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2019 Newsletter
June 8-9 + Viet
June 15-16 + Viet

Today's Mass Scripture
Today's Morning Prayer
This Week's Ordo
2019 Liturgical Calendar

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Melbourne Diocese
Melbourne News

Upcoming Events 2019
Parishes Update
June 5 + June 12

Diocese Youth Site

June 2019
16 Trinity
22 Healing Mass at St Joseph’s 10 am
23 Body & Blood of Christ
24 Birth of John Baptist
25 St John the Baptist Mass at 9.15 am
28 Sacred Heart
29 Peter & Paul
30 Sun 13C

July 2019
7 Sun 14C Family Mass at St John’s 10.30
14 Sun 15C
20 Parish Fun Night “Christmas in July”, St Joseph's hall
21 Sun 16C
28 Sun 17C “Propagation of the Faith” speaker

August 2019
4 Sun 18C, Family Mass at St John’s 10.30 am
8 Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
11 Sun 19C
15 9.15 am Mass for Feast of the Assumption
17 St John’s School Comedy Night
18 Sun 20C
25 Sun 21C
29 Passion of John Baptist

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
CrimeSJan toppers  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.

Plenary Council 2020 president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says he and his fellow bishops have been 'amazed' by the engagement of people across Australia in the Council’s opening stage. Read

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.

Pope Francis says ...
Ecumenical and Interfaith
Commission message to Muslims …
Our religions invite us to 'remain rooted
in the values of peace; to defend the values of mutual
understanding, human fraternity and harmonious
coexistence; to re-establish wisdom, justice and love' .
(cf. Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Human
Fraternity for World Peace)

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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Trinity Yr C

Holy Wisdom in Community

Deep in the mystery of the being of God there is community. There is only one God. Yet there is relatedness within this one God; and, furthermore, that capacity for relating, for loving in communion, within the one being, is extended to include us. Jesus prayed for us [John 17:21] to have the same unity that is the unity of communion within the one God. Jesus said "The father and I are one." [John 10:30], yet there was a relationship between them. That is the beginning of our understanding of the Holy Trinity -- of communion within unity. A similar mutual relationship of the Father and the Son is expressed with the Holy Spirit, who is promised in the gospel reading today [John 16:12-15] and elsewhere in Christ's farewell to the disciples and in the final prayer of Jesus. [John 14:16; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7]

Holy Wisdom and Christ

If this imagery of Father, Son and Holy Spirit sounds too masculine to be true of God, notice the feminine character of Wisdom as she introduced herself in the Old Testament lesson [Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31]. She appears also, as a woman, in the Wisdom of Solomon [Wisdom 6:12-15]. This winsome, attractive character is described in Proverbs as having been created by God at the beginning before the world was made [Proverbs 8:22-25] and as sharing in and celebrating the creation [Proverbs 8:27-31] Where else do we read about a person who shared with God in the creation at the beginning? John writes of the Word, rather than Wisdom, and of he rather than she, in reference to the Word that became flesh, but see how similar is the opening part of John's gospel [John 1:1-4,14; compare John 17:5 and 1 Colossians 1:12-15]. The work of Wisdom (Sophia) can also be identified with the work of the Holy Spirit. [Gen 1:2; Wisdom 1:6,7; Job 33:3; Psalm 104:30; Romans 8:22-23].

We always struggle when we try to express the mystery of God in human terms. It helps if we use some feminine as well as masculine images to confess our faith in the one holy God who gives life, bears pain, nurtures, protects and rescues us, and as one who possesses community of persons within the one being and extends that loving communion to us.



June 15-16 Trinity

Sunday Cinema
Online Viewing
for this Week's Liturgy

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[Updated 14.6.19]

STOP PRESS: Mark in your diaries now …
our Parish Fun Night on Saturday, 20th July
at St Joey’s Hall. Be there to enjoy the fun !!

The Collingwood Cottage Inc.
(Foodbank for the Neighbourhood)
Founded in August 1983 by past parishioners and our wider community as an Inter Church VOLUNTARY Or-ganisation, is NOW seeking some ‘new faces’ to share the workload, carried so generously by Board Mem-bers, Servers, and Van Drivers, over the past 26 years!!
If any person hears God’s call ‘to serve the needy in this simple way’ would you please contact
The Parish Office or Sister M Zita 9470 4483 for
further details!? Thank-you! See archive web page

Thank you from Little Sisters
Dear Fr. Martin Tanti and the Parishioners at St. John ’s Clifton hill and St. Joseph’s,
We, little sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph Home take this opportunity to thank you for your warm welcome to your parish last week-end. It was our pleasure to meet you and your Parishioners, once again few of whom have had contact with us previously. We express our gratitude for their gen-erosity and the total received was $1,534.40
We continue to pray for our benefactors every day. Once again, be assured of our prayers for you all.
Our Mother St. Jeanne Juan said: “We must always say Blessed be God, thank you my God and Glory be to God.”
“Making the elderly happy that is what it counts.”
May God Bless you.
Sr. Josephine PSDP

To our OLSC Parishioners
Many thanks for your many good wishes and gifts on the occasion of my 50th birthday. Not everybody is graced to reach this age and beyond. This milestone has been a chance for me to celebrate with my family, friends and parishioners. Sometimes we worry about growing old, but what may be more important is how fulfilled we are in our lives. How much love are we giving to each other? How do we give witness to God’s love in our homes, our communities and our world. Whatever age we may be, let’s pray on the eve of Pentecost that the Holy Spirit may be a light in our challenging world. Fr Martin.

Alight Family Fiesta
Saturday, 21 September
at St Bede’s College Mentone
At a time when living Christian family life can feel like swimming against the tide, Alight is an event that will strengthen everyone – especially parents – to be renewed in their mission. Fr Leo Patalinghug, a priest and chef, will serve up a creative presentation of faith and food that will have the whole family wanting more. Rides, food and live music will help to make this a joyful celebration for the whole family! To register or for more info, look for the Alight flyers in your parish or visit

Can you help please ??
An Asylum Seeker family from Iran needs some child-minding. The single mother has two boys, aged 13 and 8. She is going through a tough time and needs some “own” time to go to Bible Studies on Thursday evenings 6:30 - 9:00 pm. They live in Murray Road, Coburg. If you are interested and able to help please contact Joan at the office on 9481 7333.

Prayer Evenings at St John's
Do you thirst for a spiritual conversation? Here is an invitation to join us in prayer and spiritual conversa-tion. We meet fortnightly in Aikenhead Hall from 7pm to 8.30pm. Our next meeting is June 3. These evenings include shared prayer contemplating Gospel texts and the First Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, as well as spiritual conversation. There is no cost and all are welcome.

Healing Mass at St Joseph's
Don’t forget our Healing Mass at St Joseph’s on Saturday, 22nd June, commencing at 10 am.
And we will be experiencing that wonderful Vietnamese catering afterward in the hall. Come and join us.

Pondering Grief
Saturday 22 June 2019, 10am-4pm.
This Reflection Day offers an invitation to reflect on and honour our inner life of change and transition. With creativity, space and gentle guiding support, this workshop will offer a sacred place for the breadth of human experiencing and spirit to guide individual exploration.
Facilitated by Linda Espie, with 35 years' experience specialising in loss, grief and trauma.
Cost $80 including materials. Contact Heart of Life: Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation, Box Hill, tel 03 9890 1101, or book and pay online at

Youth Conference
Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed,
for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

The Chosen Conference is a national conference for youth and young adults between 18 - 30 years old, organised by Jesus Youth, an International Catholic Association with a focus on evangelising young peo-ple and nurturing their missionary initiatives.
We invite you to join us from the 4th - 7th July 2019 at Sacred Heart Girl's College Melbourne for 4 power-packed days of youth rallies, up-lifting talks, work-shops, theatre, Eucharistic celebrations, vocation & mission expo and live music.
For registrations please visit www.chosenconference. For further information, queries or group registration please contact info@chosenconference. or call us at 0491 002 081.

Winter Warmers Drive
OLSC parish is collecting socks, gloves, hats and scarves which are badly needed items and can make a huge difference to keeping warm in the cold.
On the next rainy boring day clean out those drawers, cupboards and ward-robes that house the clothing that hasn’t seen daylight for some time. Bring your unwanted (clean) clothing items to Mass and leave them at the back of the church.

Salesian Mission News - May 2019

Cagliero - June 2019      

Cagliero Newsletter #40