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2017 Bulletin
Dec 24-25 + Viet

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Melbourne Diocese
Upcoming Events 2017
Parish Update Dec 21

Diocese Youth Site

Summer 2017 Dromana
Juniors Jan 3-6
Seniors Jan 9-12
Juniors Jan 16-19

January 2017
1 Sun. Mary Mother of God
8 Epiphany of the Lord
15 Sun 2A
22 Sun 3A
24 Francis de Sales
26 Australia Day
29 Sun 4A
31 John Bosco

February 2017
2 Presentation of the Lord
5 Sun 5A
12 Sun 6A
19 Sun 7A
22 Chair of peter
26 Sun 8A

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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 Johnís 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 OíRourke
on 0408 556 862 for more information.

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

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

Gospel Reflection 2017
Mary, Mother of God
Jan 1  [Catholic Answers]

Since Mary is Jesusí mother, it must be concluded that she is also the Mother of God: If Mary is the mother of Jesus, and if Jesus is God, then Mary is the Mother of God. There is no way out of this logical syllogism, the valid form of which has been recognized by classical logicians since before the time of Christ.

Although Mary is the Mother of God, she is not his mother in the sense that she is older than God or the source of her Sonís divinity, for she is neither. Rather, we say that she is the Mother of God in the sense that she carried in her womb a divine personóJesus Christ, God "in the flesh" (2 John 7, cf. John 1:14)óand in the sense that she contributed the genetic matter to the human form God took in Jesus Christ.    >More

January 8  Epiphany of the Lord  
The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal," and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to man.   >More

January 15  Sunday 2A   Who Is this Jesus?
David Hollenbach, S.J.
Todayís gospel passage is from the beginning of Johnís gospel. It raises a question that John asks throughout his writing. Just who is this Jesus? This was a key question for Jesusís first followers. And it is for us Christians today too, and for anyone who wonders what to make of the Christian story. Who Is this Jesus? Before we decide whether we really believe in him or could even consider believing in him, we need to ask who we think he is.    >More 




Archbishop Denis Hart's Christmas Message 2016

With a focus this year on Lukeís infancy narrative, the Archbishop points us towards the wise men, moving towards Jesus, and invites us to consider the direction of our own lives.

We lead busy lives, he points out, where we are always moving, moving, moving. But does this incessant movement, asks the Archbishop, move us in the right direction or the wrong? Are we moving towards God, or away from God?

These are the questions which Archbishop Hart invites us, like Mary, to ponder in our hearts this Christmas time.

 [Updated Dec 21]

Meditation at St John's
Meditation will resume in February, 2017.
If you are interested in participating next year contact Lorenza Nolan by email on lorenzanolan@

Alternate Masses for 2017
Because we will have a shortage of priests over the holiday season, we will again have to resort to the following Mass times ...
St Josephís : Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am
St Johnís : Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.15 am
As from Tuesday, 27th December through to Friday, 3rd February.

Jan 1 Mary, Mother of God

Animated. The Shepherds find Jesus

Sunday Cinema
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Fr Martin Tanti - Salesian Vocation Story
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Do you feel God's call
to serve him as a
Salesian Priest or Brother
working with youth?
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(03) 9740 6322

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