2nd Sunday of Advent 2017

PARISH NEWS

ANOINTING FOR HEALING MASS - TUESDAY 12TH DEC, 11:00AM
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.

NOTE FOR READERS
From the first weekend in January - 5/6th Jan 2018 – there are changes to the Welcome before Mass. Readers are requested to collect from the hall, as soon as possible, copies of the letters advising of these changes.

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.

THANK YOU
Sr. Jean from Joseph`s Corner Counselling is very grateful to Fr. Vincent and St. Peters Community for supporting the Bric-a Brac stall last weekend. Just over $1000 was raised, to help with the free counselling service.

A very big thank you to all who purchased goods at the Ladies Aux. Christmas cookery stall. The $600 we raised helps us to continue our works around the Parish. Don`t forget to come to the Anointing and Healing Mass on Tuesday 12th December 11:00am.and stay for a light luncheon after Mass.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Sunday School Programme is looking for a Dedicated Person, to work with our team next year, to help Educate the Children from Government Schools, who choose to come to Sunday School to prepare for and receive the Sacraments and to extend the children's knowledge and Love of God. For more info, please contact Bernice on 9749-2812.

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

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

ARCHBISHOP HART RESPONDS TO THE ROYAL COMMISSION'S REPORT INTO CASE STUDY 35
The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has today received the report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse into the Archdiocese of Melbourne in Case Study 35 covering the period up to the introduction of the Melbourne Response in 1996.

The Archbishop accepts the report's conclusion that the Case Study showed that there was a prevailing culture of secrecy within the Archdiocese in relation to complaints which were dealt with in a way that sought to protect the Archdiocese from scandal and liability and prioritised the interests of the Church over those of victims.

He said that mishandling of complaints against priests and church personnel and the resulting lack of response to such complaints led to unnecessary suffering for many victims and their families.

He said that "the Church should be a safe place for children but the events point to it having been unsafe for all those who are victims. Where this abuse occurred resulting from the passivity or inactivity of predecessors of mine, I sincerely apologise and accept responsibility".

Archbishop Hart also made the point that he was now confident that the Archdiocese and its parishes and schools have the policies, codes and processes required to ensure child safe environments and to deal with complaints.

He added that there was a firm commitment from all those in parishes, schools and across the Archdiocese "to the ongoing safety and well-being of children in our care".

The Archbishop said "as a Church we will learn from this Case Study and the upcoming Royal Commission's report and I make a commitment to greater transparency in our processes, in order to assist victims and their families".

Further enquiries to Shane Healy, Director of Media and Communications: 0417 928 588

COMBINED PARISH RITE II RECONCILIATION
THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER AT 7:00PM, ST. JAMES' PARISH
Please join us at St. James' Parish for our Combined Rite II Reconciliation on Thursday 21st December at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus our Saviour into our hearts this Christmas.  All welcome.

If yours is one of those families that is constantly on the run, might I ask that you work hard to make family dinner a regular part of your routine. It's a simple thing to do, and the benefits could be truly life changing for your children.....
(Cardinal Timothy Dolan)

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.

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.

NDIS INFORMATION FORUM Friday 15 Dec 8-10am
Catholic Social Services Victoria, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne: Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is well underway, but there is much to be done before the rollout is complete. Many service providers and people with disability are still on steep learning curves. For some service providers, working with the NDIS is core business and a major focus of board and executive time. You are invited to join a forum with David Moody, State Manager Victoria, National Disability Services, and Tony Hollamby, CEO St John of God Accord, who will present and lead discussion on: 'The NDIS today: where it is, where it's heading, some of the key issues being faced' (David Moody)

'Learnings from the experience of service providers' (Tony Hollamby) Cost:$25 Bookings: www.trybooking.com/SZDN

Details: Lucia Brick on 9287 5566 or lbrick@css.org.au

CONGRATULATIONS!
Every second year, our St Peter Apostle Primary School participates in Wakakirri - a performing arts festival that involves telling a story through drama and dance. 60 children from Year 2 to Year 6 were involved in this year's performance and were awarded Best Adapted Story in Victoria, qualifying to compete for Australian Story of the Year. They also received the following accolades:

* Winner Victorian State Title Division 2
* Best Backstage Crew
* Best Public Speaking School in Victoria
* Excellent Performance / Teamwork
* National Title for Style and Genre

2017 has placed our School in the top 10 schools in Australia!  Fr Vincent, Dcn Charles and parishioners congratulate students, staff, parents and all those who contributed this year and wish them every blessing for a fruitful participation again in 2019.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Arogyaiah Bandanadam, Dorothy Macedo, Itria Puglisi and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES:
We pray for Myrtle D'Cruz, Fouad Chamie, Leslie & Peter Paul Fernando, Mark Woodword, Concepcion Santos, Milagros & Rogelia Baltero, Rosalita Rances 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, Yvonne Clayton, Lloyd Clayburn, Irene Arnold and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Money Counters - 17 Dec 17

R. D'Souza / P. Albuquerque / C. D'Souza

Readers - 16/17 Dec 17

  6:00pm Agnes D'Lima
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Maria Naufahu
  5:00pm Melanie Etiennette

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 16/17 Dec 17

  6:00pm B. Farrugia / D. Fernandes / D&J Roga
  8:30am K. English / Grace S. / Bernice S. / C. Coelho
10:30am L. Ortega / S. Delos Reyos / A&A Cortez
  5:00pm G. Siccita / S&I Simangan / VOLUNTEER

Music Ministry - 16/17 Dec 17

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