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2022 Newsletter
Sept 24-25
Oct 1-2

  OLSC Parish

 Cộng Đoàn Thánh Gioan Hoan - Collingwoo
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October 2022     
1 Therese of child Jesus
2 Sun 27C
4 Francis Assisi
9 Sun 28C
11 John XXIII
16 Sun 29C
17 Ignatius of Antoch
18 Luke
22 John Paul II
28 Simon & Jude
30 Sun 31C

November 2022
1 All saints
2 All faithful departed
6 Sun 32C
9 Dedication of Lateran Basilica
13 Sun 33C
20 Christ the King
24 Saint Andrew Dũng-Lạc and Companions
27 Advent 1A
30 St Andrew

December 2022
3 Francis Xavier
4 Advent 2A
8 Immaculate Conception
11 Advent 3A
18 Advent 4A
24 Christmas Eve
25 Nativity of the Lord
26 St Stephen
27 St John
28 Holy Innocents
30 Holy Family

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 Dung Ngoc Nguyen SDB PP 
The mobile phone is available anytime via text. In case of an emergency a call can be made. 0424 376 193

Assistant Parish Priest
Fr Peter Varengo SDB

Support   13 11 14  1300 22 46 36
Defence Family Helpline  1800 624 608
Open Arms  1800 011 046
SANE Helpline  1800 18 SANE (7263)
Domestic Violence  1800 RESPECT (737 732)
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

 Sunday 27C - October 2 

In today's Gospel we hear Jesus teach about faith and service to God. The context is a continuing dialogue between Jesus and his followers about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Jesus has just finished an instruction on sin and forgiveness. There are two related teachings that Jesus offers to his disciples when they cry out for an increase in faith. The first is the familiar reminder that faith, even just a little, will enable the followers of Jesus to do wondrous things. But this uplifting and inspiring teaching is quickly followed by the second teaching, a caution about knowing one's place in God's plans. The disciples of Jesus are to understand themselves as servants to God and his plans. Even when God works wonders through us, with our mustard seed-sized faith, we must not seek praise. Our participation in God's plans is God's grace to us—nothing more, nothing less.

 Sunday 28C - October 9 

Today we hear about how Jesus, continuing on his journey to Jerusalem, heals 10 lepers. This story is a lesson about faith and reminds us that faith is sometimes found in unlikely places. Ten people afflicted with leprosy cry out to Jesus. Struck with pity, Jesus heals all 10. However, only one is described as glorifying God and returning to thank Jesus. The one who returns is a Samaritan, a foreigner. In the Jewish circles in which Jesus lived, Samaritans were looked down upon because of the differences between the two communities in their observance of Judaism. It is significant, therefore, that Jesus commends the Samaritan for his faith, which has been his salvation. Throughout Luke's Gospel, faith is found in surprising places.

Another lesson for us in this Gospel has to do with salvation. All 10 of the lepers were given the gift of healing, but in his gratitude to God for this gift, the Samaritan found salvation. Our salvation is found in recognizing the gifts we have been given and knowing to whom we must offer our thanks.

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Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB

October 2

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October 9

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Holiness is for Everyone
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I wish you
peace and joy of the Lord!
The readings of this Sunday, especially the Gospel,
help us to know what to ask for in life. Like the disciples, we ask the Lord to increase our faith. On his part,
Jesus assures his disciples that if they have faith, just
the same size of a mustard seed, they can do wonder.
Allow me to share with you something about faith.
There is no doubt that we live in a historical situation in which the temptation to do without God has
become very great. Our culture of technology and
welfare rests on the belief that basically we can do
everything. From this perspective, life is restricted to
what we can make and manufacture and demonstrate.
The question of God leaves the
stage. In this sense, we come to
believe that what we have not
made ourselves does not exist
(life is what you make of it!!!).
Today, many who have
been formed – or deformed –
by a sort of pragmatism and a
utilitarianism, seem to ask:
“When all is said and done,
what is the use of believing? Does faith offer some thing more? Isn’t it possible to live an honest upright
life without bothering to take the Gospel seriously?”
Indeed, in a world where science seems to be the only
discipline to have a say on all matters, faith is not necessary. “Salvation by/through faith” seems to be an
“old saying” which has no value and effect. In the end,
we still ask ourselves: What will my faith do to me? Do
I still need faith in order to inherit the eternal life?
What is faith? Why did Jesus’ disciples ask for it?
Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in
God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us,
and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because
he is truth itself. By faith “man freely commits his
entire self to God” (Dei Verbum, no. 5). For this reason,
the believer seeks to know and to do God’s will
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1814). Theological faith is usually conceived of as assent to truths
contained in biblical revelation and to doctrines de clared by the Church as dogmas of faith. Yet, faith is
not primarily assent to a specific set of propositions. It
is a personal encounter with God, a self-disclosure of
the divine Father and personal adherence to him.
In our daily life, faith opens the way to knowledge
of a person. St. Anselm said: “faith seeking understanding.” The one, who believes, shares in the being and
world of another, in his thought, in his knowledge,
understanding, love and desire. However, faith in God
is not a form of knowledge that can be learned like
chemistry or mathematics, but remains a belief. It is
not just some dark mystery or other with which one
has dealings. Faith gives one insight. Since faith demands our whole existence, our will, our love, since it
requires letting go of ourselves, it necessarily always
goes beyond a mere knowledge, beyond what is demonstrable.
My dear brothers and sisters, faith is not an end
in itself. It is always a path. Faith can only mature by
suffering anew, at every stage in life, the oppression
and the power of unbelief, by admitting its reality and
then finally going right through it, so that it again
finds the path opening ahead for a while. Romano
Guardini said: “as you grow older faith does not get
easier, but harder” (Cf. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, God
and the World, 33-37). Let us ask the Lord to increase
our faith that we may be able to have a more intimate
encounter with him day by day.

Holy Hour
Adoration and prayer for deepening vocations
Friday 7 October 7.30pm-8.30pm
at St John the Baptist Church
Prayer for vocations: either your own discernment,
or to pray for others who are discerning their way
in life.

Walter Sylvester Memorial Lecture
A free public lecture sponsored by the Union of
Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Family), Catholic
Theological College and the University of Divinity
Tuesday, 25 October at 6.30 p.m. in
person or via Zoom. Bishop Vincent
Nguyen Van Long OFM Conv will be
the orator, speaking on “Inverting
the Ecclesial Pyramid 60 years after
Vatican II: Evolution of a Synodal
Church in Australia under Pope
The venue will be the Knox Room: Thomas Carr
Centre, 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne (cnr
Eades Street) and light refreshments will be available from 5.45pm. RSVP (message) on 9304 2926 or
Zoom: :
pwd=TzJYNnh4d21KdTVYSWhzaVoxdjJuZz09 Meeting ID: 833 5062 8349 Passcode: 879518

Installation of our PP
On Sunday, 2nd October at our 11am Mass, Bishop Terry Curtin will formally install Fr Anthony Nguyen Ngoc Dung SDB as Parish Priest of the Parish of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, encompassing St John’s, St Joseph’s and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.
All are warmly invited to this auspicious occasion and afterwards in the playground for delicious eats, particularly from our Vietnamese friends.

RSVP by 24/09/2022
*  Fr Peter Hoang, SDB
0412 715 656 -
*  Mr Minh Hoang
0403 128 979 -
*  Mr Truc Nguyen
0418 926 986 -

Knox Public Lecture
As Catholic Theological College marks its 50th
anniversary as a College and a member of the ecu menical University of Divinity, we have invited a
panel of speakers to reflect on CTC’s achievements
and challenges, and to consider future directions in
theological education and ministry formation. You
are warmly invited to join us for the conversation.
The panel : Rev Prof Austin Cooper OMI AM, Rev
Prof Frank Moloney SDB AM FAHA, Most Rev Dr
Terence Curtin DD, Dr Rosemary Canavan and Dr
Michelle Goh RSM.
The 2022 Knox Public Lecture is to be held on
Wednesday 12th October at the Celtic Hall, Catholic
Leadership Centre, Cnr Victoria Parade and Hoddle
Street, commencing at 7.30pm.
“50 Years of Theological Education in Context:
Then, Now, What Next?”
Bookings and Info:
Enq: or Ph 9412 3333
Light refreshments will be provided after the

St Peter Clavar Fete
The Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver will hold
their annual mission fete on Saturday, 8th October
from 9am to 2:30pm at 154 Cotham Road, Kew. This
year the proceeds will be forwarded to Sr Sol Meda B
Pomoy, OSA Delegate Superior for financial aid to
construct a wall needed for landslide prevention and
the safety of their Chapel. Enquiries phone: 9817 3715.

Bible Study
Join fellow parishioners as we come together to
pray the Rosary in the month of October (the month
of the Rosary). Zoom Meetings will be 7:30pm each
Tuesday evening in October. Meeting ID is
74123186021 Password is Zb3eDQ
All welcome !! Bernadette Riley

The Journey
The Journey is a weekly program developed by the
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and is the only Catholic
radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio.
Visit or where
you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email. Do you have friends or family who might like to hear this show each week? Tell them to send an email
to or call (02) 4222 2407.
Listen to this week's presenter inputs
 Gospel Reflection–Fr Mark De Battista–Judgement
 Wisdom from The Abbey–Mother Hilda–Officially Awesome
 Positive Psychology–Fr Anthony Crook–Spirituality and Well Being (part 3)
 Milk & Honey–Trish McCarthy– Use Your Words
 The Call–Fr Dave Callaghan–Christianity is not a Spectator


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:  especially for
Chris English whose funeral was held at St Joseph’s
Church last Friday.


   Sheila O’Donnell,
Sr Una McAllister,
John Bondin.

 We remember ... 
Prayers for healing:
Ian Armstrong, Julia Rickard, Cecily Hollingworth,
Dorina De Rango, Fr Chris Riley, Mat Kennedy,
Ida and Mario Misurelli, Teresa Boetti, Betty Croker,
Julia O’Malley, Tony Addamo, Lorena Ferri,
Terry Whelan, Martha Xinh.

Please let us know if the office can help in any way.