA, DD
Rev Peter Slater


[Updated May 24]

A message from Fr Martin ...
Dear All
As we come to the end of another weekend I hope and pray all is well at home for all our parishioners. It has been a wonderful relief to start up morning masses again in our parish. Many thanks for your cooperation during these times with distancing when sitting in church and filling in the forms which requires your name and contact details. Also, many thanks for your assistance in registering your name for different masses either by phone or email. Please continue helping us and we look forward to seeing more people come back as a praying community in the weeks ahead. In time, I hope to have most masses up and running again and gather as one community. As it    stands now we are having morning masses at both St John’s and St Joseph’s. We are also having Sunday morning masses; 10am for the Vietnamese community in our parish and 11.30am for the parishioners of St John’s (Streaming and attended). In the next couple of weeks, when the restriction of numbers is lifted further, I hope to begin a Saturday night mass (6pm) at St Joseph’s and a Sunday night mass (5pm) at St John’s. This will give us more masses to gather as a community in prayer.

Praying is not just about praying as individuals, but also about coming together and praying with each other. It is also about social contact and the connections with each other. We are all the body of Christ and when we come together under one roof we support each other in faith and life in general. A simple “how are you?” or “what have you been up too?” might make a world of difference for those who may be in need of a listening ear. Christ was not a ‘Lone Ranger’, he gathered people together, teaching them and encouraged them to become shepherds for each other.

This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Ascension and on Monday the feast of Mary Help of Christians. We also should be having our annual combined parish celebration for both churches. Even though we cannot gather as a whole community let us pray for each other.
Mary is not only the patron Saint of our parish but also for Australia. In these difficult times let’s open our hearts to ask Mary for guidance and assistance. Let us pray that Mary will intercede for us personally, our parish and the wider Australian community. Together we stand, supporting and nurturing each other by the simple things in life. Finally, it is also great news to welcome back the preps, ones, twos and threes to face-to-face teaching. May the transition back to school life be smooth and enjoyable.

Have a great week and stay safe! God Bless.
Fr Martin

CDFpay Thanksgiving
Our Parish has made arrangements with CDF (Catholic Development Fund) to join their online payment portal, so that our parishioners can make quick and easy recurring thanksgiving payments, or a one-off payment (whichever you prefer). We now have the link to this online payment portal on our website. So please make use of this if you wish to avail yourselves of 25% returned in the form of a tax deductible receipt.
In addition to the above, we offer other different ways of giving … direct debit, credit card or sacrificial envelopes. Ring and speak with Joan in the office. Remember … 25% of your commitment is returned in the form of a tax deductible receipt at the end of the year. Parish bank account details are: BSB 083-347 account: 16647 1224.

Oz Harvest
With St Vinnie’s Vere St closed due to COVID-19, St John’s has partnered with Oz Harvest to deliver food parcels to families and households who need a helping hand at the moment.
Food Essential boxes will contain fresh fruit, vegetables and groceries and be delivered once a week on a trial basis for three months.
If you would like to join this new community of St John’s or you know someone who would benefit from the food parcels, contact Jen Payne (0439 113 500) or the parish office 9481 7333.

Ascension of the Lord
The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus are the reported earthly appearances of Jesus to his followers after his death and burial. Believers point to them as evidence of his resurrection and identity as Messiah, seated in Heaven on the right hand of God.
The Ascension of Jesus is the physical departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God in Heaven.
With the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, we come to the end of Jesus’s earthly life. For the Apostles, it has been a journey from suffering and death to the joy of the Resurrection. The Ascension is another huge step in experiencing the Lord’s presence as they continue his work.
The First Reading gives an account of the Ascension from the Acts of the Apostles. Having been instructed by Jesus for 40 days, they now witness his Ascension and are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Psalm exults in praise for the Lord, who is raised on high and is acclaimed as king of all the earth.

The Parish office
is manned Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at this time, between 9am and 2pm (normally). If the phone is not answered please leave a message and someone will return your call. Or email:

Emergency relief
It is with concern for everyone that Collingwood Cottage will not be open for food parcels on Friday mornings for the month of May.
Alternate suggestions are ...
Foodbank  [If not viewable in old Internet Explorer. Use Edge or Chrome or other search engine]
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Current edition - May 21

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

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!]

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