ADVENT REFLECTION EVENINGS: The Story of the First Christmas – What do the Gospels say?
Advent Reflections with Fr John on each Tuesday of Advent from 7.30 – 8.30pm in Parish Meeting Room. All welcome. Bring your own bible if you can.
PARISH SOCIAL EVENTS
The second of our two informal get-togethers to mark the end of the Year of Saint Joseph comes around next Sunday.
Sunday 5th December after St Thomas’ 9am Mass – coffee at “Deep & Me” 448 St Kilda Road.
PARISH MASSES UPDATE – 26th November
We welcome all who are fully vaccinated to attend our weekend masses without limit on numbers:
- Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm St Joseph’s for fully vaccinated persons
- Sunday Morning Mass 9am St Thomas’ for fully vaccinated persons
- Sunday Morning Mass 10.30am St Joseph’s for fully vaccinated persons (also on Zoom)
- You will be asked to give evidence of double vaccination.
- The now familiar practice of sign-in by hand or QR Code, and the use of sanitiser is required.
Weekday Masses from Tuesday to Friday (without vaccination status check)
- 10am St Joseph’s (up to 30 persons)
- 12.45pm St Thomas’ (up to 30 persons)
UPCOMING LIVESTREAM MASSES
Next Zoom Mass: Sunday 5th December 10.30am.
Meeting number: 5109062166 Passcode: 430540
“TAKE THE WAY OF THE GOSPEL” – ARCHDIOCESAN MISSION RENEWAL
PARISH RENEWAL INFORMATION SESSIONS CONCLUDE
The parish has now concluded its engagement with the renewal process for this year. Read an introduction to Parish Mission Renewal here.
- Saturday Nov 20th at St Joseph’s’ 6pm Vigil Mass
- Sunday Nov 21st at St Thomas’ 9am Mass
A Blog Page has been uploaded to update parishioners on the ongoing process. To view the Blog click here.
LETTER OF ARCHBISHOP ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS
On behalf of Archbishop Comensoli, please find linked correspondence regarding the proposed new legislation, the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 from the State Government, which will impact on all faith-based organisations in Victoria. The Archbishop encourages you to share this message widely. Read the letter here.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH
“We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20) You can read the Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day here.
OPENING OF SYNOD OF BISHOPS 2021-2023 ON SYNODALITY
The Pope has officially inaugurated the next Synod of Bishops with an invitation to Catholics throughout the world to be engaged in a dialogue on the Synod theme : “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”. The official Vatican Synod website may be visited here. An extract from the letter of the Prior General of the Augustinian Order may be viewed here.
The Archbishop of Melbourne has this weekend now officially launched the local engagement with the preparation for the Synod in a Letter to the Faithful which you may read here.
OPENING OF THE AUSTRALIAN PLENARY COUNCIL
The first General Assembly of the long anticipated Plenary Council concludes this weekend. For details of the proceedings of the Council processes visit the site here. For progressive updates and media resources click here. A report on the First Assembly from he Tablet Magazine may be read here.
SAFEGUARDING SUNDAY SEPTEMER 12TH
The Parish of South Yarra is committed to the care, wellbeing and
protection of children, young people and people at risk in our community. May our message be that child protection and the dignity of every person is the responsibility of every adult. You can find a prayer for Safeguarding Sunday here.
ARTICLE ON ST AUGUSTINE’S “CONFESSIONS”
The Melbourne Archdiocesan Office for Evangelization currently has an article on the “Confessions of St Augustine” that may be of interest.
AUGUSTINIANS ANNUAL APPEAL WEEKEND – 28/29 AUGUST
At this time of the year we conduct our annual appeal for the works of the Augustinians in Australia and overseas. This year again we were prevented from doing so in person. You may support the works of the Augustinians by donating here.
NEW PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER – WELCOME AND FAREWELL
We sadly farewell our retiring business manager, Aimee Helleren, and thank her for her time among us, as welcome our new manager Annie Shi who joins the parish admin team – our prayers for you both!
WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!
I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me. I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.
Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age. Amen
OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE – EVENT CANCELLED.
Unfortunately this event which was to feature St Thomas Aquinas’ Church has been cancelled due to the continuing lockdown. You may still view The Open House Melbourne page for St. Thomas’ here.
Alternatively you may watch a video on the history and architecture of our church here.
PARISH PASTORAL PLAN 2021
On Wednesday July 14th the Parish Council endorsed a revised Parish Pastoral Plan. The document is an ongoing work in progress given the uncertainty of the times and the imminent discussions about the future structure of the Archdiocese. You may view the document here.