Message from our Parish Priest

Dear Parishioner,

During this past week Sr Grace Onaivi SON, Superior General of the Sisters of the Nativity, contacted me with the news we’ve been eagerly awaiting, that the visa for Sr Julie Ogbole has been issued and that she will arrive in Australia later this month. Sr Julie will be a Pastoral Associate for St Thomas the Apostle Parish, partly in St Thomas the Apostle Primary School and partly involved more broadly in the pastoral ministries of our parish. We look forward to making Sr Julie welcome in our parish. I urge you to pray for her as she prepares to travel.


Catholics across Australia have also been urged to pray for rain in the drought affected parts of our country where many families and communities are experiencing desperate circumstances.


May God bless you all, Fr Denis


RCIA – Period of Enquiry.- Please pray for Margaret Grech, Junghee Youm and Dhaneshi Mannapperuma as they continue their journey of faith. We pray that their lives are transformed by encountering Jesus in his love, teachings and blessings. Next period in this year’s RCIA process will be the Rite of Acceptance to be celebrated on November 17that 10.45 m Mass





– Missionary and Evangelising

– Inclusive, participatory and synodal

– Prayerful and Eucharistic

– Humble, healing and merciful

– A Joy-full, hope-filled and servant community

– Open to conversion, renewal and reform

We continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in prayer as the period for listening and discernment is starting to take place in different parishes around Australia. Our Parish would also like to take part of this phase, more news on this will be advertising in the coming weeks. Please visit the Plenary Council website for more information on the stage of Listening and Discerning:




“Sharing Our Story, Celebrating Our Faith, Shaping Our Future”

An article about our recent Diocesan Assembly made it into the national coverage of Cath News. To view it. Please go to:

Assembly Update:

.     you can read about the Assembly

.     read the wrap up

.     watch the Assembly video on the Diocesan Facebook page


THANK YOU:     I wish to thank you for your very kind messages of congratulations and gifts for my 40th anniversary of Ordination, for your prayers and encouragement and friendship. I thank those attended the Mass last Sunday and especially for the generous assistance given in helping to provide lunch for all our visitors. My family and friends from various parishes in Gippsland and beyond were very impressed by the welcome and hospitality that greeted them. I count myself very blessed to be a priest in St Thomas the Apostle Parish. Thank You… Fr Denis

PARISH OFFICE –           The parish office will be closed this coming Tuesday, Melbourne Cup Day.

PIETY STALL –operates every 2nd weekend of the month. November is on 9th & 10th. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

FAMILY PRAYERS – First Friday of every month. December is on the 6th from 7.30pm – 8.30pm St Peter’s College Clyde North upper level where Mass is celebrated. For enquiries, call Jean-Paul Antoine 5990 7777.

TEACHING DAY – “Unity & Diversity, Rejoice and be glad” Teaching Day with Bishop Patrick O’Regan. Catholic Charismatic Renewal are hosting a teaching day with Bishop Patrick, Nov 10th at St Joseph’s Church and Marian room, Witton St Warragul. 9.30am -4.00pm. All welcome . BYO lunch or to share. Tea and coffee provided. See notice for information or contact, Cathy Mc Lure 0432588195; M&W Power 0488680681 or 0356782271.


Friends of Sion Gathering will commence at 9.30am on Sunday 10 November 2019 with Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale.
This will be the penultimate gathering with the final event on Sunday 8 November 2020 celebrating 130 years of the arrival of the Sisters. If you would like to attend this year and have not received an invitation please contact CeCe Kingwill by emailing: or Maureen McLeod on 0427 443 550.


SPECIAL COLLECTION  for the Military Ordinate will be collected at all Masses next weekend. This collection helps our Chaplains, both full-time and part-time, provide pastoral care to the Australian Defence Force personnel and their families in various parts of Australia or overseas



All volunteers who have not attended a session, please attend the next session as listed. This is a requirement by Bishop Pat that all parish volunteers attend one session. We thank those who have already attended the training held earlier this year.

Location                                    Day                                                 Date                                                                  Time                                                    

Cranbourne                                           Saturday                                                22/02/2020                                                         10am – 12:30pm

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