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Christmas Program 2021 – Updated 18/19 Dec

With the changes announced by the Government on Wed 15 Dec, the St James Christmas Program 2021 has been updated to reflect that Vaccination Status is now not required to attend religious services.

Reconciliation—Wed 22 Dec

  • 1st Rite of Reconciliation from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Christmas Eve—Fri 24 Dec

  • 6:00 pm Carols with Mass at 6:30pm
  • 9:00 pm Vigil Mass
  • 11:30 pm Carols & Midnight Mass

Christmas Day—Sat 25 Dec

  • 7:30 am Christmas Day Mass
  • 9:00 am Christmas Day Mass
  • 10:30 am Christmas Day Mass
  • (No evening Mass on Christmas Day)

Feast of the Holy Family—Sun 26 Dec

  • 8:30am Mass
  • 10:30am Mass
  • 5:00pm Mass

New Year’s Eve—Fri 31 Dec

  • 6:00pm Last Mass of the Year

New Year’s Day—Sat 01 Jan—Solemnity of Mary

  • 10:00am First Mass of the Year

Weekend of 01/02 Jan

Regular weekend Mass times.

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Christmas Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

After a challenging two years, let us pause and rejoice in the hope of Christmas which was never about the festivities. The last couple of years have challenged us in ways that have been unimaginable; they have turned our levels of comfort and security on their head.

And whilst we’ve sought creative ways to engage in our worship and our connections, it’s never been about reinventing something. Christmas is about Jesus.  When we gather as a community once again this Christmas, don’t labour on the darkness of the last couple of years—recall the wonder of that birth and the light by which we can see ahead.

Whilst we have lived the experience of being physically apart from each other, there has been a growing awareness that we need each other, that we belong together and that our lives and our wellbeing as communities is inextricably bound to one another.

Christmas is an opportunity to thank so many parishioners who give abundantly of their time and talents in making our Parish the vibrant, faith-filled community that it is. It is calculated that over 300 Parishioners take an active part in some form of ministry or Parish activity, letting Christ’s light shine in the midst of the struggles and joys. To these volunteers who are the heartbeat of the Parish, we are truly indebted.

On behalf of Fr Silvio, Fr Brendan, Dcn Royden and the Parish Pastoral Council, I thank the Principals and staff of our four schools who have worked strongly in partnership with the Parish, providing a strong Catholic Identity and high quality education promoting the dignity and the potential of each person. I thank the Parish Office Staff and Kevin Lloyd who have tirelessly given of themselves to serve and keep safe the community during these unprecedented years. To Tess Mijares our Presbytery cook for her care and concern. The Samoan Choir for maintaining regular Working Bees during the Pandemic and to the numerous volunteers in ministries who continued to give their support through these challenging times. To the many generous Parishioners for your prayers, faithfulness to the Thanksgiving Program and the many donations which support the Church Extension Loan allowing us to continue proclaiming the Gospel and meeting our commitments. Your faithfulness and loyalty is truly valued.

As we gather this year, hopefully with family and friends for the first time in a very long time, may you experience the God of Promises in the birth of Jesus.  May you be blessed and enjoy the gifts of this time, for God has sent His Son, born among us and for us—God-with-us. May you have a very blessed, healthy and safe Christmas.

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

 

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Advent Angels – Thank You

Thank you to all who supported this year’s Advent Angel project. A total of $3724 was raised and donated for the education of children through MSSP Missions.

Special thanks to Angel Hartanto, Fr Mario and Amanda Brown, those who donated materials and those who helped with sales.  We appreciate your affirmations and generosity during a very difficult year.

Advent Angels Team

 

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Christmas Mass Rosters

Christmas Rosters for Lectors, Commentators, Special Ministers of Communion, COVID Marshalls and Altar Servers are being drafted.

If you are a current minister in any of these ministries, kindly fill in your name and contact number on the sheets provided in the Narthex.

For rostering purposes, please indicate ALL Masses you are able to serve at. Rosters will be drafted on Mon 20 Dec.

 

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Christmas Program 2021

Reconciliation—Wed 22 Dec

1st Rite of Reconciliation from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the church

Christmas Eve—Fri 24 Dec

4:30pm           Undeclared Vaccination Status Christmas Mass**
6:00pm           Carols with Mass at 6:30pm
9:00pm           Vigil Mass
11:30pm         Carols and Midnight Mass

Christmas Day—Sat 25 Dec

7:30am Christmas Day Mass
9:00am Christmas Day Mass
10:30am Christmas Day Mass
Please note no evening Mass this day

Feast of the Holy Family—Sun 26 Dec

8:30am Mass
10:30am Mass
5:00pm Mass

New Year’s Eve—Fri 31 Dec

6:00pm Last Mass of the Year

New Year’s Day—Solemnity of Mary—Sat 01 Jan

10:00am First Mass of the Year

Weekend of 01/02 Jan

Regular weekend Mass times.  Note, there is no Undeclared Vaccination Status Mass on this weekend due to New Year’s Day.

** Due to the capacity limit of 50 people at Undeclared Vaccination Status Masses, Parishioners who are eligible to attend other Christmas Mass times are encouraged to attend those Mass times instead to maximise the available room at this Mass for those who are only eligible for this Mass.

 

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Christmas Program 2021

Reconciliation—Wed 22 Dec

1st Rite of Reconciliation from 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

Christmas Eve—Fri 24 Dec

4:30 pm Undeclared Vaccination Status Mass**

6:00 pm Carols with Mass at 6:30pm

9:00 pm Vigil Mass

11:30 pm Carols & Midnight Mass

 

Christmas Day—Sat 25 Dec

7:30 am Christmas Day Mass

9:00 am Christmas Day Mass

10:30 am Christmas Day Mass

(No evening Mass on Christmas Day)

 

Feast of the Holy Family—Sun 26 Dec

8:30am Mass

10:30am Mass

5:00pm Mass

 

New Year’s Eve—Fri 31 Dec

6:00pm Last Mass of the Year

 

New Year’s Day—Sat 01 Jan—Solemnity of Mary

10:00am First Mass of the Year

 

Weekend of 01/02 Jan

Regular weekend Mass times. Note, there is no Undeclared Vaccination Status Mass this weekend due to New Year’s Day.

 

** Due to the capacity limit of 50 people at Undeclared Vaccination Status Masses, Parishioners who are eligible to attend other Christmas Mass times are encouraged to attend those Mass times instead to maximise the available room at this Mass for those who are only eligible for this Mass.

 

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St James Vintage Group

A social group for all Parishioners over 55 and Young at Heart.

No joining fee, just come when you can.

After a long break due to covid, the St James Vintage Group are once more organising to gather again.

Tues 14 Dec at 10:30am: Denis Walter’s Very Special Christmas Show at Encore Events Centre on Derrimut Rd.

If you would like to attend, simply purchase your own ticket for $12 which includes a Christmas themed Morning Tea, and let the Parish Office know by calling 9401 6367.

 

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Advent Angels are Back

Advent Angels are back! Only $3 each. We have an exciting new collection of handcrafted Advent Angels for Christmas 2021.

Advent Angels will be on sale at St James church on Sat 27 Nov between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and at all weekend masses 27th/28th November.  Please note: We can only accept cash for purchases at St James church.

This year we are pleased to be collaborating with our mssp sister parish, St Bernadette’s Nth Sunshine where we will be selling Advent Angels on 4th/5th December.

All money raised will help support children’s education through mssp missions. Please come along and help make a difference .

 

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Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Christmas is in the air!  We all look forward to a joyful and festive Christmas; sadly, due to the impact of the pandemic on many families, Christmas may not be so happy.

To send a message of hope, a fundraiser for Vinnies has been organised to assist them in making Christmas more meaningful to families in our area.  Donations can be directed to this LINK.

This Christmas appeal for Vinnies will take the place of our Christmas Giving Tree and will end on Fri 03 Dec.

 

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We would like to thank Parishioners, St James, St Francis and St Clare’s Primary, Thomas Carr College and IGA Werribee for the generous support to the Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal 2020.

We are overwhelmed and thankful for the donations received, especially after a tough 2020. Your continued belief and support has enabled us to provide assistance to those in need through food vouchers this year as well as providing them with the Christmas spirit. We would like to share the many thanks from all those who received help as well, who all had a smile on their face when help was given, arms opened for a hug to thank us and the tears of gratitude.

Thank you and wishing you a safe and very Merry Christmas from the Hoppers Crossing North St Vincent de Paul Conference.

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