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Our focus for this year, 2021, is Mark 6:30-34 Year B

Getting to know 'The Good Shepherd' to be a good shepherd = Discipleship
(Belonging)

The Good Shepherd Parable: It appears in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 18:12–14) and Luke (Luke 15:3–7). It is about a shepherd who leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep in order to find the one which is lost. ... The parable of the Good shepherd, a pericope found in John 10:1–21.

Scripture: Mark 6:30-34
30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

Meditation: What does the image of a shepherd tell us about God’s care for us? Shepherding was one of the oldest of callings in Israel, even before farming, since the Chosen People had travelled from place to place, living in tents, and driving their flocks from one pasture to another. Looking after sheep was no easy calling. It required great skill and courage. Herds were often quite large, thousands or even ten thousands of sheep. The flocks spent a good part of the year in the open country. Watching over them required a great deal of attention and care. Sheep who strayed from the flock had to be sought out and brought back by the shepherd. Since hyenas, jackals, wolves, and even bear were common and fed on sheep, the shepherds often had to do battle with these wild and dangerous beasts. A shepherd literally had to put his life on the line in defending his sheep. Shepherds took turns watching the sheep at night to ward off any attackers. The sheep and their shepherds continually lived together. Their life was so intimately bound together that individual sheep, even when mixed with other flocks, could recognize the voice of their own shepherd and would come immediately when called by name.

The Old Testament often spoke of God as shepherd of his people, Israel. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm 23:1). Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! (Psalm 80:1) We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3). The Messiah is also pictured as the shepherd of God's people: He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms (Isaiah 40:11). Jesus told his disciples that he was the Good Shepherd who was willing to lay down his life for his sheep (Matthew 18:12, Luke 15:4, John 10). When he saw the multitude of people in need of protection and care, he was moved to respond with compassionate concern. His love was a personal love for each and every person who came to him in need. Peter the apostle called Jesus the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25).

Discipleship = the key theme in the Gospel of Mark

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Fr Gerard
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24 November 2020

pdf #22 UPDATE: GENERAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (667 KB)

23 November 2020

BOOKINGS NECESSARY FOR SUNDAY MASS THIS WEEKEND 28/29 NOVEMBER

  • There is a limit of 93 Parishioners along with Fr Gerard (density quotient of 1 per 4sq.m.)
  • Masks must be worn by all
  • Hands to be sanitised on arrival
  • All attendees must be registered
  • 1st Sunday of Advent (Bookings essential to manage numbers)
  • Social distancing must be maintained but family groups can sit together
  • Holy Communion will be done in blocks to minimise close contact with others (as we’ve done before)
  • No congregational singing for the time being
  • Parish Office – 9877 2292

Phone bookings for Weekday Masses please. Parishioners are also asked to advise the Registrar if they want to attend the following day.

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11 November 2020

Our Church is now open for Mass again this week and weekend.

However, please note the following guidelines:

  •     There is a limit of 20 Parishioners along with Fr Gerard
  •     Masks must be worn by all
  •     Hands to be sanitised on arrival
  •     All attendees must be registered
        (Bookings essential to manage numbers)
  •     Social distancing must be maintained but family groups can sit together
  •     Holy Communion will be done in blocks to minimise close contact with others
        (as we’ve done before)
  •     No congregational singing for the time being 

10 November 2020

pdf #21 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (529 KB)

2 November 2020 (All Souls Day)

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, remembering our own this past twelve months, in a meditative and pictorial way

29 October 2020

#20 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

27 October 2020

#19 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

26 October 2020

METRO MELBOURNE
(More details to follow as soon as they are available from the Archbishop)

As of 11.59pm, Tuesday 27 October

  • Faith communities:

Outdoor religious ceremonies permitted up to 20 people, in addition to those required for the service.

Indoor religious ceremonies can be held with up to 10. There has been no indication that the faith leader is additional here and we need to get confirmation on this.

(Note: Indoor and Outdoor services are not to be held concurrently, it is an either or, or alternating, for example).

  • Weddings permitted up to ten people outdoors.
  • Funerals permitted up to 20 mourners. This limit doesn’t include babies under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral.

 20 October 2020

pdf #18 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (536 KB)

18 October 2020

Parish Patronal Feast - Happy Saint Luke's Day

28 September 2020

pdf #17 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (531 KB) pdf
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25 September 2020

pdf Open letter to the Premier from the Bishops of Victoria (1.08 MB)

17 September 2020

pdf A Pathway through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Archdiocese of Melbourne (507 KB)

16 September 2020

Letters from Archbishop Peter: To the People and Clergy of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and … "Caring For Those Facing Sickness And Death"

pdf #16 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (349 KB)

15 September 2020

pdf #15 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne Information (348 KB)

13 September 2020

pdf MELBOURNE'S ROADMAP OUT OF COVID 19 LOCKDOWN (55 KB)

6 September 2020

pdf Victoria’s roadmap for reopening – How we live in Metropolitan Melbourne (159 KB)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

Working Together To Re-Open Victoria – Safely

3 September 2020

Parish Pastoral Council wants to reach out to all Parishioners with a Zoom meeting to touch base, pray a little, chat about the experience we've been having with COVID and respond to any questions from Parishioners; i.e.: Is there anything else you need in terms of your spiritual lives? Please join us on Thursday 3rd September at 7.00 p.m.

30 August 2020

The Prayer for Serenity comes to mind for me after reflecting on Sunday's Gospel this weekend and it goes like this:

God, grant us the serenity

to accept the things we cannot change,
the courage to change the things we can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful/fractured world as it is,
not as we would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if we surrender to Your will;
so that we may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.

8 August 2020

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4 August 2020

pdf #14 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (351 KB) pdf
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These last few days have brought very sad news to us all with the continued rise in the numbers of deaths, particularly from aged care communities. The attached update is much briefer than usual, mostly because the restrictions are more uniform. Whilst in some respects it makes things easier, it also highlights how far we have to go, and how much harder we have to work to keep our communities thriving.

2 August 2020 (Stage 4 Restrictions)

default Premier's statement on changes to Melbourne’s restrictions

default Updated restrictions – announcement 2 August

31 July 2020

pdf #13 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (405 KB)

 
 30 July 2020
COVID19 Prayer

    

22 July 2020

pdf #12 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (393 KB)

Please find attached the most recent information that pertains to the wearing of face coverings. This new information is contained in the first pink-shaded pages and relates most notably to the Hot Zone areas. It is important though, that this is read by all regardless of your zoning as a clear understanding about movements across zones must be considered - particular in relation to funerals and for staff where applicable. I also urge you to read the DHHS link contained in the document regarding face coverings as this explains what must be considered in the workplace and for travel.

The sections around Liturgical Guidelines and Holy Communion are detailed.

21 July 2020

default The Chief Health Officer recommends that Victorians wear a FACE MASK when leaving home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.

image 3C's: WHO (227 KB)

image Know the Facts Poster: WHO (369 KB)

default COVID-19 transmission and protective measures: WHO

17 July 2020

pdf COVID 19 Online Safety for Parents and Children (1.11 MB)

default COVID LIVE default We're remembering & holding all People affected in Prayer at this time

12 July 2020

pdf SUNDAY HERALD SUN COVID-19 FACT SHEET (50.08 MB)

pdf Ten ways to reduce your risk (1.45 MB)

8 July 2020

pdf #11 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (372 KB)

We're closed for Sunday Masses and Weekday Masses until further notice

7 July 2020

pdf Letter from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli (395 KB)

pdf The Premier announced this afternoon that we will return to Stage 3 Restrictions on Wednesday 8 July at 11.59pm for six weeks. (342 KB)

4 July 2020

pdf Statement From The Premier (342 KB)

1 July 2020

pdf #10 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINESCOVID - 19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne  (359 KB)

We're closed for Sunday Masses this weekend 11 & 12 July and until further notice

30 June 2020

default Statement from the Premier

23 June 2020

pdf #9 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (333 KB)

20 June 2020

17 June 2020 pdf (333 KB)

pdf # 8 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (333 KB) pdf #8 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (333 KB)

17 June 2020

pdf Welcome Home Parish Checklist (252 KB)

3 June 2020

pdf Protocols and Roles for Masses (709 KB)

1 June 2020

pdf #7 UPDATE: GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (158 KB)

27 May 2020 (Stage 2 Restrictions)

pdf UPDATE COVID 19 GENERAL GUIDELINES (337 KB)

pdf A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE CATHOLIC PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA FROM THE BISHOPS OF AUSTRALIA (247 KB)

pdf Entrustment Prayer Card (256 KB)

12 May 2020 pdf (351 KB)

pdf GENERAL GUIDELINES COVID-19: Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (351 KB)

pdf What can my Parish do? Points to consider in determining how your Parish might be able to move into new Stages of re-opening.

(281 KB)
13 May 2020

pdf Most recent Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Victoria
(231 KB)

Post Easter Message: 29 April 2020

default Latest message from the Archbishop, this link will take you to a short message from Archbishop Peter

Easter Message: 12 April 2020

pdf An Easter Calling to Us by Name, (328 KB) pdf from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne (328 KB)

default a Video Easter Calling to Us by Name,  from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne

Public Confidence: 7 April 2020

pdf Melbourne's Catholic Archbishop's Letter to the Faithful (409 KB)

Public Safety: 3 April 2020

pdf Update from Archbishop Peter regarding restricted arrangments for the celebration of Holy Week throughout the Archdiocese of Melbourne (285 KB)

Public Safety: 23 March 2020 pdf (586 KB)

pdf Update from Archbishop Peter regarding the implications of the most recent Government directives (586 KB) pdf (586 KB)

Public Safety: 19 March 2020

pdf Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (316 KB)


Public Safety: 18 March 2020

pdf (516 KB) pdf Letter from the Bishops of Victoria (472 KB) pdf (472 KB) pdf
(472 KB)

Regarding COVID-19 and how the Church in Victoria has decided to respond to the directions of the Government. Gathering in our Church for Worship is now suspended until further notice – please read the Bishops' Letter. It is important to understand that this is to minimise any infection to any person in close proximity to other people gathered in a static environment for an extended period of time. N.B. Our Church is now closed until further notice at the Archbishop's instruction and the Goverment guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Safety: 13 March 2020

pdf Letter from the Bishops of Victoria (516 KB)

General Guidelines for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Public Safety: 6 March 2020

document Letter of Guidance from the Catholic Vicar General, Melbourne, regarding the current situation pertaining to the novel coronavirus. (549 KB)

pdf Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference Advice (174 KB)

Public Safety:28 February 2020

pdf Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Parishes - Archbishop of Melbourne (680 KB)

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