ASCENSION OF THE LORD (Year C) – 2nd June 2019

Written by Christine / Fiona

June 2, 2019

Plenary Council  “Year of Listening and Discernment”

Diocesan Pilgrimage in St John’s Parish, Koo Wee Rup

Plenary Council website:


Welcome to the first weekend of our Parish Stewardship Program.

The Program recognizes that ‘Parishes are the Heartbeat of the Church’ and will challenge us to reflect on what it means to be a member of our St Thomas the Apostle Parish community.

We encourage you to be actively involved – read the materials, listen to the speakers and follow the Program on the parish website and our parish Facebook.  Reflect, pray about and discuss the themes and topics with your family, friends and fellow parishioners.

This weekend we will hear from some of our Parishioners who have kindly accepted to be on the Program Leadership Team.  They will also introduce a special message of welcome from the Bishop of the Sale diocese, Bishop Pat O’Regan.

Members of the Program Leadership Team will be distributing copies of the Program brochure and Groups & Ministry listing at all Masses – you may have already received your copies by email and copies can also be viewed and downloaded from the parish website.


A reminder that all parishioners are warmly invited to a special event as part of the Program – the Our Future Forum on Wednesday 19 June at 7.30pm.  It will be a great opportunity to contribute to the discussion on our priorities for the future.


“The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel” Evangelii Gaudium 114



Together we pray for the success of the Program.


Stewardship Program Prayer

Lord, we thank you for calling us to be your Church.

Through our Baptism we are called to service and to witness.

In the Eucharist we sustain and strengthen that call.

By serving others we follow your example and proclaim our beliefs.

By our Christian generosity we demonstrate our love and care.

Lord, help us always to worship you as you deserve,

to grow in faith and service

and to give without counting the cost.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.   Amen

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – After 1st June Saturday 6.00pm Mass.

YOUTH MEETING – our parish Zion Youth group will be meeting up on 7th June 7.30pm at St Peter’s College Clyde North on the ground floor. All youths welcome.

Building a CHILD SAFE ENVIRONMENT WORKSHOPS – The Diocese has contracted CatholicCare to deliver a series of workshops throughout the Diocese, which are intended to build on work that has already taken place throughout the Diocese. It is aimed at all parish staff and volunteers, leaders, Priests and Deacons. It is up to the individual which workshop they attend and you are only requested to attend one 2.5 hour workshop. Registration at  or For enquiries, please contact our Parish Safety Officer at the parish office or email

Workshops open for bookings are:

Cranbourne – St Agatha’s Parish – Tuesday 11/06/19 – 7pm – 9:30pm

Berwick – St Michael’s Parish – Tuesday 25/06/19 – 7pm – 9:30pm

Pakenham – St Patrick’s Parish – Wednesday 17/07/19 – 7pm – 9:30pm


In response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Diocese of Sale has signed on to the National Redress Scheme. If you would like information regarding this scheme for those who have suffered child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Sale prior to July 1, 2018, please contact the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377. Website This website has information regarding legislation and rules, monetary payment and designated personal responder (DPR) instruments, legislation guide and where to go for assistance.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: “Hello all the volunteers who put their hand up to establish and join the new Conference for St Thomas.  Our apologies for the lack of notice about what’s going on.  We’ve had a few hiccups with people ill and paper work issues. A meeting will be held at        St Agatha’s Parish Hall on Tuesday the 11/6/19 at 7pm.  We invite all those who have already volunteered and any new people who are interested to come along and we will explain what’s happening. Unfortunately the forms you completed are now out of date and we have a complete new set for everyone to do, so please bring your drivers licence or some photo id.  We hope to see you on the 11/6/19.  It will be a short meeting. Regards, Mary Cincotta.”


Building Committee – Thursday 6th June 7.30pm at the parish office.


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