Written by Christine / Fiona

August 26, 2019

Plenary Council  “Year of Listening and Discernment”

The Plenary Council National Team is continuing preparing this phase. As we wait for the information to arrive at our parish, we pray to the Spirit of God to uphold the people of Australia in his heart.

Plenary Council website:


We want to hear from people all across our Diocese about the vision they have for their parishes and Diocese in living the joy of the Gospel.


Who is going to the Diocesan Assembly? There will be around 400 people attending the Assembly. These include clergy, delegates from each parish, heads of Diocesan agencies, Diocesan councils, school principals, religious education leaders and others. There will be official observers from other Christian Churches. The Assembly will begin at 6.30 pm on Friday and conclude at 4.00 pm on Saturday.


What will the Assembly discuss? – “Sharing our Story, Celebrating Our Faith, Shaping Our Future” is the broad theme of our Diocesan Assembly. The major Assembly topics (based on Listening and Dialogue responses): 1. Faith Formation & Spirituality (living out the joy of the Gospel) 2. Leadership & Governance (providing leadership and structures that promote evangelisation) 3. Families and Vocation (raising disciples in our families, so that they can go out into the world) 4. Liturgy and Prayer (nourishing our communities) 5. The Welcoming Community (a community on mission, not maintenance)


How can you join in the discussion for our Diocesan Assembly? You are invited to join in a parish discussion on the Diocesan Assembly Themes and share your thoughts. You might also wish to discuss in small groups. The discussion kit is available from your parish office or you can download it from the Diocesan website You may also send in your own personal submission online


Diocesan Pilgrimage held this week at St John’s Catholic Church in Trafalgar





WE WELCOME FR TONY SPIERINGS TO OUR PARISH – Fr Tony will celebrate all our Masses while Fr Denis is away.

MenALIVE!! – Inviting all men, 18years & above, to a men’s breakfast which is being held on Saturday 31st August, 7.00am at the room below our gathering space. For planning purposes please confirm your attendance to Jamie on 0431 622 155. We hope to meet with some regularity.

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION –The ceremonies will take place at all weekend Masses on 7th/8th, 14th/15th, 21st/22nd of September. Please keep this children in your prayer.

RCIA – Period of Enquiry.- the RCIA process has started and we ask for your support in prayer for: Margaret Grech, Rosie Junghee Youm and Dhaneshi Mannapperuma. May they encounter our Lord and God Jesus Christ in every session of spiritual formation and may the Holy Spirit open their hearts and minds to our Father’s love and mercy.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED – The parish office will be closed on Wednesday 28th Aug to attend a Secretaries Meeting in Sale.

MIGRANT MASS – The Diocesan Celebration of Diocesan Migrant and refugee Sunday will be held at St Michael’s Parish Berwick on Sunday 25th August at 2.00 pm. Bishop Pat will be the Presider. All parishioners are invited. Afternoon tea will follow the Mass.

FAMILY PRAYERS – First Friday of every month. Month of September 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.

VOLUNTEERS FOR LAMP Youth Festival – Our parish will be hosting the LAMP Youth festival on 5th Oct. We are looking for any adult who wishes to assist with kitchen duty and offer general help and any youth who wishes to be involved in the drama or helping with activities on the day to please contact the parish office.

ZION YOUTH FUNDRAISING – this year, to help with the cost of LAMP Youth Festival, Zion Youth will be holding a Bake Sale on 14th & 15th Sept. Please contact the parish office if you can help contribute baked items (e.g. cakes, cupcakes, pastries) that do not require refrigeration, or if you would like to bake this items please ensure that you have Food Handler Certificate.

PIETY STALL – will open on 31st Aug & 1st Sept. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558. 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. Call the parish office to get your free access or email:

STEWARDSHIP – If you would like to contribute to the parish through Direct Debit (DD) or Credit Card (CC), please take home a DD/CC Request form which can be found at both entrances. If you contribute by ENVELOPES, we request that you discard all old envelopes and use the new ones. If you require envelopes, please contact the parish office. Thank you.


Father’s Day Appeal – this Foundation helps support priests & deacons from our diocese in times of sickness or retirement. At present the Foundation is supporting nine priests and three deacons in retirement and is responsible for the other priests, including our overseas priests and deacons in time of sickness. The budgeted expenditure over the next year will be about $200,000. Envelopes are available at both entrances and will be collected at all Masses next weekend. All donations of $2 and above are tax deductable. ABN 92 660 893 570.

ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE – The Ordination to the Diaconate for Jithin Anto, Confidence Masvosva and Paul Zaher will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 11.00 am on Saturday 31 August 2019. This is a day of great rejoicing for our Diocese and we warmly invite the Diocesan community to participate in the Ordination.

VOCATIONS DAY- WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU?  Come and See, where God may be calling you to serve! You may be drawn to ministries available in your parish or a vocation of service as a catechist, missionary, priest or religious. Be inspired by this day of guest speakers, including Fr Michael Willemsen, Fr Robin Koning SJ & Sr Rachel McLoughlin ibvm to be held at St Agatha’s Primary School Hall on Saturday 21st September, beginning with Mass in the Church at 9.30am. Sausage Sizzle and Refreshments will be available by donation and the day will conclude at 4pm.   For more information contact 5996 1985.

VOLUNTEER OVERSEAS – THE CAGLIERO PROJECT, Salesians of Don Bosco – We are seeking volunteers for January 2020 departure, working with disadvantaged young people in Salesian communities throughout Cambodia, Samoa, East Timor & Solomon Islands. Applications close October 15th. Send us an inquiry –

THANK YOU FROM CATHOLIC CARE – a big thank you to our parishioners who so generously contributed a total of $1553.00 to their cause.

ARE YOU NEW TO THE PARISH? – We would love to welcome you to our parish. Please fill-in the New Parishioner Registration form in the bulletin and put it in our Parish Office Box.

CURRENT PARISHIONERS if there is a change of address please remember to update the parish office. Thank you.


All volunteers who have not already attended a session, please attend the next session on Saturday 22nd Feb 2020 at 10.00am to 12.30pm at St Agatha’s Church Cranbourne. 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.


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