ST ANTHONY'S PARISH
Saturday Vigil at 6.30pm
Sunday at 8.30am & 10.30am
South Sudanese Sunday Mass at 2.30pm
Tuesday - Mass at 9.30am
Wednesday - Communion Service at 9.30am
Thursday - Mass at 9.30am
Friday - Communion Service at 9.30am
1st & 3rd Saturday’s of the month: 10am
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; 2nd Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14; Gospel: John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
Seminarian Pastoral Year
For those who don’t know me yet, my name is Dominic Lawes and I’m a fourth-year seminarian for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I have the great pleasure of being based in both St Anthony’s and Resurrection parishes this year. Being a seminarian in a parish is both a rewarding and challenging experience. After completing our first three years of priestly training at Corpus Christi College in Carlton, we’re sent out to parishes to gain pastoral experience, both as preparation for being priests and as part of the discernment process.
I have learned to love my academic studies since I began my training, but I always missed living in the real world. Already I’m getting a taste of the life-giving spirit of communities that reminds me of why I wanted to become a seminarian. One of the main activities for seminarians in parishes takes place outside the liturgy, in visiting people, listening to them, and engaging on the depths of their lives. In these depths, we begin to share our lives of faith and grow as Christians together. This is what Pope Francis refers to as “having the smell of the sheep,” and I find it a strengthening and rewarding experience.
However, it is always a challenge amidst my encounters with people to remain rooted in humility and docility. After all, this work is not mine and is not about me. It is the work of God for those he has decided in his infinite wisdom to call to it. Therefore, in my encounters, I need the humility to remember that people don’t need me specifically, but Jesus who dwells within me. And I need to be docile, meaning I need to be an instrument of God, and useable by him, in order to talk and live in the way he wants me to. And so a particular challenge in my life, and I believe in the lives of all Christians, is to lead lives of sufficient activity and prayer. Activity means going out, encountering others, and completing my duties. But daily dedicated prayer time is important because it fills me with the presence of God so that I may carry him in my encounters and duties. If I get the balance right, I can encounter people in a way that reflects their inherent dignity as people made in the image and likeness of God.
Seminarian of the Archdiocese of Melbourne
RESURRECTION & ST ANTHONY’S OFFICE HOURS
Monday Closed/ Tuesday –Friday 9.00am-1.00pm/ (all other times leave a message on the phone)
Members of Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Dandenong Deanery
Catechist and Sacramental Program 2023
Please click on the link below to enroll your child for a Sacrament in 2023 as well as our Catechist program.
Please note: all meetings will be starting at 7.00 pm.
Our Catechist program is designed to prepare children who do not attend a Catholic school to receive the Holy Sacraments.
Our Dates for the meetings in 2023 are as follows -
ParentsMeeting - Tuesday, 7 February - St. Anthony’s church
Parent and child meeting - Tuesday 21 March - Resurrection church Little chapel
ParentsMeeting - Tuesday, 9 May - St. Anthony’s church
Parent and child meeting - Tuesday 20 June - Resurrection church Little chapel
ParentsMeeting - Tuesday,25 July - St. Anthony’s church
Parent and child meeting - Tuesday 29 August - Resurrection church Little chapel
Parents Meeting - Tuesday, 3 October - St. Anthony’s church
Parent and child meeting - Tuesday 21 November - Resurrection church Little chapel
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is for children in grade 3 who have already been baptised.
St. Anthony’s - Tuesday 5 September
Resurrection - Tuesday 12 September
Parent and child meeting
Resurrection - Tuesday 10 October
St. Anthony’s - Tuesday 17 October
The Sacrament of the First Eucharist is for children who have already received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This Sacrament is usually received in grade 4.
St. Anthony’s and Resurrection parishes combined.
Parents meeting - Tuesday 28 February
Parent and Child meeting - Tuesday 28 March
Children in grades 6 to 8 usually receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
St. Anthony’s - Tuesday 6 June
Resurrection - Tuesday 13 June
Parent and child meeting
Resurrection - Tuesday 11 July
St. Anthony’s - Tuesday 18 July
Confirmation Retreat day
St. Anthony’s Thursday 17 August
Resurrection - Friday 18 August
St. Anthony’s - Thursday, 24 August
Resurrection - Friday, 25 August
St. Anthony’s - Saturday, 26 August
Resurrection - Sunday, 27 August
If you have more than one child receiving a Sacrament this year, please fill out two separate forms.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Our Grief Support Group is beginning again at St. Anthony's and Resurrection on the 2nd and 4th Thursday day of the month. Our first meeting is on Thursday 9th March at 10.30 in the Parish Centre at St Anthony's.
If you are struggling with the death of a loved family member or friend, we invite you to join us on our journey of healing, compassion and friendship. If you are interested in coming along to the group or would like more information, please ring Maria Jones on 0414 520 488. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this support, please extend an invitation .
St Anthony’s Flowers
Have you got a talent in arranging flowers for our church. You would be on a roster. You also would receive money to buy the flowers. Please ring Carmel 0409 358 683 for a chat. Thanks for your support in this matter.
Lenten Zoom Program
St Anthony’s & Resurrection Parishes are also offering a 6 week Lenten Zoom program for those who might like to make the Lenten journey online. This will begin on Tuesday 21st Feb at 10.45am - 12.00 and the following Tuesdays 28th Feb, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March. These sessions will follow a contemplative way of walking through Lent and will be facilitated by Bernadette Carr. The link will be provided in next week’s bulletin. For more information please ring Bernadette on 0438 380 490.
DANDENONG DEANERY COUNCIL
LISTENING TO THE VOICES THAT ECHO — Joy in Our Lives
DATE: 22nd March 2023—VENUE: St John’s Regional College, Graduates’ Restaurant, Caroline Street, Dandenong
COST: $45 per head (Price increase) - 3 course meal—Wine & Beer. Guest Speaker: Fr Brian Collins
RSVP: To Book: Phone Paddy 0422 296 961 email Dandenongdeanery@live.com.au - New start time: 5.30pm for 5.45pm
Legion of Mary:
The Legion of Mary will be conducting a recruitment drive at St Anthony’s Church, Noble Park and Resurrection Church, Keysborough on the weekend of 25th and 26th February. Both parishes have had active Legionaries for many years and are looking to recruit additional members to continue and expand our apostolic work and service to the community.
The Legion was founded in Ireland in 1921 as an apostolic organisation for lay men and women of all ages, at the service of the Church. It now has 3 million members throughout the world. The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the personal holiness of its members and active co-operation in the work of the Church. We seek to develop our personal holiness through prayer and active spiritual work in assisting and reaching out to others in the parish, particularly those who are sick, lonely or bereaved.
Legionaries look to our Blessed Mother Mary as our model for our lives. We aspire after Mary’s humility, obedience, sweetness, continual prayer, patience, wisdom, self-sacrificing courageous love of God and above all her faith.
We work in close union with the priest, in pastoral duties which includes visitation to the homes of parishioners, visitation of the sick in their homes and in nursing homes, taking Holy Communion to the housebound and the teaching of religious instruction to children.
To find out more about the Legion of Mary, please speak to us after Mass on February25th and 26th.
We need palm branches for Palm Sunday. Could anyone who can help with these please drop them off at the back door of St. A's church on Friday 31st March or before 9.00am on Saturday morning. We will also need help to cut up the palms on Sat morning 1st April from 9.00 onwards. Please bring your own secateurs. Thankyou.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We need 3 more people to vacuum the Church. You would be on a roster once a month, either a Friday or Saturday. Please give Carmel a ring on 0409 358 683. Thank you.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
To those who helped with World Day of Prayer. Putting chairs and tables up, and those who helped on the day with the refreshments. Thank you. The collection was $230.00.
We are now in the last weeks of Lent. Perhaps tie in your Lenten efforts with a contribution to Project Compassion. There are still boxes at the parishes for you to take. It’s not too late to maybe forgo that cup of coffee (for example) and make the cost of it your offering to support those in need.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
- Monday, 20 Mar - Legion of Mary - 10.30am (STA)
- Monday, 20 Mar - RCIA - 7pm (RES)
- Monday, 20 Mar - Charismatic Group - 7.30pm (STA)
- Tues, 21 Mar - KLC Tai Chi for Seniors - 1.30pm in the Little Chapel (RES)
- Tues, 21 March - 6.00 PM - Combines RE team meeting at Resurrection
- Tuesday 21 March - 7.00 PM - Catechist meeting at Resurrection
- Thurs, 23 Mar - Grief Support Group - 10.30am (STA)
- Thurs, 23 Mar - Liturgy Meeting—7pm (STA)
- Thurs, 23 Mar - Baptism Meeting—7pm (RES)
- Friday, 24 Mar - Priests Lunch—12pm in the Little Chapel (RES)
- Saturday, March 25 - Working Bee - St. A's - 9am
- Saturday, March 25 - SVD Regional Meeting - 9am (STA)
- Sunday, 26 Mar - Cuppa After Masses 8.30/10.30am (STA)
COMING UP FOR YOUR DIARY
- Monday, 27 Mar - Legion of Mary - 10.30am (STA)
- Monday, 27 Mar - Charismatic Group - 7.30pm (STA)
- Tues, 28 Mar - KLC Tai Chi for Seniors - 1.30pm in the Little Chapel (RES)
- Tues, 28 Mar - STAR-Action - 7pm (RES)
- Tues, 28 Mar - First Eucharist Combine mtg #2 - P&C (RES)
- Wed, 29 Mar - Liturgy Meeting - 7pm (RES & RES) in the Little Chapel
- Thurs, 30 Mar - RCIA - RECO - 7pm (RES)
- Fri, 31 Mar - Harmony Day - St Anthony’s School (9am - 3.30pm)
- Sat, 1 April - Catch up Mtgs - Catechist & First Eucharist at 9am (STA)
- Saturday, 1 April - Working Bee - RES - 9.30-11.30am
- Saturday, 1 April - First Eucharist Practice at 11am (STA)
- Sat/Sun, 1/2 April - Anniversary Blessing at all Masses (RES)
- Sunday, 2 Apr - Cuppa After Masses 8.30/10.30am (STA)