ST. MARY`S PARISH Gospel Reflection

M e m b e r o f D i a`m o n d V a l l e y C a t h o l i c D e a n e r y
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne:
204 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 3088
Ph: 9435 1543 Fax: 9432 1727 Email: [email protected]
FR. STEVEN RIGO, Parish Priest
Jacinta Bright, Pastoral Associate; Jo Giudice, Parish Secretary
Helen Anderson, School Principal
“To be a vibrant Christian community
engaging with the world”
Mass times
8.00 am, 10.00 am, 5.00 pm
Tuesday to Friday
9.15 am
8.30 am and 6.30 pm (Vigil)
Liturgy of the Word Monday
9.15 am
9.00 am, 5.45 pm
Exposition of Blessed Sacrament first and third Friday of every month, from10.00am to
10.00pm or 11.00am when there is no Mass - every 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday 8.00-9.00am.
2nd & 3rd Sunday 11.30 am.
Please see Fr Steven to make the
necessary arrangements after any Mass on Sun. or Sat. evening.
Communion to the Sick: Any parishioner who cannot attend Mass due to illness and
would like to receive Communion is asked to contact the parish office.
Fourth Sunday of Lent 14/15 Mar 2015
2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23; Eph 2:4-10; Jn 3:14-21
Next Week: Fifth Sunday of Lent 21/22 Mar 2015
Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33
Gospel Reflection
4th Sunday of Lent
Live justly
Love tenderly
Pay more attention to your own faults
Walk humbly with your God
than to the flaws of others.
Confess your failings, but don’t obsess –
move on!
The Agapè Prayer Group – The Agapè Prayer Group meets each Monday evening 7.45pm in the
Gathering Space. All are welcome to come and join us as we reflect and discuss the Scripture for the
following weekend. Enquiries: Sam Giudice 9434 7282 or email : [email protected]
ST MARY'S LIBRARY - Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. Rowan Williams. 248 WIL
In accessible, pastoral terms Williams discusses the meaning and practice of Baptism, the Bible, the Eucharist, and
prayer, inviting readers to really think through the Christian faith and how to live it out. Questions for reflection and
discussion at the end of each chapter help readers to dig deeper and apply Williams's insights to their own lives.
Borrow from our library.
Parish News Continued.
The Combined Catholic Parishes Raffle 2015 The first 3 prizes are Toyota cars!!! Books of tickets available for
collection to sell during March & April. 1st Prize -. Cost only $2 per ticket. Raffle to be drawn on Friday 22 May. If
any Parishioners wish to assist in the sale of these tickets for the parish please contact Andrew on 0425 841 039.
CHANGE IN BOOKING PARISH FACILITIES. A centralised Facility booking calendar is currently being developed
and all parish groups are asked to contact the parish office when booking a facility for a function or place of meeting
(including meetings in the parish house and Church Gathering Space. If your group or club has a permanent
booking, please reconfirm your dates with the parish administration office preferable by email to
[email protected] or by phone on 9435 1543.
OPEN DAYS – ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL -Applications for enrolments to St. Mary’s school are now being
accepted for Prep 2016. Current families are advised to lodge an application early as places are already being filled.
Open Days: 17th March - Tours 9.30am and 12.00pm, 22 April - Information Night 7.00pm, 7th May - Tours 9.30am
and 12.00pm, 7th May - Twilight Opening from 4.30pm until 6.30pm, 29th May - Applications close.
Community News:
DEANERY ART SALE – local artist and deanery resident Judy Racz has generously donated 200 of her paintings to
the Diamond Valley Deanery with the desire that all proceeds from their sale go to meeting pastoral needs within the
Diamond Valley Deanery. Paintings are available for sale now prior to a silent auction on Sunday 3 May 2015 at
Loyola College Watsonia. More information about the sale and images and details of artworks at Wide range of subjects, styles and prices.
Deanery Resource Coordinator - Diamond Valley Deanery Montmorency– Job opportunity. This role has now
become available as the current resource coordinator, Susan Kempen, vacates the role. We take this opportunity to
thank Susan for her dedication and commitment to the role for the last ten years. We wish Susan all the very best with
all that she undertakes in the future. Details and further information for the role can be found the Archdiocese website
A Healing Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, 19th March at Our Lady Help of Christians, Henry Street, Eltham
commencing with Praise & Worship at 7.30pm followed by supper and prayer ministry after Mass. All very
welcome. For all details please contact Emilia 9435 7475 or Sandra 9434 7553.
Community Lunch at All Saints Church - Wednesday 18 March at 12.00 noon. All Welcome. Helpers are
needed for Tuesday evening from 6-9pm and Wednesday from 9.00am. Especially required from 2.00pm to clean
up. One or two hours of help would be greatly appreciated. Contact Colleen Treacy - 0435 107 633 if available.
ONE MELBOURNE: NO GREATER LOVE Sun 22 March, 5–10pm. St Brigid’s Church, 378 Nicholson St, Fitzroy
North. Join with Melbourne’s Catholic young people as they journey as one towards Easter. This promises to be an
inspiring and uplifting night of praise and worship beginning with Mass celebrated by Fr Aurelio Fragapane. There will
be a BBQ dinner followed by a Youth Rally featuring Fr Chris Ryan MGL and the ONE Worship team. Cost: $10
Contact: [email protected]
WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING. During March we celebrate Ireland’s famous Saint Patrick. For ten years I
have been taking Australian’s to the Emerald Isle to experience the beauty of the North and the South of Ireland
for themselves. Enjoy beautiful accommodation, travel in a luxury coach with an Irish driver / guide and have an
amazing experience. From Sep 18 - Oct 5. Numbers limited to 20. Tour / airfare and tour only prices available.
Contact Chris Moloughney at Emerald Travel on 03 96709696 or email Maria Forde at [email protected]
Words of Wisdom – Blessed Margaret d’Youville - “All the wealth in the world cannot be
compared with the happiness of living together happily united.”
2015 Celebrating 60th Anniversary
What’s Happening in our Parish?
LADIES AUXILIARY ST. PATRICK'S DAY MORNING TEA: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Wed 18 March in the
Gathering Space at the Church. Featuring Entertainment by our experienced and versatile Jean Branagan,
accompanied by our wonderful pianist Maureen Moulin. Come, Enjoy and have a sing along. Will commence at
10.30 am and cost is $5 per person. Light refreshments provided. See you there (and don't forget to wear green).
Bookings will be taken this weekend 14th/15th of March. Enquiries: Maureen 9435 5906, Lucy 9435 6990.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meeting this Tuesday 17th March, 7.30pm in the parish house.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CEREMONIES: 2 - 4 April: Ministers of the Word, Prayer Leaders, Ministers of
the Eucharist, Altar Servers, Data Projectionists If you are available to exercise your Liturgical Ministry during
the Holy Week / Easter ceremonies at St Mary’s, we invite you to place your name on the roster for Liturgical
Ministers located in the Gathering Space. There are many opportunities for you to be involved over the Easter
Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
HOLY THURSDAY – WASHING OF THE FEET: Twelve parishioners are required for the Washing of the Feet
during the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. If you would like to be involved in this action of
service, please place your name on the roster in the Gathering Space.
LENT / HOLY WEEK SERVICES - Stations Of The Cross - Friday nights during Lent -7pm in the Church
Communal Reconciliation Service - Tuesday 24 March 7.30pm (cuppa following)
Individual Reconciliation : Sat 28/03 9.00-10.00am; 5.45 - 6.15pm; Tues 31/03. 10.30–12.00pm 6.30-8pm.
Wed 1/04 10.30 – 12pm; 6.30 - 8.00pm. No Reconciliation on Sat 4/04
PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY - 28/29 Mar- Usual Mass times. Palms blessed at all Masses.
HOLY THURSDAY - 02 April No morning Mass. Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30 pm Prayer before Altar
of Repose after Mass - concluding with Night Prayer at 10.00 pm
GOOD FRIDAY - 03 April No Mass. Stations of the Cross (Ecumenical) 11.15 am Top Car Park,
(outside Watermark), 1 Flintoff St Greensborough Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3.00 pm in the Church
EASTER VIGIL - 04 April No morning Mass and No Individual Reconciliation Morning Prayer 10am
Easter Vigil Service of Light & Mass 6.30pm EASTER SUNDAY - Masses 8.00 am & 10.00 am only.
USE OF THE WORD “YAHWEH” Some parishioners have asked why we are not using the word “Yahweh” in our
hymn Micah’s Theme during Lent. The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
announced a directive regarding the use of the name of God in the sacred liturgy. Specifically, the word "Yahweh"
may no longer be "used or pronounced" in songs and prayers during liturgical celebrations. The decision was
based on long-standing Jewish and Christian traditions of not pronouncing the divine name wherever it occurs in
the biblical text. You may notice some small changes to other hymns sung during Mass as a result of this directive.
ST MARY’S WORKING BEE – Sat 21 March 8am – 2.30pm. Let’s have a huge attendance. As well as the usual
mowing etc, there is quite a bit of tidying and cleaning to be done around the grounds together with planting and
mulching. Come along and be part of the great atmosphere. Any time you can spend with us will be greatly
appreciated. Morning tea and BBQ lunch provided.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is in need of milk, tinned vegetables, toiletries & mobile phones & chargers.
Many thanks for your ongoing support. Social Justice Group
“What I want is love, not sacrifice.” - (Hosea 5:15-6:6) We make sacrifices in Lent – fasting and trying to
focus on less material things – but what’s our motivation? Is it love? And does it make a difference? Hopefully,
our fasting helps us realise that everything comes from God and to reassess our priorities. This helps us to grow
in love of God and neighbour. Fasting is also a way of acting in solidarity with those who have too little food.
Lord, help me to understand what real love is and to show this love in all that I do. Amen.