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2020 Newsletter
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Today's Mass Scripture
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2020 Liturgical Calendar

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Melbourne Diocese
Melbourne News

Events Calendar 2020
Parishes Update
Dec 4 +

Diocese Youth Site


January 2020
Remember … no Mass at St John’s 6pm Saturdays during January - All welcome to join St Joseph’s community at 6pm
6 Parish Office reopens
12 Baptism of the Lord (A)
19 Sun 2A
24 Francis de Sales
25 Conversion of Paul
28 Thomas Aquinas
30 Our parish schools are back from end of year Christmas holidays—welcome back !!
31 John Bosco

February 2020
2 Presentation of the Lord (A)
6 NZ Waitangi Day
9 Sun 5A. Salesian Youth Day including festivities after-ward at St John’s; everyone invited to join at Mass and the fun afterwards
10-14 Fr Martin will be interstate with St John’s Primary
16 Sun 6A
22 Chair of St Peter
26 Ash Wednesday

March 2020
1 Lent 1A
8 Irish Mass at St John’s 6pm
27 School holidays begin

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

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.

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 ...
Giving witness to Christ always bears fruit, even if just through our daily activities. But this is especially important in very difficult times.
It’s hard for us to understand what Pope Francis is talking about here because it’s considered ‘weird’ in our culture to give witness to Christ. We shy away from it even if it ‘always bears fruit’. But note that the Pope also says, ‘even if just through our daily activities’. We can ‘bear fruit’ by being faithful spouses, loving parents, caring co-workers and good neighbours. These ordinary ways give us courage for the ‘very difficult times’.
Prayer: Jesus, teach me how to live your gospel teachings.

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

Gospel Reflection 2020
 Sunday - 2 A

This Sunday we break from our reading of Matthew’s Gospel (the primary Gospel for our current liturgical cycle, Cycle A) to read from John’s Gospel. We heard Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism last Sunday, on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today, we hear John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus as found in John’s Gospel. John’s Gospel differs from the other Gospels because John does not describe Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. Instead, John the Baptist announces that he knows that Jesus is the Son of God.

In today’s reading, John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching and cries out, giving witness about who Jesus is. In John’s testimony he says that he saw the Spirit descend upon Jesus. By this sign, John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the one who is to come after him.

John the Baptist uses two titles for Jesus that are familiar to us. John calls Jesus the “Lamb of God” and the “Son of God.” By using these titles, John the Baptist identifies Jesus’ ultimate purpose: to redeem sinful humanity.

John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus clearly distinguishes John’s baptism from the Baptism that Jesus will inaugurate. John baptizes with water; Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John also puts his practice of baptism in the context of Jesus’ ministry. The purpose of John’s baptism was to make Jesus known to Israel.

Jan 11-12, 18-19  Baptism of Jesus

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[Updated Jan 17]

Tuesday/ Friday Masses at St John’s will be at 9.30 pm for the remainder of January.

A message from Fr Martin ...
One cannot but be somehow affected by the current state of the bushfire season. We may have family or friends affected directly by the fires or we ourselves are directly affected by the smoke in the air. The media reports are continually updating us with the current state of the fires and places which are on high alert.
For me personally, I have a friend in Bairnsdale who has been evacuating his property off and on for a number of weeks now. He is never sure when he goes home if he will find his place still standing or destroyed by fire.
With all this in mind, the    Archdiocese in Melbourne is asking parishes to have a special collection on the Australia Day weekend for those suffering from the fires. I invite the parish of Our Lady of the Southern Cross to give something for those who are suffering from this tragic event.
Let us continue to pray for decent rains to help put out the fires. Let us also not forget the wildlife which is also suffer-ing from losing habitat and sources of food. As we are all part of the one creation story let us support each other and our fragile world. God bless. Fr Martin

“Strength in Weakness”
2020 Strength in Weakness Conference
Saturday 15 February 2020, 9:00am – 6:30pm, 400 City Road, Southbank (Planetshakers Centre)
A day of prayer and renewal for all Christians to come to-gether and be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Encouraged by Pope Francis' message that we are all called to be saints, the underlying theme of the conference is to rely solely on God's grace and strength – especially in times when your faith could be questioned and challenged.
Guest speakers will include Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Fr Augustine Vallooran V.C, Lenyce Willason, Fr Ken Barker MGL & Lalith Perera.
We invite everyone to this free event. If you are interested in participating, please register online. For more information and free registration visit

CTC 2020 Study options
The Parish and Pastoral Ministry in a New Environment
The parish of the future will be built on the missionary crea-tivity of people and priests working together in a changed social and ecclesial environment.
Fr Brendan Reed, author of Engaging with the Hopes of Parishes, will be teaching this new unit in 2020. This inten-sive unit will be beneficial for anyone involved in parish life, parish councils, parish teams and parish ministry. It will be particularly of use to those wishing to engage in parish life in light of the 2020 Plenary Council. 12, 14, 19 March; 30 April; 2, 23 May + online learning (12 hours equivalent)

Ordinary Time ??
What is "Ordinary Time" in the Liturgical Calendar?
There are five Church seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Paschal Triduum (a three-day season prior to Easter Sun-day), and Easter. The Sundays of the major seasons of the Liturgical Year are distinguished by their relationship to the Solemnities of Christmas (Advent and Christmas) and Easter (Lent and Easter). The other parts of the year called Ordinary Time refer to all the Sundays of the year outside the seasons. The word "ordinary" in Liturgical time means "counted." Ordinal numbers are 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc; and this is the meaning of "Ordinary Time" since we count the weeks between the Church's seasons in ordinal numbers.

January Mass Times
Don’t forget the new time for Tuesday and Thursday Masses at St John’s. They will be held at 9.30 am next week.
Don’t forget also that Saturday 6pm Masses have been can-celled for January. There will be an English Mass celebrated at Collingwood at this time, so please feel free to come and join our St Joseph’s community. Mass at 6pm at St John’s will recommence on 1st February. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. I look forward to seeing you at St Joseph’s. Fr Martin.


Salesian Vocation - Salesian Missionary Appeal 2020
from Rector Major    [or read]