Written by Christine / Fiona

July 13, 2019

Plenary Council  “Year of Listening and Discernment”

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

The Diocese of Sale is holding its Diocesan Assembly, the first for over 15 years, in September. The Assembly will be convened in the spirit of the preparation for the Plenary Council 2020 in which we have already been engaged for the past eighteen months. Bishop Pat and the Diocesan Gaudium et Spes Plenary 20-20 Committee have been aware that, through the feedback from hundreds of listening and Dialogue conversations held in parishes, schools and regional gatherings, there is much that can be done in our Diocese right now. Further details about the numbers of delegates from each parish, how to choose delegates and online booking details will be sent from the Diocese to clergy and parishes in mid-July. After this, a simple conversation process will be distributed to parishes with an invitation to engage their communities in some discussion of the Assembly topics before the Assembly gathering in September.

Following the Sale Diocesan Assembly, our parish community will be asked to contemplate and reflect on the 6 National Themes for Discernment. A series of articles and videos to help explain discernment are shared via the Plenary Council website, clicking on PlenaryPost, Themes and Discernment tabs.

Pope Francis writes:

“How can we know if something comes from the Holy Spirit or if it stems from the spirit of the world or the spirit of the devil? The only way is through discernment, which calls for something more than intelligence or common sense. 
“It is a gift which we must implore. If we ask with confidence that the Holy Spirit grant us this gift, and then seek to develop it through prayer, reflection, reading and good counsel, then surely we will grow in this spiritual endowment.
“The gift of discernment has become all the more necessary today, since contemporary life offers immense possibilities for action and distraction, and the world presents all of them as valid and good.
“Without the wisdom of discernment, we can easily become prey to every passing trend.”

Diocesan Pilgrimage for this weekend: Cowwarr-Heyfield Parish

Diocesan Assembly: 13-14 September 2019


Our Stewardship Program has been finalised and once again we wish to warmly thank everyone for their involvement and generous response.  A special thank you goes to our Program Leadership Team and to all the volunteers who offered their assistance.

Collect Today – your letter of thanks confirming your new commitment and where applicable a new set of envelopes.  The letters are available in surname order and members of the Program Leadership Team will be on hand at all Masses to assist with this process.  The new commitments take effect from next week and to avoid any confusion please destroy any old envelopes that you may still have.

Not yet completed your pledge or your Groups & Ministries Form?  Don’t worry – pledge cards and forms are available on the table at the rear of the church.  Completed cards and forms can be placed in the collection plate or given to Fr Denis.

A reminder that all Groups & Ministries responses are currently being processed and all those who responded will be contacted in the very near future.  Your support in this key area of parish life is very much appreciated.



A reminder to all parishioners who have assisted with the conduct of the Stewardship Program that our Final / Social Night will be held on Thursday 18 July at 7.30pm in the Parish Office.  We would love to see you there!


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

WE WELCOME BISHOP EMMANUEL FERNANDO, Bishop of Mannar, Sri Lanka, to our parish. Bishop Fernando will celebrate at the 9.00am Mass this weekend.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Reminder for parents: Confirmation retreat on 24th July at 9.00am. Ceremonies on Saturday 27th July at 11.00am and at 2.00pm. Please arrive 15mins before your selected time. Bishop O’Regan will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation for our Parish at St Peter’s College, Clyde North.

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – All families who want their child/ren to make their First Holy Communion at St Thomas the Apostle Parish this year are to attend the Parent Information session either on Tuesday 16th July or 23rd July at 7.00pm held at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School. The pre-requisites are: child must be at least in Grade 4 and made the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation. For more information, please contact Fiona at the parish office.

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.

Building a CHILD SAFE ENVIRONMENT WORKSHOPS – this is for all parish staff and volunteers, leaders, Priests and Deacons. You are only requested to attend only one 2.5 hour workshop. For enquiries & registration, please contact our Parish Safety Officer at the parish office or email Workshop open for booking: St Patrick’s Parish, Pakenham – Wednesday 17/07/19 – 7pm – 9:30pm.

  1. PETER’S COLLEGE SOLOMON ISLANDS TRIVIA AND SILENT AUCTION NIGHT – Teams of 10, or we can put you into a team, Fri 2 Aug, 7.00 pm start. Cranbourne Campus Multi-Purpose Hall $20.00 per ticket. Bookings are required via the College Reception. Payment on the night. BYO. Refreshments including alcohol for over 18’s. Who will take home the 2019 Champions Trophy? Many items available on the night via Auction. NO RESERVES. All items will be sold. Donations of Goods and Services are now being sought. Nothing is too small or large, expensive or inexpensive. Contact the College on 5990 7777 or for more details if you are able to donate.  Every dollar raised goes to Bishop Epalle Catholic School in Honiara.

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:



Parish Council – Wednesday 17th July 7.30pm at the Parish Office.


PETER’S PENCE – is financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father to support all of the Pope’s charity initiatives in favor of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need. This collection will be taken-up at all Masses this weekend.

ST VINNIES – A big THANK YOU to everyone who generously contributed to the St Vinnies Winter Appeal. We collected a total of $829.85.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall opens every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of July is on the 13th & 14th. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558. 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. St Thomas the Apostle parishioners are very privilege to have free access to this. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email:

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