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2019 Newsletter
Sept 21-22 ?

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Upcoming Events 2019
Parishes Update
Sept 11 + Sept 18

Diocese Youth Site

September 2019
16-20 Our PP away at his conference
21 Alight Family Fiesta, St Bede's, Mentone
22 Sun  25C
25 “Spirituality in the Pub” at North Fitzroy Arms at 6.30 pm with Fr Frank Moloney.
27 Vincent de Paul
29 Sun 26C

October 2019
1 Theresa of the child Jesus
2 Guardian Angels
4 Francis Assisi
6 Sun 27C
13 Sun 28C
18 Luke
20 Sun 29C, Mission Sun
27 Sun 30C

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Missions Speaker Series 2019 - in our parish

Wednesday October 16
Romina Martiniello will lead a panel in discussion about the world refugee and IDP crisis and consider the way that refugees are welcomed in Australia. This topic is the theme for Salesian Missions Day this year and is such an important one for Australia.
Monday November 25
Fr. Guillermo is on the General Council in Rome for the Salesians of Don Bosco. He takes care of the missions for the entire Salesian world. He was also a long-time missionary in Angola and will share his experience and expertise with us.
Each event will take place at the Aikenhead Wing at St. John the Baptist Primary School in Clifton Hill (61 Queens Parade). Each event will go from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
For more information contact Lauren Hichaaba at or Jennifer Jacobs at

Fr Martin Tanti, SDB PP
... is normally available at St John’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10am and 3pm. He is normally available at St Joseph’s on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm.

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

Sacramental Program for Children

Our Sacramental Program has recommenced for 2019, 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.

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 ...
“There is only one real certainty; we are all children of God.”
In today’s often-broken, troubled world, it is easy to take sides, to pick a camp, to speak in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’. Pope Francis urges us not to lose sight of the call and responsibility of our baptism—to see all people as brothers and sisters, to forgive without counting the cost, to be generous with what we have to those who have less. Does this fit in with most of the images the world gives us? No, but that’s what makes us disciples of Christ. We reach out in hope of unity because it is what we are asked to do, not because it’s fashionable. Christianity, well practiced, certainly is counter-cultural!

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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Sunday 25 Yr C

Today's Gospel sounds puzzling to contemporary readers, but it can be made less so by considering the economic system which stands behind the parable. A steward is dismissed because he is squandering his master's property. He is called dishonest because he is not serving the interests of the rich man, his employer. In response the steward, in an attempt to ensure favor for himself among the rich man's debtors, brokers repayment of the rich man's loans by foregoing the interest and fees that had been levied to line the steward's pockets. It is this action, in which the steward puts aside his greed and takes the longer perspective in order to enhance his security, which is commended by the rich man.

The passage concludes with three morals for the listeners. The first exhorts the listener to be prudent about the use of wealth. Like the steward in the parable, those who would follow Jesus must put transitory affairs in proper perspective. Christians should handle the affairs of temporal life with an eye toward eternal life.

The second concerns trustworthiness. Those who can be trusted in small things can also be trusted in great things. If Christians handle money and other passing things responsibly, then they can also be trusted with the affairs of the Kingdom of God.

Parable of Jesus



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Salesian Mission Day 2019 - see 'Missions Speaker Series' [above left or view flyer]


Warm greetings to you for week three of our Salesian Missions Month.

A thought for the week:

Living the missionary dimension of our charism means living the Salesian life in a permanent state of mission, always trying to reach “all the marginalised places that need the light of the Gospel” (Pope Francis). In this way we keep alive our passion for Jesus and his people that enables us to overcome the pastoral laziness, meanness, and the psychology of the tomb. A missionary heart rediscovers the “joy of being Christians, of being sustained by the inner happiness of knowing Christ and belonging to his Church” (Benedict XVI in Manual for PDMA).

A short thought….but with so many challenges for our personal and communal commitment to serving the young in the way of Don Bosco. This short but profound thought raises so many questions for further understanding and contemplation –

• Do I ALWAYS try to reach all the marginalised place that need Jesus?
• Have I kept alive my passion?
• Do I ever fall into negativity and the psychology of the tom?
• Do I have and work towards genuine joy of knowing Christ and bringing His message to others?

This week I encourage you to read this quote, pray with this quote and ask yourself some of the hard questions that it poses. I also encourage you to keep our Salesian communities in Samoa and Fiji in prayer this week as well as they celebrate their 40th and 20th anniversaries of Salesian presence. What an incredible accomplishment to be celebrated and to express our gratitude to God!

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Lauren Hichaaba
The Cagliero Project
Salesians of Don Bosco