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2019 Newsletter
Oct 12-13 + Viet
Oct 19-20 + Viet

Today's Mass Scripture
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NEW Events Calendar 2019
Parishes Update
Oct 2 + Oct 9

Diocese Youth Site

October 2019
12 Healing Mass at St. John’s Church 10 am
followed by light lunch in the presbytery
13 Sun 28C
16 Salesian Mission Speaker Series in Aikenhead Hall 7pm, note right & below
18 Luke
19 Rosary at 5:30pm St. John’s Church followed by the 6pm Mass
20 Sun 29C, Mission Sun
27 Sun 30C
, Vietnamese Community 40th Anniversary Celebration

November 2019
1 All Saints
2 All souls
3 Sun 31C, Irish Mass at St John’s at 3pm
7 Plenary Session at St. Joseph’s
9 Dedication of Lateran Basilica, 10.30 am Mass with senior students at St John’s
10 Sun 32C 17 Sun 33C
21 Presentaion of Blessed Virgin Mary
24 Sun, Christ the King, St John’s 10.30 am Mass with Fr Guillermo Basanes SDB
30 Deaconate Ordination for Salesian brothers at St. Joseph’s Church; 6:00pm [Andrew, apostle]

December 2019
1 Combined Mass at St John’s Church for Advent 10:30

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

The Plenary Council invites groups who participated in the Listening and Dialogue phase to now reconvene in communal Discernment on any one of the six themes.
Each Discernment session is expected to result in a response that can be summarised in 1000 characters and that can be submitted through a form on the Discernment page.
The Plenary Council’s Writing and Discernment Groups will then meet and discern on these responses, towards publishing thematic papers and fleshing out the agenda for the first session of the Plenary Council in October 2020.
St. John’s will hold one of these plenary discernment sessions in response to one of the theme entitled Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal on Thursday, 3rd of October from 6:30-8:30pm in Aikenhead Hall. During this session we will pray, reflect and dialogue about a chosen theme. All are welcome! Reports outlining the chosen theme are in the back of the church. Direct any questions about this event to

Missions Speaker Series 2019 - in our parish

Wednesday October 16
Romina Martiniello will lead a panel in discussion about the world refugee and IDP crisis and consider the way that refugees are welcomed in Australia. This topic is the theme for Salesian Missions Day this year and is such an important one for Australia.
Monday November 25
Fr. Guillermo is on the General Council in Rome for the Salesians of Don Bosco. He takes care of the missions for the entire Salesian world. He was also a long-time missionary in Angola and will share his experience and expertise with us.
Each event will take place at the Aikenhead Wing at St. John the Baptist Primary School in Clifton Hill (61 Queens Parade). Each event will go from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
For more information contact Lauren Hichaaba at or Jennifer Jacobs at

  Salesian Mission Day 2019 - see 'Missions Speaker Series' [above or view flyer]

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.

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.

Pope Francis says ...
The Lord is stubborn with Mercy. The Lord always wants to heal and save, not to condemn.

Pope Francis message to UN Climate Action Summit

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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Sunday 28 Yr C

This is the first of two parables that Jesus tells in Luke 18 about prayer. (The second will be read at Mass next Sunday.) This first parable is a lesson in persistence in prayer. (Next Sunday's parable will address attitude in prayer.) While the parable seems to present prayer as nagging God for what we want, such a reading misses the point. God is not like the judge in the parable, worn down by requests and coerced to respond. The key is found in the description of the judge as corrupt and unjust. Since God can be neither, we must understand Jesus to be saying that if even an unjust judge responds to the persistence of the widow, how much more so will God listen to our prayers. God truly wants to hear our needs and respond generously. It is the final lament of Jesus that gets to the point of the parable. The lesson is about the persistence of the one who prays. God wants us to be like the persistent widow, staying in relationship with God, confident that God hears and answers prayers. Then Jesus laments, “Will such faith be found when the Son of Man comes?” In this lament, Jesus notes how easy it can be for us to lose heart.



Oct 19-20  Prayer



Oct 19-20  Prayer

Australian Catholic Youth Festival Song + Lyrics

Sunday Cinema
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for this Week's Liturgy

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[Updated Oct 17]

Extraordinary Mission Month
“The Church is on mission in the world” —Pope Francis, message for Mission Sunday, 20th October, 2019.
During the third week of this Extraordinary Missionary Month, we reflect on how all the baptised, in small daily steps, contribute to the work of mission: ‘Faith in Jesus Christ enables us to see all things in their proper perspective, as we view the world with God’s own eyes and heart’ (message for Mission Sunday 2019). May our eyes and heart be opened to the needs of the world around us as we encourage a mission-ary spirit in our communities this week.

Overseas Mission Opportunities
With over 50 year’s experience, Palms Australia is a leader in matching experienced, skilled Australians with community development projects in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Palms Australia provides training and support, a basic living allow-ance, return airfares, and a comprehensive insurance policy. Join Palms Australia for an information day on October 27th, 10:30am at the Ross House, Jenny Florence Room, 247-251 Flinders Lane in Melbourne. For more information go to

Marriage Encounter Weekend
The next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held on November 15-17, starting 7pm Friday, ends 5pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.
Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676

Liturgy Team
One of the important points that was highlighted in our recent Plenary Discernment session was the need to form a Liturgy Team for the parish, which represents different age groups and interests.
If participation in a liturgy team interests you, please join us and share with the parish your talents and ideas. This will help us create wonderful liturgies throughout the year. The time commitment would be four to five meetings a year in order to plan for the seasons, feasts and celebrations.
At this time, we also invite new volunteers to liturgical minis-try during Masses . There is always a need for readers, extraordinary ministers and help with the collection and offertory. Email Joan your wish to participate
Many thanks to everyone who currently volunteers in liturgi-cal ministry, and helps to make our celebrations wonderful.

Fr. Bartholomew Joseph Huynh San
Fr. Bartholomew (Bart) Joseph Huynh San, Parish Priest of Rosebud, passed away on Thursday, 10th October 2019.
Bart arrived in Australia as a seminarian in the early 1970’s from South Vietnam. Fr. Bart was ordained on 18 August 1979 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne.
Thereafter, he was appointed Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s (1979-1982) and worked with the Vietnamese Catholic Community in the Archdiocese from 1980, becoming full-time Chaplain in 1986. Fr. Bart was appointed Parish Priest of Rosebud from 2013 – an appointment he held until his passing. Fr. Bart served the Church and the refugee Viet-namese community in a very positive and pastorally enriching manner. He skilfully determined to assist refugees to settle well and make a good life in their new home. Fr Bart and others like him have been instrumental in paving the way for the magnificent contribution of the Vietnamese community to the life of the church and the broader Australian community. ‘May he rest in peace and rise in glory’ (Vicar General’s Office).
Fr. Bart contributed much to the life of St. Joseph’s Church. Over the years, after leaving his position as Assistant Priest, he would often return to officiate at many baptisms and weddings. He will be greatly missed.

40th Anniversary of Vietnamese
Community at St. Joseph’s Church
On Sunday, 27th October, we celebrate the 40th Anniver-sary of the Vietnamese Community at St. Joseph’s Church.
It is a great blessing that St. Joseph’s became a welcome place for so many of the refugees who came to the Mel-bourne area years ago from Vietnam. Our parish is so blessed by the deep faith and commitment of the Vietnam-ese community.
All are invited to celebrate this important anniversary during the 9am Mass at St. Joseph’s on 27th of October.

A word from our PP
As we begin the second week of term 4 in our schools let us pray that our children continue to grow in compassion, courage, faith and love. May our parish community continue to nurture each other through a listening ear and the sense of belonging. 
This week the Vietnamese community mourn the loss of Fr Bart San, Parish Priest of Rosebud. He will be sadly missed by those who have been blessed by his love and ministry, especially those in Collingwood. Please read elsewhere as well. RIP Fr Bart.
Last Friday St John’s primary School shared with the com-munity the wonderful art work by our children. The children created a large variety of art pieces and used different materials to express their talents. Thanks to those parents who helped organise refreshments and those who were able to visit. Thanks to Michele Davies for her continued support and using her gifts to teach our children the gift of art. Also, thanks to Reuben Wilson for his enthusiasm and contribu-tion to the Art Show. God Bless. Fr Martin

Plenary Discernment
Since we’ve had a Plenary Discernment Session at St. John’s, it’s time to hold one at St. Joseph’s. It will be held the St. Joseph’s meeting room on Thursday, 7th November from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. All are welcome to submit a suggested theme for discussion. We have already discerned over an ‘Inclusive, Participatory & Synodal Church’, so let’s choose something else over which we can reflect. All suggestions and questions can be directed to Thank you and God bless.

Month of the Holy Rosary
The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgi-cal feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. It was instituted to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.
The Rosary is primarily a scriptural prayer. This can be summarized by the traditional phrase used by Pope Pius XII (papacy: 1939-1958) that the Rosary is " a compendium of the entire Gospel" (AAS 38 [1946] p. 419). The Rosary draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centred on the great events of the Incarnation and Redemption.
In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great myster-ies of our salvation. -article found at
Join us for a community prayer of the rosary on 19th October at 5:30pm just prior to the 6pm Mass at St. John’s Church. All welcome!

Genazzano College
Genazzano College a Catholic Day and Boarding School fromPrep to year 12 is holding their Open Morning on Wednesday, 23rd October, for girls and their families to visit theschool with a view to enrolling for the coming years. Registration is at

View also Oct 16 'What's On' in left-hand column including NEW 'Events Calendar'