PENTECOST SUNDAY (Year B) – 20th May 2018

Written by Christine / Fiona

May 20, 2018

Parish Notices

CONFIRMATION PARENT & CHILD WORKSHOPS: Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 30th May at 7.00pm at St Thomas the Apostle School.

SPECIAL COLLECTION this weekend: Trinity Families was established by the Diocese of Sale to provide support for families within our region.  Please support this charity work in the diocese. Donation envelopes are available at both entrances and to be placed in the collection plate. Thank you.

BISHOP O’REGAN OPEN PARISH MEETING: Tuesday 29th May at 7.30pm at St Thomas the Apostle School. We invite every parish family to be represented, and we especially invite our young people from Year 10 upwards to take an active part in this process which will continue over the coming years.

PLENARY 2020: Today is the launched of a 3-year process towards the Plenary 2020. The journey commences with Open Dialogue and Listening Encounters.  For more information, visit the Plenary Council website for more information.

Plenary Council Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.

Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.

O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.

Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.

Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth.

Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.

Lead your Church into a hope-filled future, that we may live the joy of the Gospel.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age.   Amen.

Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.

St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.

PROCLAIM 2018: Bishop Pat is encouraging parishes to consider sending representatives to Proclaim 2018. This national conference in Brisbane will engage parishes and faith communities in a conversation focusing on five key areas: Leadership, Culture Change, Young People, Belonging and Evangelisation. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Make your home in me” (Jn 15:4) and the conference aims to assist Catholic communities in preparing for the Plenary 2020. Register at  Please see notice board for additional information.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm at Parish Office

HOLY LAND COLLECTION – The Custodian of the Holy Land sent a Thank You letter to St Thomas the Apostle Parish for raising $2,231.25.

COMBINED PARISHES RAFFLE – Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraising event. Here’s a few things for you to note:

  1. The Raffle will be drawn at St Simon’s Parish, 2 Taylor’s Lane, Rowville at 7.15pm on June 2, 2018 and as many people as possible are encouraged to attend.
  2. Winners will be contacted on the day of the draw.
  3. The results will appear on The Age, Herald Sun and Geelong Advertiser newspapers on the Wednesday (June 6) following the draw under “Public Notices” classification.
  4. We aim to have all prizes available within 7 working days of the draw.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me, Christina Liew on 0459 824 110 or email Thank you for all your anticipated cooperation and for making this Combined Catholic Parishes Raffle a success.

CENTENARY OF ST COLUMBANS MISSION SOCIETY – Mission today and tomorrow lectures presented by Columbans: Fr Noel Connolly and Rev Dr Patrick McInerney. Date: Wednesday 20th June 7.30pm at Cardinal Knox Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, East Melbourne. Please see flyer at both entrances.

ST VINCENT PALLOTTI SCHOLARSHIP: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN – the Scholarship Trust offer scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care.  Applications close 23rd July 2018. Details and application:

CHOSEN “You did not choose me but I chose you, and I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last”

As our Church in Australia is celebrating 2018 as the Year of Youth, Jesus Youth, an International Catholic Association, is organising this conference with a focus on evangelising young people and nurturing their missionary initiatives. If you are interested and wish to register, please visit


ALL ADULT PARISHIONERS – The Parish Council has updated our Parish Code of Conduct for the Safety of Children and Vulnerable Adults within our Parish and feel that in order to truly create a child safe environment it is necessary for all adult parishioners to read, understand and sign that they will adhere to all aspects of the Parish Code of Conduct. If you have any questions about this, please contact our Parish Safety Officer at the Parish Office.

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