THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C) – 27th January 2019

Written by Christine / Fiona

January 27, 2019

Plenary Council


Ø  15TH FEBRUARY – Friday @ 7.30 pm at St Peter’s College

Ø  16TH FEBRUARY – Saturday @ 11.00 am at Blue Hills Chapel

Ø  25TH FEBRUARY – Monday @ 7.30 pm at St Peter’s College


These sessions are open to everyone. Please bring along any friend, family members and relatives. This Listening and Dialogue phase ends on Ash Wednesday (6th March) and these sessions will be our final opportunity to contribute creating the agenda for the Plenary Council 2020. God speaks through us all and we want everyone’s voice to be heard. We invite you and every parishioner to participate and allow the Spirit to guide our response to:


What do you think God is asking of us in Australia?


Home sessions and Personal responses: We still encourage all families to take the opportunity to hold a session in your homes. To assist you with that, please pick up a copy of the guidelines that are on the tables at the entrances. Personal responses are also welcomed. Responses can be done directly to the Plenary Council website and/or handed in into the Parish Office. Plenary Council website:

Parish Notices

ADORATION of the BLESSED SACRAMENT – Next Saturday after the 6.00pm Mass. 

DIVINE AUSTRALIA – Healing Masses and Retreats in January 2019. For dates and venue, please see notice board or take home a flyer.

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 recognized 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.”

A speaker will be at all Masses on the 8/9th February to introduce the school and how it has impacted her life. Parishioners and youth are requested to enrol in this. It will be a life changing experience for each one.

COMBINED CATHOLIC PARISHES RAFFLE – Tickets on sale now!! Be in the draw to win 1 of 3 brand new cars (valued up to $22,609) or Myer gift cards to the value of $1000 & $500. Purchase your individual tickets or a booklet from our parish staff member after weekend Masses. (VCGR Permit no. – 10699/18)

PAINTING AT THE PRESBYTERY: If anyone is able to assist with some painting at the presbytery, please contact the parish office during office hours.

CATECHISTS REQUIRED: As our parish grows so does our need for catechists for primary school aged children. I am inviting parishioners to respond to our need by contacting the parish office.

MASS OFFERING ENVELOPES are available at both entrances of our worship space. We request that you write your contact number on the envelope for a parish staff member to contact you should the date of the Mass you requested for is not available.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall opens every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of February is on the 9th & 10th. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

LAMP – The theme of the day is ‘Aspire to Purpose- “I have come to give life and life to the full”- John 10:10. Date: 9th February Time: 9am – 4pm at Our Lady Help of Christians, Narre Warren Cost:$5. There will be sumo suits wrestling, well known guest speakers such as Sam Clear, music, adoration and reconciliation. Ages from 13 to 25 are welcome. There will be a junior stream for Year 5s and 6s. Register at or contact Youth Minister Natalia: an online platform featuring Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks and movies from partners like the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press and Word on Fire. St Thomas the Apostle parishioners have free access to this. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email:


SUMMER RETREATS 2019 from the 1st February to the 7th February 2019. Healing service on Wednesday 6th Feb 7.30pm at our parish. For other dates and venue please see notice board for details or take home a flyer.
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION All Parents with child/ren making their Sacrament of First Reconciliation this year at St Thomas the Apostle Parish are to attend the Information & Workshop session on Tuesday 5th Feb or 12th Feb at 7.00pm at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School. Children are not required at this session.

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