Written by Christine / Fiona

August 5, 2019

Plenary Council  “Year of Listening and Discernment”


What’s the Diocesan Assembly all about?

On 13th -14th September, the Catholic Diocese of Sale is holding its Diocesan Assembly, the first for over 15 years. The Assembly will be convened in the spirit of Listening and Dialogue for the Plenary Council 2020 in which we have already been engaged for the past eighteen months. From peoples’ feedback it is clear that there is much that can be done in our Diocese right now. We want to hear from people all across our Diocese about the vision they have for their parishes and Diocese in living the joy of the Gospel. We hope to have around 400 people attending the Assembly.


“Sharing Our Story, Celebrating Our Faith, Shaping Our Future”

We encourage our Church community to keep the Diocesan Assembly process in prayer while we await for more information from the Diocese of Sale. The themes bellow were chosen after the Dialogue sessions held with Bishop Pat and many parishioners in our diocese. These themes will form part of the discerning sessions at the level of local diocesan churches and finally at the Assembly.

1. Faith Formation & Spirituality (living out the joy of the Gospel)

2. Leadership & Governance (providing leadership and structures that promote evangelisation)

3. Families and Vocation (raising disciples in our families – so that they can go out into the world)

4. Liturgy and Prayer (nourishing our communities)

5. The Welcoming Community (a community on mission, not maintenance)


SALE DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY – Diocesan Assembly: 13-14 September 2019

Diocesan Pilgrimage for this weekend: Morwell Parish



WE WELCOME FR TONY SPIERINGS TO OUR PARISH – Fr Tony will celebrate all our Masses while Fr Denis is away.

LIFT NOT IN SERVICE – St Peter’s College has informed us that the lift is under maintenance and can not be used. Please exercise caution while using stairs.

FAMILY PRAYERS – First Friday of every month. Month of September is on the 6th from 7.30pm – 8.30pm St Peter’s College Clyde North upper level where Mass is celebrated. For enquiries, call Jean-Paul Antoine 5990 7777.

MASS INTENTION ENVELOPE – envelopes can be found at both entrances and return either on the collection plate or put in the office box. Please remember to leave your contact number so that we can ring you should the date you requested is not available.

VOLUNTEERS FOR LAMP Youth Festival – Our parish will be hosting the LAMP Youth festival on 5th Oct. Any adult who wishes to assist with kitchen duty and offer general help on the day please contact the parish office. And any youth who wish to be involved in the drama or helping with activities on the day to also please contact the parish office.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall opens every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of August is on the 10th & 11th. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

FORMED.org is an online platform featuring the best Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks and movies from trusted partners like the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press and Word on Fire. Catechism and Personal Faith Formation are at the fingertips of every parishioner. Call the parish office to get your free access or email: parish@stthomasap.org.au.

Recommended on Formed.org!! – Elements of the Catholic Mass: this beautifully produced short videos are designed to help the faithful better appreciate the beauty of the Mass. Featuring Fr Douglas Martis, former director of the Liturgical Institute and has a doctorate in Sacramental Theology and holds a Ph.D. in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology, explain different parts of the Mass.

STEWARDSHIP – If you would like to contribute to the parish through Direct Debit (DD) or Credit Card (CC), please take-home a DD/CC Request form which can be found at both entrances. Thank you.

ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE – The Ordination to the Diaconate for Jithin Anto, Confidence Masvosva and Paul Zaher will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 11.00 am on Saturday 31 August 2019. This is a day of great rejoicing for our Diocese and we warmly invite the Diocesan community to participate in the Ordination. Sophy Morley is seeking singers and musicians for the Diocesan Choir – could interested people please contact Sophy at smorley@sale.catholic.org.au or text me on 0413 590 007 without delay.

MIGRANT MASS held at St Michael’s on 25th August at 2pm. All parishioners are invited.

LUNCH WITH BISHOP PAT – You are invited to lunch with Bishop Pat O’Regan on Saturday 24th August 2019. The lunch will be at the Black Tie Function Centre, 90 Alfred St, Warragul, 12noon.  The two course lunch will cost $45 and wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at bar prices.  The event is open to men and women who want to support this venture.  This event is proudly hosted by the Knights of the Southern Cross, Diocese of Sale and all proceeds will go to the bursary fund for the education of Sale Diocese Seminarians.  Tickets are available at:   https://www.trybooking.com/BDRJN


AUGUST 25th 2019 will be the 2nd “CELEBRATE” youth event that invites all people young and old across the Diocese to celebrate the gifts and talents our young people have. This is a free family event that will see performances from young people from across the diocese, a Youth Mass and a party with pizza’s, slushies, popcorn, games and more. Location – Lavalla Catholic College, Kildare Campus – Kosciuszko St Traralgon. Time 4pm – 7pm. Please call Jen if you are interested in helping, performing, reading, sponsoring this celebration – 0437492349 or youth@smpt.org.au.


RCIA INFORMATION NIGHT: “Come And See” – 6th August 2019 at 7.30 pm.- The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process that we are blessed to celebrate in our Parish community and one we want to share with you. An information night will be held for those who may be thinking of becoming a Catholic, for those who may be baptised in another Christian church and are seeking to be in full communion with the Catholic church. However, the process is always open for any adult baptised Catholic but have not completed the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation and for everyone who wishes to know more of our faith. This is your opportunity to find out more on Tuesday 6 August at 7:30pm at the home of RCIA team member Christine Fernandez- 31 Fleuve Rise, Clyde North. For further information please contact the Parish Office on 5998 0947 and/or collect a leaflet on the RCIA process from the entrance tables.



10th & 11th August – CatholicCare, a social service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Diocese of Sale, offer hope and support to the vulnerable and marginalised, responding to the changing needs of the community with a commitment to addressing social disadvantage. And they need our help. Please take an envelope home and return it at all Masses next weekend. Donations above $2.00 are tax deductible. Next weekend Rozanne Perera from CatholicCare will speak at all Masses about the work they do.


ARE YOU NEW TO THE PARISH? – We would love to welcome you to our parish. Please fill-in the New Parishioner Registration form on the bulletin and put it in our Parish Office Box.


 CURRENT PARISHIONERS if there is a change of address please remember to update the parish office. Thank you.

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