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August 2016
18 First Reconciliation 6.30
20 Progetto Concert 4pm. Parish Fun Night, Aikenhead Wing
21 Sun 21C
23 First Recon, Sacramental Program Kids
25 Baptism Meeting 7.30 Aikenhead Wing
28 Sun 22C
29 Behading of John Baptist

September 2016
4 Sun 23C
6 italian Mass 10am St John's
10 Auction Night, St John's P.Sch 7.30
11 Sun 24C
14 Exultation of the Cross
15 Collywood, St Joseph's P.Sch
18 Sun 25C
21 St Matthew
23 St Pius of Pietrelchina (Padre Pio)
25 Sun 26C
27 St Vincent de Paul
29 Archangels

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

Sacramental Program for Children

At the Parish
Centre behind St John’s 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 O’Rourke
on 0408 556 862 for more information.

The joy of love - of love in the family
Full text and summary can be found here

World Youth Day - Pope to Young People in Krakow

MORE of the young Australians in the Encounter Poland group travelling with Melbourne Bishop Mark Edwards for World Youth Day reflect on the power and the beauty of the opening Mass, the liturgy, the sacred music, and the hospitality of the people of Poland.

Parish of Our Lady of the Southern Cross
Clifton Hill - Collingwood

Gospel Reflection 2016
Sun 21 C
Aug 20-21  Fr Peter Hoang

As we read this Gospel in the heart of the Church, the warnings against Israel take on a special force. We claim that we are the ‘new Israel’ but we must be careful not to take it for granted that our belonging to the establishment provides us with privileged access to the riches of the kingdom. We are also called to ‘try our best to enter by the narrow door’. We often share a meal with Jesus and listen to his preaching, but is that enough?    >More

 Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame

   [Updated Aug 18]

Parish Calendar for August
* Saturday 20th: 4 pm Progetto Concert
* Saturday 20th: Fun Night in the Aikenhead Wing
* Tuesday, 23rd: 4.20 pm First Reconciliation for Sacramental Program children
* Thursday, 25th: 7.30 pm Baptismal Meeting in the Aikenhead Wing

Progetto Concert - Aug 20
Come and join us celebrating the winter blues!
Progetto Corelli's concert [Saudade] presents a warm afternoon of longing, whether it is for someone beloved who has gone, past glories or homelands, as it brings not just sad but also sweet feelings altogether, sadness for missing and sweetness for the memory.
- 20th August commencing at 4 pm at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clifton Hill.
Works by Corelli, Handel, Hotteterre, Schmelzer, Telemann and more. - Entry by voluntary donation.

St John's Primary
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Spring Party Auction Night, on Saturday 10th September, 7:30 pm - Midnight in the Aikenhead Hall.
This is an evening of finger-food, cocktails, auctions, surprises and prizes, laughter and dancing. You may purchase your tickets at the school office. Online auction opens 10th August:

St Joseph's Primary
The children at St Joseph’s Primary are presenting “Collywood 2016” again this year at the Collingwood Town Hall on Thursday, 15th September. Please join our Parish Primary School to encourage our children. They will be featuring the premiere of the film “Nobody Nose” from the Year 5-8 Project, Circus, Dance and Song, plus a very special guest appearance from the Australian Navy Jazz Orchestra.
Dress: a touch of glitz, glamour and all that jazz!
RSVP: September 2 St Joseph’s School on 9419 4918 or

St Joseph's Rebuild
Hallelujah !! After almost ten years of waiting (our church burned down in April, 2007) the builders have finally moved in. Wheee !!
The interior of our proposed St Joseph’s church is designed to make members of the congregation feel like participants in the Mass rather than just observers. Each part of the church has a symbolic meaning and the furnishings in the church serve a specific purpose. Below is the list of furniture and fittings, together with estimated costs. These have been provided by our Interior Designers and Liturgical Designers. These professional designers work closely with churches.
If you would like to contribute towards the cost of one of the below items please contact Fr Peter. So far, we have received contributions for the pulpit/lectern, tabernacle, vestibule, cross, crucifix, table for chalice and paten, three pews and one stained glass window.

Monthly Italian Mass on the first Tuesday of September, that is 6th,at St John’s at 10 am then on to coffee and Italian ‘gabble’ in the Presbytery afterward. We have unfortunately cancelled our August get-together.

St Joseph's amazing Fundraiser July 15. Click image to view more, thanks to Can Tran.

Morning Mass Time Change 
Don’t forget that St John’s and St Joseph’s have our alternate morning mass program until Saturday, 13th August. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Collingwood at 9 am; Wednesdays and Fridays at Clifton Hill at 9.15 am. Saturday mornings at St John’s at 8.30 and at St Joseph’s at 9 am.

Parish Fun Night
Again this year the Parish is holding their Fun Night—on Saturday, 20th August. Remember last year in the Wellington Hall at St Joseph’s, we had loads of fun singing, dancing, chatting and eating. We’ll be having a DJ again with lots of eighties music as well as more modern stuff.
Diarise the date now !! See Rafelina, Ripano or Can for tickets. $25 each, children $15, kids under 5 years are free. Dinner and drinks are included in the price.
This year our Fun Night will be held in the Aikenhead Wing (part of St John’s Primary School) on the corner of Queens Parade and Wellington Street, Clifton Hill. Arrive at 6 pm for 7 pm start to the fun filled evening of entertainment.

Snippets From Within
*  Fr Frank Moloney will be travelling overseas 6th August, first stop is Italy then on further, ending up in the US and back in Melbourne on 15th November. We wish him well and a safe journey and look forward to having him back with us for Christmas.
*  Classes have commenced for some of our Salesian Brothers at Catholic Theological College—good luck with your studies fellas.
* Fr Bernie is also off to Krakow with the Salesian Youth Group. Stay safe to both our Priests.
*  We warmly welcome Fr Gustavo Cavagnari from Rome. He will be with us until 17th August.

Vietnames Mass
Our Vietnamese community will be celebrating Mass at St John’s at 3 pm, due to the construction of the rebuild at St Joseph’s, until the church is completed. At this stage completion is anticipated to be June next year.
Different Vietnamese groups will be using St John’s facilities for the hour preceding Mass, that is 2—3 pm, at the Parish Centre behind the Presbytery, Aikenhead Wing (St John’s School) and St John’s Church.

15-day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan, including Petra with Fr Sang Ho. Cost is $5,250 all included. Contact is Shereen on 9547 7598 or Allan on 9792 4444.

Christian Meditation
Tuesday mornings in St John’s Church after morning Mass, approx 9.45 am for 20 minutes. All welcome. Enquiries Lorenza Nolan on 9386 6198. Email :


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