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2018 Bulletin
July 21-22 + Viet
Aug 11-12 + Viet

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Melbourne Diocese
Upcoming Events 2018
Parish Update

 Aug 8 + Aug 15

Diocese Youth Site

August 2018
15 Assumption of Mary, obligation
19 Sun 20B
26 Sun 21B, Samoan Mass 12.30
29 Passion of John Baptist

September 2018
2 Sun 22B
9 Sun 23B
14 Exultation of Cross
15 Our Lady of Sorrows
16 Sun 24B
21 Matthew
23 Sun 25B, Samoan Mass 12.30
29 Archangels
30 Sun 26B

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
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.

Our Salesian Brothers [Read other student stories here]
Our next Salesian Brother is ...
I am Michael En Lam Pau from Myanmar. I was born in Chin Sate which is located in the western part of the country. My parents are Mr Albert Kam Ngo and Mrs Fidelis Hau Lam Ciin. I am the eldest son of eight children. Farming and agriculture are mainly my family’s profession. Therefore, farming is very much part of my early life.
As a young teenager, I was sent to one of the Salesian Boarding houses in Mandalay in 2004. I did not know much about the Salesian Charism as a boarding student, but I rather experienced the Salesian Spirituality of Don Bosco in each Salesian. Therefore, I aspired to become like them when I grew up.
I re-joined the Salesians, after my high school back at home, in 2007 as a pre-novice. I joined the novitiate in 2009 and became a Salesian in May, 2010. Then, I spent three studying mainly Philosophical studies. This was followed by a period of two years of practical training,
I arrived in Australia in October, 2016 and began my first year of theology in February, 2017. Now, I am in my second of theology at Catholic Theological College. I still have two more years to complete my studies here. Then I will be ordained a Deacon and go back and work in Myanmar, to serve the people, especially the poor and the young. I hope to be ordained a priest in 2021.
   “Everything and everyone is won by the sweetness of our words and works.” (Don Bosco).


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

Gospel Reflection 2018
Fr  Peter Hoang - Sunday 19B
In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of himself as the ‘bread of life’. Despite the grumblings of many of his listeners, he boldly calls them to believe in the gift of eternal life. To have faith in Jesus is to be drawn to the Father. It involves divine initiative and a personal decision.
The Jews of this gospel are having great difficulty accepting Jesus’ origins. They have seen the abundant feast which is promised when the Messiah comes; they have seen the sign that God worked through Jesus and he has hold them he is the bread that came down from heaven. But still they are trapped in their earthly reality and cannot move beyond it into the mystery of God present among them. For ‘the Jews’, the gift which God gave is the Law. They cannot move into the new reality that Jesus has surpassed this and offers something greater – his flesh for the life of the world. It is through his death and resurrection that salvation will be won. The final line of this text is the lead into the climax of the discourse which will shock the crowd in next week’s gospel.
• Jesus is offering a powerful gift. What gift have you received so far through your faith in Jesus?
• How can you share this gift with others.    >Cont

Aug 11-12, 18-19

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Salesian Mission Month Aug-Sep 2018   facebook     Cagliero Newsletter

Archbishop's Catholic Man Breakfast Series
13th September 2018 featuring our new Archbishop,
Peter A Comensoli. Come along and be encouraged,
inspired and challenged by him as he undertakes his
new leadership role. Come along and support our
new Archbishop at CQ Club 113 Queen St Melbourne.
Cost $45. Time 7-9am. Michael Bohan 0439 172 465.

Plenary Council 2020
In the words of Pope Francis: “Communicating
means sharing, and sharing demands listening and
acceptance. Listening is much more than simply
hearing. Hearing is about receiving information,
while listening is about communication, and calls for
closeness. Listening allows us to get things right, and
not simply to be passive onlookers, users or consumers.
Listening also means being able to share questions
and doubts, to journey side by side, to banish all
claims to absolute power and to put our abilities and
gifts at the service of the common good.”

Collingwood Cottage
Welcome back to Collingwood Cottage at St Joseph’s,
after so long and thanks to All Saints for looking after
them in the meantime. In future, distribution of food
will take place at 11 am, so anyone wishing to obtain
food must register prior to this time.

Liturgy Meeting for St John's
All are welcome to join St. John's liturgy team. We
need your voices and perspectives. Our next gathering
where we will be sharing of our ideas, will be
held at 6:00pm on Thursday, 16th of August. Dinner
will be included! Please contact Jennifer if any questions
and/or to RSVP>

Catholic Care Appeal
As we turn our focus to the youth in our lives, we see
that more and more young people who are struggling
with the challenges and changes of life. They can
easily find themselves on the margins of society,
feeling isolated and excluded with no idea where to
turn. It is times like this, where CatholicCare programs
and interventions are needed most. Please
give generously to our Appeal today.

Feast of the Assumption
Parishioners are reminded that the Feast of Assumption,
Wednesday August 15th, is a Day of Obligation.
We will be celebrating Mass as follows:
* St John’s—9.15 am with St John’s Primary
* St Joseph’s—12 noon with St Joseph’s Primary
* St Joseph’s—7.30 pm (Vietnamese)

Parish Fundraiser Lunch
Don’t forget our fundraiser lunch on Father’s Day
Sunday, 2nd September, at St Joseph’s, to celebrate
Father’s Day and to fundraise for future maintenance
of our new Church. The luncheon commences at
11.30am. Tickets cost $40 and there are good prizes
for our raffle at $5 each, available from Jennifer.
Ongoing small fundraising activities are held after
Mass every first Sunday of the month, where our
Vietnamese community cook several dishes for lunch
and the parishioners buy their choice of food.

Installation Mass
The Archdiocese is in the process of making a DVD
available of our new Archbishop’s Installation Mass.
Photos from the Mass can be found: https://
melbourne entire Mass: https://
Archbishop Peter’s homily on:

Refugee Needs
As you know our Parish looks after a refugee family
in Reservoir, helping them with their English as well
as friendship and material items. They are in need of
a chest of drawers, so if anyone has a spare chest, out
in the garage perhaps?, one they don’t need any
more, could they please ring the office on 9481 7333.

Archbishop Peter Comensoli's Mass of Installation homily [summary here]

Vocations Week
Fr Martin Tanti SDB - a Vocation Story

Asylum Seekers Need Our Help
Reinstate Basic Support for People Seeking Asylum The Australian Government is currently removing basic support payments for a significant number of people seeking asylum. This will have a devastating effect on many vulnerable people in our community and charity services will not be able to assist any more people in need of support. Our Catholic community is called to welcome Christ, hidden in the disguise of the 'strangers' before us (Matthew 25:35). As such, we are challenged to speak up for all those affected by these changes and make our contribution to shaping a more com-passionate welcome from our nation.
Please consider going online to sign a petition oppos-ing this cut at:

Vocations Week
Our Salesian Brothers  [Read other student stories here]

My name is Thomas Nattawut Kitsawad, but every-one calls me “Por” (which is a Thai nickname). I am a Salesian Brother from the Thailand Province. I was born in Samphran, a Catholic village which is located near Bangkok, the only son in my family. I believe that my vocation had begun at the age of eight when I attended the Don Bosco Oratory every Sunday. I learnt a lot about the life of Saint John Bosco, the music, and Salesian life. Here I found the love and kindness which Salesians gave me. This was the beginning of my dream “I want to be a Salesian like them.

I joined the Salesian Formation House, and studied in the Salesian School in 2001, when I was in year 7. I studied philosophy for four years, then my practical training for three years at the formation house. In 2016, I came to Australia to continue my Salesian vocation in theological studies. I studied English at the Australian Catholic University and made my final profession to be a Salesian forever last year here at St John the Baptist. Now, I am studying my second year of Theology at Catholic Theological College and hope to go back to Thailand and work for the young people after my theological studies. Above all, if God chooses me, I will be ordained as a priest in Thailand in 2021. Please pray for me to be a faithful Salesian.

Marriage Encounter
Invest in your most precious asset......Your Marriage!
Forget 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 nor-mal, daily living tends to inhibit.
There is no group sharing. Couples and a priest present the weekend. It is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.
2018 Melbourne weekend dates : 17-19 August, and 9-11 November 2018. Starts 7pm on Friday. Ends 5pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided. Information/Bookings: PH: Andre and Maria 0411 225 992 Email: vicbookings@wwme.

Gospel According to Mark
Look at our culture. Commercials preach that life is meaningless without the newest “stuff”. Oftentimes friendships, family, and service suffer because stuff, or working long hours to afford stuff, becomes more important.
It can’t be that way with Jesus’ disciples. Jesus gave us all power to drive out demons. Today’s demons include poverty, prejudice, loneliness, and violence. We can’t do it alone. We need one another to follow Jesus long-term, because it’s darn tough and full of
disappointments. Possessions aren’t bad, but they must not divert from fighting today’s demons or from forming the friendships that support us.

Child Safety in our Parish
Our parish fosters an environment where everyone, especially our precious children, feels safe and secure to be part of our parish community. One of the ways to do this is to raise awareness of the Child Safety regulations and where to go should your child feels unsafe in any way within our parish. You could speak with our Child Safety Officer, Rafelina De Donato or call Joan at the office on 9481 7333.

Year of Youth
One tip on how to pastorally respond to young people is to be positive. Visions inspire, rules repel. When tackling the big issues with young people, cast a positive vision, emphasising the reasons why the Church teaches what it does in the language of “dos” rather than “don’ts”. Also, be humble enough to share your own story and struggles in accepting Church teachings.

Vinnies Support
We need your help to help others in need. St Vinnies in Vere Street Collingwood would be most grateful for any donations, but suggests staple foods, such as canned spaghetti,
baked beans, soups and meals in a can; eg chunky beef and veggies etc.
Many thanks to one of our special parishioners for their very generous donation last week.
Much appreciated.

Archbishop-elect Comensoli warmly greets the faithful of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Our New Archbishop
The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli of the Diocese of Broken Bay as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. Archbishop-elect Comensoli (b.1964) was educated by the Good Samaritan Sisters and Marist Fa-thers. He studied commerce at the University of Wollongong and worked for a time in the banking sector. He entered the seminary in 1986 and was ordained in 1992.
“To the good people of Melbourne, let me say that you are already in my prayers. As I come among you I place my trust in the tender encouragement of Jesus. I look forward to getting to know you. And, as a northerner, I will need some guidance around that mysterious code of football called AFL!”
In announcing the appointment, Pope Francis also accepted Archbishop Denis Hart’s resignation after 17 years as Archbishop of Melbourne. Archbishop Hart will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the installation of Archbishop-elect Comensoli on Wednesday 1 August. The Mass of Reception for Archbishop-elect Comensoli will be held in St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne on Wednesday 1 August at 7pm.

HomeStays Required
Collingwood College is looking for families or indi-viduals who can offer accommodation to our interna-tional students. You may be eligible to become a host if you ... can provide a caring, supportive, safe environment to a young person; can provide a clean, comfortable home with a private bedroom near the school; are fluent in English or native speakers of English; provide healthy food. If you are interested and would like more information contact Angie Pantelidis on

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli of the Diocese of Broken Bay as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne.


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