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2021 Newsletter
June 12-13
June 19-20

Thanksgiving ways

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Today's Mass Scripture
Today's Morning Prayer
2021 Liturgical Calendar

News & Stories
Cathedral Daily Mass

Diocese Youth Site

June 2021     
20 Sun 12 B
24 Nativity of John Baptist
27 Sun 13 B
29 Peter & Paul

July 2021
3 Thomas
4 Sun 14 B
11 Sun 15 B
18 Sun 16 B
22 Mary Magdalene
25 Sun 17 B

August 2021
1 Sun 18 B
6 Transfiguration
8 Mary MacKillop
10 Lawrence
15 Assumption of Mary
22 Sun 21 B
24 Bartholomew
29 Sun 22 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 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. 

Jesus rebukes the storm
Today's Gospel offers evidence of Jesus' power and authority as he calms the storm. In his day, power
over nature was believed to be a sign of divinity—only God calms storms. Jesus' rebuke of the storm also echoes the rebuke he uses when he talks to and expels demons. In each situation, Jesus' power and authority is a sign of his divinity.
Indeed, the disciples are left wondering about
Jesus' identity at the conclusion of today's Gospel.
They see before them a human being who acts with
the authority and power of God.
The disciples' uncertainty about Jesus' identity is
a recurring theme in Mark's Gospel. For more of this
reflection on this weekend’s Gospel see: https://
www.loyolapress. com/catholic-resources/liturgical year/sunday-connection/12th-sunday-in-ordinary time-b-sunday-connection/

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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 ...

  In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Fran cis states that “It is in the Eucharist that
all that has been created finds its greatest
exaltation. Grace, which tends to mani fest itself tangibly, found unsurpassable
expression when God himself became man and gave
himself as food for his creatures. The Lord, in the
culmination of the mystery of the Incarnation, chose
to reach our intimate depths through a fragment of
matter. He comes not from above, but from within,
he comes that we might find him in this world of

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.

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

Gospel Reflection 2021

 Sunday 12 B - June 20 

Mark's Gospel presents a vivid portrait of Jesus, whose words and deeds show that he is the Son of God. Today's Gospel describes the end of a day of teaching in Jesus' ministry. Jesus taught the crowd in parables and then offered explanations of these parables to his disciples. Jesus then led his disciples away from the crowds and into the boats that they will use to cross the Sea of Galilee. The sea and its surrounding area are the settings for Jesus' teachings and miracles in this part of Mark's Gospel. Today's reading describes how Jesus calmed a storm at sea. It is the first of four miracles that are presented in sequence at this point in Mark's Gospel.

As is typical in Mark's Gospel, Jesus' disciples are frightened by the sudden storm; they do little to inspire confidence in the reader. Mark notes the contrast between the disciples' terror and Jesus' peace. Jesus is sleeping, untroubled by what is going on around him.

The disciples' words to Jesus are telling. They are familiar enough with Jesus to dare to wake him. Their words to him are words of reproach, questioning his care for them. A careful reader might wonder what the disciples expected Jesus to do. Are they more troubled by the storm or by Jesus' inattentiveness to their needs? How many of us have chided a family member or friend for not agreeing with our assessment of the severity of a situation?

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Calming the tempest - June 20

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[Updated June 19]

Mass Times in OLSC Parish
St John’s:
  Tuesday, Thursday at 9.15am, Saturday 8.30 am
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 and 10.30am
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A message from Fr Martin ..
Dear Parishioners

As I write this week’s newsletter article my hope is that you all have had a pleasant weekend so far and enjoyed your time, either quietly or amongst family and friends.
What a relief to be out of lock down and being able to be with
other people or just being able to go out and leave the house.
However, it is important that we keep ourselves safe and
help each other where possible.
This week, on Thursday the 24th of June is the Solemnity of St John the Baptist and the name of our church in Clifton Hill. John played a vital role in the life of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this existence was to pave the way for the coming of Christ –
‘The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.’ When I re flect on this man what I take from his life is his Gift of Humility. John 
was a popular figure and he had his
followers before Christ appeared in
the picture. However, John needed
to decrease in popularity if Jesus
was to complete his mission. John
had to decrease in status and allow Jesus take centre
stage. John baptised with water, but Jesus was coming
to baptise with the gift and power of the Holy Spirit.
John’s ministry was to preach about repentance and
the coming of the Incarnated God. He baptised in the
Jordan River for a number of months before he had the
privilege of baptising Jesus. Even then John, still hum bler yet, stated that he should not be baptising Jesus.
For the benefit of his people John followed Jesus’ wishes
and baptised him. John, also showed a great deal of Courage when he was imprisoned for what he believed in and his
mission. His Gift of Courage took him to the point of becoming a
martyr dying for his faith. On this Solemnity, let us reflect on the
gifts of humility and courage which John shares with us and
make it part of our lives. On Thursday, we will have the normal mass at 9.15am to celebrate John the Baptist - All Welcome. The children will have their own mass later and finish of the term with a fun day. We wish all the Staff and Students a safe and happy holiday.
God Bless. Fr Martin.   

'Take the Way of the Gospel': Together we Pray

An invitation to pray together as a parish for the  Archdiocese, as we begin the journey of 'Take the Way of the Gospel'. This significant time of discern ment begins with prayer and with calling upon the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us.
Our prayer sessions will occur via zoom for five Tuesdays, beginning June 22nd from 8-8:45pm. All are welcome.
To join the call just go to and enter Meeting
ID: 830 2013 7485 (Passcode: xnR5zf). Inquiries
can be directed to
Alternatively, you may join archdiocese-wide prayer
events at the following link... of-the-gospel-together-we-pray
World Refugee Day
Be a force for change and join the Asylum Seeker
Resource Centre (ASRC) this Sunday (June 20), as they
come together with thousands of people around
Australia to celebrate the incredible strength and
resilience of people seeking asylum.
We’ll be online from 8am - 10pm featuring panel
discussions, interviews and sharing stories of
incredible people with lived experience of seeking
asylum who are making a difference in the refugee
movement and contributing to our community.
You can watch all the action on the day via our
Facebook page and take part in our live auction or
make a donation to help us raise $1.5 million to support
and empower people seeking asylum.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:30pm – 8:00pm on

St Mary's House of Welcome
In support of the 'Welcome Start' Winter Breakfast
Program, St Mary's House of Welcome presents an
online fundraising Trivia Night that 'virtually'
guarantees a good time!
Trivia by: Funky Bunch Trivia on Friday, June 25, 2021
from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Tickets: $120 includes trivia
entry and a dinner & drinks hamper for two, links to an
online silent auction, and more… all delivered to you in
the comfort of your own home. 'A night at home to help
those without a home.'

Salesians in Fiji
> Sal Missions July            > Sal Missions Fiji
> Cagliero Au Newsletter     > Cagliero 11 - Issue 150
The new youth and education centre in Nasinu, Fiji is
nearly completed and ready to welcome young people
from the surrounding areas. It will be a safe, fun and
educative space for young people to gather.
The Salesian Missions is running a campaign to send a
container of furnishings for the centre, and to provide
much needed goods to assist in the outreach. We are
seeking foldable tables, chairs, musical instruments,
sports equipment and donations to assist with the
shipping costs.
If you would like to assist us with this venture please
contact Lauren:

Online Sessions by CTC
Catholic Theological College is offering free online
Open Day Information Sessions “Getting Started in
Theology” in June for anyone interested in beginning
or extending their study journey.
We have three sessions to choose from (they will
all offer the same information) featuring Dr Rosemary
Canavan, CTC Academic Dean, and Rev Dr Phil Gleeson
, Acting Postgraduate Coordinator. Drs Canavan
and Gleeson will outline how to get started and how to
plan study that matches the ministry needs of potential
students. There will also be opportunities to ask
Go online to book for a session for Tuesday, 15th
June at 7pm or Thursday, 17th June at 10 am; or
Tuesday, 22nd June at 7pm.
Come and see why many people choose to study at
CTC. Register for one of the online sessions or contact
us for further information.

Re-Imagining our Local Church as Mission Communities
'Take the Way of the Gospel': Together we Pray
You are invited to take up the invitation from
Archbishop Comensoli to pray for our Archdio cese as we begin the journey of 'Take the Way of
the Gospel'. This significant time of discernment
begins with prayer and with calling upon the Holy
Spirit to lead and guide us.
Parishes, families, prayer groups, school commu nities—all are welcome to join in this weekly
online prayer opportunity for our Archdiocese. To
allow for differing availabilities, each week the
same session will be run twice:
Wednesdays 7.30–8.00pm:
June 16, 23, 30 and July 7 & 14
or more information please go to the link below
NB: We as a parish will have our own zoom pray er on this topic starting on the 22nd June at 8pm.
We will include a link to this prayer session in
next weeks newsletter.

Mustard Seed Moments
Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.” God can take something or someone that seems small
and insignificant and turn it into a blessing that reaches
many. Don’t overlook the mustard seed moments in your
* That little conversation you had where you shared the
Word of God with someone may be the turning the point
that person needed.
* That short prayer you prayed with your friend may be the
key to mountains being moved.
* That small act of generosity because of your love for
Christ and people may be the shade someone needed to
get them through a difficult crisis.
* That small act of kindness that was prompted by your
faith may have been the shield that protected someone
from the flaming arrows of the enemy.
Small things becoming big things. What seems insignificant
is truly significant. What most people would overlook God is
going to use. This is what the Kingdom of God is like. The
kingdom of God is like a mustard seed planted in the

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!]