THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year C) – 16th December 2018

Written by Christine / Fiona

December 16, 2018

Plenary Council

What are your experiences of God in your life, your faith and the Church?

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


HOME SESSIONS: We encourage to all families to take the opportunity of family gatherings during Advent and Christmas season to promote and hold a session of listening and dialogue in your homes with family and friends. Please pick up a copy of the Listening and Dialogue guide from the entrance tables to have it available at home. Personal responses are also welcomed. Responses can be submitted to the Plenary Council online, using the following link or handed in into the Parish Office.  May God bless all.

Plenary Council ‘Advent Prayer’

Be still. Be still and know. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know that I am your God.  God of this Advent time, as we watch, wait, long and hope, awaken our hearts to your presence. Encourage us in our efforts to listen humbly to each other.

Inspire in us the words to speak boldly with each other.

Create within us a spirit of discernment. Give us hopeful hearts as we continue our journey

to the Plenary Council. We ask this in the name of Emmanuel, God-with-us. Amen


Parish Notices

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.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES – Please collect your envelopes which is now arranged in street order. Please help to distribute the envelopes to parishioners on your street. Thank you.

STEWARDSHIP ENVLOPE #117 – If you contribute to Stewardship in envelop #117, please phone the parish office on 5998 0947.

ST VINNIES CLYDE GROUP – If you would like to volunteer and help start-up St Vinnies for the Clyde group, you are invited to an information and membership sign-up evening on Monday 17th December 7.00pm at St Agatha’s Parish Hall.

SPECIAL COLLECTION – At Masses on the weekend of 22/23 & 29/30 December parishioners will be invited to make a contribution towards a gift from our parish to our newly ordained priest Fr Hiep, and for Deacon Avinash who is soon to be ordained.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ORDAINED FR HIEP PAUL VAN NGUYEN – Please continue to pray for Deacon Avinash George as he also prepares for his Priestly Ordination on Saturday 5th January at his home parish of Mampoyil, in northern Kerala, India. Please pray that God will bless us with more vocations to the priesthood, especially from our own parish.

CLERGY APPOINTMENTS: Bishop O’Regan has announced the following appointments:

Fr Edwin Ogbuka to be Assistant Priest at St Mary’s Cathedral Sale (From 18th January 2019)

Fr Solomon Okeh to be Assistant Priest at Sacred Heart Parish Morwell (From 18th January)

Fr Hiep Van Ngyuen to be Assistant Priest at St Michael’s Parish Berwick (From 9th February)

Deacon Avinash George, once Ordained a Priest, to be Assistant Priest at St Mary’s Parish Bairnsdale ( From 15th February 2019)

Fr Hilarion Fernando OSB. Fr Hilarion’s time with us in the Sale Diocese, and most recently in St Michael’s Parish Berwick, will conclude on 31st January 2019, after which he will become a member of the Arcadia Benedictine Monastery in Sydney.

SUMMER SCHOOL OF EVANGELISATIONwill be from 20-27 January 2019 in Kyneton. This event is run by the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community. All young people aged 16-35 are encouraged to attend a week-long retreat of teaching, live music, Sacraments, prayer, praise and great speakers.  We are also seeking sponsors for participants and will appreciate any contribution. The cost is $550 per participant. More info: or or 0467 092 091.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall opens every 2nd weekend of the month. Month of January is on the 12th & 13th. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

VILLA MARIA CATHOLIC HOMES (VMCH) – Everyone needs time out and asking for help when you need it is vital for good health and wellbeing. If you or the person you care for needs a break, let us welcome you to the VMCH Respite Centre in Pakenham. Available every weekday to people over 65 years old. VMCH Respite Centre offers interesting activities and community outings in a warm and friendly environment. Call 5945 3838 for enquiries.

VOLUNTEERS FOR PALMS ENCOUNTER – Palms Encounter is an intimate, immersive, inter cultural experience providing insights that challenge perceptions and deepen understanding for parishioners. Palms long-term volunteers guide the Encounter with our host communities in Timor Leste, Samoa and Myanmar. Palms Encounter is seeking volunteers to help in their mission. Please visit

CATHOLIC THEOLOGY COLLEGE – 2019 Study Options Now Available! Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options Choice of Philosophy, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Religious Education or Christian Spirituality units. Audit options available. Enquiries: Mr John Bartholomeusz, Assistant Dean
T: 9412 3309  E:


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