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2019 Newsletter
Nov 9-10 + Viet
Nov 16-17

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Events Calendar 2019
Parishes Update
Nov 6 + Nov 13

Diocese Youth Site

November 2019
11-15 Fr Martin on retreat
16 St John’s 6pm Mass to include Confirmations
17 Sun 33C
18 “An Advent Prayer Experience” in the Aikenhead Hall 7-8.30 pm

21 Presentaion of Blessed Virgin Mary
24 Sun, Christ the King, St John’s 10.30 am Mass with Fr Guillermo Basanes SDB with light refreshments afterward in the Aikenhead Hall
24 40th Anniversary of Celia Cung Choir at St Joey’s
25 Salesian speaker in the Aikenhead Hall 7-8.30 pm
25 “An Advent Prayer Experience” in St Johns Church,
7-8.30 pm (please note change in venue)
30 Deaconate Ordination for Salesian brothers at St. Joseph’s Church; 6:00pm [Andrew, apostle]
30 Mass at
6pm at St John’s is cancelled due to Ordin-
ation with Archbishop Tim Costelloe of Perth presiding

December 2019
1 Advent 1. Combined Mass at St John’s Church for Advent 10:30 together with School Family Mass for years 1, 3/4 and afterwards celebration.
Vietnamese Mass at 9am and St John’s Mass at 5pm are both cancelled
2 “An Advent Prayer Experience” in St Johns Church
7-8.30 pm

3 Frances Xavier
8 Adbent 2
9 Immaculate Conception. “An Advent Prayer Experience” in St Johns Church,7-8.30 pm
11 Combined Parish Carols at St John’s Church, 6pm
15 Advent 3
16 “An Advent Prayer Experience” in St Johns Church,
7-8.30 pm
22 Advent 4
25 Christmas
26 St Stephen
27 John Apostle
28 Holy Innocents
29 Holy Family

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Plenary Discernment
All are welcome to the Plenary Discernment Session at St. Joseph’s on Thursday, 7th November from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. We welcome your submission of a suggested theme for discussion. We have already discerned over the theme: What does it mean to be a Christ-centred chrch that is Inclusive, Participatory & Synodal Church. at St. John’s, so let’s choose something else over which we can reflect. All suggestions and questions can be directed to jennifer.jacobs@utoronto. ca
Also, the notes outlining our recent discernment session at St. John’s on October 3rd, have been posted in the back of our churches this weekend. We will do our best, with the kind help of Peter Carpenter, to put together a 150-word state-ment that encompasses the full breadth of what was dis-cussed regarding the chosen theme. This statement will be submitted to the Plenary Council working group. Thanks to all who contributed to this stage of discernment.

Missions Speaker Series 2019 - in our parish

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

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

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 ...
Be fearless! Be humble! Be merciful!
Pope Francis is never more prophetic than when he is exhorting Catholics to action. He hopes we will take up a life of service, however this plays out. But just as Jesus sent his disciples out with instructions, so Pope Francis guides us as well.
We are to be fearless—trusting in the spirit. We are to be humble– embracing the world as it is and not as we wish it were. We are to meet people where they are, not expecting them to come to us. And we must be merciful. We speak and act in the name of a God ready to forgive anything—such is the depth of his love! We will only be truly effective when we believe all this ourselves.

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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Sunday 33 Yr C

To those who first heard Luke's Gospel, those may have been words of encouragement. The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans was history (70 A.D.); Luke's Gospel, Catholic scholars propose, was written between 80 and 90 A.D. His audience was probably Gentile Christians. Luke here tries to interpret the fall of Jerusalem for them and to locate it in God's plans for humankind (salvation history). At the same time, Luke is suggesting to his audience that there will be a considerable elapse of time before Jesus' final coming. Luke's listeners have likely seen much upheaval and are anxious to know if these are the signs of Jesus' coming. Luke is urging greater patience.

In the second part of today's Gospel, Jesus warns that his followers will face persecution for their beliefs. Luke presents persecution as an opportunity for the followers of Jesus for “It will lead to your giving testimony” (Luke 21:13). In persecution God's wisdom and power will be shown in the example of followers of Jesus. Perseverance in the face of persecution will lead to their salvation.

Here Jesus is assuring his followers that God is present to all believers, even in times of trouble. Ultimately, Jesus will witness to this with his own death. As disciples of Jesus, we try to follow his example, trusting in God's mercy and protection, even when we are facing difficulties.

Nov 16-17

Australian Catholic Youth Festival Song + Lyrics
Perth Dec 8-10, 2019

Sunday Cinema
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[Updated Nov 16]

End of Life Care Symposium
All are welcome to a local health symposium on end of life care, which is being sponsored by the Focolare Movement. It will be held on Sunday, 24th November from 1pm to 5pm at Australian Catholic University’s Mercy Lecture Theatre, 17 Young Street in Fitzroy. Presenters will be as follows:
• Dr Natasha Michael, Palliative Care Research, Cabrini Hospital
• Fr Joseph Parkinson, Director of LJ Goody Bioethics Centre, Perth
• Dr John Kleinsman, Director Nathaniel Centre Catholic Inst in NZ
• Fr Brendan Purcell, Lecturer Philosophy, Notre Dame Uni, Sydney
• Dr Simonetta Magri, Psychiatrist and Lecturer, Sacred Heart University, Rome
For more information: Ann Marie Diggins – 0438381891

Combined Parish Mass
Every year on the first Sunday of Advent, our parish has a combined Parish Mass and fete. This year we will hold it at St. John’s Church on Sunday, 1st December at 10:30am.
All our brothers and sisters from the Abbotsford Convent community, St. Joseph’s and St. John’s are welcomed and encouraged to attend. It will be a lovely celebration.
We are calling on volunteers to assist in the preparation and celebration on the day. If you are able to help set-up, contribute a dessert and/or would like to participate directly in the liturgy, please contact the parish office at or 9481 7333.
Please note : Due to these festivities, as well as the Diaconate Ordination on November 30, St. John’s Saturday and Sunday evening Masses will be cancelled for that weekend.

Very warm congratulations to our young Confirmation Candidates who were confirmed into the Church with Bishop Terry Curtin and Fr Martin concelebrating at our Vigil Mass this Saturday evening at St. John's Church …
Sienna Ahmad Samuel Fratto
Stirling Hatton Giancarlo Iannuzzi
Emily Mazzocca Saoirse McPhee
Benjamin Morgan Bridget Mori
Cecilia Mori Joshua Motz
Joshua Wolfson Cassandra Leong Shen Mei
Tran Cadin Trieu Vinh Joseph Khang Nguyen Hoang

Salesian Ordinations
The Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB, DD, Archbishop of Perth will be at St Joseph’s Church for the Diaconate Ordination of Daniel, Dominic, Michael and Por, four of our Salesi-an Brothers. Are you coming? A very warm welcome is to everyone to help celebrate this auspicious occasion on 30th November during the 6pm Saturday Mass.

An Advent Prayer Experience
We are pleased to host a five-week guided prayer retreat for Advent this year. Annmaree Sutton, along with Joyce Flint, will guide us through a contemplative prayer experience using St. Ignatius’s First Spiritual Exercises. This one evening a week prayer time will include journaling and spiritual conversation. You will then be invited to pray at home with prepared spiritual exercises, journal those prayer experiences and return each week to share those experiences by way of Spiritual Conversation. This retreat starts and finishes on a Monday (18th Nov – 16th Dec) at St. John’s School Clifton Hill in the Aikenhead Wing. Times are from 6:45pm (for a 7pm start) to 8:30pm. This retreat is a free event, however, purchasing the RSE Retreat Book is recommended. RSVP with parish secretary at 9481 7333 or email

Mission Speaker Series
The last speaker to present for the Salesian Missions Speak-er Series will be Fr. Guillermo Basanes sdb. 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.
Please join us for this event on November 25th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Aikenhead Wing at St. John’s in Clifton Hill.

Loreto Cultural Series
“Fantasia on Christmas Carols” - Melbourne Capella directed by Nicholas Cowall. A concert of Christmas music from around the world featuring Melbourne’s premier male vocal ensemble. Sunday 8th December at 2:00pm; Chapel of Christ the King, Loreto Toorak, 10 Mandeville Crescent, Toorak; Tickets $50, $40 conc.

A message from AB Peter
“As we look to the devastation of the fires in the north, we ask the Holy Spirit to bring renewed courage and strength to those who give so much of themselves at these critical times. St Vincent de Paul is on the ground throughout our commu-nities providing support in those life-giving ways that people need in times of disaster and tragedy. May I encourage our people of Melbourne and beyond to support the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal through

The Cagliero Project,
in conjunction with ASMOAF, has initi-ated a new campaign to try and raise awareness of the in-credible work of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Samoa. We are focusing on raising a small amount of money for tools at Don Bosco Technical Centre in Alafua, as well as to get the good word out to a broader audience about the incredible work that we do in Samoa. Our work in Samoa, and throughout the Pacific is such a good news story! Please view the info in the link below. Thank you and God Bless.

Welcome at St Martin’s
Every Wednesday and Thursday there is a free meal - BBQ, casseroles, salads and sweets just across the road from St Joseph’s at St Martin's - all very welcome, and many who come are coming in off the street, or in supported accommo-dation, just needing a kind word and friendly banter (many are Catholic from way back).

A Profoundly Rewarding Mission. Working in Education, Health and Trades? Assist to reduce poverty in overseas communities by sharing your skills. Mutual development assured! There are five places left on Palms Australia’s January 4th – 12th Orientation Course. You must apply now for a position beginning any time in 2020. Call or text 0422 4PALMS (M-F).