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May 2021     
9 Easter 6B
13 Our Lady of Fatima
14 Matthias
16 Ascension Sun
23 Pentecost Sun
24 Our Lady of the Southern Cross/Help of Christians
30 Trinity
31 Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

June 2021
6 Body and Blood of Christ
11 Sacred Heart
12 Immaculate heart of Mary
13 Sun 11B
20 Sun 12B
24 Nativity of John Baptist
27 Sun 13B
29 Peter & Paul

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. 

Our Lady of Fatima
May 13 marks the anniversary of the first of
six apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd
children of Fa tima, Portugal. Lucia dos Santos (aged 9)
and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto (aged 8
and 6, respectively) were tending sheep in central
Portugal in 1917 when they had a vision of a woman
surrounded by light who identified herself as the Lady
of the Rosary. She exhorted them to pray the rosary for
world peace and, over the course of her six apparitions,
gave the children three "secrets."

She promised a miracle in October, and on
the 13th of that month a crowd of perhaps 70,000
people witnessed a "miraculous solar phenomenon," in
which the Sun appeared to fall toward Earth. After
initially questioning the authenticity of the children's
visions, the Vatican accepted them as appearances of
the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of
Fa tima), and Fa tima became the location of one of the
greatest Marian shrines in the world, visited by
thousands of pilgrims each year.
Although Lucia dos Santos would later
become a Carmelite nun and live to the age of 97,
Francisco and Jacinta Marto died as children as a result
of the influenza pandemic of 1918–19. The pious
siblings were beatified in 2000 by Pope John Paul II,
making them the youngest non-martyred children to be
beatified in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
They were canonized as saints by Pope Francis in 2017
to coincide with the 100th anniversary of their visions.

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.

Pope Francis says ...

‘It’s so simple: Love God, love your neighbour. That’s all it takes.”
Pope Francis is very precise when he speaks
– he never confuses ‘simple’ with ‘easy.’ But if we are
ready to commit ourselves to living saintly lives, that
means we are ready to let God’s love fill us so that we may become the way for that love to be showered on others. This is the secret of the saints: they opened themselves to accepting God’s love. The same love is available to us. All we have to do is ask, and God is ready to guide us on the right path … and right into the path of those who need our help the most.

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

Gospel Reflection 2021

 Ascension B - May 16 

There are similarities in the reports of Jesus’ Ascension found in the Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew, and Luke. In each case, Jesus assigns his disciples the task of proclaiming the gospel message to the entire world. There are also notable distinctions. In the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, the disciples are sent by Jesus to baptize and to preach. In Luke’s Gospel, however, the commission to baptize is absent. Instead, Jesus directs the disciples to return to Jerusalem to await the fulfillment of his promise to send them the Holy Spirit. Curiously, only the Gospels of Mark and Luke actually report Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Matthew’s Gospel concludes with Jesus’ promise to remain with his disciples forever. Only the Gospel of Mark notes that Jesus ascended to sit at the right hand of God. In noting this, Mark teaches that Jesus’ ascension affirms the glory Jesus received from God after his death and Resurrection.

 Pentecost B - May 23 

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, John 20:19-23 reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He breathes the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and sends them to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ act of breathing the Holy Spirit upon the apostles mirrors God’s act of breathing life into Adam. In fact, both the Greek and Hebrew words for “spirit” can also be translated as “breath.” This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. The reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church’s sacramental life. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are cleansed of sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God through the forgiveness of sins. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.

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Ascension - May 16

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Jesus returns to the Father and sends the Holy Spirit

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[Updated May 7]

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

A message from Fr Martin ..
Dear Parishioners

Let me first wish all mothers a
Happy Mother’s Day. Our mums
do so much for us when we are
growing up and even as adults. Let
us also give thanks to all women
who share their gifts to others and
those who have a ‘motherly role’ in
our lives. Mothers have a special
place in society. Let us remember
those mothers who are still with us and those who have
returned to God the Father. Motherly affection and care is
given by those who have given birth and those who take up
the role of motherhood as a foster parent, step-mother,
grandmother and those women who are there for those in
need. Thanks God for those women who love us and care
for us.
This week we bid farewell to one of our parishioners Judy
O’Leary – Shepherd. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and parishioners. Her
life was cut short and this kind of experience reminds me that life is so precious. Let us
remember not to take for granted those whom we love, those who love us, look after us and those who are part of
our daily lives. Sometimes we give the excuse that we don’t visit or call because we are so busy. We don’t often know what is around the corner in life and we are taken by
surprise. Christ reminds us to love one another as God
loves us. May we always try to put into practice the love
God has for us.
Finally, let us continue to pray for those countries
which are still struggling with Covid-19, for example India
and Brazil. Let us thank God the benefits we have in our
own country and how we can live a fairly normal life
again. Also, let us remember these people who have lost
loved ones in this difficult time and in these difficult cirrcumstances. May the Lord comfort them in their sorrow
and give them consolation.
As mentioned else where in this newsletter, we remember the miracle on May 13 when Our Lady of Fatima visited three young
Portuguese children.Of the seven Fatima prayers this one is the most well-known, often being referred to simply as the
"Fatima Prayer". On June 13, 1917 Our Lady taught the
children to say this prayer after each decade of the
Rosary. Our Lady encouraged the children to continue
to pray the Rosary every day.
“O Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell.
Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most
in need.” Those most in need certainly would include
India and Brazil.
Have a wonderful week. God Bless.
Fr Martin

Parish Feast Day
Our Parish Feast Day... Feast of Our Lady of the
Southern Cross, is coming up on the 24th of
May. Mass celebrations will be held at each of our
churches on the 23rd. At St. John's, we will have a
morning tea following the 9am Italian Mass. After
the 11am English Mass, we would like to gather at
the Clifton Hill Pub for lunch. Please let us know if
you are interested in this outing, as bookings are
essential. Please contact

Vinnies’ 2021 Winter Appeal
As Vinnies responds to a growing de mand for services following the end of JobKeeper
and cuts to Job Seeker, the National Council of St
Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is calling for
donations to help support the rising number of
people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Launching the Vinnies Winter Appeal
today, National President Claire Victory said that
historically low wages and cuts to income support,
coupled with rising house prices and the decline in
affordable rental accommodation, are pushing more
families into homelessness. ‘This has been exacer bated by the economic impact from the COVID-19
pandemic,’ Ms Victory said. ‘The government’s
coronavirus supplement helped keep many strug gling families afloat over the past year. When that
safety net disappeared at the end of March, it left
the most vulnerable members of our community
with nowhere to turn. In the second year of the
pandemic, families are fighting to stay in their own
homes, and right around the country it is children
who are bearing the greatest burden.

St John’s Outreach Program
Don’t forget our outreach program and buy some thing extra for our outreach program next time you are
shopping. Long life milk and cleaning products would
be appreciated by our outreach team. Thank you.

Thank you
A big thank you to Barry Whelan for once again
supplying a large skip to St John’s Presbytery. We
were able to dispose of quite a lot of stuff which had
been lingering in the offices and cupboards for some
time. It’s good to have room to “swing the cat” now.
Thank you so much, Barry.

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!]