Parish Mission – Building the Kingdom

Don’t miss this opportunity to come to the Mission

Fr Martin Cilia mssp will be accompanying our Superior General Fr Mark Grima mssp from Rome who is visiting our communities.

Fr Martin is a member of the Missionary Society of St Paul and is currently Director of the MSSP Oratory, Malta. Fr Martin provides adult formation opportunities to those who are still searching and curious to come closer in their faith journey, and to those in the community who wish to deepen further their experience.

St James the Apostle Parish warmly welcomes all Parishioners and friends to our Parish Mission:


Tuesday February 11—7:00pm-9:00pm

What do we find difficult about fully living out of our baptismal call to live out our Christian mission in the wider world? In this session, we will reimagine our vibrant mission in the world.


Thursday February 13—7:00pm-9:00pm

Learn more about the spirituality of Joseph De Piro, his life and his missionary charism.


Saturday February 15—10:00am-4:00pm

Day of reflection and prayer. Food provided. RSVP with dietary requirements by this Thursday February 13 by calling 9748 6800 or emailing [email protected]

Please keep these days free and join us for any/all of these times!



What can happen when we, as a faith community, enter into the gift of possibility that God has for the church and the world? Are we willing to risk the journey of faith, step further and share ourselves outside the walls of the church?

For Eucharistically-centred believers, that is essentially who we are as Christians: a community who experiences connectedness at the Eucharistic table and then share that same Spirit out in the world.


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The Jose De Piro Kabataan (youth) orchestra began five years ago in the parish of St Catherine of Alexandria, under the pastoral care of the MSSP, in the poor village of Pagalanggang, in Dinalupihan, Bataan Province in the Philippines. The aim of this orchestra is to empower these young people giving them a skill they can use to better their life. Thirty-four members of this orchestra, together with their conductor and the parish priest are doing a ten day concert tour in Tarneit, Braybook, Heidelberg and Colac. The concerts are free, donations to support the orchestra are welcome. Some members of this orchestra are being sponsored to continue their studies at tertiary level in a university in Manila.

Please pray for the Jose De Piro Orchestra consisting of 34 young people joining us for 10 days starting from this Saturday 08th June. May this be an enriching and inspiring time for all. This is a marvellous opportunity of grace as we reveal and embrace the human face of our Christ in hospitality and love.

Thank you to the Host Families and all who have made this event possible.

You can meet the Orchestra as they attend Mass at St James on Sun 09 Jun at the 5:00pm Mass or at one of their concerts.

To book a free seat at their concert, please visit the following sites (please note, should the Tarneit Venue be fully booked, please try one of the other venues):


Thomas Carr College, Tarneit :
Caroline Chisolm College, Braybrook :
Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg:
Trinity College, Colac :


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Information relating to the Jose De Piro Bataan Orchestra Appeal can be found in the flyers which are located in the magazine racks in the Narthex. Any donations/sponsorships will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support of this important appeal to bring to Australia the talented students from Bataan one of the poorest areas in the Philippines.


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Judy De Bono from our Parish who went to the Philippines on a mission experience writes:

Hope this finds you all in good health and happiness. Well I made it safe and sound and can’t believe I have been here for two weeks.  Arrived late Monday 8th May to heat, noise and confusion at Manila Airport and so happy and relieved to see a sign that said MSSP welcomes you!.  Fr Hector and all priests made me feel very welcome, they are all so kind and have made me feel so at home and comfortable.  I stayed in Manila at the Missionary House for 4 days and just spent some time getting adjusted and orientated to the Country.  Made a visit to the children on the street of the Mission House and it was an amazing experience.  They sang and danced for me and I felt like the queen visiting!  On Friday 12th I left and arrived at the Province of Bataan where I will spend most of my time.  Very different to Manila, a little quieter, greener and a bit fresher, however, not any cooler. We have three beautiful dogs that I have fallen in love with and certainly not lonely with so many gorgeous children coming and going. I’m already known as Aunty Judy and getting lots of hugs and kisses.  The complex is huge and Fr Joe encourages the children to be here or else they would be on the street. I have been doing a few English lessons with some of the kids, but it’s slow.  I’m still adjusting to it all.  I’m hoping to get to a few kindergartens once school starts and will feel a bit more confident as that is really my area of work with kids.  Not much success with the elderly at the moment but I’m working on it.  In my quiet times I have been thinking of you all and hoping you are all good.  It does feel strange not being at work but for now I’m loving it, but ask me in a couple of months!  Ok guys, better go and start the day, so take care of yourselves until the next time.

God Bless, Judy De Bono

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