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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others find it challenging. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways—both big and small—they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.
So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; step fathers and foster fathers, grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, priests and coaches and the women of our families. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting.  Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.  In Your Holy name, O God, we pray.  Amen.

The Parish Pastoral Council, Frs Jude, Silvio and Mario and Dcn Royden wish all our fathers a happy and blessed Father’s Day.

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Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives. We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.

Fr Jude, Fr Silvio, Fr Brendan, Dcn Royden and the Parish Pastoral Council

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Prayer for Church Extension

Gracious God,

We praise You and thank You for the abundance of blessings You have given our St James family. We ask You to continue to pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us, and to guide our renovation plans. You have called us to this mission at this time. May we hear and answer in a way that is pleasing to You.

Grant that our hearts be open to You, and that we be willing to bring this church renovation to fruition. May each of us respond in true generosity, that our church may be a beautiful place of worship built on the firm foundation set by others before us. May our participation be so generous that future generations may continue to worship and adore You here.

May our mission to build up Your Kingdom always be foremost in our midst. May we welcome the stranger, and always share Your love with others, especially those in need. Bless the work of all involved in designing, repairing ad renovating our church home. May it give glory to Your name.

We pray that all who join us in worship come to know a personal and loving relationship with You. May we follow where you lead.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives. We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.

Fr Jude and the Parish Council

 

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Father’s Day

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others find it challenging. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways—both big and small—they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, priests and coaches and the women of our families. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.

 

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Dear Parish Family of St James, as 2016 comes to an end, it’s time to celebrate Christmas and send greetings for 2017.

Pope Francis, with his sense of joy and endearing smile, continues to present us with positive words and actions of how we can make a difference in our world. The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which we began last December came to an end on the Feast of Christ the King this year. Pope Francis continually reminds us of our Christian calling to go out and be witnesses of mercy. The Year of Mercy has provided our whole Church with the chance to be renewed in this mission and to become more aware of Christ in our midst.

Again, the Christmas spirit reminds us of the need to be generous of heart in ourselves, and to focus on the Christian perspective of the ‘summer holiday season’. The peace and love, simplicity and openness of the manger scene of Bethlehem challenges us to reflect on what is important in our lives and appreciate the fragility of life and to make the most of the opportunities we have to live life well.

It’s a time to give thanks too, for all the good things that have happened during the last year, and to those who have enabled growth and support in our welcoming communities. We also thank all those who have put in so much in so many ways in making our Parish and school communities the happy and welcoming places they are, in all our diversity as we continue to live the Gospel as Good News in our lives.

I also thank those who have been involved in leading and participating in the many different ministries and activities in Parish and school life during the past year. It’s terrific to see the building works in our schools rising rapidly to enhance our educational endeavors for our young people for the future. Also, we rejoice in the initiatives and planning taken by our Church Building Extension Committee thus far.

May I take this opportunity to thank all our parishioners and friends here at St James for helping us along the journey; a special thank you to the Parish Council and the Parish Staff for their support throughout the year. To all parishioners, for your prayers, gifts, cards, and good wishes and for all that you do in actively revealing Emmanuel – God with us.

I ask you to keep Mission 17 in your prayers as we unite with our mssp communities in the Philippines on Tues 03 Jan and I look forward in continuing the journey on our return on Mon 16 Jan.

At this time of peace and good will, so needed in a complicated world, Fr Ivan, mssp Provincial, Fr Brendan, the Parish Council and I wish you all, along with your families, a happy and holy Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year in 2017.

Yours in the Christ Child,

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

 

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This is a significant milestone in the life of the Parish community of St James the Apostle Parish, Hoppers Crossing North, as we give birth to our third school St Clare’s Catholic Primary, Truganina South.

Since 2010 we saw a massive increase in Melbourne Catholic schools. A practical example of this growth and the faith parents have in Catholic education is this new school which opened its doors to about 170 students this year. Next year we have an enrolment sitting at 220 students. Quite a significant number for a new school.

Procedures for the establishment and the strategic planning took place in 2013. Stephen Elder, well aware of the growth corridor here in the Outer Western region, gave us the approval to go ahead and follow the necessary process.

A site had to be purchased, along with the professional support of the Property office of the Archdiocese. We settled on this site on Marquands Road.

After receiving the Archbishop’s approval, a steering committee was established to oversee the school opening. The committee’s role was to initially formulate an educational vision for the school and to drive its design.

We met regularly with Centrum architects and in partnership with the Project Control Group which involved staff from the Catholic Educational Office. The robust conversations we had and the learning we did together enabled us to successfully steer the project of building a contemporary school. May I take this opportunity to thank all involved for the direction, guidance and support that you gave us during this time.

An Australian government grant was approved and additional support was provided by the CEO in the form of a Supplementary Capital Grant.
This financial support assisted greatly in the direction, quality and timely completion of the project. It also affirmed greatly the government’s understanding of the contribution Catholic education makes to communities and the importance of parental choice in education.

The steering committee, which consisted of Jan Keogh, Jean Corr, Stephen Murphy, Alicia Borg along with Deb Egan/Jeff Burn/Rob Aron/ Steven Ferraro and Andrew Leighton who joined us later, formulated an educational vision for the school, with the architects driving its design and including flexible learning spaces that are welcoming and motivating for students in line with 21st century educational goals. Centrum architects were keen to work with us to reflect on the design of the school. The design was based on the Golden Sun Moth, an endangered and protected species, whose habitat is adjacent to the school’s property – a protected nature reserve on the Eastern side of our land.

Discussion then continued in assisting to establish a name for the school. After a discernment process and several suggestions, it was decided a female patron was appropriate and who other than Francis’ close friend and advocate for the poor, St Clare of Assisi.

At this point I would like to acknowledge and thank the principal of our Sister school St Francis of Assisi in Tarneit, Jan Keogh. With the enormous pressure of settling into your new school and accompanying your staff you willingly contributed in developing the vision and the strategic plan of the school. Your passion, time, commitment and energy can only be applauded. I thank you for the ongoing support you have provided to Andrew Leighton and the staff of St Clare. As a host school, St Francis continued to offer great support during the planning and building stages of 2013.

Centrum architects have always been sensitive in working with us and along with our builders, Melbcon have built this magnificent structure reflecting our approach to personalised learning within a contemporary setting that is encouraging and engaging and fits beautifully with our parish vision of striving to be a caring, loving and welcoming community.

Our builders worked hard and under great pressure to effectively complete our building in time for us to open our doors and welcome 170 students for the beginning of the school year. We sincerely thank Greg Coutts and his team for working so cooperatively and skilfully with us throughout the project. From St Francis Primary School office, Margaret Mangani was instrumental as school bursar in diligently and meticulously managing and accounting for various financial stages of the project. This added enormously to your load in the 2014 year. Thank you Margaret.

We have a magnificent school with the next stage soon to commence. We have a foundation staff and leadership team with an enthusiastic pioneering spirit.

Dear friends, all I can say is thank you as you reinforce the Gospel of Christ within our Parish. I am always in awe at the joy and welcome I experience when I visit the school and delighted by the number of parents who tell me how committed our teachers and staff are to the children in their care. We thank the parents and children for their contribution and the ownership they have taken of St Clare’s Primary School, Truganina. May you continue to witness in the Spirit of Clare with a sense of service to the Parish community as foundation families. I would also like to acknowledge the contractors who support the life of our school, making a school effective is a complex task and requires the skills and contributions of many. To those who offer their professional services we are truly grateful.
To our principal, Andrew Leighton, you came to us as our leader and fully embraced and immersed yourself into our community with enthusiasm and passion. You listened respectfully to our vision and brought your own deep commitment to Catholic education. You constantly emphasised the importance of offering the best for the children in your care. Andrew, you have already witnessed our vibrant community here at St James and I personally look forward to continuing the journey of missionary service in the years ahead.

May God bless us all as we prepare for the ongoing work here at St Clare, so that we may continue to be a place where not only our children, but our whole family will be welcomed and valued members of our community. Being a people who are committed to recognising and affirming the gifts and talents of others, celebrating diversity and embracing difference, let our motto here at St Clare be an authentic reality as we let Christ’s light shine in our hands.

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