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December 2021     
3 Francis Xavier
5 Advent 2C
8 Immaculate Conception of Mary
12 Advent 3C
19 Advent 4C
25 Nativity of Lord
26 Holy Family
27 St John
28 Holy Innocents

January 2022
1 Mary, Mother of God
2 Epiphany
9 Baptism of Lord
16 Sun 2C
23 Sun 3C
25 Conversion of Paul
30 Sun 4C
31 John Bosco

February 2022
2 Presentation of the Lord

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception

: Second and fourth Sundays of the month at 12 noon (email the office to book) Marriage: by appointment Reconciliation: approach a priest before Mass to make an appointment.
First Communion and
Confirmation: Preparation for this is conducted in our two schools; we also offer this preparation to State School children. Email our office at for further information.

Our Parish Priest, Fr Martin Tanti, SDB PP is normally at St John’s on Thursdays, 10-3pm. He is normally at St Joseph’s on Wednesdays at 10-3pm. However, to make a time to see Fr Martin please ring Joan on 9481 7333.

The Parish office
Our Parish Office is again open for business, albeit on rather shortened hours … Tuesdays to Fridays 10am and 2pm or send your query/comments via email … and we will get back to you. 

St John's Outreach Program
Buy something extra for our outreach program
next time you are shopping. Long life milk and clean ing products (including toothpaste and soap) would be
appreciated by our outreach team. Thank you.
If you have questions, suggestions or offers feel free to contact Jen on 0439 113 500 or email on

Support   13 11 14  1300 22 46 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  1800 853 437
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 …

Pope Francis is said to have revealed that he intends to resign. This coming December he will turn 85, the age that Benedict XVI was when he resigned. But the reason for Bergoglio’s resignation would not be so much age as the state of his health, which came into the spotlight in a sudden and unforeseen way with the surgery he under went on 4 July at Gemelli Hospital [in Rome].
According to an Argentine priest who has known Pope Francis since his days in Buenos Aires, "there is only one reason why Pope Francis would resign: so that he can influence the process to choose his predecessor.
How much of all this is gossip, and how much is true? First, it is true that the Pope's health has suffered a severe blow and that Pope Francis himself has begun to speed up some decisions in case some thing happens.

At Our Lady of the Southern Cross, we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our parish.

We acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people and offer our respects to the elders past, present and future. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

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

Gospel Reflection 2021

 Sunday Advent 2C - Dec 5 

This week and next, our Gospel readings invite us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. To affirm this, Luke quotes at length from the prophet Isaiah. John baptizes for repentance and for forgiveness of sins, preparing the way for God's salvation.

The three Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew, and Luke—attest to the importance of the baptism of John in preparing for Jesus. Only the Gospel of Luke, however, extends the connection between these two men to their birth. The first two chapters of Luke's Gospel contain the Infancy Narrative, which tells about the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. These stories set the stage for the beginning of Jesus' public ministry in chapter 3.

The evangelist Luke is the author of the Gospel that bears his name, and he also wrote the Acts of the Apostles as a continuation of the story of Jesus and the Church. In these two works, Luke's sense of time and history emerges. He identifies three epochs of salvation history: the time before Christ, the time of Christ, and the time of the Church and the Holy Spirit. In today's Gospel reading, as elsewhere, John the Baptist is presented as the figure who bridges the time before Christ and prepares the way for Christ's own ministry.

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[Updated Nov 27]

Mass Times in OLSC Parish
St John’s:
Tuesday, Thursday at 9.15am, Saturday 8.30 am
Sunday at 9:00 am (Italian), 11:00am and 5:00pm
St Joseph’s:
Tuesday to Saturday at 9am
Saturday at 6:00pm (English) Sunday at 9:00am and
Good Shepherd:
Sunday at 9:30am.

Advent Reflection
We will host three Advent Reflection evenings via
zoom beginning this Tuesday evening, November 30th.
Fr Martin will lead us in this first week, with
reflections in the following weeks by Fr Frank Moloney
and Gabrielle McMullen. All are welcome! May the
peace of Christ be with you and yours, Jennifer
Meeting ID: 845 3766 7497 Passcode: 0Gt3JF

A sad farewell to our PP
St John’s Primary is inviting all parishioners to join them in
wishing Fr Martin farewell, and to celebrate the past three
years we have shared together, and prayers for his new
venture. Friday, 10th December, beginning at 6pm in the
Aikenhead Hall. Please let Gina in the office know if you are
coming by the weekend on 9489 1346.
Over the past fifteen plus years that the Secretary has been
at OLSC parish, we have never before had a parish priest like
this one. His sense of humour is wonderful and I enjoy the fact
that one can have a joke with this man and he will respond
double time. His ability to overcome issues and problems,
that undoubtedly arise at times, with such ease, but with
empathy and sincerity. I for one am truly sorry to see him
leave my parish. Joan Parr, Secretary

Drivers wanted for Outreach
Needed for Thursday afternoons to provide support to our
current volunteers. Quyen, Rafelina, John, Jennifer, Mariana and
Thomas need a week off now and again It would be ideal to
have each driver/packer volunteering once a fortnight
It is a rewarding experience as drivers usually deliver to
the same clients and become an important social contact.
However, there is no need and never any expectation to enter
the residence or stay … sometimes we just get talking. Please
help. Email or text 0439 113 500.

After Plenary one ...
On Wednesday 1st December, the St Kevin's Parish in
Templestowe is continuing its strong emphasis on the
Plenary Council. We are holding a very important information session for parishioners and visitors on what happened at the first session of the Plenary Council and where
to now for the second session. We are having two great
speakers in Fr Kevin Lenahan and Dr Nimmi Candappa talk
to us about their experiences. St Kevin’s is at 26-44 Herlihy’s Road, Lower Templestowe 3107, 7:30pm—9pm.

Myanmar peace day
Catholics in Australia are encouraged to join with
other Christians in committing time on November 28 to
pray for peace in Myanmar, where unrest and violence
have been since February. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
The Bishops Commission has watched with
“deepening concern for the loss of life and the erosion of
democracy” in the Asian nation, and had urged the Bishops
Conference’s support “given the desperate plight of peoples living under oppressive conditions” since a military
coup on February 1. Last month, before a gathering of
thousands in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis implored God
for “the gift of peace” for Myanmar.
An online ecumenical prayer service, led by National
Council of Churches Australia president Rev. John Gilmore,
will be held at 7.30pm AEDT on November 28. Visit for prayer resources.

STOP PRESS: Last Sunday at St Joseph’s, our Vietnamese community had a special collection for Fr Peter
Monaghan re one of his special Cambodian projects.
They raised $2,450 which was handed to Fr Peter.
Well done to all our V friends at St Joey’s.

There are several avenues in which Mass can be viewed.

1.  EWTN provides Masses every day at 8am and many other quality programs about the Catholic faith. the EWTN App can be downloaded to your phone or iPad. It has continuous live streaming of programs. These include news, interviews, children's and teenager's programs and more. Access the EWTN schedule at
or on the EWTN App go to "Program Schedules" then "Pacific Rim".

Bishop Robert Barron Masses

3.  Daily streaming of Masses at St Patrick's Cathedral

The 11am Sunday Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral will continue to be televised free to air on
C31 (often listed as Channel 44 on digital TVs)

Mass for You at Home
6.00-6.30am Sundays or catch up on 10 Play Freeview [need to sign up!]

 Returned to the Father 
Condolences: We pray for the families and souls of
those who have departed recently.
Maria DeRango,
AnnaMaria Giammario. 

 We remember ... 
Please remember the following in our prayers: Julia Rickard, Gabe Sullivan, Julia O’Malley,
Fr Chris Riley,
Ida Misurelli, Sr Valda Singleton, Anna Marinelli,
Ian Armstrong, Annette Baker, Fr Peter Rankin,
John and Teresa Boetti
Please let us know if the office can help in any way.