Message from Fr Jude and Fr Silvio

Message from Fr Jude and Fr Silvio

Recently, Fr Silvio and I have had several calls, inquiring about the covid vaccinations.

Pope Francis tells us that “getting vaccinated is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable”.

As we continue to see the covid numbers increase, the most effective way to show our care and concern for ourselves and for others, is to be vaccinated.  As Christians, we strongly encourage all within our community, including Parish employees, to get vaccinated as soon as possible, manifesting our obligation to love our neighbour.

We encourage you to rely on reputable sources of information to help you make informed choices and visit your doctor to discuss any questions you may have regarding the vaccine and you.

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp.


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Joseph De Piro

This past week we celebrated the anniversary of the Official Opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonisation of the Servant of God, Joseph De Piro, which was on 7th Oct 1998.

Please pray that the Lord may bless the work being done in favour of this cause towards Joseph De Piro being Canonised as a saint.


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Has missing out on the St James Fete for two years in a row got you feeling like you are missing a piece of your heart? Well the Young Paulists are here to try to fix that hole! We invite all parishioners over the age of 18 to come join us for a Spooky Trivia Night on the Sat 23 Oct at 6:30pm.

Entry is $5 with all proceeds going towards the church extensions. So grab a mate, or two, or come with your family for a night of fun! Teams of 5-8 with smaller groups merged with others and larger groups split.

We also have prizes! If you have any lockdown goodies that you bought at an impulse and would love to donate it, please email the parish office at [email protected]; or if you have any ideas for prizes that you would be willing to sponsor: we accept them all! We hope to see a lot of you on the night as we join together for a night of fun!

Registrations close Fri 22 Oct at 5:30pm. You can register by using this LINK.


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Dear Parishioners of St James,

Over three years ago the decision was announced to hold a Plenary Council and the People of God began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God and by listening to one another’s stories of faith.

We as a Parish had several sessions to provide input for this Plenary Council. After this time of listening and journeying the Catholic Church of Australia will gather for the first assembly of the Plenary Council from 3-10th October 2021.

The Plenary Council website will provide daily livestreams of parts of the opening Plenary sessions and Masses (including the Opening Mass on Sun 03 Oct).

Plenary Council Masses and daily morning prayer booklets for full participation are available here:

May God grant the grace to all those gathering to be open to the Spirit leading them through these upcoming days of prayer, listening and discernment.


A prayer used before every session of the Second Vatican Council.
This is to be prayed at the beginning of a Plenary Council.

We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for All

Enable us to uphold the rights of others; do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favour. Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true.
As we gather in your name may we temper justice with love, so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants, Amen .

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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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Survey Results

Thank you to those who completed the project proposal survey and those who attended the zoom forum. Your time and contribution is greatly appreciated. It has been wonderful to hear everyone’s thoughts on the different proposal ideas and their views on the strengths and needs of St James as a community. We collated all the suggestions from the survey and presented the ideas at the forum. It was decided that the project proposal will be for a community garden. If parishioners are interested in reviewing the meeting minutes, please email Diane at [email protected]

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Change of Live Stream Details

We are currently live streaming our Weekday Morning Mass at 9.00am from Mon-Sat and Weekend Mass at 6.00pm on Saturdays.

We have updated the process due to technical issues with live streaming on Facebook. The live stream is on YouTube and is now shared live on Facebook. The live stream on Facebook does not come up in your Notifications but will appear in your News Feed similar to other posts you receive. If you click the link on the Facebook post, it will automatically take you to the YouTube live feed.

It is suggested that you LIKE the St James Facebook page:

Moreover, when you SUBSCRIBE to the St James YouTube page you will receive an email as soon as Mass starts. The YouTube link is:

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Jose De Piro Kabattang Orkestra

To enhance the Church’s social teaching and provide opportunities for those in need, CaSPA (Catholic Secondary Principals Australia) and its corporate partners have encouraged secondary schools in Australia to apply for the annual Social Action Funding Grant aimed at providing support to those within remote Australia or in neighbouring countries.

The Faith and Mission Team from Thomas Carr College, were recently delighted to learn that their application to support the work of the Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra was successful.

This application was aimed at supporting the Missionary Society of St Paul’s Jose De Piro Kabataang Foundation, which auspices the music program of Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra (Youth Orchestra) which is comprised of more than 60 talented young musicians from impoverished and disadvantaged families in Dinalupihan, in the Province of Bataan, Philippines.

Thank you to CaSPA for their $5000 grant. Read more about this HERE.

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