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2019 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events 2019
Parishes Update
April 3 + April 16

Diocese Youth Site

April 2019
18 Holy Thur
19 Good Friday, fast & abstinence
20 Holy Sat
21 Easter
23 Schools are back, so too is sacramental program
25 Anzac Day
28 Easter 2C, Divine Mercy
30 St John’s School Grandparents and Special Friends Mass 9.15 am

May 2019
1 Joseph - worker
3 Philip & James
5 Easter 3C, Family Mass at St John’s 10.30 am
6 Dominic Savio
12 Easter 4C, Fr Martin’s formal installation as PP in St Joseph's
13 Mary Mazzarello / Our Lady of Fatima
14 Matthias
19 Easter 5C
24 Our Lady of the Southern Cross / Help of Christians, both Schools Mass at 12 noon in St John’s Church
26 Easter 6C. Samoan Mass 12.30?
31 Visitation

June 2019
2 Parish Family Mass at St John’s 10.30 am
8-9 Speaker from Little Sisters of the Poor to visit
22 Healing Mass at St Joseph’s 10 am
25 St John the Baptist Mass at 9.15 am

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
CrimeSJan toppers  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.

Plenary Council 2020 president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says he and his fellow bishops have been 'amazed' by the engagement of people across Australia in the Council’s opening stage. Read

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.

Easter Reflections
*  I give myself time to slow down, remembering that I am in God’s presence.
*  He is always waiting; patient for me to attend to him. I thoughtfully read this jubilant psalm a num-ber of times.
*  I may ask the Lord to help me enter into the spirit of the psalm as one of his Easter people, with a heart filled with gratitude, hope and awe at his victory over death.
*  This triumphant psalm was very familiar to Jesus. Can I imagine praying it with him?
*  What strikes me when I do this intimate act?
*  Am I drawn to say ‘His love has no end’, like the sons of Israel?
*  I may consider how God’s love is present in my ordinary life ... in my small daily deaths and resur-rections.
*  Does praying this psalm give me a different per-spective on life?
*  I, too, praise the Lord for the Resurrection and the hopefulness he brings me.
*  Jesus Christ is the ‘corner stone’, the wondrous work of the Father.
*  On this day of Resurrection, as Paul tells us, we ‘have been brought back to true
*  life’ through Christ.
*  I take time now to speak to him about my deepest desires, and listen to his
*  deepest desires for me.
*  When I am ready, I slowly bring my prayer to a close, giving thanks to the Lord.
GOSPEL John 20: 1–9

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

Gospel Reflection 2019
 Easter Yr C

A message from Fr Martin ...
This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and reflect on Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem. The people waved palms to welcome him and laid their clothes on the road for Jesus as he rode in. This event also marks the beginning of Holy Week and the great events which resembles the emotional roller coaster of Joy at the last supper, the sadness of the crucifixion and the ultimate freedom of the Resurrection.
As a parish, let us find time during this coming week to stop and reflect on how this Easter story affects our lives. How does the meal at the Last Supper, the sharing of the body and blood of Christ, transform our lives to be like him? Does Christ’s crucifixion and death encourage us to appreciate the gift of life given to us by God? Finally, is the Resurrection the begin-ning of a new life, in relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
The Church is not only made up of bluestone and windows, but of people. We as Church come to-gether to share our faith, our experiences and to bond as a community. Wishing you all the best during Holy Week and a happy and Holy Easter.
Fr. Martin. PP

The women disciples were faithful followers of Jesus who had probably served Jesus in many ways during his journeys. Luke tells us that they remained present with Jesus on his way to the crucifixion site and witnessed his death. They came to the tomb that morning expecting to serve Jesus once again by anointing his body. Instead, they were sent to minister in a different way, as messengers to Peter and the apostles.

Yet the apostles do not believe the women. Luke reports that the women's story seemed like nonsense. It is odd that Peter goes to the tomb at all. Perhaps Peter knew these women well enough to give their story credence. Perhaps he remembered something that Jesus had said that led him to hope that the women's story was more than nonsense. Without explaining why, Luke tells us that Peter goes to the tomb to investigate the women's story. He looks into the tomb, sees the burial cloths alone, and then goes home amazed.

Archbishop Comensoli’s Easter message
Christ is alive; and he wants us to be alive. The Risen Lord, who will never abandon his people, is offering us the strength to set out on a new path with him. As shattered and as wounded as our local Church can seem, the Risen Lord, in his gloriously wounded body, is inviting us to share in his life and to walk with him.

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   [Updated April 19]

Easter Vigil
Every year after the Easter Vigil liturgy, St John's holds a celebration in the hall. It seems a perfect, joyous way to complete the Triduum. All are welcome to this event in Aikenhead Hall. Please bring a plate or drink to share, if you are able. God bless you and your family and friends during this special time.

Fr Martin to be Installed
Put this date in your diaries now !!
Fr Martin Tanti is to be formally installed as Parish Priest on Sunday, May 12th at St Joseph’s Church in Collingwood.

Sacraments at St Joey's
The Church welcomed four students from our St Joseph’s Primary School who received the Sacrament of Baptism this past month. They are: Georgina and Kingsley Thong and Georgina Ngoc Diep.
Jaime Marshall, Penelope Jeffery and Ethan Russell.
The Church also welcomed nine students from our who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation last week. They are:
Georgina Diep Akeesa Karunarathne
Michael Dual Dau Akeung
Sawhid Mathot Adhieu Manyang
Penelope Jeffery Steffi and Joseph Tran
We wish them well in their continuing journey of faith. Thank you to their teachers for their preparatory work with the kids.

Message from Pope Francis for Lent 2019

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