SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year A) – 8th Dec 2019

Written by Christine / Fiona

December 12, 2019



We cordially invite every parishioner to take part of the sessions of Listening and Discerning


8th February 2020 – Theme: “A Church called to be Christ–centred: Prayerful and Eucharistic”

29th February 2020 – Theme: “A Church called to be Christ–centred: Humble, healing and Merciful”

21th March 2020 – Theme: “A Church called to be Christ–centred: A joyful, hope-filled and servant community”

18th April 2020 – Theme: “A Church called to be Christ–centred: Open to conversation, renewal and reform”

All sessions will be held at St Peter’s College on a Saturday afternoon from 2 pm to 4.30 pm.

If you would like to have a bit more information on each theme prior to each session, please visit the Plenary Council website:


RCIA – Period of Catechumanate.- Prayer cards: Please collect a card from the entrance tables and continue to pray for Margaret Grech, Junghee Youm and Dhaneshi Mannapperuma.  In this period of the RCIA process, we continue sharing with them the Sunday Gospel and we are formed in how to live our faith through every Sacrament. Even our catechumens cannot yet share the Body of Christ, they attend the Liturgy of the Word at 10.45 Masses.  Please continue praying for them.



Clyde North – Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm at St Peter’s College

Pakenham – Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm

Narre Warren – Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm

Berwick – Wednesday 18th December at 7.30pm

Cranbourne – Thursday 19th December at 7.30pm


** PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – The meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday will not proceed due to the Vigil Prayers for Sr Bride.**

WE WELCOME AS A CHILD OF GOD – Kiara Santumayor, child of Aloysius & Reshma and Shaylee Eliana Liyanaarachchi, child of Salitha & Thilini.

BLESSED SACRAMENT – on 7th Dec after the Saturday evening Mass for 30mins.

SR BRIDE O’BRYAN CSB – Sr Bride is an aunt of Fr Denis, the younger sister of his father. Sr Bride died peacefully last Wednesday, aged 97. She entered the Brigidine Sisters 81 years ago. She has had a remarkable life and is as much beloved within the Brigidine Sisters as she within the O’Bryan family. The Vigil Prayers for Sr Bride will be held at the Kildara Centre, 39 Stanhope Street, Malvern, at 7.00pm on Tuesday 10th December. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph’s Church, 47 Stanhope Street, Malvern, at           11.00am next Wednesday 11th December.

PARISH ADVENT RITE OF RECONCILIATION – There will be multiple priests participating in the St Thomas the Apostle Advent celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All parishioners are urged to attend and make the most of this opportunity to prepare spiritually for Christmas. There has been a very good attendance by parishioners in recent years but many more are not taking the time to encounter God’s mercy, forgiveness and healing in this way. Please come next Wednesday, 11th December, to St Peter’s College at 7.30pm.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPESPlease pick-up your new set of stewardship envelopes at the back of our worship space. It is arranged in street order. We would appreciate it if you could help to deliver these envelopes to families around your street. For parishioners giving through Direct Debit and Credit Card, please pick-up your receipts. Thank you.

PIETY STALL – The piety stall operates every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of December is on 14th & 15th. For enquiries, please call call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

FORMED.ORG – prepare for Advent with Formed.Org. Walk with Dr Tim Grey on a journey of renewal to ready your heart for the coming of Christ. Call the Parish Office to get your free subscription code.

ALTAR SERVER PIZZA NIGHT – Friday 13th Dec at 6.00pm – 8.00pm at St Peter’s College. Please pick-up your consent form and return to the parish office by Sun 8th Dec.

MESSAGE FROM ZION YOUTH GROUP – Thank you to everyone who provided us with the baked goods and to those who supported us. Over the three masses we raised $952.90. Thank you everyone for supporting the youth. May God Bless you, Zion Youth.

SVDP VOLUNTEERS – If you or anyone you know that might be interested in assisting SVDP with packing hampers this year, it will be on Thursday, 19 December 2019 at St Peter’s College West Campus from 9:00am – 4:00pm. There is no commitment to stay the whole day.

KIMBERLEY CATHOLIC VOLUNTEER SERVICES – is seeking volunteer workers. The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc. Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months. We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Kalumburu and La Grange/Bidyadanga. For more info and enquiries, please contact: Anneliese Rohr 08 9192 1060                                Email:       Web:

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