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Parish Update Oct 19

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October 2016
16 Sun 29C
22 Parish healing Mass 10am & cuppa, St John's
23 Sun 30C
'30 Sun 31C

November 2016
1 All Saints
2 All Souls
6 Sun 32C
9 Dedication of Lateran Basilica
13 Sun 33C
20 Christ the king
24 Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions
27 Sun Lent 1A

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

Sacramental Program for Children

At the Parish
Centre behind St John’s Presbytery at 4 pm (enter
from Hodgkinson Street).
Those parents of children wishing to attend are asked
to ring Jenny Perry on 9481 8282 or Janice O’Rourke
on 0408 556 862 for more information.

The joy of love - of love in the family
Full text and summary can be found here

World Youth Day - Pope to Young People in Krakow

MORE of the young Australians in the Encounter Poland group travelling with Melbourne Bishop Mark Edwards for World Youth Day reflect on the power and the beauty of the opening Mass, the liturgy, the sacred music, and the hospitality of the people of Poland.

Parish of Our Lady of the Southern Cross
Clifton Hill - Collingwood

Gospel Reflection 2016
Sun 30C
Oct 22-23 Fr Peter Hoang

The gospel reading from Luke brings out the same theme, but in a story form. Last Sunday’s gospel emphasised the perseverance in prayer with the image of the poor widow before the reluctant judge. Similarly, this week gospel reading is concerned with the character and manner of those who pray. This parable of Jesus, which presents a Pharisee – the devout one and a publican – a disreputable character, is intended to turn our habitual expectation upside-down, to challenge our assumptions:   >More

       Two men went to Temple

   [Updated Oct 20]

Spirituality in the Pub
We're beginning a series called Spirituality in the Pub on Wednesday, 26th October at 7 pm, just around the corner at the Clifton Hill Pub.
The first session in the series is "What does it mean to have a vocation?" and will be led by Dr. Joel Hodge, associate professor of theology at Australian Catholic University. Dr Joel has accomplished much for his 30 years of age. The Brisbane-born theologian graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Studies in Religion) from the University of Queensland in 2009, released his first book, “Resisting Violence and Victimisation: Christian Faith and Solidarity in East Timor”, last year, was an assistant professor at St Anselm College in New Hampshire, US (2008-09) and is now a lecturer in Systemic Theology in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. It should be a fun night.
Please call Joan at the office to RSVP: 9481 7333.

Cook & Lunch
You’re invited to come and help us make and enjoy yummy wontons – followed by Charlie’s delicious trifle for dessert. Or you could just drop in for a cuppa and chat to other parishioners. When: on 30 Oct 2016 after 10.30 am Mass. Where: the Aikenhead Hall.

All Souls Day
In anticipation of All Souls Day on November 2nd, we invite parishioners to bring in photos, and record the names of their departed loved ones. We will have a remembrance table near the altar, where we will display pictures and a book of names. We will pray for these dearly departed ones as a community during this feast day, as well as throughout November.

St Joseph's Church Rebuild
St Joseph’s rebuild is well under way. Drawings of the interior of the church is displayed on the board at the back of St John’s Church and also at St Joseph’s. If you happen to go past the property you can see the action. We hope that the project will be completed by August next year. Collingwood Cottage is now being rebuilt internally as a parish centre in the future.

NET Team Fundraiser
The National Evangelisation Team is hosting a trivia night on the 29th of October at The Little Sisters of the Poor Convent located at 112B St Georges Rd Northcote VIC 3070. Come along for a night of fun, games and friendly competition. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. Dinner will be available for purchase on the night. We hope that you can join us!

Snippets From Within
* Our latest additions to the Brothers’ ranks, Michael and Dominic commenced their studies last Monday at the Australian Catholic University—no rest for them, they only arrived from Myanmar last Thursday.
* “Spirituality in the Pub” 26th October 7pm.
* “Cook and Lunch”, 30th October after Mass.
* Recently we had people from the Dr Blake Mysteries filming on site for their series no 5 which screens March of next year. The character Jean is a devout Catholic and is having great issues with wanting to marry the doctor who is a divorcee.

October - Month of the Rosary
During October we will be reviving our parish's tradition of the traveling Rosary. There will be a different parishioner each week who will host a community Rosary in their home. The first host is the Jacobs-Vandegeer family. Please join them in praying the Rosary at 7pm on Tuesday 4th October, at 435 Wellington Street in Clifton Hill. For more information, please call 9489 4912.

The Parish Healing Mass, which is held bi-annually, is to be celebrated at St John’s Church on Saturday, 22nd October commencing at 10 am. Please join us for healing and then afterwards in the Presbytery for a ‘cuppa tea and a bit of cake’.

Marriage Encounter Weekend
get life’s tensions and interruptions and rekindle the closeness, intimacy, love and romance that brought you together. Recharge your relationship batteries and explore the precious nature of your marriage, allowing you both to share your feelings, hopes and dreams with each other in ways that normal, daily living tends to inhibit.
2016 Melbourne weekend date : 11-13 November
Starts 7 pm on Friday. Ends 5 pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.
Information/Bookings: PH: Marianne and Marcel on 03 9733 0997 Email:

New Principal at St Joe's 
We are getting ready to interview applicants for the position of Principal of St Joseph’s Primary School for next year. We are very sad at losing our wonderful Trish Taylor, after 23 years !! But we hope she enjoys her retirement to the full.

St Joseph's amazing Fundraiser July 15. Click image to view more, thanks to Can Tran.

15-day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan, including Petra with Fr Sang Ho. Cost is $5,250 all included. Contact is Shereen on 9547 7598 or Allan on 9792 4444.

Christian Meditation
Tuesday mornings in St John’s Church after morning Mass, approx 9.45 am for 20 minutes. All welcome. Enquiries Lorenza Nolan on 9386 6198. Email :


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