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2020 Newsletter
June 27-28
July 4-5 ?

Thanksgiving ways

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or credit card or envelope.
25% tax deductible

Today's Mass Scripture
Today's Morning Prayer
This Week's Ordo
2020 Liturgical Calendar

Mass Times, Events, Mass on Demand, Prayer of the Day, Archbishop, News,
Events Calendar 2020

Diocese Youth Site

Salesian Missions

Newsletter - June
Prayer Intention - June
Cagliero 11 - June
Mission Day 2020

uly 2020   
3 Thomas, Apostle
5 Sun 14A,  Together in the Spirit: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

12 Sun 15A
16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel
19 Sun 16A
22 Mary Magdalene
25 James
26 Sun 17A

August 2020
2 Sun 18A
4 John Viannay
6 Transfiguration
8 Mary MacKillop
9 Sun 19A
15 Assumption
22 Queenship of Mary
29 Passion of John Baptist
30 Sun 22A

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception

Sundays at 12 noon (ring 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. Ring our office on 9481 7333 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
is manned Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at this time, between 9am and 2pm (normally). If the phone is not answered please leave a message and someone will return your call. Or email:

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 ...

“God will clothe us with goodness and mercy.”
Jesus was human like us in every way but sin. Yet
through his dying and rising, he took all human sin
on himself and saved us. Pope Francis tells us that
Christians are people who have let God work in their lives— clothing them with the seamless garment of goodness and mercy. When we have known forgiveness, forgiveness becomes a way of life. When we have felt the power of Christ’s redemption, we can begin to share that power, that joy and love, with others.

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

Gospel Reflection 2020

 Sunday 14 Yr A 

Today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel comes after a discourse in which Jesus reproaches people who have witnessed his mighty deeds yet still lack belief. In this context, today’s Gospel explains the reason for this unbelief and reveals what is necessary for faith. Today’s Gospel also continues to enhance our understanding of discipleship as last week’s Gospel did.

Jesus first prays in thanksgiving to God who has made himself known to Jesus’ disciples. He praises God who has made himself known to the “little ones” and not to the wise and learned. As in other recent readings from Matthew’s Gospel, a contrast is made here between the unbelieving Pharisees, who are wise and learned, and the faithful disciples, tax collectors, and sinners with whom Jesus keeps company.

The second part of this reading calls to our attention the unity between the Father and the Son. God has made himself known through Jesus, and in knowing Jesus, we come to know the Father. In Jesus’ life and in his person, God reveals himself to us.

[>cont ]

Come to me ... for I am gentle and humble of heart


Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB

  f   Replay live-streamed Mass 11.00 - Sunday 28 June

And I will give you rest -  [July 4-5]

Prayers, Readings, Reflection
Sun 14A - July 5
Sun 15A - July 12
Sun 16A - July 19
Sun 17A - July 26
Sun 18A - Aug 2
[used with permission]

Sunday Cinema
Online Viewing
for this Week's Liturgy

"The pallium recalls the sheep that the shepherd
is called to bear on his shoulders," Pope Francis said.

Archbishop Peter's weekly video message to the faithful


[Updated July 3]

A message from Fr Martin ...
Dear Parishioners,
As I write this article, the sun is continually coming
and going in between the clouds. This experience encourages
me to reflect about life. We are showered with moments of
sunshine as well as cloudy days; with challenges and moments of joy. Our continual passage through Covid-19 seems to also be popping its head through the clouds, reminding us that it has nottotally gone away. One moment we think we are on the right track and the next things seem to change. Let us continue to put our trust and hope in our faith, that the Trinity (Father, Son andHoly Spirit) is with us during these testing times.
This weekend is the start of the school holidays, and I dare say this break will be constricted by the presence of Covid
-19. Ultimately, it is a break from the routine of school life for
the teachers and students. Term 2 has been very challenging forall involved (Parents, Students and Staff) and a well-earned rest is in order. With the rise of new cases in recent days it is a good reminder to take care of each other and stay safe.
Our secretary, Joan Parr, had to have surgery this
week on her leg and I am pleased to say that she is doing well.The day after her surgery she was up walking with her friendly walking sticks. Joan has done so well that she has already gone home and will spend a couple of weeks recovering. Please continue to pray for her full recovery. Joan, look after yourself and we look forward to seeing you back in the near future. Let us also continue to remember and pray for others in our community who are struggling, whether it be in physical, emotional, or financial ways. Let us take up the mission call which we are reading about in the Gospel of Matthew these last couple of weeks.
Finally, I want to share with you a short reflection
from a series called ‘When Calls the Heart’. It is about a frontier community in America called ‘Hope Valley’ who started up as acoal mining town (Coal Valley). In one of the episodes they werereflecting about family and their community. They described their community as a family which comes in all shapes and sizes, each one of them are members of the one bigger family, and it is a place where people care about each other, all year round. This got me thinking how our parish community is made up of many different families. In our own ways, we care for each other and come together to pray and support each other. For me as Parish Priest, I hope and wish to see our parish continually as a place where people feel welcomed and cared for all year round.
Have a great week,
Fr Martin

Mass is back in force
Masses are now being held …
St Joseph’s:
6 pm Saturday (English)
8.30 and 10 am Sunday (Vietnamese)
St John’s:
Sunday 9 am (Italian); 11 am (English);
5 pm (English)
From next Monday, there is now no need to pre-book for Mass, however you do need to write your name and contact details on arrival.

“Together in the Spirit” 
NATSICC are holding their first-ever live-streamed, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Mass from St Francis
Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide from 10am EST. The livestream
will be available from the NATSICC homepage. 
We are inviting everyone around Australia - and the World -
to join us on 5 July 2020, as we come ‘Together in the Spirit’
to celebrate the gifts of spirituality and culture.

Change in office staff
Our parish secretary will be taking leave for the next couple of weeks, however the office will remain open and operational, Tuesday to Friday.

Thanksgiving ways
Please make use of our sacrificial offering portal on our website if you wish to assist in “keeping the parish afloat”. OR … We also offer other different ways of giving … direct debit, credit card or sacrificial envelopes. Ring and speak with Joan in the office. Remember … 25% of your commitment is returned in the form of a tax deductible receipt at the end of the year. Our Parish bank account details are: BSB 083-347 account: 16647 1224.      

Oz Harvest
As previously advised, St John’s has partnered with Oz Harvest to deliver food parcels to families and households who need a helping hand at the moment. Food Essential boxes will contain fresh fruit, vegetables and groceries and be delivered once a week on a trial basis for three months.
We are in need of non-perishable items for the Oz Harvest
boxes. There are a number of families in our local parish and
school communities who need our support. You can bring any food donations to Mass or the parish office. Thank you in
advance for your generosity.
If you would like to join this outreach program of St John’s or
you know someone who would benefit from the food parcels,
contact Jen Payne on 0439 113 500 or the parish office on 9481

Current edition - July 1

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

Daily streaming of Masses at St Patrick's Cathedral
Monday to Friday, 1pm
Saturday, 8am
Sunday, 11am
and catch-up

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) until the end of June. Mass is also live streamed on our Archdiocesan YouTube channel and website.

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