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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

September 2021
5 Nativity of Virgin Mary
12 Sun 24B
14 Exultation of the Cross
15 Our Lady of Sorrows
19 Sun 25 B
21 Matthew
26 Sun 26 B
27 Vincent de Paul
29 Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

October 2021
2 Guardian Angels
3 Sun 27 B
4 Francis Assisi
10 Sun 28 B
17 Sun 29 B
18 Luke
24 Sun 30 B
28 Simon & Jude
31 Sun 31 B

November 2021
1 All saints
2 All faithful departed

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. 

Plenary Council update ...

In October 2021, the Catholic Church in Australia
will gather for the first Assembly of the Plenary Council
to be held since the second Vatican Council. In 2018,
when the decision to hold a Plenary Council
was announced, the entire People of God in Australia
began preparing for this historic moment by listening
to God and by listening to one another's stories of faith.
'The agenda of the Plenary Council of Australia calls
those attending the assemblies to 'develop concrete
proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred
Church in Australia'. The agenda's preamble is drawn
from Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Evangelii
Gaudium. It explores the Pope's 'dream of a
"missionary option"' and captures the essence of the
agenda. For more information, go to…

'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

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 communities—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 prayer on this topic starting on the
22nd June at 8pm.
We will include a link to this prayer session in
next weeks newsletter.

Support   13 11 14  1300 22 46 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  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.

Pope Francis says ...


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 18 B - Aug 1 

In today’s Gospel, there are four exchanges between Jesus and the crowd. In the first, the crowd, having followed Jesus to Capernaum, asks a very matter of fact question: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replies by naming their motivation in pursuing him. They have been fed. Jesus acknowledges this, yet challenges them to see beyond the fulfillment of their material needs. The crowds have followed Jesus because they have been fed. They ought to be seeking out Jesus because he can give them eternal life.

As the second dialogue begins, it seems that the crowd might be on their way to accepting Jesus and his mission. They ask: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus replies that they must have faith in the one sent from God. But in the third dialogue, the crowd reveals their inability to see Jesus’ true identity. They ask Jesus for a sign so that they might know that Jesus is from God. How strange this sounds since Jesus has just fed more than 5000 people. What more is expected?

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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 (English) Sunday at 9:00am and
Good Shepherd:
Sunday at 9:30am.
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A message from Fr Martin ..
Dear Parishioners,

Alleluia, we are at least partially out of
lockdown and can move around. I am sure some
parents are happy for the children to be back at
school and the children are thrilled to be back with
their friends. It is wonderful that we are able to
celebrate masses again and come together as a family united
by our faith in God and Christ.
There are some people who I
have spoken to who have found
this last lockdown very challenging. As we continue this strange existence can I encourage all of us to keep supporting each other, even with a simple
phone call. Things can change very quickly and isolation can be very detrimental to some people. Our
faith calls us to move from our own personal needs
to the needs of others. As Jesus reminds us he came
not to be served but to serve. Let us inturn serve
each other in our own special way.
This week some of our parishioners got together on Zoom and revisited our Mission Statement for our parish of OLSC. They will reread it; they will reflect over it and maybe add some new ideas. In the near future, we will publish the revised version
of this mission statement and invite the wider parish to read it
and give some feedback. A mission statement can be a great way of showing the wider community who we are as people of faith. It could also be seen as a summary of the aims and
values of who we are as a parish in our church. We
all come with different life experiences and we can
hopefully connect with each other on different lev els. The relationship between Jesus and his Father is
something we can all imitate – built on Love.
Finally, I was recently stuck in traffic and my
first instinct was to change lanes so that I could keep
moving. I wasn’t running late or in a rush to get
anywhere in particular. How ever, I suddenly stopped and
thought to myself why do I
need to rush. Why don’t I just
appreciate the time sitting still
and enjoy this moment of
stillness. That is what I did. I
could just sit still, say a prayer and watch the world
carry on around me. If you find yourself stuck in
traffic, or in a waiting room or lining up for some thing, take a deep breath and enjoy that moment of stillness. You just don’t know when you will get that chance again during a busy day.
God Bless and stay safe.
Fr. Martin.  Fr Martin.   

Calling all Lectors ...
During Covid last year, when we had to cancel Masses
or restrict attendance, we sort of dropped off on hav ing a prepared roster of readers for each of our Masses
at St John’s. At this point, we ask folks to be readers
when entering the doors of church, but it may be nice
to have a little time to prepare. To that end, I’m won dering if there is anyone who would like to join this
liturgical ministry as lector (reader) of Biblical text.
The commitment doesn’t need to be big … ie: once
every two months, or fortnightly … whatever works for
you. Once I put a roster together for a couple of
months, I send it out and folks can then let me know if
there are any changes needed. There is great flexibil ity. If you would like to join this ministry, then please
email me at with your
name, desired Mass time and frequency of reading. It
would be great to have many voices on board. Thank
you in advance for your generosity of time.
Peace, Jennifer

Carmelite Centre – Lectio Divina
CatholicCare collection
Please note that we will be having a second collection next weekend to support the good works of CatholicCare. CatholicCare services include counselling and mental health programs, support for separating families, refugee and asylum seeker help, specialised support for children and teens, pastoral care, homeless

Blessed Meditations
Looking for something thoughtful and inspiring to
read? Perhaps Blessed: Meditations on a Life of Small
Wonders, by local author Ann Rennie, may be some thing you would enjoy. This is a book that asks you to
pause and ponder. It’s a miscellany of musings, ranging
from the serious to the whimsical and the spiritual to
the serendipitous.
Blessed interweaves past and
present to create a potpourri of
essays that are part memoir, part
meditation, celebrating a life full
of little asides of joy and small
A number of these pieces
have been published in edited
versions in publications including
The Age, The Australian, The
Sydney Morning Herald and
Australian Catholics, and Ann
Rennie’s previous book, The Secret Garden of Spiritual ity. Anne Rennie currently teaches English and Reli gious Education at Genazzano.

Feast of St Mary of the Cross
Next Sunday is the Feast
of Mary MacKillop, our first
Australian saint, and so we
should celebrate. Join us for
cake, in the Aikenhead Hall,
after 11:00 am Mass next
Mary Helen MacKillop RSJ
was an Australian religious
sister who has been declared
a saint by the Catholic Church, as St Mary of the Cross.
Of Scottish descent, she was born in Melbourne but is
best known for her activities in South Australia.
Together with Julian Tenison-Woods, she founded
the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the
Josephites), a congregation of religious sisters that
established a number of schools and welfare
institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand,
with an emphasis on education for the rural poor.
A little snippet which you may be interested in
“MacKillop clashed with the Roman Catholic Bishop of
Brisbane, James Quinn, over the control of the many schools
she established; MacKillop believed the sisters should control
the schools while Quinn believed the diocese should control
them. In 1879, relationships between them had deteriorated
to the point that Quinn directed the sisters to leave his diocese.
Despite protests by the laity, Quinn was determined and
MacKillop and her Josephite sisters had left the diocese by mid
-1880 with other Catholic orders taking over the operation of
their schools. When the Diocese of Rockhampton was excised
from the Brisbane diocese on 29 December 1882, it enabled
MacKillop and her sisters to return to Queensland, where they
established a school in Clermont and then in other places
within the new diocese.”

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)

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