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2020 Newsletter
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Feb 15-16 + Viet

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February 2020
7 Mass at Clifton Views 2 pm
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
20 St John’s School Mass 9:15 am All welcome
22 Chair of St Peter
25 Shrove Tuesday Pancakes at St Joseph’s
26 Ash Wednesday Mass for both schools at St Joseph’s 12 noon; 7:30 pm; Vietnamese Mass at St Joey’s 7:30 pm

March 2020
1 Lent 1A
4 Lenten Prayers in St John’s Church
8 Lent 2A, Irish Mass at St John’s 6pm
15 Lent 3A
17 St Patrick
19 Joseph, spouse
22 Lent 4A
25 Annunciation
27 School holidays begin
29 Lent 5A

April 2020
5 Passion / Palm Sun
9 Holy Thur
10 Good Friday
11 Easter vigil
12 Easter Sun
16 Easter 2A
25 Anzac
26 Easter 3A

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 ...
“When we put the gospel into action, this adds to the real light of the church, the light of faith and grace.”
Pope Francis warns of the tendency to think of ourselves (or to put ourselves) in positions of power. This, he says, sheds the wrong kind of light. Sometimes we have to step out of our own spot-light to see where the real light shines! Acts of service done in the name of the Lord bring lustre and brightness to the whole church. This is the true light of the gospel—that which illumines from within, based in prayer and humility and a real desire to help others to grow into this light as well.

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

Gospel Reflection 2020
 Sunday - 6 A

Matthew continues the Sermon on the Mount with a three part instruction by Jesus on the Way of Life in the kingdom of heaven. Today’s reading is part one and deals with the Law. Part two deals with worship and religious practice and contains the Lord’s Prayer. Part three deals with trusting God and deeds of loving service to our neighbor.

When Matthew speaks of “the Law and the prophets” he means the whole Scripture. When the Messiah brings the fullness of the kingdom none of scripture will be done away with. Instead it will be fulfilled. Matthew’s Jesus does not overturn the Law of Moses, nor does he set his followers free from the Law. He requires his followers to go beyond the Law by doing more than the Law requires.

The Law condemned murder. Jesus condemns anger. The Law condemned adultery. Jesus condemns even lustful looks. As Jewish Christians who had always been faithful to the Law Matthew’s community need a way to understand the difference Jesus and the kingdom he brings have made. They affirmed that God had always been at work in history through “the Law and the prophets.” But God’s work goes beyond that to be embodied by the Messiah who reveals the definitive will of God. The written scriptures and their interpretation in tradition are surpassed by Jesus whose life and teaching are the definitive revelation of the will of God.

Feb 15-16  I have come to complete the law and prophets

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[Updated Feb 7]

*  6pm Mass on Saturdays at St John’s is back !!
*  Weekday Masses at St John’s : 9:15 am

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 intensive 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)

Sacramental Studies
Janice O’Rourke and Jenny Perry wish to announce that their Sacramental Studies Group will again be meeting at the rear of St John’s (in O’Connell Hall, entry from Hodgkinson Street) on Tuesdays commencing on 11th February, between 4 and 5pm. All welcome.

Shrove Tuesday
Vivienne Sullivan and parishioners at St Euphrasia’s are hosting a Shrove Tuesday celebration again this year on 25th February starting at 6pm at St Joseph's, Collingwood.
St Euphrasia parishioners are happy to provide the pancakes and just ask that people bring a topping and/or a plate of something sweet/savoury to share. Everyone most welcome.

Did you know ??
Thomas Edmund Verga of Queens Parade was an early activist for and generous benefactor of our church. You can see memorial plaques to him and his wife on the eastern side of the church. His business was printing and stationery. Unfortunately Thomas died aged 77 years from a motor car accident in Heidelberg Road.

History of St John’s Church
If you have any photographs, publications or personal memo-ries that can bring St John’s Story (since 1864) to life, then your help is needed and appreciated. For more information, please see the take-away notice at the back of the church.

A message from Fr Martin ...
Last Thursday Jennifer Jacobs-Vandegeer and I started the RCIA process in our parish for the first time. RCIA is a process where those interested in becoming Catholic or to explore their faith come together to begin this journey. The group was made up of those who wanted to further nurture their faith, and some were there as supporters. We spent the session introducing the process and spent much of the time getting to know each other and our journey thus far. When nurturing our faith, or starting afresh it can be challenging, overwhelming, insightful and a life changing event. It needs to be a safe environment where all are accepted and respected. Can I invite you to pray for these people as they journey through this process and ask the Holy Spirit to be with them, giving them courage, wisdom and faith. One Sunday in the near       future we will present the candidates as part of their connection to the parish. Everything being well, they will be fully received into the church at the Easter Vigil Mass at St John’s this year.
Last week we also began the Foodbank Ministry at St Joseph’s in Collingwood. Thanks to Sr Zita for her continual drive to keep helping those in need and thanks to all her many volunteers who assist her. If anyone in the parish or if you know of someone who has some spare time and would like to get involved in Foodbank please let me know.
Finally, I attended Mercy place in Abbotsford and TLC Clifton Views for the sacraments of anointing and communion. Let us continually pray for those in our community who are elderly, infirm and who are not so mobile to receive they need to live a quality life in the midst of their struggles.
Have a great week Fr Martin

2020 Feast Day Youth Festival
All are invited to the annual Feast of Don Bosco’s Youth Festival at St John’s Church on Sunday February 9th, begin-ning with 10.30 am youth mass and will be followed by a festival in the schoolyard behind the church.
We'll have awesome food trucks from Biggie Smalls and Sliders On Tyres providing all attendees with a free lunch! Please register via our web page to ensure that we have enough yummy food for everyone—
Please bring some cash along to buy raffle tickets on the day. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to one of our Salesian high schools in Victoria, Nagle College, Bairnsdale. Many of the staff and students have been affected by the bushfires and we want to extend any support we can to help our Salesian sisters and brothers at this really difficult time.


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