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Parish Online ALPHA Registrations Open

We are excited to announce an online ALPHA Program is commencing in our parish starting Monday September 27. ALPHA is a great program with a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space (online or in person) where people can explore life, faith and meaning.

There are limited places available so please register early.

For enquiries please call Felix on 0431 008 563 or email us at [email protected]

To register please fill in the Form by clicking on this LINK.

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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.

Go gently

Fr Jude M Pirotta mssp pp

 

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Calling Leaders to Join the ALPHA Team

Joint parishes of St James & St Peters is planning to start an ALPHA Program in Hoppers Crossing. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. A pilot program is being run for those who would like to be part of the Alpha team that will lead Alpha Programs in our parishes. If you have a heart for Evangelisation and would like to be part of the team, you are invited to an Information Session to be held at St James this Tues 06 Jul at 7pm. For enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 9401 6367.

 

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