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Nov 26-27
Dec 3-4 + Viet

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December 2016
4 Advent 2A
7 Italian Coffee (no Mass today)
8 Immaculate Conception
11 Advent 3A
15 Reconciliation 7.30 St John's
18 Advent 4A
21 Reconciliation Viet 7.30 St Joseph's
25 Christmas
30 Holy Family

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

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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 John’s 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 O’Rourke
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 2016
Advent 2A
Dec 3-4 Fr Peter Hoang

The Baptist’s words are a call to a new beginning, a realignment of the road we are taking. We are reminded that the Kingdom of God is close at hand and that, to be a part of the Kingdom, we must produce good fruit or be judged unworthy. “In this ‘in between time’ we know and experience that we are already gifted with the presence of Christ among us, but does that influence our lives in any real and effective way? We too are waiting for the Christ who is still to come. What will be our response at his coming, both at Christmas and at the end of time?” Fr. Francis J. Moloney SDB.        >More


 [Updated Dec 1]

Cathedral overflows for Vietnamese Martyrs Mass

Progetto Corelli Concert
Baroque Ensemble Progetto Corelli will have its last concert of the year, [Shadow of Time] at St John’s Church on Saturday, 10th December, commencing at 3 pm.
A nostalgic summer afternoon with the music of Corelli, Merula, Boismortier, Lully, Handel and Tele-mann. The program for the afternoon’s concert is at the back of the church—please take one.

Parish Calendar
Reconciliation liturgy on :
* Thursday 15th December at 7:30 pm at St John’s
* Wednesday, 21st Vietnamese 7.30 pm St Joseph’s.

Italian (Mass) / Coffee
We are having a special Christmas Italian coffee morning next Wednesday at 10 am. Unfortunately Fr Peter Varengo is not available to celebrate Italian Mass for us as he will be entering hospital for a hip replacement. Our best wishes and prayers go with him. However, coffee is still on !!

Carols at Nursing Homes
The Parish is again this year singing Christmas Carols at the Good Shepherd, Abbotsford and also at Little Sisters of the Poor, Northcote on Saturday, 18th December, commencing at 11am and 2pm respectively. Everyone is welcome to join us—ring Joan for rehearsal times.

Presents for Jesus
As our gift collection for local children finishes and we turn our minds to our personal spiritual preparation for Christmas, we begin our Presents for Jesus campaign. We invite you take a gift tag which has a suggestion of something you could offer up to Jesus. It may cost you some time but there is no other cost involved. Each card suggests an action you could take which will truly bring peace, joy and love at Christmas time. Feel free to take a new card every week or commit to one suggestion over the Advent period.

Meditation at St John's
The final meditation session for 2016 is on Tuesday, 13th December at 10 am. Meditation will resume in February, 2017.
If you are interested in participating next year contact Lorenza Nolan by email on lorenzanolan@

Christmas Appeal
Let’s bring joy to a child on Christmas Day. Let us think of those children in our community who are not as fortunate as our own during our Christmas Gift Collection. Please take a gift tag (hand-made by the Vietnamese Youth Group and our Mini Vinnies) and bring back a present for someone by next Sunday.
Presents collected will be delivered to St Vincent de Paul’s Vere Street Community Shop. Some suggested gift ideas include: coloured pencils, textas, activity books and art and craft sets. Please place your unwrapped presents under the table at the back of the church when you bring them back.

Advent Celebrations
We need your help !! Can we please have volunteers to help with the set-up next Saturday between 10 am and 1 pm. We also need people to help with the BBQ, food serving and contributions of desserts on Sunday. Please put your name down on one or more of the lists at the back of the church.

National Church Life Survey
One of the most powerful predictors of health and vitality in a church is a clear and owned vision. This survey can help us to see, evaluate and act. Gaining feedback from our parishioners through the survey can enable us to take action based on the results. This survey covers all denominations to help all in pastoral care.
Could you please take the time to fill out one of the survey forms. You can either fill it out now or take it home to complete it at your leisure. This will help us to make our church a more inviting place for everyone.

* Bros Lorenço and Abilio returned home to East Timor to their families for the first time in three years.

St Joseph's Church Rebuild
St Joseph’s rebuild is well under way. Drawings of the interior of the church is displayed on the board at the back of St John’s Church and also at St Joseph’s. If you happen to go past the property you can see the action. We hope that the project will be completed by August next year. Collingwood Cottage is now being rebuilt internally as a parish centre in the future.


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