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2022 Newsletter

Jan 30 + Readings

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Today's Mass Scripture
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2022 Liturgical Calendar

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January 2022     
30 Sun 4C
31 John Bosco

February 2022
2 Presentation of the Lord
6 Sun 5C
11 Our Lady of Lourdes
13 Sun 6C
20 Sun 7C
22 Chair of Peter
27 Sun 8C

March 2022
2 Ash Wed
4 Ember Day
6 Lent 1C
13 Lent 2C
17 St Patrick
19 Joseph, spouse
20 Lent 3C
25 Annunciation of the Lord
27 Lent 4C

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception

: Second and fourth Sundays of the month at 12 noon (email the office to book)
by appointment
approach a priest before Mass
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 Anthony Nguyen SDB PP

Assistant Parish Priest
Fr Peter Varengo SDB
WELCOME BACK ... but you never really left!

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.

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 2022

 Sun 4C - Jan 30 

This Gospel is about who Jesus is and who people believe him to be. The story of Jesus' preaching and rejection at Nazareth is found in each of the Synoptic Gospels. In Luke's Gospel, this incident is told in a way that foretells Jesus' passion and death and helps explain the inclusion of the Gentiles in the promise of salvation. In Luke's Gospel this incident appears at the beginning of Jesus' ministry; in Matthew and Mark, this event is placed considerably later, after Jesus has preached and taught elsewhere. Only Luke identifies the content of Jesus' teaching in any detail, telling us that Jesus read from the book of the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue. In Mark and Matthew's Gospels, Jesus teaches in the synagogue in Nazareth, and the townspeople take offense because Jesus is only the son of a carpenter. They reject his authority to teach them. In Matthew and Mark, it is only after Jesus is rejected that he observes times when Israel has rejected prophets.

It is helpful to consider the historical context of Luke's Gospel. Luke has witnessed the acceptance of the gospel message among many Gentiles. He endeavors to explain why the Good News of Jesus has not been as well-received by his Jewish contemporaries. Luke's report interprets the cause of Jesus' rejection at Nazareth in the context of this later Christian history. Just as the people at Nazareth did not welcome the Good News that Jesus announced, so too many among the people of Israel will not accept the preaching of the gospel.

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Vietnamese Mass 9am Sundays, Newsletter, etc.

The scriptures are fulfilled this day - Jan 23

For Kids

Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB

Sunday Cinema
Online Viewing
for this Week's Liturgy

[Updated Jan 28]

A Message from Fr Anthony
I am writing these words on the Australia Day.
What comes to my mind is my heartfelt gratitude to
the people of the land, to our brothers and sisters who
had sacrificed their lives to protect this land. I pray
for our country as the words of the Collect run
through my heart: “Grant, we pray, O Lord our God,
that as the Cross shines in our southern skies, so may
Christ bring light to our nation, to its people old and
new, and by saving grace, transform our lives.” In deed, we need Christ, who is “the Light of Na tions” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, no.1), sheds his light of love and forgiveness in our hearts, so that we may become disciples of Christ, who “walk together in the ways of justice” (Prayer after Communion). On this day, I also think of each one of you who together with me
build up this community of Our Lady of the Southern
Cross Parish. During the mass, I had prayed for each
one of you and your family. As I prayed the Preface, I
made it as a prayer for our community. I see in this
beautiful prayer some elements which reflect our own
community, namely, the home for many peoples, the
rock of strength for the weak, the place where the
hungry and thirsty are fed, the place where Good
News is proclaimed. Let us continue to make our
community shine forth with the Light of Christ!
“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are going
to celebrate 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time this Sunday,
in the First Reading, we hear the call of the Prophet
Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew
you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet
to the nations I appointed you” (Jr 1:4-5). Like Prophet Jeremiah, we are called to be prophets for the nations. We are called to bring God’s message of joy, of
love, of hope and of peace to those whom we meet in
our daily life. To do this, we need to have the kind of
love which St. Paul speaks of in the Second Reading:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is
not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does
not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it
does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over
wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all
things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all
things. Love never fails” (1 Cor 13: 4-8). Do we possess this kind of love yet? If not, let us begin today!”

Vietnamese New Year 
Tet, short for Tet Nguyen Đan, Spring Festival,
Lunar New Year, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year is the
most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The
colloquial term "Tet" is a shortened form of Tet
Nguyen Đan, with Sino-Vietnamese origins meaning
"Festival of the First Morning of the First Day".
Congratulations and best wishes to our own Parish Priest and to all our Vietnamese friends, in particular our own community at Collingwood.

Synodal Church
Pope Francis has invited Catholic communities
throughout the world to prepare for the 2023 Synod of
Bishops. He has asked us to consider: How Do Catholics
‘Journey Together’? How Might We Do It Better?
In preparation for the Australian response, our
bishops have provided a website to make submissions.
You are invited to an online meeting to prepare a submission from our parish. Specifically, we will consider
the following questions:
• In our local Church, who are those who
“walk together”?
• Who are those who seem further apart?
• How are we called to grow as companions?
• What groups or individuals are left on the margins?
Time: Tuesday, 8th February at 8pm via zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting on

Books offered
Hidden Pain—an insight into childhood sexual abuse”
by Anne R Lastman
“Redeeming Grief—abortion and its pain”
by Anne R Lastman
If you are interested in either of these two books,
please collect from the parish office.

Volunteers needed ...
Mercy Works Ltd. is currently recruiting volun teers to support Refugee Students and Asylum Seekers
in Primary and Secondary schools across the Mel bourne Archdiocese. The volunteer commitment is
approximately half a day per week for four school
terms. Experience working in an educational setting is
preferred but not limited to.
Please contact Sr Mary Lewis RSM for an applica tion form and further information. A training day for
new volunteers with emphasis on Child Safeguarding
will take place prior to commencement.
Email: (preferred for contact )
Mercy Connect Melbourne Tel: 9326 1895

Employment opportunity
Jesuit Communications is looking for someone to
join Australian Catholics magazine as an assistant
editor – education and youth. For more information,
see the Australian Catholics website.
Michele Frankeni Assist Editor, Australian Catholics

Fr Peter Rankin RIP Fri morning, Jan 14. Following an aggressive cancer, Peter died at sister's home in the presence of siblings and Salesians from Clifton Hill and the Provincial Fr Will Matthews. Loved by all who knew him. Miss you heaps Mate!

View Fr Peter's Funeral Mass on our Facebook site.

View Fr Peter's Memorial Mass in NSW here.


Fr Martin's Farewell - view four photos here

There are several avenues in which Mass can be viewed./span>

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: Fr Peter Rankin
Salvatrice Bascetta, Giovanni Caruso,
Mary Joseph Kane, Clementina Ferrante

 We remember ... 
Please remember the following in our prayers:
Ian Armstrong, Julia Rickard, Anna Marinelli,
Fr Chris Riley, Annette Baker, Teresa Boetti,
Ida Misurelli,
Julia O’Malley, Tony Addamo, Mat Kennedy.
Please let us know if the office can help in any way.