23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018



Parishioners, please note that Fr. Vincent will be away at a Conference for Priests from Monday 10th September until Saturday 15th September.  During his absence Fr. Eugene will celebrate the masses. Fr. Vincent will return to celebrate the Saturday evening Mass.

THANK YOU FR. EUGENE for your stay and assistance in our parish while Fr. Vincent is away.

CONGRATULATIONS to Royden D’Souza on being ordained a Deacon on Saturday, 8th September.

We congratulate all the Sunday School Children who will be confirmed by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI at the 10:30am Mass this Sunday. We pray that our Lord will nourish and strengthen them throughout their faith journey.

ROSTERS FOR READERS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS, PIETY STORE & COMMUNION TO THE SICK are ready for collection from the Hall from this weekend. Please collect your copy as soon as possible.

The 2018-19 session of the Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI) School of Discipleship commenced on 12th August. This is a faith outreach program aimed to teach members more about our Catholic faith with three purposes – to learn it, live it and share it. The school has been successfully running for the past 2 consecutive years in our parish and members have testified to growing both spiritually and personally. We are currently in our fourth week and the response has been good. The first five weeks are a come and see whether you would like to join. We meet every Sunday at 6:15pm in the community centre. All are welcome. For further information contact Anita D’Souza on 0411 772 320 or Sharon D’Silva on 0430 099 654.

Our parish will hold a youth Mass on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 5:00pm. All youth and young adults are invited to attend at which time Fr. Vincent will provide a special blessing to the youth of our parish. All youth and young adults of our parish are invited to stay back after mass for fellowship.

Referring to the letter from Pope Francis on the subject of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up that has often accompanied, our Archbishop, the Most Rev Peter Comensoli makes some of the following comments. To see the full letter, please check the noticeboards.  Copies of the letter are also available at the rear of the church.

“I associate myself with these words, and the whole content of Pope’s Francis’ letter: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-08/pope-francis-letter-people-of-god-sexual-abuse.html.

No words of apology – while always needed – will ever be enough to right the evil done to those who have been abused, and those who were not listened to and believed. Efforts to repair the harm done – while entirely necessary – cannot overcome the evil perpetrated upon innocent children and vulnerable adults, and the harm experienced by families and communities.

Therefore, and looking ahead, it falls to me, as your Archbishop, to ensure that our local Church in Melbourne is unequivocally committed to attending to the harm done, prioritising the dignity and care of all who are young and vulnerable, rebuilding trust among our people, and creating safe environments in our communities, agencies and organisations. This is the way of Jesus Christ. It must be my way. And I invite you to join with me in making it our common Gospel way.

We are pleased to announce that the parish refurbishment works are complete and all masses will now be held in the church. The School and the Parish have also taken the opportunity to review repair to the entire car park which will result in better lanes and additional car parks. As such vehicle access to the church will be restricted. We expect the car park to be repaired in the upcoming school holidays. We do understand that this will cause further inconvenience in movement of traffic to the church and thank you for your continued understanding.

Bible Study continues on Monday (September 10) in the theatrette from 7:00pm. We are at Matthew Ch 12. New members welcome. Come and experience what God is speaking to us through His Word. Enquiries Royden 0426 071 375

Monday 1st October, St. Mary Church, 97 Railway Street, North Altona
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s death, some of his relics, accompanied by Fr. Gian Maria Di Giorgio from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, are traveling to Melbourne this month. The visit is part of a nation-wide tour of Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. The relics will be venerated between 7:00pm and 9:00pm and before and after the 7:30pm Mass organized by the Padre Pio Prayer Group. Enquiries: (03) 9819 3775.

We pray for Elizabeth Slee, Maria Sumcad, Bridget, Ingeburg Muller, Francis Sorrentino and all those who passed away recently.

We pray for Brian Rego, Raymond Linning, Vera Fernandez, Cuthbert Alves, Norma Lord, Mary Davidson, Michael Bloxham, John Tanti, Joseph & Carmen Tanti, Anthony & Preziosa Bartolo, Doris Bartolo, Edgar Borg, Lucy Rixon, Victor Cocks, Karl Schott, Joseph Varkey, Michele Scrofani, Vincenza Siccita, Ted Hallinan, Pamela Boother, Dayangani Fonseka, John D’Rozario, Alex Coelho and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Leo & Shirley Linehan, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Edith Street, Brien & Irene Jones, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Jacintha Udawattage, Rita Dubowik, Thais Long, Sr. Eileen Jones, Michael Gilbert, Aju Sunny, Glenna Pereira, Lucy Ballan, Cynthia Middleton, Charlie Xerxien, Jamilton Dabu, Luz de la Cruz, Melissa Caroline, Fran Kisielewski, Lissett Lopez, Josie Walsh,Philomena Cleur, Lorraine, Christie Rivera, Carlo Rivera, Lewis Caruana, Margaret English, Robert Wells, Justin Worsley, Joe di Benedetto, Steny Alex, Rosa Carullo, Liam Heywood and all who are ill in our Parish.



 Money Counters - 16 September 18

Pravin Albquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Readers – 15/16 September 18

  6:00pm Angela Francis
  8:30am Dominic Hankins
10:30am Sunil Vaz
  5:00pm Youth Group

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 15/16 September 18

  6:00pm D. Fernandez. / B. Farrugia / D&J Roga
  8:30am J. Phan Lai / Karen F. / G. Sharman / C. Coelho
10:30am M&Z D’Mello / S. Delos Reyos / L. Ortega
  5:00pm Youth Group

Music Ministry – 15/16 September 18

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm AHFI