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February 2024     
25 Lent 2B

March 2014March 2014
3 Lent 3B
10 Lent 4B
17 Lent 5B
18 St Patrick
19 Joseph spouse of Mary
24 Passion/Palm Sun
28 Holy Thursday
29 Good Friday
30 Easter Vigil
31 Easter Sunday Yr B

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 First Communion and Confirmation: Preparation for this is conducted in our school at St Joseph’s; we also offer this preparation to State School children. Email our office at for further infomation

Our Parish Priest   
Fr Cassius Correya SDB
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Assistant Parish Priest
Fr Peter Varengo SDB

If you would like to have a pastoral visit from the parish priest, or a priest, or a seminarian, or a co-parishioner, kindly leave a message at the administration office on 9481 7333 or email to


KEEP THIS DATE FREE….. On Sunday 1 March
2026 we will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Church which took place on 26 February 1876. We still cannot find the foundation stone. Is it buried somewhere? Does anyone have any clues? Let John or Joan know.
Support   13 11 14  1300 22 46 36
Defence Family Helpline  1800 624 608
Open Arms  1800 011 046
SANE Helpline  1800 18 SANE (7263)
Domestic Violence  1800 RESPECT (737 732)
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  1800 853 437
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.

At Our Lady of the Southern Cross, we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our parish.
We acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people and offer our respects to the elders past, present and future. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.


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

 Lent 2B 2024 

Feb 24-25

For kids

Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB
Also on Apple Podcasts

Sunday Cinema
Online Viewing
for this Week's Liturgy

[Updated Feb 24]

Reflection from Fr Nuku
As we have come to the beginning of the second week of our journey in this Lenten Season, Christ is revealed through his transfiguration as the Son of God. In fact, the only thing that God demands from us is, ‘Listen to Him!’ If we listen to Christ, we shall be successful in our journey with him in this season. In our first reading from Genesis, Abraham was put to the test and he remained faithful to God. God did not require him to do anything that He himself would not do. In fact, that command to Abraham to offer his only son prefigures how God would later offer his own son for our salvation. God prevented the sacrifice of Isaac because, Abraham’s faith was firm. Thus, Abraham gives us lessons. First, he was attentive to the word of God and obeyed God’s command. Second, he trusted completely in God. The third is his generosity towards God. Now, this is a season that gives us an opportunity to listen attentively, trust and hope in Him, and show that we love our God. It is very encouraging words from our second reading from St Paul, especially in this season. It is full of hope. Paul stresses three assurances: ‘There is no opposition, there is no condemnation, and there is no separation.’ Simply because, ‘God graciously gave His Son for us.’ So, like Abraham, God was not selfish. Rather, He willingly gave up His Son for our sake: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…’ Meaning to say, God is ready to do anything good to save us. What we ought to do is to continue to listen to Christ attentively. God is there to help and save us and to make sure that we get to our destination this season because Christ is with us on our journey. Now, in the Gospel reading, it shows us the scene of the transfiguration of Jesus. He manifests his glory to three of his disciples. The transfiguration reflects the divinity of Jesus. Transfiguration is simply a glimpse of the gift and glory of God. Today, Christ reveals his future Glory. However, to attain the fullness of this glory, He must first suffer and be crucified. This is a road that we must also walk to partake in this glory. Like the second reading the gospel is a message of hope. This is because God revealed to us the glory which will be ours through Christ. God spoke eloquently and confirms the lordship of Jesus: ‘This is my beloved…’however, he demands only one thing from us: ‘Listen to him!!’ Listening to Christ means transforming our lives and changing our ways. It means living according to the word of God we hear every day. Listening to Jesus means obeying His will and paying attention to what the church teaches us every day. If we respond quickly, rather than being indifferent, then we have listened to Jesus, the beloved Son of God. If we do this well, then we are walking in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Second Sunday of Lent
Lent is a time when we are called to be transfigured as we prepare for Easter. We are called to leave behind in the ashes all that gets in the way of us following Jesus, so that we may be changed and transformed by the glory that God has in mind for us.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is concerned with his identity. Having just made the second prediction of the Passion, Matthew in his Gospel is keen to reassure us that for Jesus, death does not mean dishonour: the one who is to be crucified is the one who is gloriously transfigured, the one to whom we must listen.

International Women’s Day
God, whose love and goodness gathers us in: we pray for women all over the world, especially those challenged by poverty and other injustice. Stir us to know women’s dignity. Quieten us to listen to women’s voices. Awaken us to see women’s realities. Strengthen us to stand for women’s rights. Fill us with hope to make a better future together. Amen.

Our New Elect
My name's Lachlan, I'm 27 and have lived most of my life as an atheist but over the past couple of years I have felt a calling to the church. This has become stronger as my values have shifted away from modernity and towards tradition and the lifestyle that brings. I decided upon the Catholic Church as it holds the most historical and Biblical precedent, as well as having a cultural connection in my Irish heritage. Where once I thought the way of holiness was somewhat outdated and obsolete, I have come to realise that it is God's will for my life, and in turn He has given me purpose, discipline and hope.
- Lachlan Kennedy

Holy Hour
Adoration and Prayer for Vocations:
Friday 1st March 6.00 pm—7.00 pm St John the Baptist Church Clifton Hill. Prayer for personal discernment and praying for others who are discerning their way in life. All are welcome.

Special Occasions??
The Parish is offering mass intentions to those parishioners who may have a special occasion to celebrate. Perhaps you or a family member has a special birthday coming up, a wedding anniversary, the anniversary of a deceased loved one, whatever you may be celebrating, one of our priests would like to join with you at mass. Please email Joan at if you would like a mass intention said at a particular mass on a particular weekend. Please list all details including a phone number (just in case we need to speak with you).

Great Women of Faith
I have been involved in preparations for the Great Women of Faith exhibition to be held in St Patrick’s Cathedral
1 to 10 March 2024, to coincide with International Women’s Day – the poster with entry times is up on the notice board. Portraits of Mary Mackillop and Mary Glowrey were among the earliest artworks Barbara created in her unique, vibrant style. Gabrielle McMullen AM

Readers & Special Ministers
If you would like to be a reader or special minister at the 11am Mass please write your name on the A3 sheet at the back of the church by Sunday 18 February. This covers March and April except for Easter when special arrangements will be made.

Special News ...
  # The Parish is offering mass intentions to those parishioners who may have a special occasion to celebrate. Whatever you may be celebrating, one of our priests would like to join with you at mass. Please email Joan at if you would like a mass intention said at a particular mass on a particular weekend.

  # St John’s Church is now open
12-1pm weekdays to offer “time-out” to the general public.
  # Reconciliation is being offered on
Fridays during Lent from 7-8pm in St John’s Church.

There are several avenues in which Mass can be viewed.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".

2Daily 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)

3. Mass for You at Home
6.00-6.30am Sundays or catch up on 10 Play Freeview [need to sign up!]

 Returned to the Father 
Condolences: We pray for the families and souls of
those who have departed recently:


Ellen Hart,
Salvatore Giorgio,
Elio Michelangeli.
 We remember ... 
Prayers for healing:
Ian Armstrong,
Lorena Ferri,
Tony Addamo,
Teresa Boetti,
Cecily Hollingworth,
Pat Hearity,
Mario Misurelli..
Please let us know if the office can help in any way.