Parish Notices

    SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: The first workshop for the parents of Confirmation Candidates is to be held at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24th April. The next meeting is on Wednesday 2nd May at 7.00pm. All parents must attend one of the Parent Meetings. For further information please contact Leah at St Thomas the Apostle School or Fiona at the Parish Office.

    RCIA MYSTAGOGIA MASS, Sunday 22nd APRIL at 2.00 PM: this “Mass of Thanksgiving” will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale. This is a special event in the RCIA calendar – a time of thanksgiving for our new members Amanda Ah Colt and Sala Fatialofa who became part of our Catholic community at the Easter Vigil. Parishioners, especially Amanda and Sala with their Sponsors, families and Team members are invited to attend this Mass. We continue praying for these ladies and Tominiko Sagele to support their growing faith in our Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

    CALLING ALL YOUTHS: Hi guys! Our Parish is setting up a new Youth Group this term and we would love for any youths in the parish to join us. Details will be put out soon but if you are interested in joining the Youth Group please send an email to Sheryllin at parish@stthomasap.org.au.

    FR BERNARD BUCKLEY: Please remember Fr Bernard (Pakenham) in your prayers as he continues to have medical treatment following recent surgery.

    WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS is next Sunday 22nd April. In his Letter for this Day, Pope Francis reminds us:

    ‘God comes silently and discreetly, without imposing on our freedom. Thus it can happen that his voice is drowned out by the many worries and concerns that fill our minds and hearts.’

    Let us all offer one prayer this week for the young people that we know. Let us pray that they will hear the voice of the Good Shepherd amidst the daily events of their lives. Please visit https://www.worlddayofprayerforvocations.com for additional resources. This website is hosted by Vianney Vocations, a USA based group dedicated to supporting diocesan vocation directors.


    On Pentecost Sunday this year (May 20th) the 3-year process towards the Plenary 2020 will be launched in Catholic parishes around Australia. The journey commences with Open Dialogue and Listening Encounters for 12 months from 2018-2019. More details of launch resource materials and ongoing resources for this 12 month process will be supplied by the Plenary Council Executive and the Plenary Facilitation Team.

    In the meantime, you can stay up to date by visiting the Plenary Council websitehttp://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au and subscribing with your email address for the latest updates.

    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. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES April 22 and there are also group discounts (5 delegates for the price of 4). Register at http://proclaimconference.com.au/  Please see notice board for additional information.

    PROJECT COMPASSION: The boxes can be placed in the basket and are due back now. Thank you.

    COMBINED PARISHES RAFFLE 2018 booklets are due now regardless of whether or not they have been sold. Please ensure that they are placed with all monies ($20 per book) in a sealed envelope.  These can be placed on the collection plate at Mass or returned to the parish office. Please do not remove the staple which holds the booklets together.

    HOLY MASS ENVELOPES: The Parish has ordered envelopes for you to offer Mass booking for the faithful departed. You can return the envelopes in the collection plate or to the Parish Office. We do request that you write your phone number so that we can contact you should the Mass you request is not available.

    PALMS AUSTRALIA: Communities in Myanmar, PNG, Samoa, Timor Leste, Kiribati and Kenya seek volunteers to mentor locals and build capacity. Palms volunteers don’t do quick fixes, but immerse themselves in overseas communities for long-term skill exchange. If you have teaching, medical, business, admin or trade skills, share them with our global family!  Go to  www.palms.org.au/volunteer or Contact Palms on 02 9560 5333.Come to the Palms Info Session: Saturday 5 May 10:30am Ross House, Jenny Florence Room 247 Flinders Lane, MELBOURNE


    Fr. Peter De Souza, would like to invite you for a 14-day pilgrimage that he is leading. The group departs on 28th of May, 2018, featuring Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora for an all-inclusive price of $5690. Avail a Closing Weekend exclusive offer of $4,990 if you call now. HURRY… OFFER Valid only till 11th April 18 ONLY! This fare includes a 3 Night Cruise with all meals + Return Airfares + Local Transfers + Stay in 4 Star Hotels + All Breakfasts & Dinners. For inquiries & bookings call 0385 622 246 or email pilgrimage@magiholidays.com.au


    ALL ADULT PARISHIONERS – The Parish Council has recently 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.


    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. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email: parish@stthomasap.org.au.


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