Written by Christine / Fiona

March 3, 2019

Plenary Council

Plenary Council Thanksgiving Mass: a Thanksgiving Mass is to be celebrated at 6 PM Mass this weekend to thank God for the opportunity we had as a Parish community to participate in many different ways of response towards the Plenary Council process during the past phase of the 2018 Year of Listening.


2nd Year starting after Ash Wednesday: 2019 “The Year of Discerning”.- this year will include: Catholic Education Leadership Conference; Plenary Day for Clergy – 15th of March; Plenary day for Parish/School/Agengy/Network Teams, 16th March; Diocesan Assembly, 13-14 September.- In the months leading up to the Assembly, the diocesan community is being invited to embark on a period of prayer and preparation with a Diocesan Pilgrimage of the Icon of our Lady of Perpetual Help (the Patroness of our diocese) and the Diocesan Plenary 2020 Candle. Each parish will host the Icon and Candle for one week. This week’s Pilgrimage host is at  St Mary’s Catholic Church, Yarram.

Parish Notices


9.15am – Blue Hills

11.30am – St Agatha’s Cranbourne (whole school Mass for St Thomas the Apostle Primary)

7.30pm – St Peter’s College Clyde  *Help is Needed at 6.00pm to set up the classrooms we use  at St Peter’s College for our evening Mass*

Fast and Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence (from eating meat). The law of Fasting binds those who have completed their eighteenth year, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. The law of Abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. All Fridays are days of penance in the Catholic Church and it can be a good practice to abstain from meat on all Fridays in Lent as well as Good Friday, or you may substitute another penance.




Dear Parishioners, we ask your prayers for our Catechumen, Dilmini Gamaralalage and our Baptised Candidate Catholic, Krishendi De Silva as they continue their faith journey towards Easter. Next week, on the 1st Sunday of Lent, both will take part in the Rite of Sending and the Rite of Election.

The Rite of Sending will take place in our Parish at 9 am Mass. This rite offers the parish community an opportunity to acknowledge the spiritual progress both Dilmini and Krishendi have made. We will give approval of their elect to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation at Easter and we will send them forth to our Bishop with reassurance of care and support.

The Rite of Election will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale at 2 pm. This rite represents the final decision of Dilmini and every catechumen brought to Sale to enter the Catholic Church and their commitment to respond to Jesus’ call. For Krishendi, already enriched by Baptism, this rite means her vow to prepare fully to complete her Sacraments of Initiation. In response to their decision and the community and sponsors acclamation to the participants’ readiness, our Bishop will accept and choose them to enter into the final period of preparation during Lent and towards Easter when they will receive the Sacraments of Initiation.


Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Bishops Conference (February 26, 2019)

The news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges has shocked many across Australia and around the world, including the Catholic Bishops of Australia.

The Bishops agree that everyone should be equal under the law, and we respect the Australian legal system. The same legal system that delivered the verdict will consider the appeal that the Cardinal’s legal team has lodged. Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served.

In the meantime, we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones, and we commit ourselves anew to doing everything possible to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all, especially the young and the vulnerable.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday during Lent at 7.30pm at St Peter’s College, Clyde North.

PROJECT COMPASSION: Caritas Australia Lenten fundraising project work with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Please take home a box today and donate generously. Box due back 18th April.
FUNDRAISING FOR OUR NEW CHURCH BUILDING: With the project to build our first church, and also our parish offices, progressing and hopefully coming to completion over the coming 2 years, parishioners who are willing to work for a parish fundraising campaign are asked to please contact the parish office. Some have done this previously, and we invite you to renew your offer, and we are conscious that we have always new parishioners coming to our parish, and we would welcome your support too.

YEAR 7 2020 APPLICATIONS FOR ST. PETER’S COLLEGE A reminder to families that 2020 applications are due in at the College by Monday 4th March. Information packs are available from the College Offices or you can download an application form from the College website.

First round offers will be sent out at the end of March. For further enquiries please contact the College Registrar, Wendy Height on 5990 7777.

SACRED CONCERT WITH DAVID PARKES: Come and listen to renowned Irish singer David Parkes’ witness through his singing ministry at St. Agatha’s Church on Friday 8th March at 7.30pm after Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm. During the concert David will give his testimony about his miraculous healing from Crohns disease. David’s concerts are unique, humorous and spiritually inspirational. His latest CD “Remember Me” will be available to purchase.  For more information see the flyer on the notice board. Enq: Divine Mercy Publications 9830 4386 or St Agatha’s Parish 5996 1985.

CATHOLIC COLLEGE SALE PAST STUDENTS GET TOGETHER: on Saturday 16th March 12.30pm Commercial Hotel Yarragon.  To book or for further information, please contact John Daniels by email john@travelpluswarragul.com.au no later than Sat 9th March.

COMBINED CATHOLIC PARISHES RAFFLE – Tickets Sold Out!! Thank you for your support. Tickets due back on 7th April 2019. To return: place ticket and money in an envelope (do not remove staples) and put in any of the offering plate. Thank you. (VCGR Permit no. – 10699/18)

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall opens every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of March is on the 9th & 10th. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

FORMED.org an online platform featuring Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks and movies from partners like the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press and Word on Fire. St Thomas the Apostle parishioners have free access to this. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email: parish@stthomasap.org.au.

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