THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (Year B) – 13th May 2018

Written by Christine / Fiona

May 14, 2018

Parish Notices

SPECIAL COLLECTION on 20th May: Trinity Families was established by the Diocese of Sale to provide support for families within our region.  Trinity Families is a charity for other charities operating within our diocese and have distributed more than $1.4 million over the past 14 years to assist families and individuals. But unfortunately many other worthy programs could not be supported because of lack of funds. We ask that you please support our charity work in the diocese. Donation envelopes are available at both entrances and to be placed in the collection plate. Thank you.

CHOSEN “You did not choose me but I chose you, and I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” – John 15:16.

The Chosen Conference is a national conference of young people and young adults (aged 18 – 30 years) which will be held at Mannix College Clayton, Melbourne from 12th – 15th July 2018. 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. Come and experience amazing youth rallies, up-lifting talks, workshops, Theatre, Eucharistic celebrations, Vocation & Mission Expo and Live music by ‘Master Plan’ (a band which has performed at the last two World Youth Days). If you are interested and wish to register, please visit For more information about registrations and group discounts, please contact  or call 0403 709 531 / 0491 002 081.

DEATH OF ARCHBISHOP LEONARD FAULKNER, aged 91. Born 5th December 1926 and ordained priest on 1 January 1950, Len Faulkner was Bishop of Townsville 1967 – 1983, Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 1983 – 1985, and Archbishop of Adelaide 1985 – 2001.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings is at our parish this weekend for you to purchase your religious items and gifts. Holy Beginnings will be at our parish every 2nd weekend of the month.  

PLENARY 2020: 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. All parish families of St Thomas the Apostle are called to attend the Open Parish Meeting with Bishop O’Regan to be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29th May at St Thomas the Apostle School.

Visit the Plenary Council website for more information.

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.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES – 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”. To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each one must show concern, not only for his or her own life, but also for the lives of the other members of the family: their needs, their hopes, their ideals. (Pope Saint John Paul II)

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.




PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL: Thursday 17th May 7.30pm at Parish Office


OPEN PARISH MEETING WITH BISHOP O’REGAN: Tuesday 29th May 7.30pm at St Thomas School

NB: PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL which was scheduled for this Wednesday 16th May will now be held on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm at Parish Office


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. 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:

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