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Parish Office Hours: Monday 9.00am-2,30pm Tue-Fri 9.00am to 3.00pm

St James press parish bulletin

CONTACT DETAILS Parish Priest: Fr Jude Pirotta mssp Assistant Priest: Fr Paul Kierce mssp Telephone: 9748 6800 Facsimile: 9748 9791 email:

Parish Secretaries: Red Lusterio Tita Manalo Admin Support: Maria Saldana Parish Bookkeeper: Tess Mijares Tue-Wed 9.30am-3.30pm Parish Council President: Lee Revell Sacramental Co-Ord Other Schools : Claire Kemp Ph: 9974 6441

336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing North 3029 Under the Pastoral Care of the Paulist Missionaries

5th Sunday of Easter 28th April 2013 REFLECTIONS ON GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY LAST WEEKEND Fr Mario Zammit shares with us his reflections on last weekend‟s readings: Today we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Easter, also called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the Gospel today speaks about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Jesus invites us, his sheep, to listen to his voice and to follow him. In today’s world there are many shepherds calling for our attention. Who do we follow? Politicians, money, friends, all invite us to follow them. In our baptism we have been called to follow Jesus. We follow Jesus as King, Prophet and Priest. We are all called. We all have our own vocation. Many of us are called to be parents, to give life to children; physical life as well as spiritual life – the life of faith.

Youth Ministry Co-ordinator: Red Lusterio Ph: 0409 184 299

It is our duty as parents to introduce our children to the Good Shepherd. Our children meet Jesus first in our home not in our church.

Counsellor Verity Flower 1800 223 650 Specify a Tues and Thurs appointment

Our home is the first church. With our children we need to find time to pray; simple prayers.

Thomas Carr College: Principal: Andrew Watson Telephone: 8734 2444 St James Primary School: Principal: Martin Enright Telephone: 9749 1000 St Francis Primary School: Principal: Jan Keogh Telephone: 9731 6004

Weekend Masses: Saturday: 6.00 pm Sunday: 8.30 am, 10.30 am 5.00 pm Weekday Masses: Tues - Sat: 9.00am

The best prayer we can pray is when we sit or kneel next to the bed, before we go to sleep, and pray for grandpa, for grandma, for the cat and the dog, and thank God for his many gifts. This way we learn that God is with us. Today we pray in a special way for men and women who have been called to be leaders in our church: Religious sisters and brothers, missionaries and priests. God calls them to journey with us as we together become God’s flock. Our Pope, on the day of his election, invited the people in front of him to pray for him. We need to pray for our priests and religious. We also need to pray and encourage our sons and daughters, so if they are called, they have the courage to follow. Pope Francis who ordained 10 new priests last week, recalled “...that behind every vocation, there is always a person, a grandmother, parents and a community that prays”. He added that “...vocations are born in prayer and through prayer.” Let us continue to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.

1st Friday Monthly: Mass 7.30 pm Adoration 8:00- 9.00 pm


30 Apr Tues Reconciliation(Confession): 03 May Fri Saturday: 9.30 - 10:00 am 5.00 - 5:30 pm

04 May Sat

Sacrament of Baptism: Contact - Angela Struthers

05 May Sun

Telephone: 0438 793 630

Faith Sharing Group in Presbytery at 7:30pm First Friday Adoration in Church at 7:30pm RCIA‟s Information Evening in Parish Office at 7:00pm Carpenter‟s Club Meeting in Community Hall at 7:30am Altar Servers Rehearsal for Sat 6:00pm Mass at 1:00pm Altar Servers Rehearsal for Sun 8:30am Mass at 2:30pm Altar Servers Rehearsal for Sun 10:30am Mass at 1:00pm Altar Servers Rehearsal for Sun 5:00pm Mass at 2:30pm



The Melbourne Archdiocese is seeking to ensure that all parishes are compliant with the requirements of the code of conduct in the May Our Children Flourish framework. To this end, all volunteers involved in ministries which support or work with children, young people and the vulnerable are required to have a current Working With Children Check (WWC) or a National Police Check by 30th June 2013. If you are a volunteer within one of these ministries and have already completed a WWC or Police Check, please let the parish office know as soon as possible. If you have not completed the required paperwork, parish staff will be able to assist you in obtaining one. The coordinators of each of these ministries will contact you over the next few weeks to assist you with this process. If you have any questions, please contact Geralyn McCarthy on 0416 059 673 or Robyn Dyt on 0400 141 840.

Seasons is a peer support program developed to help children and young people cope with the grief and feelings of loss resulting from separation, divorce or death. It provides the opportunity for children to share their story and support each other in a safe environment, facilitated by a trained counsellor. It is a 10 week program and will be offered at St James for primary school age children over terms 2 and 3. Sessions will be held from 3.30pm-4.15pm on the following Thursdays; 16/5, 23/5, 30/5, 6/6, 20/6, 27/6, 18/7, 25/7, 1/8 and 8/8. Program costs $10 per session - paid up front or each session. If you believe your child could benefit from participating in the Seasons peer support program, please contact Karen George, Counsellor with Catholic Care on 0417 274 249. She will be happy to tell you more about the program.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS 2013 To register your child for First Eucharist or Confirmation, please contact the Sacramental Co-ordinator Claire Kemp on 9974 6441 or 0417 862 324. Registrations for First Eucharist end Sat 18 May with lessons on that day, and Confirmation end Sat 27 Jul. Thank you to the Couples for Christ who will provide the Parent Sessions and to Fiona Weedon who has generously taken the role for First Eucharist Sacramental Catechist this year. FAITH DEVELOPMENT LOGOS: Tuesdays at St Peter‟s at 7:30pm. CARPENTER’S CLUB The Carpenter‟s Club will be next weekend on Sat 04 May starting with breakfast at 7:30am. ADORATION St Andrew‟s are taking part and hosting „Hours of Grace‟ a round-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration starting from 5:00pm Sun 28 Apr to 9:00am Sun 04 May. It is an initiative by Jesus Youth, an international Catholic Youth Movement. For more information contact Vijesh on 0432 235 761. COLLECTIONS LAST WEEKEND Thanksgiving: Presbytery: Flowers: Youth:

$ 4721.05 $ 1088.70 $ 16.20 $ 20.95

YOUNG PAULISTS CORE GROUP We welcome the new members to the Young Paulists Core Group. The commissioning of the Core Group has been postponed to the weekend of 11/12 May. ALTAR SERVERS The next Training/Refresher Sessions for all current Altar Servers will be held on Sat 04 May at 1:00pm-2:00pm for those who serve at the Sat night Mass, Sat 04 May at 2:30pm-3:30pm for those who serve at the Sun 8:30am Mass, Sun 05 May at 1:00pm-2:00pm for those who serve at the Sun 10:30am Mass and Sun 05 May at 2:30pm-3:30pm for those who serve at the Sun 5:00pm Mass. All Altar Servers are asked to attend their respective Training/Refresher Sessions. ROSTERS FOR COLLECTION If you have not received by email Rosters for the Lector, Commentator and Special Ministers of Communion or Altar Servers, please collect a copy from the Narthex Bench. RECENTLY DECEASED & ANNIVERSARIES Please pray for our loved ones whom we remember especially Josephine Darmanin, Fr Richard John Rafter, Elena Gliane and Miguel Libot who all died recently, Ann Pirotta, Antonio De Pasquale, Joseph Zerafa, Soledad Martinez, Anthony Baldacchino, Angelo, Josephine and Catherine Shembri, Christino Cutajar, Anna, Felix and Stan Lozinski, Charles and Jane Dimech, Charles Camilleri, Harry Miller, Lorraine Fenech and all whom we remember in our prayers.


SAT 6:00 PM

SUN 8:30 AM

SUN 10:30 AM

SUN 5:00 PM


Alexandro Francisoo

Glenn Goodfellow

Mark Gleeson

Cheryl Cabral

Phoung-Thyanh Nguyen

Jessica Gleeson

Cris Cabral


Kieran Kiely Chloe Reeves Leonie Martinez Michael Graham Andrea Graham

John Nguyen Narcy Bartolome Paula Razumic Vicky Cachia Rose Rogers

Cherry Bitar Angela Vivona Dominic Vivona Jim Woodward Jose Lovell Tomo

Lucas Mangani Clarisse Torres Dylan Menezes Darren Hili Hazel De Silva


Anne Berardinelli

Antoinette Curmi

Bev Winchcombe



Allan Francisco Gemma Francisco Johnny Lapina

READINGS FOR 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 1st Reading: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and ourselves not to burden you beyond what is essential.


Marlene Pablo Roderick Pablo


Shalaine Gonsalvez


Responsorial Psalm: Ps 66:2-3, 5-6, 8 O God, let all the nations praise you!

Larissa Gatt

2nd Reading: Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 He showed me the holy city coming down out of heaven.

COMBINED PARISHES RAFFLE All Raffle books, sold or unsold, along with all the money raised needs to be returned now or they will not be eligible to enter into the draw. Thank you to all Parishioners who have supported this cause. HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PARISHIONERS Please be mindful to exit the Church property through the exit gate only, particularly after the Sun 10:30am Mass as there have been some near accidents with people exiting through the entry only gate. For those with children, please ensure that you supervise their play. Unsupervised play led to one of our chain downspouts becoming damaged and falling down. MASS COUNTS We are conducting our annual Mass Counts at all weekend Masses during the month of May. PRAYER LIST Let us pray and support those in our community who are sick. We especially pray for Mary Mallia, Baby Isabella and Meagan Leith, Araceli Dela Pena, Judy Bickley, Marika Sarvary, Fr Frank Buhagiar, Brandon Scambellone, Philomena Leslie, Elena Gliane, Immaculada Gliane, Paul Daglish, June Riddell, Jacinta Fisher, Lee Revell, Carmen Portelli, Robert Hart, Von Sleep and all those who are ill.

Gospel: John 14:23-29 The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. PARISH RETREAT—DATE CLAIMER Make sure to mark in your diaries our first Parish Retreat from the evening of Fri 06 Sept, until Sun 08 Sept. This will be a time for those 17 years to 65 years (and beyond) to build community, deepen spirituality, grow in faith and build bridges between all the different groups in our Parish. Limited number of 40 people with a cost of $100/person. Meals, accommodation and facilitator included in that price. Please fill in the form with your name and phone number if you are interested on the Narthex. Expression of interest will close on last weekend of May. RCIA The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, receiving the Sacraments or exploring the Catholic faith. Our season of inquiry has now begun. If you or anyone you know is interested, please come along on Fridays at 7:00pm in the Parish Office. The invitation is also extended to any Catholics who may want to become more informed about the various aspects of our Faith. For more details please ring Chris on 9742 4000.

5th Sunday of Easter Year C  

Sun 28 Apr