St James Faith Formation Series

Each year we provide an opportunity for all in the community to grow in our faith as we prepare to celebrate our Parish Feast Day at the end of July.

Last Wednesday we were truly encouraged by the large response and the positive feedback we received.

This Wednesday 12 July we move into our Second Session—
Engaging with the Hopes of Parishes by Rev. Dr Brendan Reed:

How do we conceive of our Parish and what is the hope we hold for our Parish in the future? In this session, Fr Brendan will present his research about Parish types and will help us to ascertain the presence of these Parish types here at St James.

The sessions will be held in the Church, commencing at 7pm and concluding at 9pm.  Tea and Coffee will be available.  All are welcome.

If you haven’t had a chance to register, you can do so by clicking HERE

To assist us with catering we request that you register, but if Parishioners cannot book via trybooking, please ring the Parish Office on 9401 6367, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-2:30pm, or alternatively, you are welcome to come on the night.


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Experience Mission with the MSSP’s

From January 4 to 21 2024, a group of 12 people are being invited on a missionary experience to the Philippines. This year the group will be made up of adults over the age of 35.

During the stay in the Philippines, all lodging, food and transport will be provided by the Missionaries of the Society of St Paul. The cost of the trip, airfare and a contribution to cover costs, is $2,500. If you are interested in learning more about this Missionary Experience or if you would like to participate, please email us on or call Fr Jude on 0431984689. Applications close 30th June 2023.


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Mission 23 Weekend

We welcome this weekend Mission 23 as they share their experience with us of their Mission Trip with the MSSP’s this year.  A summary of their reflections on this life changing experience will be available after Mass.  The full report of their reflections will be available on the Parish website,


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Safe Arrival of Mission ’23

The mission immersion participants would like to thank all parishioners for journeying with them in solidarity through prayer, financial support and social media. They would love to share their experience with you and will do so at all masses on the weekend of the 25th/26th February.


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Thank you to the 2022 Year 6 Learning Community of St James Primary School for their Mission Market Donation of $1275 towards MSSP Philippines last year.  This generous contribution was handed over to the education and support of the children in the Jose De Piro Formation Centre by Mission ‘23 during their Mission Immersion experience.


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Meals for Children

The MSSP provides training and formation for children in Dinalupihan Bataan, Philippines. The MSSP provides lunch and dinner, something that some of them can’t get at home. $100 provides lunch and dinner for the whole group for the day. If you are interested in assisting, please collect a Meals for Children Form in the Narthex.


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Mission 2023

Join the Mission Experience with the Paulist Missionaries between January 07 – 21, 2023. Together the group will: work in a Paulist Missionary Parish in Bataan; minister to the community on 13th Street, New Manila; do Prison Ministry; visit an orphanage; visit schools and work with the sisters of Mother Teresa in Manila.

First preference will be given to applicants between the ages of 18 and 35 who have never joined one of these experiences. Applicants over the age of 35 are welcome to apply and will be considered if vacancies arise.

Total cost: AUD$2,000. For more information or to express interest, call: 0431 984 689 or email: Applications close June 30 2022.

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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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Paulist Missionary Sponsorship

As we celebrate the global works of the Paulist Missionaries this week, we invite you to consider how you can support the work of the Paulist Missionaries.

For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru, Cuba and the Philippines. Brochures available after Mass.


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Fr Mario Zammit mssp, Parish Priest of St John’s, Heidelberg, has been a fixture at St James Parish over many years, assisting and supporting Fr Jude in our Parish and in our Mission Trips to the Philippines. Later this year, Fr Mario will leave the Australian Province of the MSSPs to begin his new ministry in the Philippines. Here are a few words from Fr Mario, addressing his Parish:

Over the past few weeks, at our weekday Masses, the gospel readings were taken from the long farewell speech of Jesus at the Last Supper narrative according the John. This farewell speech covers four chapters in this gospel! I do not pretend to be John the evangelist, even if I have spent the last seven years in his shadow, but it does seem that my farewell speech(es) are coming in a number of editions. Please bear with me. I would have dearly loved to share some of these thoughts with you in person, but our new friend Covid had other plans!

Up to a few months ago, if anyone asked me whether I had any intention of leaving the parish, I would have definitely answered with a clear NO! I was certainly enjoying my time at St John’s, surrounded with a nice group of parishioners and friends, school staff and students, with my ministry at OLMC and Marcellin colleges and the hospitals. I believe that, apart from some hiccups that are part of life anyway, we had struck a good relationship and were enjoying each other’s company. My intention was that, after I finished my first six-year term as parish priest in November 2021, I put my hand up for another term, taking me to 2027, before I had to consider moving to another parish. So what changed?

While my first love has always been, and still is, St John’s and ministry in the parish, what many of you did not realise was that I had a second love which I rarely spoke about. Before my sudden appearance at St John’s in October 2013, I had just spent six months in Manila and in Bataan, in the Philippines. I actually went back there in September 2015, and then with two groups in January of 2019 and 2020. I had always nurtured a love of working among the less fortunate among God’s people. In 1980, as a deacon, I had already spent one full year in Karachi and in Faisalabad, in Pakistan, a ministry I totally enjoyed.

Last January, during my visit to the Philippines with some members of our parish, things finally fell into place, and as those who were with me can tell, I really enjoyed the space and could not resist requesting my superiors to consider assigning me to that mission. The parishioners who joined me in either of those trips can appreciate what draws me to that mission.

Through our Baptism, each of us is called to be a missionary and to witness to God’s words and actions in our life. We are called to be missionaries in every situation we encounter. My ministry in the parishes in NSW and in Heidelberg was certainly missionary. I have always tried my best to live the good news with you. As a member of a missionary congregation, I feel drawn to minister among those who are less fortunate—this seems to be part of my DNA. My transfer to the mission in the Philippines gives me the opportunity to live out this part of my missionary vocation.

I understand that I have left myself open to be accused that I have cheated you by abandoning my first love and choosing to continue my journey with my second love, but I ask you to be kind to me and appreciate my desire to take up this new ministry. Once again I thank you all for your welcome, friendship and support. As I said in my message two months ago, I will always carry you with me in my heart!

Fr Mario Zammit mssp

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