Catholic Mission – World Mission Sunday Appeal

This week Catholic Mission will offer the opportunity to be part of a life-changing program—The Maria Auxiliadora Clinic.

The Maria Auxiliadora Clinic is a vital project for the Salesian Sisters and the Church in Venilale.  Since its establishment, the clinic has provided life-saving treatment for many in need, like Jose, who became severely malnourished at 8 months old.  But, with an increase in the demand for treatment, the Sisters resources can only carry them so far.

Please give generously today to help continue this life-giving program by by going online at or using the appeal envelope. Your gift will also help many other similar Church-run mission programs around the world.


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Our recent Fete was a resounding success.  We give thanks to God for watching over us last weekend as we gathered to celebrate community at our annual Fete.

We are very happy and proud to say that St James Fete 2023 was a great success.  It was, truly speaking, an event generating a wonderful community spirit. Prior to the Fete, the generosity of our schools, parishioners and well-wishers was amazing, as they responded to the Fete Committee’s various appeals for donations of different things. There were also offers of help and pledges of prayers.

Many volunteers turned up on the day before the Fete to help set up.  On the day of the Fete, everyone involved was in high spirits, showing much enthusiasm and exhibiting lots of energy.

The atmosphere of excitement was palpable. God favoured us with favourable weather once again which contributed greatly to the day.

In terms of fundraising the Fete and Raffle looks healthy and results will be shared as soon as all is finalised.

To Kevin Lloyd our Fete Coordinator and the Committee I would like to say a big THANK YOU for your time, meticulous planning and hard work.  To the many volunteers, those who provided entertainment, our sponsors, our schools and parishioners, I say thank you!  Without your help we would have been struggling.  To those who joined us on the day thank you so much and I hope you had fun.

St James, you truly are a marvellous witness of missionary discipleship and demonstrate your commitment to living out of our mission as a faith-filled, welcoming and caring community.

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp


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Registration for St James Parish 2024 First Reconciliation program is now open, registration ends  Monday  29th January 2024.

Program starts on Sat 03rd February 2024 and First Reconciliation celebration will be on Sat 02nd March 2024.

Please complete the online registration to register HERE.

Families are asked for a contribution of $100 per child attending the program to help the Parish cover the cost of running the Sacramental Program.

Information will be emailed to families once completed Registration Forms are received.

Alternatively, you can contact Maribel Maniquiz (Sacramental Coordinator for other schools) on 0490 019 611.


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During the week we celebrated World Teacher’s Day.  We acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and vocation of the teachers in our schools here at St James Parish.  We thank God for them for their skilled work, passion and enthusiasm in educating, inspiring and supporting our students.  We are truly blessed at St James Parish that our schools have dedicated teachers and staff for going beyond the call of duty. Please keep them all in our prayers.


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Remembering Our Loved Ones

During the month of November, we are invited to write the names of our deceased loved ones and place them in the Memorial Box in the Narthex. The Box, along with the names inside, will be carried to a sacred space on the Sanctuary during the Offertory.  May they rest in peace.


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NATSICC Message after Referendum Results

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) has a message of hope as we move forward from the referendum:

When we started this journey, we knew it would not be easy. We knew that there were many hurdles to overcome. This has been the case for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for over 200 years. Our strong culture and spirituality have helped us to survive through challenges, and an unsuccessful outcome to the Voice to Parliament referendum is just another challenge that we will face with dignity, respect and without losing hope.

Throughout this journey we, the members of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) have placed an emphasis on fostering respectful dialogue and providing Catholics with information to help them make their decision. We are proud to have maintained the stance that all people are created equal in the image of God and thus deserve to be respectfully treated, regardless of their stance on the referendum question.

Guided by the Catholic social teaching principle of Subsidiarity, we (along with most First Australians) saw the value in a mechanism for our voice, and the voices of our children and grandchildren to be heard in Parliament and the potential for tangible outcomes to improve the day to day lives of our people. We also acknowledged that this was not the only way forward, but a step on the journey of Reconciliation.

We accept that, for a variety of reasons, the Australian people have decided that an enshrined Voice is not the way to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution, or see it as useful to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples gain an equal footing on metrics such as life expectancy, health and socio economics. What we must not accept is that this signals the end of the journey. Statistics from the Closing the Gap strategy show that we cannot maintain the status quo. We now call on those that espoused alternatives to champion Indigenous-led ideas and initiatives that will address these practical issues, and for all people in this country to work for reconciliation.

Fear, confusion, and misinformation has impacted relationships between communities, families and friendships. The biggest tragedy we face as a nation is to hold onto resentment and disagreements, allowing them to fester and divide us further. As Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Embracing this spirit of forgiveness can pave the way for shared healing and unity.

As we look towards the future, we are heartened by the impact and response to the One Journey, Together website. 30 Catholic organisations, including the peak bodies for Catholic Health, Education and Social Services, congregations and groups articulated their support of the Voice and will be valuable allies as we move forward in our shared work of reconciliation.

The path of reconciliation and unity is a long one, but it is one that we must tread with unwavering faith and determination. The challenges we face are not insurmountable, and with the collective strength of our communities and the guidance of our faith, we can envision a brighter future for all.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

With this hope in our hearts, we, the members of NATSICC, will continue to advocate for the rights and dignity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We are certain that our family, the Catholic Church continues to walk alongside us. As Chaplain to NATSICC, Bishop Charles Gauci joins with us in these thoughts and prayers and hopes that “we be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance so that we can grow together in the way Jesus teaches us.”

We believe that together, with love, understanding, and the grace of God, we can build a future where every individual is recognized, respected, and cherished.

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On Sun 08 Oct, the Young Paulists, our Young Adults Group, celebrated 10 years of service to our community and beyond. They gathered those who had served as Young Paulists Core Team members over the past decade to reflect on the journey and where they are today. One of them reflects:

“… we were called to serve, we led mission trips and parish events that have bonded us together and shaped us as young adults… the experience has led me to find gifts I can share with my community and to make my career change to becoming a teacher. These experiences are not lost among the team in our want to share our gifts and talents. In giving, we found something more fulfilling, which has been the rope that pulls us back into service even through our different walks of life.”



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