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2021 Newsletter
February 21
February 28

Thanksgiving ways

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March 2021     
5 Ember day
7 Lent 3B
14 Lent 4B
17 Patrick
19 Joseph, spouse
25 Annunciation of Lord
28 Passion/Palm Sun

April 2021
1 Holy Thur
2 Good Fri
3 Easter vigil
4 Easter Mon
11 Easter 2B
18 Easter 3B
25 Easter 4B
26 Mark

May 2021
1 Joseph, worrker

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. 

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.

Year of the Family

Pope Francis has announced that 2021 is the ‘year
of the family’, to mark the fifth anniversary of the
publication of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Pope Francis has stressed the importance of
evangelising with the family, proposing again the ideal
of conjugal and family love as underlined in Amoris
Laetitia or the Joy of Love.

Pope Francis says ...

“If we forge ahead on our own, with
beautiful plans even, but leave Jesus out,
it doesn’t work. Jesus is first!”

Pope Francis is a joy-filled person, and the source
of his happiness is his deep faith in the presence of Jesus. In our culture, where constant activity is the norm, it’s hard for us to find time to talk with Jesus and invite him into our lives, We’re not accustomed to asking “what would Jesus do?” in our daily decisions and activities. But Pope Francis says that leaving Jesus out is not an option for Christians.

Thanksgiving - the easy way
If you wish to assist in “keeping the parish afloat” we offer different ways of giving … direct debit, credit card or sacrificial envelopes. Ring the office on 9481 7333. Remember … 25% of your commitment is returned in the form of a tax deductible receipt at the end of the year. Our Parish bank account details are: BSB 083-347 account: 16647 1224.

St John’s Outreach Program
To help supplement our program could we please
have donations of small boxes of herbal teas, boxes of
25 and 50 packs of tea bags, small to medium jars of
coffee and just small bottles of cordial would be much
appreciated . If you choose to donate alternative items,
we are happy for your contributions and most grateful
for your help.
On that note, if you wish to help, particularly in
sourcing more suppliers/products or marketing, we
would love to welcome you to the team. Call Jen
Payne 0439 113 500 or Joan Parr / Father Martin.
A big thank you to Jen Payne for her wonderful ongoing
efforts for our Parish.

Simply Jesus: Reflect Renew Recommit
This Lent, across our archdiocese, we are being
invited to reflect on the way and person of Jesus, renew
ourselves in his love, and recommit ourselves to the
path of discipleship. After a year where the regular
structures that help us live a life of faith and grow in our
relationship with Jesus were largely absent, we are
encouraged to use Lent to reflect more deeply on our
relationship with Jesus and be more attentive to
nurturing its growth.
To aid us in this, a Way of the Cross resource has
been developed incorporating images, Scripture, music,
reflection and prayer. The resource provides a
meaningful way into the powerful story of Jesus?
Passion, inviting a new or renewed intimacy with him.
Along with other resources, it can be accessed at:

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

Gospel Reflection 2021

 Lent 3 Yr B - March 7 

Reflecting upon the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (A.D. 70), John recalls Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple and uses that story to interpret this later event. John explains to his audience, an early Christian community, that temple worship would no longer be necessary because it was surpassed in the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. With greater frequency than the other Evangelists, John intersperses post-Resurrection reflections of this Christian community in his narrative.

After clearing the Temple of the merchants and the moneychangers, John’s Gospel tells us that the people asked for a sign of Jesus’ authority to do such an audacious act. In response, Jesus predicted his death and Resurrection. Throughout John’s Gospel, the language of signs is distinctive. Jesus’ miracles are called signs, and the people look to these signs for proof of his authority. Here we learn that the sign par excellence will be Jesus’ passion, death, and Resurrection.

During Lent we reflect upon the meaning of this sign for us and for our world. We might take this opportunity to consider the quality of our prayer and worship. In our prayers we seek to deepen our relationship with the person of Christ. In our worship with the community, we gather to experience anew the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus and its significance in our lives. Christ promises to be present with us when we gather for prayer.

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[Updated Feb 27]

Mass Times in OLSC Parish
St John’s
: Tuesday and Thursday at 9.15am
Sunday at 9:00 am (Italian), 11:00am and 5:00pm
St Joseph’s: Tuesday to Saturday at 9am
Saturday at 6:00pm Sunday at 9:00am (Vietnamese)
Good Shepherd: Sunday at 9:30am.

A message from Fr Martin ..
IDear Parishioners,
I hope you all have had a good week and enjoying
the cooler weather. As we begin the 2nd week of our
Lenten journey, let us not forget to pray for each other.
Even though we may not see the struggles others are
experiencing in their lives or others see in our lives,
but I am sure they are there. Let us remember those
who are physically or emotionally unwell in our parish. In recent weeks, we have had a number of funerals for past and present parishioners. We have also
had funerals for parents of parishioners who have
passed away. Let us continue to pray for those who
have died and for the families left behind. May God
console them and give them strength in their grief.
Last year we began to celebrate the wonderful
achievement of 200 years of Catholic Education in
Australia. The formal celebrations to commemorate
this 200 years were due to be held from October 2020
to October 2021. However, due to pandemic restrictions, the celebrations will now be held during the
2021 school year. A National Mass will also be celebrated in every state, territory and diocese on the
Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians on 24 May 2021.
The theme for the celebrations is, ‘Faith in the future’.
It reflects the core purpose
of Catholic education to
form students in their faith,
and to provide an education
that enables our children to
make a meaningful contribution to the world. Building
on the great work of those who have come before us
we strive to provide a Catholic education for future
generations of students in a world that is rapidly
changing. Education in Australia marking the bicentenary of the first Australian Catholic school established in Parramatta in October 1820.
Catholic historians believe this first school was in
Hunter Street, Parramatta, and taught 31 students. By
1833, there were 10 Catholic schools in the colony of
New South Wales. Catholic schools have now grown
to become the largest provider of schooling in Australia (outside government) with one in five school age
students attending a Catholic school. Let us remember
all those who worked so hard to establish our faith
based education system and all those children who
have been educated and have gone out into the world
and become a witness of God’s love for all.
Finally, we welcome the Salesian Youth Ministry
team and others to our parish this weekend. Thank
you being part of our parish and sharing your gifts and
presence with us. Have a great day. God Bless.
Fr Martin

Project Compassion
This week focusses on Margret, a 39 year old teacher at
a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon
Islands. Last year, Margret’s school faced a triple threat
– no access to clean water, devastation from Tropical
Cyclone Harold and Covid-19. With Caritas’s support,
Margret’s school and community now have access to
water tanks on-site and have received much needed
assistance to rebuild after the cyclone. Also, they have
been able to better manage the pandemic.

A tribute to ...
Mary Bennett was a long standing parishioner at St
Joseph’s and a tremendously consistent helper at
functions and special events held at the church hall and
presbytery (especially when Fr Ernie Smith was parish
priest). Unfortunately she passed away last October
during lockdown and we at OLSC totally missed the
opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to her.
Sr Maria Cincotta at Mercy Health has written a poem as
a tribute to the good lady and we have included this in
the newsletter this weekend for the Good Shepherd
followers. Copy available at the office.

Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical
calendar beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending approximately six weeks later, the night before Easter Sunday, which is at the Vigil on Saturday evening. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, simple living and self-denial. Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.

Parish Lenten Prayer Series
All are welcome to our weekly Lenten Prayer and
Reflection series via Zoom. They are usually very
intimate, friendly spaces where sharing is optional.
These will be held on Tuesday evenings from 8-
8:30pm, during which we will pray and reflect upon a
reading or psalm that will be read in the coming
Sundays. You are welcome to call or email with
questions or requests for the invitation. God bless., 9481 7333

Annual Lenten Lecture Series
Jesuit College of Spirituality is proud to announce the
return of its annual Lenten Lecture series. This year,
the series will be held entirely online.
Beginning last Thursday 25th February, Professor
Maryanne Confoy rsc, Fr Chris Gleeson SJ, Fr Michael
Head SJ, and Frances Tilly covered the following topics :
*  The Spirituality of Ageing: A Paschal Experience
*  Exploring Michael Leunig’s Prayer for Balance
*  Aligning Our Inner and Outer Lives
*  The Years of the Suppression of the Jesuits
*  Carried by Friends.
An Experiential Reflection on the Transformative
Relationship of Friendship Through the Prism of the
Spiritual Exercises and the Ignatian Way of Proceeding
The public lectures may be attended individually or as
a series. To join in the lecture series, contact or 9448 8276.

Don Bosco Retreat Centre - Lysterfield
Lenten Retreats 2021:
1. Lent Easter Retreat with Fr Peter Varengo 21 - 26 February
2. Saturday 13 March: Family Retreat Day
3. Saturday 20 March: Youth and Young Adult Reflection Day
4. Friday 26 March: Seniors Retreat Day.
Further information: Online
registrations essential as Covid number limits apply.

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!]