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2022 Newsletter
May 8
May 15 + Readings

  OLSC Parish

 Cộng Đoàn Thánh Gioan Hoan - Collingwood
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May 2022     
14 St Matthias
15 Easter 5C
22 Easter 6C
Parish celebration of OLSC @ St Joseph's
All Sunday Masses at St. John’s are cancelled on 22nd
24 Our Lady of the Southern Cross / Help of Christians
29 Ascension of the Lord
31 Visitation of BV Mary

June 2022
5 Pentecost
12 Trinity
19 Body & Blood of Christ
24 Sacred Heart
25 Nativity of John Baptist
26 Sun 13C
29 Peter & Paul

July 2022
3 Sun 14C
10 sun 15C
17 Sun 16C
22 Mary Magdalene
24 Sun 17C
25 St James
31 Sun 18C

August 2022
6 Transfiguration
7 Sun 19C
8 Mary of the Cross MacKillop
14 Sun 20C
15 Assumption of Mary
21 Sun 21C
24 Bartholomew
28 Sun 22C
29 Passion of John the Baptist

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception

: Second and fourth Sundays of the month at 12 noon (email the office to book)
by appointment
approach a priest before Mass
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 Anthony Dung Ngoc Nguyen SDB PP

Assistant Parish Priest
Fr Peter Varengo SDB

Support   13 11 14  1300 22 46 36
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

Gospel Reflection 2022

 Easter 5C - May 15

John's Gospel does not include an institution of the Eucharist narrative; instead, Jesus washes his disciples' feet. Immediately after, Jesus predicts his betrayal by Judas. Today's Gospel follows that prediction. It can be read as a continuing explanation of Jesus' act of washing his disciples' feet. It begins with the announcement that this is the moment when the Son of Man will be glorified. This theme continues throughout John's Passion. Jesus will be glorified in his death on the cross and in his Resurrection, and the disciples will glorify Jesus in the love they show.

John's Gospel does not present a sentimental view of love. This is a type of love that is shown in service and sacrifice. It is difficult to choose to love when faced with hatred and anger. Jesus tells the disciples that all will know that they are his disciples because of the love they show for one another.

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Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB

Easter 5C - May 15

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A message from Fr Anthony
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings of peace and joy of the Lord!
I am deeply sorry for forgetting to include my best
wishes for mothers in my message last Sunday as we
celebrated Mother’s Day. This does not mean that I
forget to pray for each one of mothers to be blessed
abundantly by the Lord with goodness, joy and love. I
wish you all the best for your life, especially to see the
success of your children.
Last Sunday, we celebrated the Good Shepherd
Sunday and we professed that the Lord is our shepherd. We are his sheep, who listen to his voice and
follow him. What does this profession mean to us? It
means that we are brothers and sisters of the same
sheepfold. This is the context in which I would like to
share with you my thought on today’s Gospel. Human ly speaking, when a person is going to die, his or her
last words or last testaments are important because
they come from the bottom of his or her heart. It is
often a unfulfilled wish which he or she wants to happen (for him or her or for those who he or she will
leave behind). Today’s Gospel is part of the discourse
of Jesus’ “farewell speech.” 
In his farewell speech, he asked his disciples to love
one another. I would like to draw your attention to Jesus’ “new commandment.” It is new since Jesus gives us a “new point of reference” for our love for one another and for our neighbours.
In the old testament, we find the “old commandment” as follows: “Love your neighbours as your self” (Lv 19:18). We see here the point of reference is
“our self.” We love others as we would love ourself.
However, in his new commandment, Jesus changes the
point of reference. We no longer love others as we love our self; but to love others as Jesus has loved us. This point of reference of love becomes the sign which shows we are the disciples of Jesus. In other words, we become true disciples of Jesus only when we love others with the same love that Jesus has
loved us. It is a love that is ready to “lay down one’s
life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13).

 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Christian love is not simply a “sentimental love.” Rather, it is a “decision of the heart” as St. John Paul II
would say. Christian love has “eternal character” since it has its source in God who is eternal. I would like to end my sharing with these words St. John Paul II: “If you do not decide to love forever, you will find it hard to truly love even for a day.” I pray that our love for
one another does not fade away throughout the
course of time, but is caught up into the love of the
God, who loves us so much that he gave us his only
Son, not to condemn us, but to save us (see Jn 3:16).
Let us love one another as Jesus Christ has loved us!
Fr Anthony

Feast of Our Lady
Please join us for our parish feast day celebration! We will be celebrating Mass at St. Joseph’s in Collingwood at 10am, followed by a reception in the hall. It is a blessing that after two years, we can come together to rejoice in our blessings.Quyen Pham and Quyen Le are
organizing food. If you are interested in bringing a dessert to share, we would be grateful! Questions can be directed to…
Please note that all Sunday Masses at St. John’s are cancelled on May 22nd due to the feast day celebrations. That is … 9am, 11am and 5pm.
Blessings ... Jennifer

St Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage
The Sisters of Saint Joseph have prepared an
Australian Pilgrimage, “In the Footsteps of Mary
MacKillop” commencing in Melbourne on 18
October, journeying through Victoria and South
Australia, and ending at Mary MacKillop Place,
North Sydney on 29 October 2022.

St Mary MacKillop
Mary’s parents were Scottish immigrants set tling in Melbourne and Mary was born on January
15, 1842. Money worries were part of Mary’s life
and the ‘boom and bust’ gold days saw the MacKillops suffer continual financial instability. From her
teens to mid-twenties Mary supported the family,
working as a school teacher and governess, before
taking the first of many courageous steps in her life
at the age of 24.
Mary wanted to serve the poor, particularly
educating the children who lived in the bush. She
opened a school in a stable on 19 March 1866,
wearing a simple black dress as a sign of a radical
life change. The first school set the pattern for many
to come – it was for the children of the working
class, aiming to make children independent, employable and well-grounded.
Mary MacKillop had a radical vision of the way
the Order of the Sisters should be structured – she
didn’t want the Order to be subject to direction by
the Bishops of particular dioceses. In response to
this stand, Mary came into conflict with the Bishop
of Adelaide. She was excommunicated on 22 Sep tember 1871, which was removed the following
year, although conflict around the principle of the
matter continued.
Mary decided to take her cause to the Pope in
Rome. Aged just 31 and as a professed Sister of St
Joseph, Mary went to Rome, gained an audience
with Pope Pius IX, and received approval of her
Rule within a year.
Mary MacKillop’s attitude was always
of forgiveness and respect. Her many letters are
evidence of her vision, courage and leadership.

Parish HistoryHave you shared your memories and photographs
of St John’s Parish and its schools with John Andrews
yet? You can contact John on 0439 614 461 or

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!]

 Returned to the Father 
Condolences: We pray for the families and souls of
those who have departed recently: especially for
Sheila Smith, mother of Sue Smith, who died last
Sunday on Mother’s Day.


 We remember ... 
Prayers for healing:
Ian Armstrong, Julia Rickard, Fr Chris Riley,
Teresa Boetti, Ida Misurelli, Mat Kennedy,
Betty Croker, Julia O’Malley, Tony Addamo,
Terry Whelan and Cecily Hollingworth. 
Please let us know if the office can help in any way.