PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (Year A) – 2nd February 2020

Written by Christine / Fiona

February 6, 2020


How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is prayerful and Eucharistic?


Saturday 8th February 2020 – Theme: “Prayerful and Eucharistic”       Place: St Peter’s College – Time: 2 pm to 4.30 pm


This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who shared how deeply they treasured the Eucharist and the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church. There was a call for stronger and more engaging preaching, with an emphasis on the Word of God and connection to daily life, some seeking a uniquely Australian expression of prayer and Eucharistic celebration, drawing from the wisdom and rituals of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also bringing together the many migrant communities which make up the Church in Australia. There were many divergent expressions of ways in which people and communities encounter God through their experiences of prayer, music and liturgy, and a desire for catechesis, training and formation for those in ministries related to these.

We continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit during this session as we will be called to reflect on Scripture, Church teaching and our contemporary situation, in order to discern the answer to the question. The fruits of what is discerned during this time will help shape the agenda of the first session of Plenary Council in October 2020.

Plenary Council website:


RCIA – Period of Catechumanate.- The RCIA process starts its weekly sessions from next Tuesday 4th of February. Please pray for Margaret Grech, Junghee Youm and Dhaneshi Mannapperuma as they are continuing to reflect in the persona of Jesus Christ in Scripture and in the life and values of our Catholic Church. We thank you for their precious lives and may they always continue to praise and serve Jesus with dedication and love. May their love for Him always remain constant and may they be strong custodians of their faith. We pray this in your Holy name

SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION – A meeting for parents who have children to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held at St Thomas the Apostle School this coming Tuesday, 4th February, at 7.00pm, and again the following Tuesday 11th February at 7.00pm (child not required to attend).  If parents fail to attend one of these meetings, then the next opportunity to prepare for this sacrament will be at the beginning of next year.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT after the Saturday 6.00pm Mass.

RAFFLE TICKETS – The Combined Catholic Parishes Raffle tickets are on SALE NOW!!There are 3 Suzuki Baleno & Coles/Myer gift cards to be won!! Raffle Drawn 6th Jun 2020. Parish staff members are selling the tickets this weekend after all Masses. Tickets $2.00 each or $20 a book.  Vic permit 10722/19.

ALTAR SERVERS ROSTER are now availabl. Please pick-up a copy before you leave.

ZION YOUTH IS RETURNING FOR 2020! Come along for a night of games, free food and festivities on Friday 7th Feb 7.30pm to 9.00pm at St Peter’s College Clyde North. Youth in Year 6 and up are welcome. For more information, contact Angelin Tom on

0422 127 624.

menALIVE weekend – coming to our parish on March 14 & 15, 2020. For enquiries please contact Jamie on 0431 622 155.

THE LAMP – ‘In His Image and Likeness’. All youths from Yr 7 to 25 years of age are welcome. Venue: Our Lady Help of Christian, Narre Warren. Date: 22 Feb 2020 Time: 9am – 3pm. Register at: or scan QR code on the flyer.

PIETY STALL – Will operate on 15th & 16th February. For enquiries, please call call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

EAST GIPPSLAND WILDLIFE EMERGENCY FUND – Incredible wildlife carers in East Gippsland have set up a general fundraiser for carers. These funds will be distributed amongst wildlife shelters in East Gippsland on an as needs basis, including Basil Brush Wildlife Shelter & the Raymond Island Koala & Wildlife Shelter Inc. Donate:

2020 STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS CONFERENCE – Date: Sat 15th Feb 2020, 9:00am – 6:30pm. Venue: 400 City Road, Southbank (Planetshakers Centre). A day of prayer and renewal for all Christians to come together and be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Encouraged by Pope Francis’ message that we are all called to be saints, the underlying theme of the conference is to rely solely on God’s grace and strength – especially in times when your faith could be questioned and challenged. Guest speakers will include Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Fr Augustine Vallooran V.C, Lenyce Willason, Fr Ken Barker MGL & Lalith Perera. We invite everyone to this FREE event. for registration & more information visit or pick-up a flyer today!

GOSPEL OF MATTHEW RETREAT – by Fr Frank Moloney SDB 3 – 6 February. Fr Frank Moloney will lead this retreat on the Gospel of Matthew at the beautiful and peaceful Don Bosco Retreat Centre. Cost – $430 all inclusive (retreat, meals, accommodation, etc).  Further information and registration: Contact – Candy 9752 2432 or

HOLY MASS OFFERING  ENVELOPES – if you are using this envelope to offer a Mass Intention we do ask you to please leave your contact detail so that the parish office can contact you should the date for the Mass you have requested is not available. Thank you.




All volunteers who have not attended a session, please attend the next session as listed. This is a requirement by Bishop Pat that all parish volunteers attend one session. We thank those who have already attended the training held earlier this year.

Location                              Day                                Date                    Time

St Agatha Cranbourne      Saturday                  22/02/2020             10am – 12:30pm

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