Written by Christine / Fiona

August 27, 2018

Parish Notices

MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY 2.00 pm today at St Peter’s College East. Bishop O’Regan will be the celebrant for the Mass. All families are invited to wear traditional cultural clothing and to bring a plate of food to share after Mass.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP – The annual pilgrimage at St Mary’s Cathedral will take place on Sunday 16th September commencing at 1.30 pm. The Pilgrimage will conclude with a final liturgy at the Cathedral.  Please see flyers at both entrances for more details.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF THE EUCHARIST: If you are able to assist by taking Holy Communion to people in their homes, please contact the parish office on 5998 0947.

SPECIAL COLLECTION – Next weekend is the Father’s Day Appeal for the Priests Welfare Foundation. This fund supports the priests and deacons of our diocese in times of sickness and retirement. Envelopes are available at both entrances and can be put in the offering plate next weekend. Donations above $2 are tax deductable.

ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE OF STANLY DEVASIA – The Diocese of Sale is looking forward to celebrating the ordination at St Mary’s Cathedral at 11 am on Saturday 22nd September 2018 and welcome expressions of interest from anyone who would like to sing with the choir on that day. Singers must have a current Working With Children Check in accordance with the Diocese’s Child Safety Policy. Music packs will be emailed to singers. Please register your interest by contacting Sophy Morley without delay. E        P 0413 590 007.

ECUMENICAL GATHERING – a gathering  between the Anglican & Catholics of our Dioceses on Thursday 6th December at Raymond Island. More details to follow soon.

PRIESTLY ORDINATION – Rev. Mr Hiep Nguyen, currently transitional deacon, will be ordained priest on Saturday 15th December at 11am in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale. All parishioners are welcome. Please keep Hiep Nguyen in your prayer.

POPE FRANCIS LETTER – Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such “atrocities”. Please take a copy of the letter home. The letter can be found at both entrances.

POSITION VACANT – DIOCESE OF SALE BUSINESS MANAGER: A Position Description, Application Form, Confidential Referee Assessment Form and other relevant information is available. Please mail to receive this pack. Application close 7th September.

GENERAL CHAPTER OF SISTERS OF NATIVITY (SON) – the Sisters of the Nativity have had their Chapter. It is a special event in the life of any Congregation. Sr Mary Olofu SON, says of it, “We gather to prayerfully evaluate our lived experience, to read the signs of the time, work on our Constitution, reflect on our values, explore different ways of witnessing to our Incarnational Spirituality through communal discernment and to elect a Leadership Team that will lead the Congregation. The election have been held and some of whom are known to us have been elected:-

Superior General – Sr Grace Onaivi

First Councillor – Sr Lucy Viashima              Second Councillor – Sr Grace Adikwu

Third Councillor – Sr Mercy Akoh                 Fourth Councillor – Sr Fidelia Nnamani

Congratulations to them all and our prayers accompany them, may the close collaboration between us continue and deepen.

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. Month of September is 8 & 9.

SPEAKER JOHN ALLEN – EDITOR OF CRUX:  John Allen is a popular speaker on Catholicism, both in the US and internationally. John will be at St Peter’s Church, East Bentleigh, on Thursday 6th Sept 7.30pm. Topic: Pope Francis and the Devolution of responsibility to the Local Church. Bookings preferable www/ or pay at the door. Cost: $20. More information please refer to flyer at both entrances or contact Kevin Burke email: Mobile: 0419 372 976.

GRIEF TO GRACE – HEALING THE WOUNDS OF ABUSE – is a spiritual retreat for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual abuse. The retreat will be held May 26th – 31st 2019. To request an application contact Anne by emailing or phone 0478599241. For more information visit


SEPTEMBER FEATURE – Prayer is the foundation of a lived relationship with God. St. Paul tells us that our prayer must be characterized by “thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). While it may be tempting to focus on the ways in which we can love God through our works, in prayer we are invited to contemplate that “we love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), and to be filled with thanksgiving for God’s showering of mercy and affection on us. is an 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. Get your free access to this. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email:

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