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2018 Bulletin
Mar 10-11 + Viet
March 17-18 + Viet

Today's Mass Scripture
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2018 Liturgical Calendar

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Melbourne Diocese
Upcoming Events 2018
Parish Update

Mar 7 + Mar 14

Diocese Youth Site


Social Justice Statement 2017-18
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Pope Francis has called for an economic system that places men and women at the very centre – one that meets the needs of all people and is just and sustainable...

St Joseph's Church Rebuild
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March 2018
2 Ember Day
4 Lent 3B
6 Italian Mass 10am
9 Stations of Cross 6.30 + supper St John's
11 Lent 4B
15 Reconciliation 7pm St John's
16 Stations of Cross 6.30 + supper St John's
17 St Patrick
19 St Joseph
23 Stations of Cross 6.30 + Supper, St John's
25 Passion Sun
26 Mon of Holy Week
29 Holy Thursday + guest Salesians
30 Good Friday
31 Easter Vigil

April 2018
1 Easter Sunday
7 Sat 10.30 rededication Mass of St Joseph's Church followed by lunch & light entertainment in parish hall

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.

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 - Lent 5B
“Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering, but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.”        Heb 5:8-9.

Having accustomed to thinking of and indeed believing Jesus as sinless and rightly divine, we are ‘shocked’ to hear about Jesus “learning obedience”, “having made perfect”... or to put it in our everyday language is his struggling in order to come to the right decision and the right course of action.

These verses from the letter to the Hebrews put Jesus at the heart of the human situation, at the centre of the task of human freedom, struggling with human failure and rejection, with suffering and powerlessness. Jesus’ obedience finds the focus which draws us back into a restoration of creation to its purpose and its meaning.



March 10-11 Gospel - Nicodemus

Pope's Prayer Intention for March

Sunday Cinema
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 [Updated March 14]

Re-launch Postponed 
St Joseph's Church will now be re-launched on Saturday 7th April

Altar Serving
A personal message to the parents and young Catho-lics of our Parish One of the very important roles in our regular Masses is that of the altar server. It is a role that has great appeal, especially to young people, who find great personal reward, and satisfaction in contributing to our worship, and our Parish. They become very valued people because of their individual commitment, their example, and their contribution in providing dedicated assistance to our priests. It really is a special privilege to serve at the Lord’s Table in this way. To join us, talk with Jennifer.

Ho Down at St John's
You and your family are invited to join St John’s School for a toe tapping, knee slapping night of fun, dancing and entertainment for the whole family. Friday 23 March, 5.30pm -10pm (Paddy’s Wombat Bush Band starts at 6.30pm) in the playground. BYO alcohol (no glass please). Dress: think boots, denim, checks, hats, circle skirts. Tickets: $10 per person OR $30 per family - purchase from Gina in the office.

We need your help please !!!
Our parish has been blessed to be a part of the
Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project since May of last year. We have been visiting a lovely family of four who are from Iran. They are embracing our practical help in English and navigating life in Melbourne, as well as the friendship we have developed. It's been a wonderful gift for both our volunteers and the fam-ily. We are now seeking more parish volunteers who wish to commit some time to visit the family at their home in Reservoir - there is flexibility around the visits, eg weekly or monthly. Please contact Quyen or Jennifer (or Joan on 9481 7333) if you are inter-ested. All educational materials are provided and visits are generally attended by two volunteers.

Weekday Masses
The new weekday Mass times are as follows ...
* St John’s :Tuesday and Thursday 9.15 am;
Saturday at 8.30 am —
* St Joseph’s : Tuesday at 9am; Wednesday 8.30am; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am.

Samoan Community Mass
Our Samoan community will be celebrating a Mass in the Samoan language every fourth Sunday of the month at 12.30 pm . We welcome this addition to our Mass schedule. All are welcome to join them.

Project Compassion
Please take a box and fill it with your small change. We would prefer all boxes to be returned by our Easter Vigil.
Another PC story is about Evangeline in the Northern Terri-tory, featured in PC 2016. She was employed by the Caritas Australia supported Fjilpin Arts and quickly rose to the role of Senior Artsworker. Her career has flourished and her work at Djilpin Arts contributes to its success, whilst provid-ing training and opportunities for other young people in the community.

Stations of the Cross 
Don’t forget during Lent our Parish will be celebrating Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings at 6.30pm. We will then be moving to the Aikenhead Hall for a light meal, so please bring a plate to share.

Reconciliation  Our Lenten Reconciliation liturgy and confession will be held on Thursday, 15th March in St John’s Church beginning at 7pm.

Children's Sacraments
Our Sacramental Program has recommenced for this year, 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 Hodg-kinson Street). Enquiries: Jenny Perry on 9481 8282.

Year of Youth
Young people often need a lot of support in struggling with the big issues of today. If you can affirm this struggle, it will communicate that you have heard them. If you are able to see behind the issue and into the pain, anger, confusion and betrayal that many feel, the person is more likely to feel heard, under-stood and valued. This will in turn create an atmos-phere of respect and positive regard and develop the relationship between you.

Marriage Encounter Weekend
Friday 16 March, 7pm to Sunday 18, 5pm at St Paul’s Missionary College, Nortons Lane, Wantirna South. Here is a magnificent opportunity to join other cou-ples and spend a weekend together investing in your most precious asset, your marriage. Accommodation and all meals provided. Details and bookings: Maria and Andre Rasquinha on 0411 225 992 or or Cost: $55 application fee + confidential donation at the weekend. (Average cost for a couple for a week-end is $595 but no couple is refused a weekend be-cause of financial hardship.)

RCIA Program
We have four people who are being prepared for the sacraments of initiation. They will be baptised and confirmed and receive communion at our coming Easter Vigil Mass. The program started in August and will continue next month until Easter. 
This Sunday the Catechumens, Tim Kin Christine and Jason, will be scrutinised for their continued studying, reflection and determination to embrace the Christian faith in their lives.

Coles Sport for Schools 
Please help our Parish Schools to participate in the Coles Sports for Schools program for 2018. The program gives schools across Australia the opportu-nity to earn sports gear just by collecting vouchers from Coles. Put your vouchers in with the collection at Mass.

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
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Arch Denis Hart
Lenten Pastoral Letter 2018

Year of Youth

is an opportunity to reflect on the gift of young people in the Church and society and to consider what we do as parishes, agencies, schools and communities through the lens of young people 
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Fr Martin Tanti sdb - A Vocation Story
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Do you feel God's call
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