1st Sunday of Advent 2017

PARISH NEWS

YEAR OF THE YOUTH
The new liturgical year has been marked as a national 'Year of Youth'. This year the church is called to focus on young people, and how as a church community we can further engage and include youth in the life of the church. To all young people: the Year of Youth challenges you to be brave, ask deep questions and seek to discern God's will for your life.

The entire church body including parents, families, teachers and church leaders are called to share in this journey, creating new paths for young people to experience the love of God and use their gifts, talents and youthful energy to build up Christ's church. We ask you to join us in praying for all young people and for God's blessing on the Year of Youth!

Youth Ambassador Team- Contact Angelique on 0420 338 231 if you are interested in helping out with youth events/initiatives during 2018

ANOINTING FOR HEALING MASS - TUESDAY 12TH DEC, 11.00 AM
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly are invited to attend our annual Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 12th December at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All welcome. If you are aware of anyone who wishes to be anointed but is too ill to attend this Mass, kindly ask them to contact the Parish Office and Father will visit them at home at a suitable time.

PIETY STORE
Come and see our Nativity Sets, ornaments, etc. All are very reasonably priced. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars, Religious Christmas cards and Advent calendars are now available.

GIVING TREE - ST VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
To help with our Christmas Hampers for people in need in our parish area, please take a tag from the tree at the front of the church and return your gift of food by 10th December. A Christmas card to a family is very welcome as many lonely people do not receive a card at Christmas. Please return the TAGS for RE-USE next year. Please DO NOT stick them to the package as this prevents us re-using them. Thank you for your generosity.

ROSTERS for Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers, Piety Store and Communion to the Sick are all available for collection from the church hall.  Please pick up your copy as soon as possible as they start from December.

HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY ELAINE
Dear Elaine, Happy 80th Birthday for last Sunday, 26th November from Fr. Vincent, Dcn Charles and all the parishioners. Thank you for all the work you so tirelessly accomplish in our parish.  Volunteers like you are precious gifts to us all. May God our Father shower you abundantly with his blessings for many more happier years of good health, love and laughter.

JANUARY 2018
Please note that there will be NO Healing Mass or Baptism Formation Meeting in January. The Healing Mass and Baptism Formation meeting will be held in February 2018.

MELBOURNE OVERSEAS MISSIONS APPEAL
Since its foundation in 1969, Melbourne parishioners have supported Melbourne's own mission fund to help developing nations. This has marked our Archdiocese for its exceptional generosity. Currently, the major beneficiaries are people in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Gambia, Pakistan, Botswana, Nigeria, Peru and Jerusalem. Archbishop Denis Hart commends the fund to your continuing support. The collection will be taken up on the weekend of 9/10 December 2017. We thank you for your support.

SOME CHANGES TO TIMES OF ROSARY & DEVOTIONS
Please note that with effect from 4 December, the following changes will occur:

Mon to Fri 7:50am Morning Prayer 8:10am Rosary
Sat 8:40am Rosary 9:00am Morning Prayer
Sun 8:10am Rosary
Tue to Thu 8:00am Exposition
Fri 9:00am Exposition & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Sat 2:30pm (Feb to Nov) Exposition, Praise & Worship, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction & sharing Good News

There will be no other changes to Mass times or any other devotions at this time.

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE (CTC) will offer the following professional development sessions for Term 1 in 2018. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office for enrolment forms.

  1. Enhancing Catholic Institutional Identity - intensive unit (Offered 3 days in Terms 1 and 2 school holidays).
  2. Graduate Certificate in Guiding Meditation - This 3 unit course will re-commence in Semester One.
  3. Meditation Colloquium - 1 Day Conference
  4. Theology & Religious Education through Art - Will be offered in Term 2.

Please check the bulletin board flyers for more information.

A STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE, DENIS HART ON EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE IN VICTORIA: Copies are available in the hall for all to read. Please take one.

JOSEPH'S CORNER FUNDRAISING
There will be a Bric-a-Brac stall to help raise funds for Joseph`s Corner (a free counselling service for Families of Persons suffering with addiction). This will be held after all Masses on the weekend of 2nd/3rd December. You may find that Special Christmas gift you are looking for. Many thanks, Sr. Jean.

The family is a community of love where each of us learns to relate to others and to the world around us (Pope Francis)

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Virginia Kallio, Sam Grech, Renato Villareal, Stanley Rego, Itria Puglisi, Boutros Helou and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Sam Farrugia, Eduardo Cahoy, Joseph Pace, Margaret & Frank Apostoli, Reynaldo Natividad, Judith & Sebastian D'Cruz and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O'Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Diane Cameron, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Elizabeth Slee. Excelsa Tejada, Khanietar Michell Singhapanh, Marlene & Lorraine Gill, Vickey Dunford, Hye-bok Lee, Seong-bin Yim, Lynne Worsley, Carmel Negline. Barb Grogan and all who are ill in our Parish.

The family is a community of love where each of us learns to relate to others and to the world around us (Pope Francis)

ROSTERS

  6:00pm Jennifer Reuter
  8:30am Evelyn Stowers
10:30am Elenoa Eliepa
  5:00pm Giovanna Siccita

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 9/10 Dec 17

  6:00pm Praful A. / M. Maple / S. D'Silva / E. Mills
  8:30am K. McLoughlin / B&J Thomas / S. Gomez
10:30am F. Caruana / S. Colla / S. DiB / V. Firman
  5:00pm J&A Etiennette / E. Behrouzi / S. Joseph

Music Ministry 9/10 Dec 17

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm

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