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2018 Newsletter
Dec 1-2
Dec 8-9 + Viet

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Melbourne Diocese
Upcoming Events 2018
Parish Update
Nov 28 + Dec 5

Diocese Youth Site

 December 2018
8 Immaculate Conception
9 Advent 2C
10 Christmas Concert, Loreto Mandeville Hall
16 Advent 3C
20 Carols 7pm Good Shepard Chapel
23 Advent 4C, Samoan Mass?
25 Nativity of Lord
26 Stephen
27 St John
28 Holy Innocents
30 Holy Family
31 NYE

January 2019
13 Fr Peter's final Mass 5pm

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

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.

Social Justice Statement 2018-19

Children's Liturgy 10.30 Mass, 1st & 3rd Sundays, with Virginia & Jennifer

Sacramental Program for Children

Our Sacramental Program has recommenced for 2018, organised by Janice O’Rourke and Jenny Perry. We meet on Tuesdays between 4 and 5pm in the Parish Centre (behind the church, entry is from Hodgkinson Street). Enquiries: Jenny Perry on 9481 8282.


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

Gospel Reflection 2018
 Fr  Peter Hoang - Advent 1C
 Jesus, through passage of Luke’s Gospel today, makes a contrast between the attitudes of people confronted with personal catastrophe with the great final ‘end time’. “... nations in agony, bewildered ... men dying of fear ...” But when “... the Son of Man coming... stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.”
The contrast or difference here is ‘internal’, where the heart is centred. Those whose “heart will be coarsened” are about to lose everything they treasure. For them, death and the end of the world means the loss of all they can touch and see, all the bodily pleasures, all the earthly power and accumulated materials and wealth ... they can’t take these with them. However, those who believe in and stay faithful to the Son of Man, those who have lived in deep realities within and beyond the visible realities, nothing is lost – the spirit remains, love remains and the joy that true love brings will not only be lost but will be deepened to a divine level. Those who have been with the Spirit of God or even just longed and prayed for that union with God and with others ... will be finally liberated from all things that hold them back from that full union.    >Cont


Advent 1C

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Social Justice Ministry
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says a huge thank you for your generous donations to the Food-bank recently. Currently 90% of all groceries and material aid is donated by generous supporters just like you. We can’t operate our programs without your compassionate contribution.
The Foodbank operates as a free grocery store for people seeking asylum, where they can choose their own items providing dignity and access to food they can’t afford to buy. Approximately 700 people are requiring food each week and half of those rely on us as their sole source of food.

Carols!!! Carols!!! Carols!!!
Our schools and Parish will come together for Carols on Wed 12th December at 6pm in St Joseph’s Church, Collingwood. Looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible to lend your voices to the carols and meet many of the teachers, parents and children from both schools.
Children are encouraged to dress for the nativity scene. Please bring a plate to share after.
As we have done over the past three years, the Sale-sian community and a number of our parishioners are planning to visit a couple of local nursing homes on Sunday 16th December to perform carols and spend some time with the residents. Please ring Joan if you are interested. We would love you to join us and help swell the numbers.

Plenary Council 2020
What is God asking of us in Australia at this time? Our questions about and our hopes for the Church arise from hearts that listen to the Spirit. Having spent time in prayer over the past week, this week, we encourage you to fill out a Plenary Council Feed-back Form, which are at the back of the church. We also invite you to continue to pray the Plenary Prayer over the week. God bless you.
Plenary Council Prayer ...
Be still Be still and know Be still and know that I am Be still and know that I am your God. God of this Advent time As we watch, wait, long and hope, Awaken our hearts to your presence Encourage us in our efforts to listen humbly to each other Inspire in us the words to speak boldly with each other Create within us a spirit of discernment Give us hopeful hearts as we continue our journey to the Plenary Council. We ask this in the name of Emmanuel? God-with-us. Amen.

Advent Reflection Series
The Advent Reflection series has been a well-attended and thought-provoking event at our parish over the past couple of weeks. On Tuesday, Alda Balthrop-Lewis led us in a lovely evening of prayer and conversation about Advent and Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si.
You are invited to the final Advent Reflection evening in the coming week. “Opening our Hearts to Joy” will be presented by Sue Smith on December 11th at 7:00 pm in St. John’s Church in Clifton Hill. "Joy is the infal-lible sign of the presence of God" (Pierre Teilhard De Chardin)
How do we connect with this Joy in everyday life, especially as we prepare for Christmas? Join us for a practical session where we will consider what opens our hearts to Joy and what gets in the way. Simple, useful take-home exercises will be shared and practised together.
Come and join with us to sing traditional carols.
Enquiries: or 9417 2909.

Good Shepherd Carols
Thursday, December 20 at 7pm at
the Good Shepherd Chapel.
Come and join with others in the community to sing traditional carols. This Christmas event at the Good Shepherd Chapel is family friendly and a great way to start your holiday season. There will be a guest young people’s choir performing as well.
We always welcome extra voices in our lead choir so, if you can, come along to a rehearsal: 12th and18th December at 12.30pm in the Chapel.
Enquiries: or 9417 2909.

Boys and Girs to Serve and Read at Mass
We are appealing for boys and girls willing to serve and read at Mass. It is a very beautiful and practical way of helping us all to celebrate our weekend liturgy. If interested speak with Jennifer.

Loretto Mandeville Hall
Christmas Concert: Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Monday 10 December 2018, 7.30pm—8.30pm followed by light refreshments
Venue: Chapel of Christ the King, Loreto Mandeville Hall, 10 Mandeville Crescent, Toorak
RSVP Monday 3 December 2018

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Warm Welcome to Fr Martin
A very warm welcome to our new incoming Parish Priest, Fr Martin Tanti.

Fr Martin arrives from Lysterfield where he was the Director of the Retreat Centre at Auxilium College, Lysterfield.
Fr Martin spent his study years at the Salesian Don Bosco House next door to the Presbytery in Clifton Hill.
So, one could say that he is not new to OLSC, just returning home.

Melbourne Catholic app available now
The new Melbourne Catholic app is now available for download in the app store. The app is your one stop shop for all things Melbourne Catholic, featuring Melbourne Catholic trending news, a search function for Mass times, Archbishop's Homilies, Daily Readings, Prayers and Weekly Reflections as well as local events and news about Plenary Council 2020.

Direct Link
to current and archived Audio Divina Podcasts

Audio Divina is a lectio-divina inspired Podcast that features high-quality, meticulously researched reflections provided by world-renowned Salesian biblical scholar Rev. Professor Francis J. Moloney SDB AM
It will update every Wednesday with content related to the following Sunday's gospel.   f

The Holy Father's Message to young people in preparation for the XXXIV World Youth Day 2019, which will be celebrated in Panama, is centred on the theme: ‘I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word’ (Lk 1:38). The Message, published on the day of the celebration of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, concludes a cycle of three Marian messages dedicated to young people along their journey WYD 2016 to WYD 2019. >More

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