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2019 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events 2019
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August 7 + Aug 14

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August 2019
17 St John’s School Comedy Night
18 Sun 20C
20 “The Catholic Ethic of End of Life Care” with Dan Fleming in St John’s Church 7pm
25 Sun 21C, Parish Luncheon, Aikenhead Hall, after 10:30 Mass
26 Prayer evening at St John’s Church 7pm

29 Passion of John Baptist
31 Garage Sale, Collingwood Cottage fundraiser, 52 Pine Street, Reservoir, 9am-2pm

September 2019
1 Sun 22C
2 Talk: Challenges of Missionary life in Cambodia, Fr Roel Sotto sdb, Aikenhead Hall 7pm-8.30
5 St Teresa of Calcutta,
7/8 First Communion St Joseph's & St John's Churches, Sun 23C
14 Exultation of the Cross
15 Sun 24C
16-20 Our PP away at his conference
21 Alight Family Fiesta, St Bede's, Mentone
22 Sun  25C
25 “Spirituality in the Pub” at North Fitzroy Arms at 6.30 pm with Fr Frank Moloney.
27 Vincent de Paul
29 Sun 26C

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Missions Speaker Series 2019 - in our parish

Monday September 2
Fr. Roel is a long-time missionary in Cambodia and will join us to discuss the joys and challenges of missionary life in Cambodia.
Wednesday October 16
Romina Martiniello will lead a panel in discussion about the world refugee and IDP crisis and consider the way that refugees are welcomed in Australia. This topic is the theme for Salesian Missions Day this year and is such an important one for Australia.
Monday November 25
Fr. Guillermo is on the General Council in Rome for the Salesians of Don Bosco. He takes care of the missions for the entire Salesian world. He was also a long-time missionary in Angola and will share his experience and expertise with us.
Each event will take place at the Aikenhead Wing at St. John the Baptist Primary School in Clifton Hill (61 Queens Parade). Each event will go from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
For more information contact Lauren Hichaaba at or Jennifer Jacobs at

Fr Martin Tanti, SDB PP
... is normally available at St John’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10am and 3pm. He is normally available at St Joseph’s on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm.

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

Sacramental Program for Children

Our Sacramental Program has recommenced for 2019, 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.

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 ...
“There is only one real certainty; we are all children of God.”
In today’s often-broken, troubled world, it is easy to take sides, to pick a camp, to speak in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’. Pope Francis urges us not to lose sight of the call and responsibility of our baptism—to see all people as brothers and sisters, to forgive without counting the cost, to be generous with what we have to those who have less. Does this fit in with most of the images the world gives us? No, but that’s what makes us disciples of Christ. We reach out in hope of unity because it is what we are asked to do, not because it’s fashionable. Christianity, well practiced, certainly is counter-cultural!

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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Sunday 20 Yr C

Gospel according to St Luke
Jesus makes it clear that though love for family tends to run deeper than any other, one's love for Christ must go deeper still. For anyone who dares to put family before Christ—who chooses to make peace with family at the expense of denying Christ—is not "worthy" of Christ. Jesus expects that all His followers will love their families, but family is to take its rightful place after Jesus, no exceptions. Of course only Jesus, in light of who He is, can make such a demand and require such love from His people.
Clearly Jesus' peace precludes neither world wars, personal conflicts, nor persecution. In fact, if we follow Him, we will be at war with all those who refuse to follow Him. In spite of the fact that Jesus displayed the greatest love ever exhibited by man, He was still hated. That kind of love for others should do the same to us.



There is a baptism I must still receive




Aug 17-18  Not peace but discord

Mary MacKillop

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[Updated 15.8.19]

Dr Dan Fleming
You are invited to join us for a talk with Dr. Dan Fleming on The Catholic Ethic of End of Life Care, in the Aikenhead Hall on Tuesday, 20th August at 7:00pm.
Dan's presentation will focus on the categories of compassion, creativity and courage, using case studies to illustrate how the Catholic ethic of care is expressed in end of life care.
He will also walk us through the process and guidelines developed collaboratively between Catholic health and aged care services in preparing for Victoria's 'Voluntary Assisted Dying' legislation, which was enacted in June this year.
Dr Dan Fleming is Group Manager, Ethics and Formation for St Vincent’s Health Australia. All perspectives are welcome.

Join us in prayer and spiritual conversation

We meet fortnightly in Aikenhead Hall from 7pm to 8.30pm. Our next meeting is this coming Monday, August 26.
All are welcome.

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
The play is a staging of Jesus’ passion, covering the short final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion.
If you would like to visit Oberammergau in 2020 and experience the Passion Play, please phone Christine Whelan from About Travel & Cruise on 049 344 098 or email

Permanent Diaconate
For those who are interested in finding out more about becoming Permanent Deacons, there will be an enquiry meeting held on 31st August from 10-11am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), 278 Victoria Parade, East Mel-bourne. Further details about the Permanent Diaconate can be obtained from the website

St Vincent de Paul
A wee note to all our parishioners who have been so generously donating clothes for our less fortunate … St Vinnie’s are overloaded at this time, so please no more clothes until further notice. Many thanks for your generosity.

Parish Luncheon 
Pull out your diaries now and make a note to join us at our Luncheon after our 10.30 am Mass at St John’s on Sunday, 25th August. Bring along ingredients for your special dish and show how it is made; or bring a plate; or try someone else’s speciality entirely new to your palate.

St John's Prim Sch Fundraiser 
St John’s Comedy for a Cause Fundraiser: Join us for a fabulous evening of comedy, food and fundraising. This is undoubtably the funniest way you can help us raise money for our Parish school. With a line up of acclaimed and award winning comedians, get ready to shake off the winter chill and have a good laugh in great company, We would love you all to buy a ticket or, better still, get a group of friends together and bring them along. Details: Comedy Night on Saturday 17th August at Aikenhead Hall. Doors open at 7pm with delicious Mexican inspired food and cocktails available for purchase. Tickets available at <> or contact Julia for more details on 0407 343637 or pick up a flyer available at the back of the church.

Catholic Theological College
2019 Knox Public Lecture
Wednesday 21 August at 7.30pm
Dr Trudy Dantis
The Voices of Plenary Council
Bookings and Information: or phone 9412 3366 by Tuesday 13 August
Venue: Catholic Leadership Centre,
Cnr Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street, East Melbourne

Marriage Encounter 
Invest in your most precious asset......Your Marriage!
Married couples, come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! This weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.
2019 weekend dates: 23-25 Aug, and 15-17 Nov.
Starts 7pm on Friday. Ends 5pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided. Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or Email: Website:

Salesian Mission Day 2019 - see 'Missions Speaker Series' [above left or view flyer]