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The first reading for today is a narrative about healing, gratitude, conversion and worship. Israel had many regulations governing leprosy (cf. Leviticus 13-14). Washing was part of the rite of reincorporation into the community, but it was not itself a remedy for the illness, as is the case here. Miraculously the waters of the Jordan transformed Naaman’s flesh into that of a child. When Naaman realized that he had been cured, his indebtedness prompted him to return to Elisha and offer a gift in thanksgiving. Having experienced the power of Elisha’s God, he proclaims that there is no other God. This story champions monotheism and universalism. It demonstrates God’s love and concern for all.

The psalm praises God as king over all. God is first depicted as a triumphant warrior, whose right hand and outstretched arm have brought victory. The divine warrior is the one who conquers the primordial forces of chaos. This psalm focuses on Israel's salvation by God. This victory is really vindication meted out in order to rectify a previous injustice. It follows God's recall of the covenant promises made to the house of Israel. The psalm also features the relationship between God's saving action and the promises that God made. It is because of the promise made to the ancestors that the divine warrior stepped in and triumphed over Israel's enemies.

Paul exhorts Timothy to remember the heart of the gospel that Paul has preached: Jesus Christ is raised from the dead; he is a descendant of David. The first statement of the testimony is the very basis of Christian faith. The fact that he came from the line of David shows that he fulfilled all of the expectations and promises that were associated with that royal family. This is the gospel to which Paul committed himself and for which he was now suffering imprisonment. The agony and indignity that Paul bears are seen by him as a share in the ‘birthpangs of the messiah’, that necessary suffering that would precede the birth of the reign of God.

In the gospel, Jesus recalls the story of a foreigner who suffered the pain and indignities of leprosy. Those suffering from leprosy in this story recognize Jesus, stand at a distance, and cry out to him by name. Only one man returns to thank him, and he is a Samaritan. He is not surprised that Jesus healed him. Nor is he the only one who had faith. They all believed that Jesus had the power to heal them and they all went off to show themselves to the priests. What makes this man unique is his gratitude. Jesus commends the man for his faith. Once again the last (a Samaritan) will be first (held up as an example).

© Dianne Bergant CSA, Dianne Bergant CSA was a Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where she taught from 1978 to 2014.

St Luke's Day
Sunday 20th October 2019

Cake Stall and Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

As we will celebrate St Luke's Day with Mass as a parish family on Sunday the 20th October, we invite parishioners to visit the parish hall after each Mass where a cake stall will be held. A sausage sizzle will also follow after the 10am Mass on this day.

We kindly seek your assistance to:

  1. bake goodies such as cakes, slices, etc to sell at the stall. Plates will be available in the Church foyer for you to collect after Masses this weekend, for you to place your baked goods on. Please fill in the label provided with the ingredients used. Cakes may be dropped in the parish hall from 8am onwards on 20th October. It would be wonderful to see the various creative baking skills of our parish on display.
  2. help with the cake stall and/or with cooking/serving the sausage sizzles. Please register your name on the sign up sheet.

Come along and mingle with others, sharing stories and having a few laughs, while supporting our parish to raise funds for further celebrations in our 40th anniversary year as a parish.

Extraordinary Month of Mission
Pope Francis has named October an “extraordinary month of mission”. He encourages us to live out joyfully our responsibility for the world.

“Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for October, the Extraordinary Mission Month. Catholic Mission is very happy to launch a series of special events to celebrate this. We have a range of activities which we hope will deepen in people their sense of mission by taking time to reflect, discern, explore, create, experience, celebrate and pray.

Please see notice board for more info or pick up a flyer from the table in the church foyer.

St. Luke's Parish - “40 YEARS”
The celebration planning is coming along nicely. Our communications team have prepared a Parish Logo for a special year and preparation are beginning to happen. Our team of planners are working towards making our Anniversary Year a very special one for each of us. We want next year to be a year of spiritual growth and enrichment for everyone and to enhance our sense of ‘belong’ and being loved. By doing lots of activities will bring us closer together and enjoy.

We plan to showcase all the groups we have in the Parish so that you will see just how many things and activities are happening in the background that you may not be aware of. We will support of our groups through prayer and some special teachings from Fr. Joseph and maybe something new in the Church.

We would also like to involve the school, the current students and maybe the past students. We need to also thank God for the gifts we had in the priests of the past and the nuns that started the Parish School.

We will be having a Parish Luncheon, morning teas, inviting old parishioners back to visit, many of whom would not have seen our new ‘beautiful Church’. Our last week’s scones and tea worked well, we can do that again too and also parish expo. We will be inviting some of you to speak to the congregation of your experience of being part of this wonderful parish.

We will take a trip down memory lane which will be good for some new parishioners. We will remember those who ‘make our Parish special and those who have gone to God’ already.

You will see that things are beginning to happen. So if someone rings you or taps you on the shoulder to ask you to contribute, please do so willingly because we can do lots of planning but without your participation things just won’t happen. It’s all about us, what faith and Church mean to us and the gift of faith God has given us.

We are going to celebrate our Faith and Life at St. Luke’s.

Sponsorship Available For Students To ACYF

Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) announced earlier this year that they were committed to assisting Catholic Secondary students in attending the Melbourne Pilgrimage to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth. Initially, sponsorship was offered to the 68 Catholic Secondary Schools within the Melbourne Archdiocese allowing up to 20 students and 2 teachers from each school to attend with a 50% subsidy for their pilgrimage registration cost. This subsidy is available to any student enrolled in a Catholic Secondary School within the Archdiocese of Melbourne, regardless of whether they are attending the Melbourne Pilgrimage with their school, another group or the Melbourne Collective Group (MCG). It is hoped that students who would like to attend the Melbourne Pilgrimage will take up this opportunity and receive support to attend. Catholic Education Melbourne acknowledges the importance of encouraging students in their life-long faith journey and supporting them to connect with groups that nourish their faith. There are a limited number of subsidies available and applications need to be received by 11 August 2019.

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We Care – Responding to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act

From the earliest times, Christ’s followers have set themselves apart by their care of the vulnerable (Acts 4:34). On 19 June 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (VAD) comes into effect. It legalises euthanasia and assisted suicide. Despite what the law may say, our Christian tradition affirms that every life, including those of the sick and suffering, is sacred. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are never part of end of life care.

Pope Francis has encouraged ordinary Catholics everywhere to resist euthanasia and to protect the old, the young and the vulnerable from being cast aside in a “throw-away culture.” We are called to follow Christ by accompanying people with compassion, sharing hope not fear.

The Bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst, echoing Pope Francis, have published a pastoral letter including practical guidance on ways we can be conscientious objectors to euthanasia. Copies of the letter are available online: or

Pastoral Letter - Voluntary Assisted Dying

We Care

Please read and share it.

We Can Love Because We Were Loved First - Pope Francis
Pope Francis noted that we are also indebted to God because none of us is able to love without the grace of God. The Pope described this as the mysterium lunae, the “mystery of the moon,” which does not shine with its own light, but can only reflect the light of the sun. If we love, the Pope said, it is because we were loved first. If we forgive, it is because we have been forgiven.

“None of us loves God as He has loved us,” the Pope said. “It is enough to place yourself before a crucifix to grasp the disparity: He has loved us, and He always loves us first.” Pope Francis concluded by inviting us all to pray, “Lord, even the most holy among us do not cease to be debtors to you. O Father, have mercy on us!”

Need For Volunteers
We are in urgent need of volunteers to:
  1. visit and bring Holy Communion to the sick and elderly in the nursing homes.
  2. clean the Parish Centre on a fortnightly basis.
  3. set up the Altar and arrange flowers.

Please see father or let the parish office know if you are able to help.

Thank you.

Melbourne Catholic App Now Available
The new Melbourne Catholic app is now available for download in your app store.

The app is your one stop shop for all things Melbourne Catholic, featuring Melbourne Catholic trending news, a search function for Mass times, Archbishop's Homilies, Daily Readings, Prayers and Weekly Reflections as well as local events and news about Plenary Council 2020.

Stewardship Corner

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

2 Timothy 4:7

Stewardship is not an easy life style. No one promised that it would be. It is counter-cultural to most things in the world today.

However, putting God first in all things, living a life of gratitude and being generous with our time, talent and treasure brings tremendous joy to those who are disciplined.

Fight the good fight and keep the faith!

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Piety Stall

Come and check out the new piety stall, which is located in the former Sacristy.
Any profit made on items in this stall will support the work of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Big thank you to those who very generously donate to the St Vincent De Paul Society (Vinnies) through the poor box. Through your donations we are able to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves and have asked for our assistance in our Wantirna area. You can also leave donations of non-perishable food items in the basket provided in the Church foyer.

Either way, you are making a huge difference in the lives of many people.

Do you have some spare time, and feel you could be called on to help those experiencing difficulty? Then maybe joining Vinnies could be for you. We meet twice monthly and visit those needing assistance in pairs or on a demand basis. Don’t just think about it, take the next step, ask some questions!

Christina Williams,
Conference President

Priests' Retirement Foundation Fund

Some 40 years ago with the introduction of the new canon law, Archbishop Knox introduced the practice of priests retiring at the age of 75.

In 1990 Archbishop Little established the Priests Retirement Foundation with the motto “caring for those who cared”. 85 Melbourne priests are currently retired. They have ministered in most Melbourne Parishes.

The PRF meets the needs of these retired priests who have served us well.

Envelopes are available from the table.

Donate Online

Pope Francis: Jesus Journeys With Us Even In Bad Times
Pope Francis has told pilgrims that God walks with us always, “even in the most painful moments” of our lives as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Pope Francis continued his series of reflections on Christian hope at his Wednesday General Audience shortly after his meeting with US president Donald Trump. The Pope spoke about the disciples’ meeting with Jesus on the Road to Emmaus, in Luke’s Gospel, as “a journey of hope”.

He told pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square that Christians today are a bit like those two disciples: so often we find ourselves “a step away from happiness” but then experience sadness and disappointment.

The Pope said Jesus’ accompaniment of the two disciples shows a “therapy of hope” which “gradually opens us to trust in God’s promises”. Hope, the Pope said, is “never a small price” to pay and always involves defeats and sufferings. However, walking with the disciples in a discreet way, he said, Jesus is able to rekindle their hope.

Pope Francis explained that it was only when the disciples witnessed Jesus breaking the bread that he is revealed to them as the Risen Lord, who is present in their midst. This, the Pope said, “shows us the importance of the Eucharist in which, like the bread, Jesus ‘breaks our lives’ and offers them to others”.

Noting how the disciples return to Jerusalem after their encounter with the Risen Lord to proclaim the good news, the Pope said that “we too are sent forth to encounter others, to hear their joys and sorrows, and to offer them words of life and hope, based on God’s unfailing love.”

“All of us,” the pope said, have had difficult and dark times, when there is “just a wall in front” of us. But “Jesus is always beside us to give us hope, warm our hearts and say, "Go forward, I'm with you. Go forward.”

Happy Families Pray Together

"The family that recites the Rosary together reproduces something of the atmosphere of the household of Nazareth: its members place Jesus at the centre, they share his joys and sorrows, they place their needs and their plans in his hands, they draw from him the hope and the strength to go on."

- John Paul II, Apostolic Letter on the Rosary of the Virgin Mary

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Individual Confession vs. "General Absolution"
The Church hasn't banned the Third Rite which, by the way, consists in the general absolution of a large number of people at once without individual confession.

The rite was first introduced during World War I to allow priests to absolve a large number of soldiers before they went into battle when it would have been impossible to hear all the confessions individually. At the time of the World War II the conditions were extended to other circumstances of imminent danger of death, and finally in 1972 they came to include situations such as those in mission territories where, if the priest did not absolve a large number of people at once, they would have to go for a long time without the grace of the sacraments through no fault of their own.

The norms on what has come to be called "general absolution" were incorporated into the 1983 Code of Canon Law in Canons 961-963 and into the Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraphs 1483-1484 (cf. J. Flader, Question Time 1, Connor Court 2012, q. 80).

Up until some 15 years ago the Third Rite was used in many parishes in Australia. Significant numbers of people took advantage of it, partly because they were helped by the readings from Scripture, prayers and often a homily, and because many others were attending as well, emphasising the communal, ecclesial aspect of the sacrament. And since there was no need to confess their sins individually to the priest, they found it much easier than going to individual confession.

Why did it suddenly stop? Perhaps the more apposite question would be why it began in the first place. It is clear that the conditions required for its use simply do not exist in Australia, particularly the condition that if the priest did not absolve a large number of penitents collectively they would have to go for a long period of time without the grace of the sacraments through no fault of their own. While the number of priests has diminished somewhat, we are still well served with priests and parishes so that the sacrament of Reconciliation is readily available all over this country.

By the late 1990s the use of general absolution was fairly widespread, especially in some dioceses. During their five-yearly ad limina visit to Rome in 1998, the Australian bishops discussed this matter, along with others, with Pope [St.] John Paul and Vatican officials. At the end of their visit a long Statement of Conclusions was signed by representatives of the Australian bishops and of the Roman Curia. Among other matters, it encouraged the use of individual confession and, with respect to general absolution, said: "Unfortunately, communal celeb­rations have not infrequently occasioned an illegitimate use of general absolution. This illegitimate use, like other abuses in the administration of the sacrament of Penance, is to be eliminated. The bishops will exercise renewed vigilance on these matters for the future, aware that departures from the authentic tradition do great wrong to the Church and to individual Catholics" (n. 45).

Naturally, while general absolution is not to be used in this country, it still remains an option in countries where the conditions for its use exist.

Those who do take regular advantage of individual confession know how much good it does them. Apart from receiving forgiveness of their sins, they have an opportunity to do a thorough examination of conscience, to tell their sins personally to God through the priest and to receive helpful spiritual direction and encouragement. With the abundant grace the sacrament gives them, they begin their spiritual struggle anew each time, with their soul free from sin and filled with hope.

Pope [St.] John Paul II, in an address to priests at the beginning of Lent in 1981, said that "confession periodically renewed, the so-called confession 'of devotion', has always accompanied the ascent to holiness in the Church." And on 13 March, 1999, he told priests hearing confessions in the patriarchal basilicas of Rome: "It should not be forgotten that the so-called confession of devotion was the school which formed the great saints."

Would that more people made frequent use of this sacrament. Their growth in holiness through it would be a great blessing for themselves, for their families, for the Church and for the whole of society.

Fr John Flader
The Catholic Weekly,
12 May, 2013
Consecration of The House To The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Please speak to Fr. Joseph or the parish office to organize day and time.

Fr Joseph would like to congratulate everyone who had their house consecrated recently.

Consecration Of The Family

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Daily Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary

Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary,

I consecrate my entire self to the Most Holy Love of Your Two Hearts. I wish to make reparation for all the sins of the world, including my own. I offer these things for the love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

I will keep my mind on beauty and turn my thoughts from evil things. I will hold my temper and bear the mistakes of others with love and a forgiving heart. I will admit when I am wrong and ask others to forgive me. I will not show off, but remain humble. I will offer up all my sufferings, sicknesses and hurts and seek God’s Will, not my own. I will show appreciation for the kindness and blessings that I receive, and thank God for all things. I will do everything in my life for love of God and I will love others as God has loved me.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the intercession of the Im-maculate Heart of Mary, receive the offering and consecration I now make of myself to You. Keep me faithful until death and bring me one day to the happy home in heaven. I desire to live forever with God the Father and the Most Holy Spirit and You my Lord Jesus, together with Your Most Immaculate Mother.


Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
please protect us.

Pope Francis Urges Young people To 'Download A Good Heart' and Pay Less Attention to Technology
Pope Francis has wrapped up his Polish visit with a huge outdoor Mass where he told young people to look beyond the instant gratification afforded by technology and instead try to change the world.

Hundreds of thousands of young people, many of whom camped out for the night, waved national flags and cheered as Pope Francis arrived to say the mass in a large field on the outskirts of Krakow at the end of his five-day trip to Poland where he presided at the Catholic Church's World Youth Day festivities.

He urged the young people to "download the best link of all, that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary".

He said their response to the challenges of life cannot be "texting a few words", that prayer should be given pride of place over their internet "chats", and that God's memory was not a "hard disk" filled with files on everyone, but more of a compassionate heart that wants to help them "erase" evil.

Pope Francis encouraged them to continue "to be dreamers [who] believe in a new humanity, one that rejects hatred between peoples, one that refuses to see borders as barriers".

He announced the next World Youth Day would take place in Panama in 2019.

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Pope Tells Teens:
Happiness 'Is Not An App'
Happiness is not an app you can download on your mobile phone, Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers on Sunday at a mass to mark a weekend dedicated to youth.

"Freedom is not always about doing what you want. In fact it is the gift of being able to choose the right way," he said in a homily punctuated by regular bursts of applause from the crowd on a packed St Peter's Square.

"Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought and sold: it is not an application you download on a mobile phone. Even the latest version cannot help you to grow and become free in love."

An estimated 70,000 teenagers were in Rome for a weekend of events to celebrate Francis's Jubilee year dedicated to the theme of mercy.

In a surprise move on Saturday, the 79-year-old pontiff heard confessions from 16 of them and a video message from him was broadcast at a rock and rap concert in the Stadio Olimpico.

One of the teenagers chosen to confess to the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics said she had been trembling as she approached the chair on which the pope was sitting in St Peter's Square.

"But as soon as I sat down I had the feeling of being next to a normal person rather than the pope. Francis is really one of us," Anna Taibi, 15, told La Repubblica newspaper.

The Sicilian teenager said she had been touched by Francis's tenderness as he listened to her confession.

"I expected him to give me a penance ... instead he absolved me and let me go."

The importance of mobile phones to contemporary teenagers was also reflected in Francis's message to the concert.

Clutching an iPhone, he told his audience that living without Jesus was like not having any signal. "Always be sure to go where there is a network: family, parish, school," he said.

Global Rosary

Sunday 13th October 2019 - Fatima Day

On Sunday 13th October, we will be praying the Rosary between, the 8:30am Mass and the 10:00am Mass.

We will join those in other countries to pray to our Blessed Mother to protect our countries and to bless, guard and guide our Priest and Religious.

You are invited to pray with other members of our Community. The power of prayer is great when we all pray as one, and this is done around the world. We did this earlier this year as part of the Australian Churches. This time, it is global.

Our Blessed Mother will delight in the Prayers of her people.

Plenary Council 2020

Continuing the journey to the Plenary Council

The Listening and Dialogue phase has now concluded and we are moving into a period of Listening and Discernment.

During this phase, we continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit as we discern how we can best respond to how God is calling us to be a Christ-centered Church in Australia. An online portal was launched this week to allow people to submit their discerned response to the Plenary Council for the Listening and Discernment phase, which was also recently opened. As a part of these developments, people are invited to participate in group discernment on one of the six National Themes for Discernment – a process that can be facilitated by the Listening and Discernment guide, ‘Let’s Listen and Discern’.

  1. ‘Let’s Listen and Discern’, as well as other resources for this new phase, can be accessed on this page of the Plenary Council website:
  2. Additional resources to help people understand the practice of discernment can be found on this page:
  3. A range of social media images and a video banner can be accessed in this Google Drive for use on your various online platforms:

Knox Deanery Plenary Discussion Group
Wednesday 17 October

At 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Bayswater

Please register your interest with the parish office ( or 9761-2124).
Jacqui Giuliano (Coordinator of Parish Leadership Formation, Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation) will offer a guide to the process of the Listening and Dialogue.

Altar Servers
Presently the parish has few altar servers.

Their service and prayerful presence enhances the liturgical celebration.

Fr. Joseph is calling for more children to take up this ministry.

What It Means To Be An Altar Server (Video)

Serra International - Prayer for Vocations

Prayer for Vocations:

"Heavenly Father, help us respond to and live out our mission in the Church. Help all your people to know their vocation in life, and assist them to prepare for it.

For your greater glory, and for the service of your people, call many to be Priests and Religious. Give those whom you call the grace to respond generously and to persevere faithfully. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

For information about Serra or Vocations:

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Pope Invites The Deaf To Help Others ‘Hear’ The Voice Of God

Inclusion and quality of life

Pope Francis met with members of the Federation in the Vatican on Thursday and expanded that mission, saying the Federation is now dedicated to ‘tackling the culture of waste, and encouraging greater inclusion in all environments’. This work is necessary, he said, in order ‘to ensure a better quality of life for the deaf person and the overcoming of this disability by valuing all dimensions, including the spiritual one’.

Fragility and encounter

While his words were simultaneously translated into sign language, Pope Francis said: ‘Deaf people inevitably experience a condition of fragility’. Like so many other people with disabilities, they also often experience forms of prejudice, even in Christian communities. ‘This is not right’, insisted Pope Francis. The deaf teach us that only by accepting our limitations and fragilities can we help build ‘the culture of encounter’, as opposed to widespread indifference, he said.

‘Hearing’ the voice of God

‘God’s presence is not perceived with the ears, but with faith’, said Pope Francis. God’s voice resounds in each person’s heart, ‘and everyone can hear it’. The Pope invited those present to ‘help those who do not ‘hear’ God's voice to be more attentive to it’.

Take Mary Home

As we noticed that our lady statue (Take Mary Home) has been on the bench every couple of weeks in a month. With great thoughts and inputs from various members in the leadership team, considering the weight of the original statue as it is quite heavy to be carried, we would like to make it much easier for our parishioners to take an alternative statue (Our Lady of Fatima) which is much lighter to carry and it also comes in a box where the statue could be handled more safely. We are happy to leave both the statues on the bench behind the divine mercy image. Make yourself comfortable to put your name in the book with your contact details, the tone of the mass which you are planning to take and also which statue as well based on your convenience. I hope and pray that the above arrangement would help the parishioners to take the statue every week so that Our Lady visits every family in our community to intercede for our families and community.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Rosy Paul

Facing Facts, Coming to Terms With One’s Past Brings Peace, Pope says
People need to make peace with their lives and anything they are running from, rather than lose themselves to escapism and playful distraction, Pope Francis said. There is an ‘industry of distraction’ in full force today, which paints the ideal world as being ‘a big playground where everybody has fun’ and the ideal individual as one who ‘makes money in order to have fun, find satisfaction’ in the many ‘vast and diverse avenues of pleasure,’ he said during his weekly gen-eral audience. Such an attitude leads to ‘dissatisfaction with an existence anesthetized by fun, which isn't rest, but alienation and escaping from reality,’ he added.

Finding peace is a choice, he said. It is not changing one's past, but is becoming reconciled with what has happened, ‘to accept and give value’ to one's life.

Making A Home For Everyone
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19 is titled
It confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.

Copies of the statement, prayer cards and Ten Steps are available from the table on the church foyer, or

Download Social Justice Statement 2018-19

Welcome to the Kingdom Prepared For You

Neither baptism nor the profession of faith in Christ guarantees our entry into Christ’s kingdom.

What is most important is the way we treat the least of Christ's brothers and sisters. What we do for them we do for Christ.

By our care for them, we reveal that our profession of faith at Mass is more than just words.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions
In his prayer intentions, Pope Francis is calling for greater solidarity with the marginalised, the homeless, the poor and the lonely. The Pope asks the faithful have a spirit of solidarity and encounter towards others, especially those most in need.
We Need Your Help
We would like to hear from tradies, handymen and technicians in our community who would like to be included in our directory.

We may have odd jobs around the Church and would very much appreciate your help.

Please contact the parish office or get in touch with Fr Joseph.

No Parking in the Driveway for Mass
Please do not park in the driveway or in front of the office for Weekday/Sunday Masses.  

Please leave this space for those who, due to their health, need to park close to the door.

You may park in the Church parking lot in front of the school, behind the Church when school is not in session or on the street.   Thank you for your consideration.

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Readers & Counters

Our parish would like to invite parishioners to become Readers and Extraordinary Ministers for our Masses. These roles are a small but significant way to quietly participate in our parish community and your contribution would be greatly appreciated.

If you are able to assist, please contact Daphne Cheah (9720-3956) or the Parish Office (9801-8411).

Thank you to all who contribute their time and talent in this way.

To Love To The End: Who will make your choices?
is a Melbourne Archdiocese initiative to focus on an area of bioethics where we can positively contribute to building up a civilization of life and love.

The theme, "To Love to the End", deals with issues about dying and caring for our loved ones, the meaning and purpose of suffering and our duty as Christians to show love to every human being to the end.

Please collect a copy of the informative brochure and prayer card on this theme from the tables at the church entrances or you can view/download the brochure and card below.

View Respect Life Prayer Card (359 kB)

Overcoming Despair With Hope
Through Respect Life Sunday the church aims to equip Catholics to better love those around us by providing vital information about the dangers of the new abortion drug, RU486.

Pope Francis provided a beautiful example of how we reach out to women facing an unplanned pregnancy recently, when he took the time to listen to a story of a 35 year old Roman woman, then telephoned her to offer a listening ear, hope, encouragement and practical support for when the baby was born.

Read more when you pick up your copy of the green Respect Life brochure in the foyer, or

Pope: We Must Ask the Lord for the Gifts of Love and Joy
Pope Francis has reminded believers that Jesus' love is infinite and true, unlike worldly passions that seek power and vanity. "As the Father loves me, so I also love you" said Pope Francis quoting from the Gospel reading of the day to highlight the fact that the Lord’s love is infinite.

He said the Lord asks us to stay close to Him and to observe His Commandments: “the Ten Commandments of course are the foundation, but we are also called to follow all the things that Jesus has taught us, the commandments of daily life that represent a Christian lifestyle.

There are “passions” that distance us from the true love of Jesus. “There are other loves. The world itself offers many other loves: love of money for example, vanity, boastfulness, pride, love of power which can even lead to unjust actions to achieve more power…” he said.

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Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer
  1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember.
  2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show directions to others. Always keep them in your prayers.
  3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God's guidance.
  4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.
  5. And finally we have our smallest finger. The smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
Morning Tea After Mass
Just a reminder that on every first Sunday of the month there is tea after the 10:00am Mass.

Come and join us for a cuppa!

Pope Francis' Letter to Young People

Pope's Letter to Young People on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

My Dear Young People,

I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment." I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your "compass" on this synodal journey.

I am reminded of the words which God spoke to Abraham: "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you." (Gen 12.1). These words are now also addressed to you. They are words of a Father who invites you to "go", to set out towards a future which is unknown but one which will surely lead to fulfilment, a future towards which He Himself accompanies you. I invite you to hear God's voice resounding in your heart through the breath of the Holy Spirit.

When God said to Abram, "Go!", what did he want to say? He certainly did not say to distance himself from his family or withdraw from the world. Abram received a compelling invitation, a challenge, to leave everything and go to a new land. What is this "new land" for us today, if not a more just and friendly society which you, young people, deeply desire and wish to build to the very ends of the earth?

But unfortunately, today, "Go!" also has a different meaning, namely, that of abuse of power, injustice and war. Many among you are subjected to the real threat of violence and forced to flee their native land. Their cry goes up to God, like that of Israel, when the people were enslaved and oppressed by Pharaoh (cf. Ex 2:23).

A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls. St. Benedict urged the abbots to consult, even the young, before any important decision, because "the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best." (Rule of St. Benedict, III, 3).

Such is the case, even in the journey of this Synod. My brother bishops and I want even more to "work with you for your joy'' (2 Cor 1:24). I entrust you to Mary of Nazareth, a young person like yourselves, whom God beheld lovingly, so she might take your hand and guide you to the joy of fully and generously responding to God's call with the words: "Here I am" (cf. Lk 1:38).

With paternal affection,


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Address by Pope Francis before praying the Sunday Angelus, 24 August 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

This Sunday's Gospel (Mt. 16, 13-20) is the famous passage, which is central in St. Matthew's account. Simon, in the name of the Twelve, professes his faith in Jesus as "the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus calls Simon "blessed" for this faith, recognizing in him a special gift from the Father, and he says to him: "You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church."

Let us pause for a moment on this point, on the fact that Jesus attributes this new name to Simon: "Peter", who in Jesus' language is pronounced "Kefa", a word that means "rock". In the Bible, this name, this word "rock" is referred to God. Jesus attributes it to Simon not for his quality or for his human merits, but for his genuine and firm faith, which comes from above.

Jesus feels a great joy in His heart, because He recognizes in Simon the hand of the Father, the action of the Holy Spirit. He recognizes that God the Father has given to Simon a "trustworthy" faith, in which He, Jesus, can build his Church, that is, His community. That is, all of us, all of us. Jesus has in mind to give life to "His" Church, a people no longer founded on ancestry but rather on faith, namely a relationship with Himself, a relationship of love and of trust. Our relationship with Jesus builds the Church. And so to start his Church, Jesus needs to find in the disciples a solid faith, "trustworthy." It is this that He must verify at this point of His journey. And that is why He asks the question.

The Lord has in mind the image of constructing, the image of the community as an edifice. That is why, when he hears Simon’s sincere profession of faith, he calls him "rock", the intention of building his Church upon this faith is manifested.

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