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Dear sisters and brothers,
We start another liturgical year with the First Sunday in Advent. Once again, the Church in the gospel reading encourages us to stay awake, not in fear, but with our heads held high, because we know that our salvation is near at hand.
As we start our preparation for Christmas, the birth of God become human among us, the Word of God taking on human flesh, we also remind ourselves that God is always incarnating himself in our world. Our role as missionaries is to welcome God’s word and make it known.
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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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After 22 years in Catholic Education at Thomas Carr College, Geralyn will be leaving to take up her new appointment as Deputy Principal of Faith and Mission at Marcellin College, Bulleen. In 1999 Geralyn began at TCC as the first student counsellor and then established and coordinated student well being. She then became the Director of Student Services and in her final years had the position as the Director of Faith and Mission.
We thank Geralyn for her commitment and loyalty in providing a holistic education for the students under her care including their academic, social, emotional and spiritual development.
We thank Gerlayn also for working closely with the feeder schools and parishes maintaining a healthy relationship between school and parish. Although Geralyn is not leaving the parish, she will truly be missed by all at TCC and remembered lovingly for her commitment, sense of humour, loyalty and genuine love and living out of the Gospel.
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With sincere thanks to our wonderful community at St.James, who have found the courage to reach out and allow us in making a phone call to those in need. During these unprecedented times, we hope we have made a difference, in a way, that has lifted you up and given you the strength to keep us in God’s spirit.
With feedback from you and our team, during these conversations, it has surely made a difference to the team as well. It has given us, as YP’s, an honourable opportunity in getting to know our parishioners, which in turn, makes us a very caring and uniting community.
And so, as rewarding this has made us with our love, again, we would like to extend this event and offer our ongoing support to those in need for a caring chat. As these difficult times are prolonged, we are more than happy to give you a call from here on. So please don’t hesitate to let us know, along with your details. We look forward to hearing from you. Take care, stay safe & God bless.
YP Core Team Member
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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 union with St Joseph, whom you entrusted with Your Son, we ask your generous blessing today and every day. Amen
The Parish Pastoral Council, Frs Jude, Silvio, Mario and Brendan and Dcn Royden wish all our fathers a happy and blessed Father’s Day .
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A happy Saint James Feast Day to all in our parish community, and to all those who journey with us.
Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, due to COVID, we cannot gather as a community for this special celebration dedicated to our Patron Saint.
Our Feast Day provides us with an opportunity to look back and give thanks for the vision and loving service of our pioneers and welcome those who have recently joined our parish community. It is also a time for us to pause and give thanks, for the struggles and joys of the past and to look forward in hope to our future.
We remember those who for some time were part of the journey with us and have now either died or now form part of other parishes. We remember those who are struggling under the weight of isolation that these COVID lockdowns are imposing on us.
Our patron St James had to learn the importance of servant leadership; Jesus reminded him that he ought not get caught in the trappings of the earthly understanding of rankings, but that serving others is how we are called to love our neighbours. As missionary disciples may we find strength in the zeal James showed in following Christ, and imitate his courage as we continue to spread the faith in these present times.
Please join us for our Feast Day Mass online, which will be live streamed on Sat 24 July at 6pm. Link will be on the front page of the Parish website (https://www.stjamesapostlehcn.com.au) to either YouTube or Facebook.
On behalf of Fr Silvio and the Parish Council may I take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing love, care and support.
I wish you all a very happy and blessed feast of St James.
Fr Jude Pirotta mssp
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Dear Parishioners of St James,
Greetings! Here we are finding ourselves as Victorians in another snap lockdown, the fifth of its kind! Please be reassured of our solidarity with you at this difficult time. On behalf of Frs Silvio, Brendan, Mario, Dcn Royden and the parish council, I write to remind you all of our Parish Feast Day on Sunday 25th July. We celebrate the martyrdom, in the year 44 AD, of St James the Apostle, patron saint of our Parish and of one of our Parish Primary Schools. Usually, on this day, we would gather as one family to celebrate with a special Eucharist around the table of the Lord and our Parish Party. For obvious reasons, for yet a second time, we are unable to come together for this celebration. While we may not be able to come together physically, we will still celebrate a special Eucharist dedicated to our Patron Saint. At this stage we cannot determine what will happen in a week’s time, hopefully we will be able to be present in our newly renovated church home; if this is not possible, we will certainly be able to celebrate, in a limited way, through live-stream on our parish YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/StJamestheApostlehcn) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stjamesapostlehcn) pages. We were planning to enjoy some light refreshments, with the traditional cutting of the feast day cake, after the 10:30am Mass, but, for the moment, all this is on hold awaiting further announcements.
During these difficult times there is a piece of good news as, together with St Peter’s Mission parish, we have started an Alpha programme. This is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. A number of parishioners have responded to our invitation and the programme started last Tuesday. This will be another opportunity of renewal and growth in our parish community. Thank you to Fr Silvio and Dcn Royden for participating in this eleven week programme.
Wishing all at St James Primary School and St James parish the blessings of a happy feast day.
Fr Jude M Pirotta mssp pp
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On the great feast of Pentecost, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written to all the faithful of Melbourne, inviting the community into a conversation on how we might discern our common mission for the years ahead. He reflects that the way of the Gospel – the path of missionary discipleship – has always been adapted by every generation to fit the local circumstances. And so now, in our time and place, how might we invite people into the fullness of the Gospel of life, and do so with a renewed sense of vibrancy and vitality?
You can find a copy of his letter HERE.