Written by Christine / Fiona

September 8, 2018

Parish Notices

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – Masses are celebrated on 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd. We congratulate all the children and their families. May you continue to grow in the grace of God.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING – We welcome anyone who is interested in Altar Service and have completed the Sacrament of Reconciliation to please pick-up the Parent Permission form from the table at our entrances and return to the parish office before the training date. Training will be held on Tuesday 2nd October at 4.00pm.



Parish Council Meeting – Wednesday 12th September 7.30pm – Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Narre Warren. Training Session for Plenary 2020.

Parish Finance Meeting – Thursday 20th September at 7:30pm at the Presbytery.

PLENARY COUNCIL 2020: In recent weeks, and with the prayerful advice of the Parish Pastoral Council, our Parish Plenary Council Team has been formed. The Parish Council had a key role in discerning those parishioners who would be invited to be Animators for our parish, and I thank them for their advice. I thank those parishioners who have accepted to be members of the Plenary Council Team. The members are: Sonia Ruiz (Animator & Convenor), Jamie Floyd (Animator), Christine Salu (Animator), Angelin Tom (Youth Animator), Patrick Ross, Magda Westeinde, Vivian Crasto & Fr Denis. This coming Wednesday (12th September) there will be a Formation Evening at OLHC Narre Warren at 7.30pm for Animators, Plenary Council Team members, Pastoral Council members and parish office staff.

PAUL VELTEN: For a significant number of years Paul has been the Diocesan Business Manager and has worked closely with parishes and schools throughout the Sale Diocese. Paul is now leaving to take up a new position in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. St Thomas the Apostle Parish acknowledges with gratitude the enormous contribution that Paul has made to our diocese, and we wish every blessing in his new position.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 September is on the 28tht.

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 on the 8th & 9th. 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:


CHILD PROTECTION WEEK – Sunday 2nd – 8th September.

NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) is Australia’s only peak body that is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

·          National Child Protection Week starts annually on Fathers’ Day each September (Sunday 2nd – Saturday 8th September this year).

·          NAPCAN invites you to get involved with National Child Protection Week this year and play your part in creating safe and nurturing environments for all Australian children.

·          This week is an opportunity for government, business and community to come together to promote the safety and wellbeing of children, with particular emphasis on messages such as:

o    We all have a part to play in protecting children

o    By building stronger communities, we are creating safer environments for all children

·          Research tells us that a strong community is important for children and helps them to thrive and be safe.

·          We all have a role to play in protecting children from harm. The little things we do every day can help to create safer environments for children. For instance:

o    Be kind to children and parents

o    Respect young people

o    Be a good role model around children

o    Get involved in your local community

o    Look out for signs of abuse and neglect; if you suspect something if wrong talk to an expert

o    Always take reports of abuse seriously

o    Avoid blame and don’t judge; instead, ask yourself what you can do to help

o    Listen to the needs of children and spend time with them

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