St Francis Feast Day Mass

This Tuesday 17 Aug marks the 1st Death Anniversary of our beloved Jan, parishioner and foundation principal of St Francis of Assisi Primary, Tarneit.

We remember Jan with loving and fond hearts for her missionary discipleship within our community. We keep her family and Maureen in our prayers and thoughts at this time. We miss her greatly.

Jan will be remembered with a live-streamed Mass at 9am on Tuesday.

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Students from St James the Apostle, St Francis of Assisi, St Clare’s and Thomas Carr College attended 10:30am Mass on Sunday 23 May to mark 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia.

The Religious Education Leaders from the four schools organised the Mass and each REL spoke about aspects of Catholic Education today and in the future.

It was wonderful to see so many families participating. The Church was at its COVID capacity and the overflow filled the Paulist Centre where the Mass was live streamed.


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Almighty and all-loving God, with gratitude for the endeavours of Catholic education in the past, with confidence in our Catholic pre-schools, schools and universities today, and with faith in their continuing contribution in the future, we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in this Great South Land.

As our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your providential care for your children in this land in inspiring priests, religious and lay people to found and staff our schools in ages past. Through them the Good News of your Son was brought to the young even in colonial times – and ever since.

As Christ the Teacher, you grace the staff and leaders of Catholic education today. As they build on the achievements of their predecessors direct them in their present efforts to ensure that every young Australian has the opportunity for an excellent education and formation in faith.

As our Inspiring Spirit, you lead us into the future. In the century ahead grant those teaching and learning in our schools, those planning and leading, and the families and community that entrust their young people to us, a love of learning and a willingness to be the face of Christ in the world of tomorrow.

Pour out your abundant blessings upon all involved in the ministry of Catholic education. Amen.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross – pray for us. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Patron of Catholic Education in Australia – pray for us.


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Congratulations to the recipients of the Joseph De Piro Award for 2020:

Rachael Glowacki—St James Primary
Grace Choate—St Francis Primary
Rhys Are—St Clare’s Primary

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

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This Fri 16 Oct, we join St Francis Primary, one of our Parish Primary Schools, in celebrating their Feast Day. Officially, the Feast Day falls on Oct 04th. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we will be celebrating together with a live streamed Mass at 9:30am. Details to join advertised this week via Facebook. Let us keep our school in prayer as we unite with them and sing out with joy to all the earth.

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We have three wonderful Catholic schools that cater for Primary school students within the Parish of St James the Apostle.
The three schools are:

St Clare’s Catholic Primary School
130 Marquands Road, Truganina Phone:9371 8400

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School
45 Fairview Parade, Tarneit Phone: 9749 9900

St James the Apostle Catholic Primary School
330 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing Phone: 9749 1000

The schools are zoned and this can be found on the school websites.
Places for 2021 are filling fast so we ask families to contact the school in your zone by calling or sending an email. The Parish of St James the Apostle is committed to ensuring that a place will be found for Catholic families in one of our three schools.

Fr Jude Pirotta
Parish Priest
St James Parish


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