MSSP Scholarship and Awards

MSSP Scholarship and Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Joseph De Piro Award for 2021:

Emily Micallef—St James Primary
Evan Correia—St Francis Primary
Tom Ajish—St Clare’s Primary

Thank you to the MSSP for their generosity and support. The Scholarship is to the value of $1500 each and will be used for the continuation of their Catholic education at Thomas Carr College.

Congratulations also to the recipient of the Joseph De Piro Spiritual Life Award, awarded to a Yr 12 student at Thomas Carr College who demonstrated understanding and actively participated in the liturgical life of the College, committed and promoted the College’s Catholic Ethos and strove for social justice in the school and wider community.  Congratulations to Nicole Shane Villegas, the 2021 recipient.


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Advent Angels are Back

Advent Angels are back! Only $3 each. We have an exciting new collection of handcrafted Advent Angels for Christmas 2021.

To view a video of this year’s unique range click HERE and to purchase your Advent Angels online from Saturday 20th Nov, click HERE.

Advent Angels will be on sale at St James church on Sat 27 Nov between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and at all weekend masses 27th/28th November.  Please note: We can only accept cash for purchases at St James church.

All money raised will help support children’s education through mssp missions. Please come along and help make a difference.


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De Piro Reflections

As we approach the conclusion of another liturgical year, this Sunday we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Gospel speaks about the end of times in strange apocalyptic terms.  Our world will surely end when we are called to meet God who created us and called us to himself.  November is the time when we remember those who have completed their pilgrimage before us, sure in hope that we too will one day encounter God face to face.

In the Magazine Rack you will find reflections from the life and writings of Servant of God Joseph De Piro which will assist us in continuing our journey in our discipleship of Jesus.  We invite you to take a copy home with you this week.

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Departed MSSP

Last Friday, Fr Jude and Fr Silvio offered Mass for our departed MSSP brothers, lay missionaries, family, friends and benefactors.  This is one way that we acknowledge God’s ways of journeying with us along the years and our communion with those who came before us and supported our missions.  We encourage you to join us in prayers to include our missionaries and the many lay people who supported the mssp charism throughout the years.


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Joseph De Piro

This past week we celebrated the anniversary of the Official Opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonisation of the Servant of God, Joseph De Piro, which was on 7th Oct 1998.

Please pray that the Lord may bless the work being done in favour of this cause towards Joseph De Piro being Canonised as a saint.


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Fr Mario Ramos mssp

The MSSPs would like to thank the community for your prayers for Fr Mario Ramos mssp who is in Cuba and continuing to recover from COVID. He is now out of hospital. The area where he is in and serves continues to operate with minimal resources to combat this pandemic. Please continue to pray for him, for the Cuban Mission of the MSSP and for the people of Cuba.

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Jose De Piro Kabattang Orkestra

To enhance the Church’s social teaching and provide opportunities for those in need, CaSPA (Catholic Secondary Principals Australia) and its corporate partners have encouraged secondary schools in Australia to apply for the annual Social Action Funding Grant aimed at providing support to those within remote Australia or in neighbouring countries.

The Faith and Mission Team from Thomas Carr College, were recently delighted to learn that their application to support the work of the Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra was successful.

This application was aimed at supporting the Missionary Society of St Paul’s Jose De Piro Kabataang Foundation, which auspices the music program of Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra (Youth Orchestra) which is comprised of more than 60 talented young musicians from impoverished and disadvantaged families in Dinalupihan, in the Province of Bataan, Philippines.

Thank you to CaSPA for their $5000 grant. Read more about this HERE.

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Congratulations to Shane Nicole Villegas

Congratulations to Shane Nicole Villegas, a Year 12 student at Thomas Carr College, Tarneit, who has received a Future Leaders Future Justice Award 2021.

Shane Nicole is one of only seven students nationally to receive this award, which recognises Year 12 students who have shown leadership and initiative on intergenerational equity. She has worked extensively to support those less fortunate in the community and helped establish the Vinnies Conference at Thomas Carr College where she is co-president. Shane Nicole has raised both funds and awareness for the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Missionary Society of St Paul and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. Despite the rigours of studying her final year of VCE, she volunteers at a Vinnies op shop and is the liturgy captain at Thomas Carr College.

From St James Parish, we especially thank Shane Nicole for raising awareness and funds in support of the MSSPs. Thank you Shane Nicole for your support and consideration.

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Fr Mario Zammit MSSP

Parishioners and friends at St James the Apostle parish, over the past year I have had the privilege of celebrating life with you as a community.

I thank Fr Jude, Fr Silvio and Dcn Royden and the Parish Pastoral Council for their kind invitation and welcome, and you all for embracing me and for your support.

Unfortunately we will not have an opportunity to say a proper farewell, I will be departing Australia on September 9 on my way to my new mission in the Philippines.

Thank you and please keep me in your prayers.

Fr Mario mssp
([email protected])

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