FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Year C) – 19th May 2019

Written by Christine / Fiona

May 19, 2019

Plenary Council  “Year of Listening and Discernment”

 Diocesan Pilgrimage in St Patrick’s, Pakenham

Plenary Council website:




During the months of May and June a Renewal of our Stewardship Program will take place. The success of this renewal will be crucial for the project to build our church and parish offices. I ask all parishioners to give every assistance to the renewal of our parish stewardship program, to join if you have not previously joined, and together to make real the building of our church. This is, first of all, an act of faith, hope and love, and so more than anything I urge you to pray for its success.


Our Parish Stewardship Program commences in two weeks – with our Welcome Weekend.  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 parish community.

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


All parishioners are warmly invited to a special forum as part of the Program – Our Future Forum on Wednesday 19 June at 7.30pm.  This is a great opportunity to make your contribution to the discussion.  You will hear about the values we hold dear, our recent achievements and the priorities we have for the future.  Please mark this date in your calendar.  Full Program details will be available on the dedicated Program page on our parish website – which will be updated regularly throughout the Program.


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

25th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – Congratulations to Mano & Naomi Manoharan who married at St Theresa’s Church, Colombo, on 21st May 1994. May our gracious Lord continue to Mano & Naomi in their union.

CONFIRMATON WORKSHOP –The Parent and Child workshop is on Tuesday 21st May and Wednesday 29th May at 7.00pm.  Please come on the date you had selected at the Parent Info session.

MYSTAGOGIA MASS – 26th May 2pm at the Cathedral in Sale. This Mass of Thanksgiving is the formal conclusion to the final journey of RCIA. The newly baptised and those fully received into full communion in the Church at Easter are encouraged to attend with their families, sponsors and RCIA team. There will be afternoon tea after Mass. Please bring a plate to share.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES – will be available for collection at all Masses this weekend. This new set of envelopes will be up to July. Receipts for all giving including Credit Card and Direct Debit will be issued in mid-July.

CHOSEN CONFERENCE – All youth and young adults between 18-30 years old are invited to join this conference organised by Jesus Youth. Its focus is on evangelising young people and nurturing their missionary initiatives. 4th – 7th July at Sacred Heart Girl’s College Melbourne. For registration and more information visit or email or phone 0491 002 081.

THE LAMP! – at St Michael’s Berwick May 24th 5.30pm – 9.30pm ages 12-25yo. Registrations are now open! “Live Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly” Micah 6:8 Come along and be inspired to make a difference in our world. There will be games, fun, reflection and worship. Dinner will be provided. We ask that you bring along donations e.g. blankets, scarves, beanies and non-perishable food for those in need in our community. Go to

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall opens every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of June is on the 8th & 9th. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

Upcoming meeting:

Building Committee – Thursday 30th May 7.30pm at the parish office.



–          Education of Seminarians Bursary Fund – this weekend at all Masses. This fund will help with the cost of educating Seminarian in the Diocese of Sale.

–          Trinity Families – at the weekend Masses of 25th / 26th May. Trinity Families is the Diocese of Sale’s charity fund which provide support for programs which help families in need. Please pick-up an envelope. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.


One-day Spiritual Journey

“Called” Christian Life Seminar on:

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019

Time: 8:30am for 9:00am start. Ends 5:00pm.

Venue: St. Augustine’s Church – Parish Hall 

Address: 631 Bourke Street (beside Southern Cross train station)

Event is free. Lunch will be provided. Morning sessions are pre-requisites for the afternoon sessions. Details can be found on the registration link below.

Register at

We highly encourage the young adults to come the “Called” Christian Life Seminar as preparation for the Singles Conference in July.




Australia Singles Conference

We are extremely excited as we have invited Father Denis O’Bryan as one of our 3 guest priests and Bishop Mark Edwards as well.

Theme: As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord – Joshua 24:15

Date: 12 – 14 July 2019 – Friday to Sunday

Time: Friday 5:30pm registration. Ends Sunday 3:00pm

Venue: Don Bosco Retreat Centre

Address: 465 Lysterfield Road, Lysterfield VIC

Register at

For both events, please contact Raquel 0449 081 517 or              email:

WINNERS FOR THE COMBINED CATHOLIC PARISHES RAFFLE 2019 – Please refer to notice board for the list of winners. We would like to thank everyone for their support. We raised $830 for our parish!

PROJECT COMPASSION – Our parish raised a total of $2925.25. Thank you for your generosity.

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