WE WELCOME AS CHILD OF GOD: Meleena Victoria Nichols, child of John & Christina.

BAPTISM PREPARATION will be held this Sunday, 4th February, at 2.00pm at St Peter’s College, Heather Grove, Clyde North.

FIRST RECONCILIATION: The Parent Information & Workshop night will be held in St Thomas the Apostle School on Tuesday 6th February at 7:00pm. All families who wish their child to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year must attend. If you are unable to make the first meeting a second meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th February at 7pm. For enquiries, contact Fiona at the parish office.

WESTERN REGION YOUTH CONFERENCE is on Saturday 17th February 8.30am – 4.00pm at St Agatha’s, Cranbourne. It will be a day for claiming your Mission in Faith with other youths! Please see flyer on the notice board.

COMBINED PARISHES RAFFLE 2018 – There are still individual tickets available for $2 after Masses over the next few weekends.  These are selling fast.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win these fabulous prizes, including 3 Suzuki cars!!

For all those with booklets, please return them as soon as possible ensuring that they are placed with monies ($20 per book) in a sealed envelope.  These can be placed on the collection plate or returned to the parish officePlease do not remove the staples which holds the books together.

PLENARY COUNCIL 2020: The Australian Catholic Church is to hold a Plenary Council in 2020. Bishop O’Regan has established the “Gaudium et Spes” committee in the Sale Diocese to assist us in getting prepared for the Plenary Council. The members of the committee include Bishop Pat, Frs Peter Slater & Brendan Hogan, Deacon Mark Kelly, Mrs Jennifer Fitzgerald (Sale), Mrs Michelle Grimsted (Bairnsdale), Mrs Jenifer Hanratty (Traralgon), Mr Michael Hansen (Traralgon), Mrs Sophy Morley, Mr Dominic Ryan & Mrs Ann Taylor (Cathollic Education Office). Bishop Pat will be visiting every parish to introduce the preparation for the Plenary Council, coming to Clyde North on 29th May.

ST AGATHA’S FEAST DAY: An invitation is extended to St Thomas the Apostle Parish to attend our Feast Day Mass at 10.45am followed by a cultural luncheon in the St Agatha’s School Hall.

THE RITE OF ELECTION FOR CATECHUMENS will be celebrated on 18th February at 3.00pm at St Mary’s Cathedral Sale. All catechumens, candidates and their families, RCIA Team Members and parishioners are invited to this event celebrated by Bishop Patrick O’Regan.

PARISH SINGERS AND MUSICIAN WANTED FOR RITE OF ELECTION on 18th February. Rehearsal starts at 1.30pm. To register your interest and receive the music pack, please contact Sophy Morley on smorley@sale.catholic.org.au as soon as possible or phone 5622 6677.

BISHOP O’REGAN HAS MADE THE FOLLOWING CLERGY APPOINTMENTS to take effect from Thursday 1st March: Fr Manny Lomagno to be PP at Cowes; Fr Darren Howie to be PP at Wonthaggi; Fr Jenish Jose CMI to be PP of Yarram & Foster (resident at Yarram); Fr James Fernandez to be PP of Morwell & Churchill; Fr Siju Xavier to be PP of Maffra & Heyfield. Fr Saji John will become assistant priest at Narre Warren and will also be available to the Syro Malabar community. Fr Malcolm Hewitt is retiring. The Leongatha and Traralgon parishes will no longer have an assistant priest.

PIETY STALL: Holy Beginnings will be here next weekend at all Masses for you to purchase all your religious & personalised items.

FIND US ON FACEBOOK!! Find out what’s happening in our parish. ‘Like’ us at www.facebook.com/stthomasap

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES with Pope Francis – “To form a family is to be a part of God’s dream, to join him in building a world where no one will feel alone.” (Pope Francis). World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.  Please visit their website for more information http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie

CHANEL COLLEGE 60TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION for students of THE MARIST FATHERS ERA [1958-1970].

For details send your email address to chanel.geelong@gmail.com  OR your postal details to PO Box 3069 Geelong West 3218

 

ASH WEDNESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY

Masses for that day will be: 9.15am at Blue Hills Chapel; 2.00pm & 7.30pm at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School.

At the November Plenary of the Bishops of Australia, the following motion was passed: “That the conference proclaim the days from Ash Wednesday until the Saturday after Ash Wednesday in 2018 as days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims.” The Bishops Commission for Liturgy has produced resources that will be made available for use at church and at home during these days.

 

FORMED.org is a revolutionary 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 website and request that this access be for St Thomas the Apostle parishioners only. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email: parish@stthomasap.org.au.

 

Child Safe Bulletin

This week I would like to share a couple of online resources I have found that may be helpful to some of our families.

·         https://www.esafety.gov.au is the website of the Office of eSafety Commissioner in Australia. This site has links to resources and ideas to help families navigate the online world safely and to deal with the issue of cyber bullying.

·         The eSafety Commissioner also has a fabulous Facebook page which you might like to investigate for other safety information regarding children. Go to www.facebook.com/eSafetyOffice/

If you have any queries on any of these, or any child safety issue, please contact me at the Parish Office on a Wednesday.

God Bless.

Corralee Floyd
Parish Safety Officer

 

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