SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (Year A) – 8th March 2020

Written by Christine / Fiona

March 8, 2020


Plenary Council website:



A Joyfull, hope-filled and servant community? – Session on 21st March 2020


National recommendations made for  the Theme “Humble, healing and merciful”

·        Active, unified lobbying by Australian Bishops for reconciliation with Indigenous people.

·        Develop a standardised faith education package for all Australian parents that complements school programs but makes the family the centre. Develop complementary school faith programs that actively integrate parents including supporting their education needs.

·        Provide Australian based or focused resources on church rulings and laws regarding: divorce, contraception, etc.

·        Promote and accredit good Catholic professionals in areas of health care, counselling, law, etc

·        Unified approach by Australian Bishops, via position papers to all faithful and in media for:

o    Active involvement in key issues, e.g environment, indigenous, diversity.

o    Active campaigning against secular initiatives: sex education, assisted dying, gender ideology, etc

·       Make Healing (spiritual & physical) Masses to be formal part of all Parish calendars (monthly) Australia-wide


SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – Our parish of St. Thomas the Apostle will be hosting the School of Discipleship program. It is founded and directed by Aneel Aranha who started a Catholic lay apostolate called The Holy Spirit Interactive. It is recognised as an association of Faith and Outreach by Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia. Aneel was led to a powerful encounter with Jesus after being an atheist for 25 years. This school is dedicated to strengthening the Faith and spreading the Word of God around the world. It is based on the Gospel of Matthew 28:18-20 which commands us “to make disciples of all nations.” Our parishioners who participated in this program will speak how the school has impacted their lives at Masses on the 28th/29th March. We have an introductory session on the 4th April – Saturday at 4.30 pm at the Blue Hills Chapel, where our weekday Masses are held. Please join us. Parishioners and youth are requested to take a flyer and enrol, it will be a life changing experience for each one. For more information please contact Emma on 0418 918 787


WE WELCOME AS A CHILD OF GOD – Zariah Besterwitch, child of Gavin & Chrisanne.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS every Friday in Lent at 7.30pm St Peter’s Clyde North.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – after Saturday Vigil Mass. Adoration is held every 1st Saturday of the month for 30mins.

menALIVE weekend – on March 14 & 15 at St Peter’s College Clyde North. Enquiries:

RCIA – We thank Jesus for the richness of blessings that He has showered upon Margaret Grech, Junghee Youm and Dhaneshi Mannapperum at their Rite of Election. We ask God to stay with them as they fulfil his wish during the Lenten season.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE – We INVITE ALL YOUTHS to use your gifts and talents and take part in the Good Friday services. Please put your name down on the clipboards and we will contact you shortly.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: During the coming months the membership of the Parish Pastoral Council will be renewed. The present members are the foundation members of our Pastoral Council, whose role began as members of the Pastoral Leadership Group when we were still a part of St Agatha’s Parish. Many new families have come to our parish over the past four years and we are particularly inviting members of those families to consider nominating for the Pastoral Council. There will be further information in coming weeks.

GOD START: God Start is a ministry in our parish that maintains contact with families and their children after their Baptism, especially on the occasion of their birthdays. If your child is aged 1-4 years and was Baptised in a parish other than St Thomas the Apostle, we invite you to register at the parish office to be able to participate in God Start.

COVID-19 – Bishop Patrick O’Regan has advised that ‘the faithful who are too unwell to attend Sunday Mass – whether due to coronavirus or some other condition – or are at particular risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, can honour their Sunday obligation by participating in a time of prayer within the home, reading the Scriptures or watching Mass on television or online (

BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLES – students at ST Peter’s College are holding two Bunnings Sausage Sizzles over the next 2 weekends. Cranbourne Campus staff & students will be at Cranbourne Bunnings on Saturday 14th March. Clyde North Campus staff & students will be at Clyde North Bunnings on Saturday 21st March. Please show your support.

PROJECT COMPASSION boxes are due back on Holy Thursday.

CATHOLIC MISSION APPEAL thanks the parishioners of St Thomas the Apostle for their generous contribution of $1217.35. Your contribution will be used to help children living with disability in Ghana look forward with hope as new educational and vocational opportunities open up to them.

RAFFLE TICKETS –Thank you for your support. All tickets have been sold! Please return all sold ticket butts by 3rd May leave money and tickets in an envelope and put in our collection plate. DO NOT REMOVE STAPLES from book.

REDEMPTORIST LENTEN MISSION – Come One, Come All! 24 – 27 March at St Michael’s Berwich 7.30pm – 8.30pm each day. For more info please contact St Michael’s Parish Office or see flyer.

ABUSE AND FAITH – Has your faith been affected by the revelations of historical sexual abuse within the church? If so, you may wish to attend an open conversation on Thursday 26th March 7.30pm at The Marian Room, St Joseph’s Church, Warragul. For more info, contact Joan or Fr Peter at the Parish Office on 5623 1642 or email:


PIETY STALL – operates every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of March: 7th – 8th. For enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558. Visit their website on




CatholicCare Child Safeguarding Workshops

Bishop Patrick O’Regan has engaged the services of CatholicCare to continue a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Enviornment”. It is expected that all parishioners with WWCC, volunteering or intending to volunteer, will attend one of the 2.5 hr sessions, unless they have already done so in 2019. If you would like to register for any of the following dates, please complete the sheet on the clipboards at the back of the church or email the Parish Office.

Location Date Time
Our Lady Help of Christians, Narre Warren (Parish Centre) Thursday, 12th March 7pm – 9:30pm
St Michael’s, Berwick (Parish Support Centre) Saturday, 14th March 2pm – 4:30pm
St Patrick’s, Pakenham (Parish Hall) Saturday, 21st March 10am – 12:30pm

Interested in Volunteering? Anyone over 18 years who wishes to volunteer please contact Corralee at the Parish Office on Wednesdays. Current Volunteers any changes to your current ministries please email before 16/2/2020 so that these can be taken into account.

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