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2023 Newsletter
May 27-28 + Readings
June 3-4
June 10-11 + Readings

 Cộng Đoàn Thánh Gioan Hoan - Collingwood
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Today's Mass Scripture
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2023 Liturgical Calendar

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June 2023     
4 Trinity
11 Body & Blood of Christ
16 Sacred Heart of Jesus
17 Immaculate Heart of Mary
18 Sun 11A
24 Nativity of John Baptist
25 Sun 12A
29 Peter & Paul

July 2023
2 Sun 13A
3 Thomas
9 Sun 14A
16 Sun 15A
22 Mary Magdalene
23 Sun 16A
25 James
30 Sun 17A

August 2023
6 Transfiguration
8 Mary MacKillop
10 Lawrence
13 Sun 19A
17 Assumption
20 Sun 20A
24 Bartholomew
27 Sun 21A
29 Passion of John Baptist

September 2023
3 Sun 22A
8 Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary
10 Sun 23A
14 Exultation of the Cross
15 Our Lady of Sorrows
17 Sun 24A
21 Matthew
24 Sun 25A
27 Vincent de Paul
29 Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

October 2023
1 Sun 26
2 Guardian Angels
4 Francis Asisi
8 Sun 27A, St John's Church Centenary of Consecration

Samoan Mass 12.30 4th Sundays

Sacramental Reception
Baptism :
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
A word from Fr Anthony
If a parishioner would like to have a pastoral visit
from the Parish priest, or a priest, or a seminarian, or
a co-parishioner, kindly leave a message to the office
or to my cell phone number: 0424 376 193.

Assistant Parish Priest
Fr Peter Varengo SDB

Help bring St John's history to life
If you have any photographs, publications or personal memories that can bring St John’s Story (since
1864) to life, then your help is needed and appreciated.
For more information, please ring John Andrews, care of the office on 9481 7333 or email to

Whose heads
are above the arches? At the end of each arch of the central nave and the east and west aisles of the church are heads. Whose heads are these? Watch this space.

Did you know?

Who were Thomas and Elizabeth Verga?
On either side of the entrance to the side chapel,
the Lady Chapel are two brass plaques, one to each
of Thomas and Elizabeth Verga. To find the answer
to the question, take the time to read these two
plaques. Where else in the church might you find
reminders of these two people?

Consecration Centenary Corner
Where did our stained glass windows come from?
Most are locally made but a significant number
(8) came from Birmingham where they were created by stained glass makers, John Hardman and
Company. Can you tell the difference? When published, the new history of St. John’s will give you the

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/Scripture Reflection 2023

 Trinity Yr A - June 4 

    Paul’s final blessing to the Corinthians gives us
another way of describing the distinct gifts of the
three persons. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy
Spirit be with all of you” (2Corinthians13:13). In
this simple closing, Paul tells us much about the
Trinity and our relationship to the Trinity using
those three words: grace, love, and communion (sometimes also translated “fellowship”). Jesus Christ is associated with grace. Grace is our life in God. We live in God through Jesus who is in us and with us. God, the Father, is love. The creator, the source of all life is dynamic love, overflowing through all creation. And the Holy Spirit is “in the communion with”. The Holy Spirit is the strength, power, and gift of our unity in Christ.

Audio Gospel Reflections -  Fr Frank Moloney SDB


June 4 - Nicodemus

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Fr Anthony's Message
Dear brothers and sisters,
I wish you and your family a blessed Sunday. This
week we return to the liturgical season of Ordinary
Time. However, this Sunday and next are designated
as solemnities, special days that call our attention to
central mysteries of our faith. This Sunday, on Trinity
Sunday we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity,
one God in three persons.
This Sunday’s Gospel is taken from Chapter 3 of
John’s Gospel. The passage we read follows Jesus’
conversation with a Pharisee, Nicodemus, about what
it means to be born of both water and the spirit. What
we know from this conversation is that Nicodemus
approaches Jesus at night and acknowledges Jesus as a teacher from God. Jesus tells him that only those who
are born from above will see the Kingdom of God.
Nicodemus misunderstands and questions how a
person can be born more than once. Jesus tells Nico demus that no one can enter the Kingdom of God
without being born of water and Spirit. Jesus is essen tially explaining Baptism, which we celebrate as a
sacrament today.
Yet Nicodemus, we
are told, still
does not under stand what Jesus
is saying. Jesus
continues by
testifying to the
need to be born from above so that one might have
eternal life.
After the dialogue with Nicodemus, the author of
the Gospel offers his own explanation of Jesus’ words.
This is what we read in this Sunday’s Gospel, John
3:16-18. In fact, in the context of this Sunday’s focus
on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, the reading calls
our attention to the action of God, who reveals himself
in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. God the Father, out of love for the
world, sent his Son into the world in order to save it.
Through the death and resurrection of the Son, we
have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. As three
persons, God acts always as a God of love; he does not condemn the world but acts to save it.
Dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel chosen for
this Sunday calls attention to the response that is
required of us: God’s love for us calls us to respond in
faith by professing our belief in God’s son, Jesus, and
the salvation that he has won for us. This profession of
faith is a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in our
lives. This profession brings us to the heart of our
faith, the communion of life and love of the Trinity. Let
us live out this communion by sharing our life and
love to our brothers and sisters!
Fr Anthony Ngoc Dung Nguyen

Beginning May 15th from 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: St. John the Baptist Parish Centre,  Hodgkinson Street.
Enquiries Call: Giovanni 0413715345
Fr Joseph 0409585806

Parishioners' Column
Continued from last week …
    The Risen Jesus appeared to his first disciples, to confirm and re emphasis his central message that Love and Redemption overcame His Crucifixion and Burial. He still found some unable to believe. But he just kept persevering with them. In this, our Easter Season, He appears to us again, with reassurance. Yes, He is truly alive in the Spirit, enriching and strengthening the special, individual charism planted in each of our hearts at Baptism. How often through Scripture does He plead with us to understand that He is here, always, and that He stands near us waiting for us to recognise Him, take his Hand and let Him guide us forward. Perhaps in our responses to the parish vision and mission statement, we could include a desire for personal reflection on each day's Gospel - these texts are easy to find online. This places us in a disciple's shoes to listen with refreshed openness to words coming directly from our Saviour's world. To listen, in this way, is to enable the gradual awareness of a powerful alertness to develop. In some ways, it seems we are hearing passages for the first time. These are the passages the Holy Spirit leaves in our   consciousness to ponder during the day. The disciples, hearing His human Voice, would have had this experience often. Remember the Gospel reading in our Bulletin of Sunday, April 23rd (Luke 24-32)? The Risen Jesus walked with the dispirited Cleopas and his companion as they headed away from Jerusalem. They failed to recognise Him but he stayed connected and he once more explained the Scripture to them. They did not get it, and he chided them gently. “Did not your heart burn within you?”, but to reach out to Him with kindness and generosity, inviting Him to stay with them for the night. Just look what happened!!! Let us see where a commitment to begin personal Gospel reflections leads us. Our desire to be open to the prompting of the Spirit and to continue develoing the life of our parish, may hold some surprises. Finally, we can take great comfort in the nearness of our Parish patroness, Our Lady of the Southern Cross as we seek to open our hearts more to the Holy Spirit who played such a spectacular role in her life. If you look skyward, on a clear evening, there you should see, directly over us, the stars of her comforting Southern Cross.
J Conway

Church Centenary
Please keep Sunday 8 October free as we will be
celebrating the Centenary of the Consecration of our
church on that day.You may have ideas to
share of how best to cele brate that important historic
occasion in the lead up to and on the day.
Leave your name and contact details in the Office.
Be part of our centenary.

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".

2Daily 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)

3. 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:  


Jim Kane, Fr Tom Kane, Rosina Michaelangeli, Maria Rosa Tascone,
Guy Planel, Pat Lawson, Robert Bennett.
 We remember ... 
Prayers for healing:
Andrew Wilson,
Ian Armstrong,
Matt Kennedy,
Betty Croker,
Attilio & Dorina De Rango, Tony Addamo,
Terry Whelan,
Cecily Hollingworth,
Mario Misurelli,
Julia O’Malley,
Teresa Boetti,
Fr Chris Riley,
Lorena Ferri.

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