Saturday: 6:00 pm
9:00 am & 10:30 am & 6:00 pm
DOWNLOAD THE GOOD NEWS
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Our Church air-conditioning system is refrigerated, NOT evaporative, and therefore needs all the external doors to be kept closed whenever it is in operation (most masses during the warmer months). So, particularly to those people who stand in the foyer during mass, please ensure that the doors are not pegged open, before, or during Mass, or until after the dismissal has taken place.
The crying room, as the name suggests and as the signs clearly state, is only for use by parents, grandparents or guardians with children during Mass. If you don’t fit this category, please refrain from taking the chairs from those who do, and instead, join the rest of the community in the body of the church, or if it is at capacity, you’re welcome to stand in the foyer.
Please refrain from moving chairs or pews anywhere in / around the church unless otherwise directed to do so. The chairs we have in the body of the church have been situated in such a way that they best comply with OCHS standards and do not allow for the whimsy of those who like to move them, simply because they prefer to sit somewhere else. Replacement of the church carpet is ongoing and will hopefully happen soon. The reason it hasn’t happened already is due to issues beyond our control.
If you’re not taking your Good News bulletin home, don’t leave them in the pews, please return them to the stands at the front or rear of the church. Failure on your part to do so, is disrespectful and causes unnecessary work for others. Reception of Holy Communion on the tongue, requires that you extend your tongue far enough out of your mouth so that whoever is distributing Holy Communion can comfortably and safely place the host on it. Non-compliance with this simple request will result in the host being placed in your hand, which should be clean and free from anything else, especially tissues, keys, hankies etc.
When reciting the Lord’s Prayer, aka, the Our Father together, please don’t race through it like you’re in a hurry to catch a bus. It is a prayer that, like all others, should be prayed reflectively and respectfully.
Although it’s Summer, please remember to dress appropriately and respectfully when you come to Mass.
In order to comply with new regulations, our Confessional will no longer be utilised as such and will be adjusted to accommodate a bigger parish library. Reconciliation will now take place in a more public setting, according to whichever priest is on duty.
CONNECT WITH THE DIOCESE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
Visit the Diocese of Sale Facebook page and learn what is happening across the Diocese. You can go to www.facebook.com/dioceseofsale or by going to Facebook and searching for Catholic Diocese of Sale.
YOUTH FESTIVAL RETREAT/DAY
Will be held at St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Clyde North on 20th January 2018. This event is catered especially for high school aged youth from Yr. 7 – Yr. 12 and is open to all surrounding parishes. It is a free event which includes lunch and supper in the evening. Registrations can be made by contacting St Thomas parish office via email or phoning (03)5998 0947. For more details see the notice board.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY HELPERS
We are currently looking for more helpers for our children’s liturgy. If you are interested and hold a current WWCC please contact the Parish Support Centre.
As a way of saying thank you to all who assist in any way in helping to make our parish run smoothly we will be hosting a BBQ lunch on Sunday January 21 after 10.30 Mass. Please add your name to the list in the foyer or contact the Parish Centre.
SAVE THE DATE
As planning for the 2020 Plenary Council of the Church in Australia, gets underway, and as a way of introducing parishioners to the concept of Plenary 2020; initiating dialogue; explaining the Plenary process and most importantly, listening to the people, Bp. Patrick O’ Regan would like to host a meeting with the parishioners of St. Michael’s, Berwick on Wed March 7, 2018, from 7.30- 9.00pm Please keep this date free.
St Vincent De Paul require volunteers for their Dandenong Tutoring Program. See flyer.
PRAYER FOR THE ‘YEAR OF YOUTH’ : Advent 2017 - Advent 2018
Come Holy Spirit of this Great Southland, inspire our entire faith community, as we
prayerfully discern new horizons for spreading joy in the lives and communities of the
people of God.
Come Holy Spirit of Youth, fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth. Guide us together, as we strive to offer God’s mercy to those who feel abandoned or outcast.
Come Holy Spirit of Faith, empower our community to be courageous. Unite your people as witnesses of love. Walk with us, as we blaze new trails of discipleship, accompanying young people as we renew the Church together.
Come Holy Spirit of Vocation, stir within young people an awareness of God’s call. Reveal to us the graces of young people. Guide us all, in finding our place and raising our voices to build a civilisation of love, Amen.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, friend of the young, pray for us.