Written by Christine / Fiona

July 15, 2018

Parish Notices

WE WELCOME FR TONY SPIERINGS to our Parish. Fr Tony will celebrate our weekend Masses while Fr Denis is away.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: An information night is to be held in St Thomas the Apostle School on Tuesday 24th July at 7:00pm. All families who wish their child to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year must attend. If you are unable to make it to the first meeting a second meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st August at 7:00pm.

YOUTH GROUP – Gathering on 20th July 7.30pm at St Peter’s College. For enquiries, please call the parish office 5998 0947.

THANK YOU MESSAGE – The Parish Council would like to thank all Parishioners who contributed to our Feast Day celebration and made it a successful one.

FAMILY PRAYER MEETING: Last Friday of every month at St Peter’s College, Clyde North 7.30pm – 8.30pm. For enquiries, contact Jean-Paul Antoine 59907777 or the parish office. Month of July is on 27th.

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

SHORT COURSE on preparing and celebrating Catholic Funerals – presented by Australian Catholic University in at St Patrick’s Parish, Pakenham, over two half-Saturdays. More details to follow shortly.

EMMAUS WALKING RETREAT 14th – 21st Oct 2018: Registration by 30th July. This 7-day walking retreat from San Remo to Welshpool is an opportunity to spend a reflective time walking in a small community. Like how the disciples on the road to Emmaus contemplated their own journey, having walked with Jesus in their lives. In a similar way, participants are invited to explore their own spiritual journey, walking with Jesus. Organised by Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality. Fr Brendan Hogan is one of the organisers of this Retreat. Please refer to the flyers at both our entrances.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES with Pope Francis: Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.  Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. For more information, please visit What can be more beautiful than for a father and mother to bless their children at the beginning and ending of each day, to trace on their forehead a sign of the cross, as they did on the day of their baptism?  (Pope Francis)


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): The RCIA is for any of the following: An unbaptised adult seeking to become a full member of the Catholic Church; a baptised adult of another Christian Church desiring to be in full communion with the Catholic Church; A Catholic who has not been fully initiated into the Church and needs suitable preparation prior to the celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist; A Catholic seeking to be renewed in his/her faith; a non-Catholic who just wants to know more about the Catholic Church. Now is the time for people who wish to participate in the coming RCIA group to contact the Parish Office. We invite every family to invite one person or family to join the RCIA. St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is always delighted to welcome and assist those who wish to know more about the Catholic faith.
“COME AND SEE” – RCIA INFORMATION NIGHT – 24TH JULY 2018, 7.30PM at 31 Fleuve Rise, Clyde North. – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is going to start on the 24th of July with a night of information explaining the process of how to become a Catholic, how to complete the Sacrament of Initiation, how to renew our faith, how to know more about the Catholic Church. The candidates to the RCIA process will be receiving Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist at Easter Vigil 2019. However, everyone who wishes to know more about our Catholic faith is very welcome to the process. The RCIA team cordially INVITES YOU to a time to reflect on the Holy Scriptures, to receive faith formation and ask your questions. Please contact the Parish Office to register your name. Please refer to flyer at both our entrances.


Message from our Parish Safety Officer – Corralee Floyd

CHILD SAFETY: To satisfy the requirements of keeping our children and vulnerable adults safe, it is imperative that all groups consult with the Parish Safety Officer at least 3 months prior to any events, whereby they are organizing speakers, musicians, volunteers and/or youths involved and must be prior to the advertisement of the event. All guests are required to have current Working With Children checks as well as to have signed the Parish Code of Conduct, there are also other requirements if the guest if from outside of our Diocese. This is to avoid the disappointment or cancellation of the planned event due to the failure of any guest in obtaining or qualifying for a Working with Children Check or Diocesan Clearance Paperwork.


ALL GROUP LEADERS are reminded to ensure that every member of their respective group over 18 years including new members have obtained their Working With Children Check and signed the Code of Conduct before they begin their ministry. This is a legal requirement. Please inform the Parish Safety Officer of any new interested parties and they will be guided through the process.



CPSL was established in November 2016 by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia, but operates independently from the Church, with no bishops, priests, brothers or sisters on the Board of Directors. The CPSL Board is made up of lay people with expertise in areas of law, education, human services, child safety and regulation.

An initial mammoth task CPSL has embarked upon has been to create a set of National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, which for us are going to provide our framework to build the safe culture for our children and young people, and to advance the safety of young people across the Catholic Church. They take into account the guidance of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the (draft) National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Standards are designed to help Parishes like us to have a child safe culture and practices in accordance with legislative requirements of the governments, the expectations of the Australian society, and our Gospel values. These Standards are currently in draft form and it is anticipated that our organisation will commence working with them by September 2018. I will continue to give you information about this new process and what it means for our Parish as we move forward. 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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