Parish Notices

WITH SINCERE THANKS TO FR TONY SPIERINGS for celebrating our weekend Masses.  

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: If you have missed last Tuesday’s information night the next information night to be held in St Thomas the Apostle School is on Wednesday 1st Aug 7:00pm. All families who wish their child to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year must attend.

YOUTH GROUP gathering on 3rd August 7.30pm at St Peter’s College. For enquiries, please call the parish office on 5998 0947.

MIGRANT SUNDAY Keep the date! 26th August at 2.00pm. More details to follow shortly.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: In the spirit of Mary MacKillop, we invite you to bring life to “the poorest and most neglected parts of God’s vineyard.” Your donation to Mary MacKillop Today will support thousands of people in Timor-Leste, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and here in Australia with education, health, finance and livelihoods opportunities, bringing hope to communities for generations to come. Please consider making a small monthly donation with our Regular Giving Program and help bring Mary MacKillop’s charism to life. Envelopes are available this weekend and return them next weekend. Thank you.

FAMILY PRAYER MEETING: Last Friday of every month at St Peter’s College, Clyde North 7.30pm – 8.30pm. For enquiries, contact Jean-Paul Antoine 59907777 or the parish office. Month of August is on 31st.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall opens every 2nd weekend of the Month. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

EMMAUS SPIRITUALITY MINISTRY is conducting a prayer session – A Winter Journey, on 9th August from 1-3pm at 48-50 Monash Road, Newborough (the former convent). For registration and enquiry contact 0477 474 848 or email salespirituality1@gmail.com

EMMAUS WALKING RETREAT 14th – 21st Oct 2018: Registration by 30th July. This 7-day walking retreat from San Remo to Welshpool is an opportunity to spend a reflective time walking in a small community. Like how the disciples on the road to Emmaus contemplated their own journey, having walked with Jesus in their lives. In a similar way, participants are invited to explore their own spiritual journey, walking with Jesus. Organised by Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality. Fr Brendan Hogan is one of the organisers of this Retreat. Please refer to the flyers at both our entrances.

VOLUNTEER WITH PALMS AUSTRALIA – BUTCHER REQUIRED Right now, a Butcher is needed in Madang, Papua New Guinea. ‘Meat’ this challenge:  contact Christine on 02 9560 5333.   For more opportunities, visit palms.org.au/volunteer. Can’t commit just yet? Check out palms.org.au/encounters

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES with Pope Francis: Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.  Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. For more information, please visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en. The Christian ideal, especially in families, is a love that never gives up.  (Pope Francis)

 

 

Message from our Parish Safety Officer – Corralee Floyd

CHILD SAFETY: To satisfy the requirements of keeping our children and vulnerable adults safe, it is imperative that all groups consult with the Parish Safety Officer at least 3 months prior to any events, whereby they are organizing speakers, musicians, volunteers and/or youths involved and must be prior to the advertisement of the event. All guests are required to have current Working With Children checks as well as to have signed the Parish Code of Conduct, there are also other requirements if the guest if from outside of our Diocese. This is to avoid the disappointment or cancellation of the planned event due to the failure of any guest in obtaining or qualifying for a Working with Children Check or Diocesan Clearance Paperwork.

 

ALL GROUP LEADERS are reminded to ensure that every member of their respective group over 18 years including new members have obtained their Working With Children Check and signed the Code of Conduct before they begin their ministry. This is a legal requirement. Please inform the Parish Safety Officer of any new interested parties and they will be guided through the process.

 

CATHOLIC PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS LIMITED (CPASL)

CPSL was established in November 2016 by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia, but operates independently from the Church, with no bishops, priests, brothers or sisters on the Board of Directors. The CPSL Board is made up of lay people with expertise in areas of law, education, human services, child safety and regulation.

An initial mammoth task CPSL has embarked upon has been to create a set of National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, which for us are going to provide our framework to build the safe culture for our children and young people, and to advance the safety of young people across the Catholic Church. They take into account the guidance of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the (draft) National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Standards are designed to help Parishes like us to have a child safe culture and practices in accordance with legislative requirements of the governments, the expectations of the Australian society, and our Gospel values. These Standards are currently in draft form and it is anticipated that our organisation will commence working with them by September 2018. I will continue to give you information about this new process and what it means for our Parish as we move forward.

 

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