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St Christopher's Church
34 Roberts Road, Airport West

St Augustine's Church
100 Harrick Road, Keilor Park
Fr. Peter Hoang
9338 3793
Tuesday - Friday – 9.30am to 3.00pm

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EASTER - SUNDAY: THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS - ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

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WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF ST. CHRISTOPHER'S - AIRPORT WEST and ST. AUGUSTINE'S - KEILOR PARK

ST. CHRISTOPHER'S and ST. AUGUSTINE'S PARISH IS COMMITTED TO THE

* SAFETY

* WELL-BEING

* and DIGNITY

of ALL CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS.

 

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INVITATION TO THE CELEBRATIONS OF THE:

- THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST CHRISTOPHER'S PARISH

AND

                 - THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST CHRISTOPHER'S CHURCH               

         ST. CHRISTOPHER’S PARISH

          34 Roberts Rd

           Airport West, VIC. 3042

           Phone: 9338 3793

                  Email: airportwest@cam.org.au

Website: http://pol.org.au/airportwest                                                      

                                                                                                                                                              22nd June 2022

The Parishioners of St Christopher’s and St Augustine’s Communities.

Airport West and Keilor Park.

Dear St Christopher’s and St Augustine’s Parishioners,

On the occasion of the Anniversary of our Parish and our Church, you are invited to join us on Sunday, 24 July 2022, to help us celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our Parish and the 50th Anniversary of our Church as we gather to praise God for all the work he has done through our ministry at St Christopher’s Parish in Airport West.

Our celebration will include a Holy Mass at 10:30am celebrated by our Archbishop Peter Comensoli as the main Celebrant and then followed by a gathering in the School Hall for refreshments.

Our desire is to glorify God in our celebration. In this regard, our worship will be enriched by the presence of you all. We would love to have you join us in praising the Lord for all that He has done and is going to do in the future at St. Christopher’s Parish.

In the Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, God’s Mother.


Fr. Peter Hoang                                                                    Michael D’Lima

Parish Priest                                                                          President - Parish Council

St Christopher’s Parish                                                        St. Christopher’s Parish

 

SPEECH ON:

- THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST CHRISTOPHER'S PARISH

AND

- THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST CHRISTOPHER'S CHURCH

On behalf of the people of St Christopher’s Parish in Airport West, I would like to thank your Grace Archbishop Peter Comensoli for kindly coming to celebrate and share our joy on the 60th Anniversary of our Parish and the 50th Anniversary of our Church.  Your presence is really a privilege for our parish.

I would also like to thank you Monsignor Franco Cavarra, former Parish Priest of St. Christopher’s Parish and Fr. Dom Degiorgio for your presence. 

Also welcome to Father Denis Stanley, Rector of Corpus Christi’s Seminary. As a past student of St Christopher’s School, you have come back to pay us a visit. Your presence here today is an inspiration, encouragement, and good example for our students and young men to follow your footstep into the Vocation to the Priesthood. 

And welcome you, the Hon. Ben Carroll, MP for Niddrie.  You are also a past student of St Christopher’s School.  Thanks also to our Mayor, Councillor Samantha Byrne, and Councillor John Sipek from the Moonee Valley Council; and also all our friends who have come here from our neighboring parishes.

A special welcome of course to the parishioners of St Christopher’s and St Augustine’s Parish, to the Principals, the Staff, Parents and Students of St Christopher’s Primary School, St Augustine’s Primary School, the Catholic Regional College, North Keilor and the Sacramental Program Classes.  After all, it is the parishioners who make-up the parish.  It is said that someone passed a comment about parishioners to Cardinal Newman, a great figure in the Church of the 19th century.  They said: "Who are the laity anyway?"  Cardinal Newman replied "Well, the Church would look empty without them!"  Indeed it would. 

The nature of this celebration today is to thank and praise God for all the work he has done at St Christopher’s and St Augustine’s Parish. It is also to express gratitude for the clergy and parishioners who have formed this parish and built this church. The celebration is also about the people who belong to and attend St. Christopher’s Church.  Over past years, these parishioners have been faithful to God and to their Catholic Faith.  This has been an on-going reminder of the important role that the men and women of the laity, have exercised and continue to exercise in the life of the Church.

Your Grace Archbishop Peter. In front of you today, and in the presence of our parishioners, members of the communities of two Schools, a Catholic Regional College, and the Sacramental Program Classes with their parents, it is hoped that this celebration will open up new horizons of aspiration and hopes for our parish in taking up the Way of the Gospel.

In the communities of our two Schools, a College, and the Sacramental Program, children play an important role in the development of human and Christian relationships and formation. Therefore there is a constant and strong emphasis here on Faith, Religious Education, and the Sacraments. However, without strong Family-School-Parish collaboration, these children will be deprived of the range of fundamental experiences that are needed for their development in the faith.

Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a sign of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and His Church. 

A major aim of our parish, therefore, has been to focus on this Family-School-Parish relationship.  In this way, we hope to form One Big Family that is connected in Unity and Faith, Love and Collaboration.  In doing this, we hope to develop and fulfill the MISSION of the Gospel.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus,

This special Celebration would be missing something if the choirs were not here this morning.  Therefore I would like to thank the St. Christopher’s Choir, the St. Augustine’s Choir, and particularly the Tongan Catholic Choir which I welcomed into the Our Lady’s Parish when I was in Sunshine. It is great to have you here today. Thank you.

Finally, in order to welcome Your Grace Archbishop Peter to our parish for the 1st time, we have a little token of gratitude and appreciation.  I invite the President of the Parish Council, Mr. Michael, to come up and offer it to the Archbishop.

After Mass, Your Grace Archbishop Peter, our Special Guests and everyone here are invited to go to the School Hall for some refreshments.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Father Peter Hoang

St Christopher’s and St. Augustine’s Parish

Airport West and Keilor Park.

24th of July 2022


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Upcoming Events

PARISH ACTIVITIES DURING THE TIME OF THE COVID - 19 CRISIS

Precious Parishioners of St. Christopher’s and St. Augustine’s,

According to the decision of the Bishops of Victoria, all Weekday and Sunday Masses as well as all Public Liturgies have been suspended. 

During this time of crisis, the people of God need to be closer to God and each other spiritually. In that spirit, as the Parish Priest and part of your life and one member of our two communities, I would like to share with you some of our parish activities:

1. The St. Christopher’s Church will be opened every day for those who would like to come and pray privately. Particularly, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 9:00am to 10:00am.

Note: Please remember to keep silent when you enter the church and sit at least 3 meters from each other, and NO vocal prayers in anyway – just keep quiet, reflect and pray privately from your mind and your heart only. You can come and leave the church quietly at the time that is suitable for you.

2. The 1st Rite of Sacrament of Reconciliation will be on every Saturday during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Confessor and the Confessant will be separated by a protective screen, no direct face-to-face reconciliation and at least 3 meters apart.

3. If it is necessary, the Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated on the appointed day and time - and only parent, God-parent and the child to be present. No extended family.

4. The Funeral, if necessary, will be restricted to immediate family only.

5. The Parish Bulletin will be issued every Friday for Sunday, so you can take one home in order to read the Readings, reflect on them through the reflections provided, pray to God and receive Spiritual Holy Communion with a Little Prayer underneath.

6. The Last Rite will be ready whenever it is needed.

NB:  I encourage my precious parishioners to support our St. Christopher’s and St. Augustine’s Parish with an “online collection”. Those who use Thanksgiving Envelopes for every Week-end Sunday Mass, please kindly consider dropping your envelops off at the Parish Office or setting up a direct debit payment during this time.

Please remember that in my daily private Mass and prayers, each one of you - my dear precious parishioners - is in my mind, my heart and my prayers to God.

With every prayerful and good wish, I remain.

Fr. Peter Hoang.


PARISH ACTIVITIES UPDATED

Date: Mar 23 2020

My Precious Parishioners of

St. Christopher’s and St. Augustine’s

     Based on the most recent directives of the government and on the directive of the Archbishop of Melbourne, the doors of all churches, including our St Christopher’s Church, must be closed immediately.

       Therefore, there will be NO MORE one hour Adoration in our church from now on.

       At this time, we follow all the directives and keep them properly for our own safety and that of the most vulnerable as well as our loved ones and all people around us.

       Let us pray to God through the intercession of Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph for this Covid-19 crisis to be chased away and disappear from the face of the earth.

       May God bless and protect each one of us.

       Fr. Peter Hoang

NB:  Please keep in touch with God and with each other in our prayers.


A WEEK WITH THE LORD JESUS IN THE DESERT

Date: Mar 29 2020

A Week with the Lord Jesus in the Desert

            The Spirit drives the Lord Jesus into the desert for forty days. He faces three temptations by the Devil. He is comforted by God’s Angels. (Mt 4: 1-11)

             Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

           On Saturday, 27 March 2020, Pope Francis presided over an extra-ordinary and exceptional event to implore God in front of the picture of the Perpetual Succour and the Miraculous Crucifix for an end of the Covid-19 pandemic. After that, in front of the Blessed Sacrament inside the front door of St. Peter Basilica, all different prayers for everyone were offered to God in a most trusting way to wake up the Mercy of God upon each human being and ask God to pour down a healing touch on the face of the earth.  This wonderful and spiritual event culminated with the imparting of the Urbi et Orbi Blessing and the receiving a Plenary Indulgence.

             In the homily after the passage of the Gospel of St. Mark 4: 35-41. Pope Francis started: “When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost.

             Yes, in the middle of this crisis, we feel “afraid and lost” like the disciples in the passage of the Gospel: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). However, in order to strengthen the Faith of his disciples and open their mind of Hope, the Lord Jesus scolded them: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”(v. 40). After these two questions, he ordered the storm to stop and the face of the sea came back to its calmness in the amazement of the disciples….

             This morning, the 5th Sunday of Lent on 29 March2020, when I celebrated Mass with the Lord Jesus and with all invisible parishioners of St. Christopher’s and St. Augustine’s in the Church, the answer of Martha in the Gospel touched my heart: “Yes, Lord! I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into the world.” (Jn 11: 27). During this time of crisis, we use again the words of Martha to pray to the Lord Jesus that he extinguish the blazing fire of the Covid-19 from the face of the earth and we believe, through his power and mercy, this pandemic will be wiped away from the world soon.

             Together with the faith of the disciples in the power of God, this week before the Holy Week, I would like to ask you not to be with the Lord Jesus in the boat amidst a stormy sea, but to enter into the desert to encounter God, to see ourselves more deeply and to re-discover our life with God and our brethren.

            Our life, marked by worries and tiredness, busyness and tension, ambition and earthly attractions etc..., has made us at times forget God. If at any time we do remember Him, it is in a routine of prayers and songs.

              Now, it’s time to leave behind everything and to enter the desert to meet with God in a most intimate way. Encountering Him, we’ll have time to talk to Him and share with Him, the secrets of our soul. God is Love. He has patient ears and an endless mercy. He listens and responds to our confidences and our inner-self.

             Desert is a quiet place, a place of silence. There is no noise, nor scrambling for position and privileges. However, there are many dangers: snakes, scorpions and temptations... that ensnare us. In order to avoid such dangers, we try to be as close to God as possible. The desert is an ideal place where we can be close to God in a special and intimate way.

            Pray to God, because He can help us discover deeply our vocation and overcome the snares of the world.

            Talk to God and we can feel that His Words in return are so soft and gentle, so sweet and peaceful. They have a divine power to change our mind and our soul.

             Listen to His voice and we can feel the strength of His Love.

           Let us entrust ourselves wholeheartedly to God and we shall see that He leads us by His Providence, His Spirit and His Love.

          “God speaks to the heart of him who keeps silence in order to listen”

          Fr. Peter Hoang

          St. Christopher’s and St. Augustine’s Parish

          Airport West and Keilor Park

NB: Please go to "PARISH NEWS" on your left-hand side and download each day to read, reflect and pray to the Lord.


HOLY WEEK

Date: Apr 5 2020

My Precious Brothers and Sisters of St. Christopher’s and St. Augustine’s

            After a whole week in the desert to encounter God and see deeply your heart, you may feel at ease now. The heat of the desert might flush away all your troubles and worries and God’s “Fire of Love” may warm up your life.

            You are now at the exit-gate. You are ready to go out of the desert into the world. You experienced the heat, the dangers, the snares, the difficulties.... in the desert. All your “Spiritual Luggage” is on your shoulder.

The Lord is at the gate to shake hands with you. He invites you:  “Follow me!” (Mk 1:17; Mt 4:19).

            The invitation “Follow me” of the Lord at this special moment is not to invite us to come back to our normality in order to enjoy our life after a week with Him in the desert. It becomes a challenge for our perseverance in following Him until the end: Death and Resurrection.

            Holy Week is a journey leading us to reach our goal and understand the meaning of our faith.

            During HOLY WEEK, I would like to invite you to read and reflect on the Topics I share with you. Please use the Holy Bible during this time according to the instructions of each theme from Monday to Easter Sunday in order to participate in the life our Lord Jesus: Think of Him, Journey with Him, Share with his suffering, Be part of His life and death and finally Celebrate His Resurrection.

          In all topics of reflections, I use the 1st person singular pronoun “I” or “me” when I reflect. You can assimilate yourself as an “I” or “me” when you read and reflect on the topic. That way helps you think that you are reflecting by yourself.

             May the Lord Jesus bless each one of you, protect you and journey with you every moment of your life.

            You are in my heart and prayers

            Fr. Peter Hoang


NB: Please go to Parish News on the top of your left-hand side, look at the topic you would like to read and click on the “download” and you can see.

If you would like to read the previous/past topics, please click on “view more” and all previous topics will appear. You can download whichever you like.


HOLY WEEK

Date: Apr 5 2020

HOLY WEEK

                                                               IN THE FOOTSTEP OF JESUS

          Freedom in the Spiritual Life is a free gift. This may sound strange to some people, but it’s true for me!

In the Spiritual Life, “freedom” makes me close to God. I can talk to Him from my heart without any imposition and listen to Him with emotion, love and conversion that is, without any outside intervention. That’s why, when I am free, I feel closer to God in both mind and heart.


        God is the aim of my life. Without God, I am nothing. Even though I exist in this world I cannot live for ever. One day, I will disappear from this passing world and where I am going is a mystery! However, with God I have a “wholeness” in God’s existence. Because I am created in God’s image, I can share in God’s life.

However, who is God? Can I see Him? Can I touch Him?


         Of course, I cannot see God physically in the way I can see a human-being in front of my eyes. I cannot touch God with my hands. However, I can see Him with my Faith and I can touch Him with my Heart.

And who is God? Every Catholic knows of the definition: God is Love. I know it too, and therefore, I can feel close to God in my life:


             * I can talk to Him in my prayers.

* I can feel Him in my inspiration.

* I can love Him through my emotion.

* I can listen to Him with every palpation of my heart.

* I can think of Him in my mind.

* I can live with Him by my wholehearted trust in Him.

* And I can be one with Him as a believer in Him.


         Those spiritual elements intermingle in the Journey of my Soul towards God, my Lord during this HOLY WEEK.

          Fr. Peter


PASCHAL TRIDUUM - HOLY THURSDAY

Date: Apr 9 2020

My Precious Parishioners,

Today, we enter the Three Holy Days to commemorate the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I share with you 3 Reflections on this First Holy Day:

  1. Jesus surrenders to His Passion - The Last Supper with the Establishment of the Eucharist - The Washing of Feet.
  2. Jesus spends the Night in the Garden.
  3. Simon Peter - The Fisherman and his Ambitions.

I would like to ask my Precious Parishioners together with me who bears the name PETER, originated from St. PETER, to be with the Lord Jesus and other Apostles, reflect on the loneliness and suffering of the Lord as a human being on earth like us.


We reflect on ourselves and on the Apostles on that night .... and ....


- We pray for the old, the lonely (particularly this time of crisis), the afflicted.

- We pray for doctors, nurses and those on the front line in hospitals helping patients in fighting against the Wuhan Virus Pandemic.

- We pray to God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and all the Saints to extinguish the blazing fire of this Wuhan Virus Pandemic from our country Australia and the world.

- We pray for all of us to follow our Lord Jesus to the end.


You are in my heart and prayers

With every good wish and may God bless you always.

Fr. Peter


NB: Tomorrow is GOOD FRIDAY. Please remember to keep FASTING and ABSTINENCE from MEAT and DO CHARITY for the POOR.


HAPPY EASTER - ALLELUIA ! ALLELUIA ! ALLELUIA !

Date: Apr 12 2020
JESUS IS ALIVE ! HE IS WITH US !

 

MAY THE RISEN CHRIST POUR DOWN HIS ABUNDANT BLESSINGS and GRACES UPON YOU, and FILL YOU and YOUR FAMILY WITH PEACE and JOY.

I WISH YOU A HAPPY, HOLY AND PEACEFUL EASTER !

Fr. Peter Hoang

St. Christopher's and St. Augustine's.


PRECIOUS PARISHIONERS OF ST. CHRISTOPHER'S AND ST. AUGUSTINE'S

Date: Apr 21 2020

To our Parishioners,

During this time, when visits to our Church are suspended, we are striving to ensure that our parishioners remain connected through new and creative pastoral programmes. While we continue to help those in our community the parish continues to incur ongoing overhead costs and we need your help.

Ways in which you can still help is by dropping your weekly Thanksgiving envelopes in the Parish door slot or through online transfers.

Please go to the PARISH NEWSLETTERS on your Left-hand Side, download the Letter and you can see more details.

Thank you in advance for your contributions and generosity.

You are in my heart and prayers.

With every good wish and may God bless you always.

Fr. Peter Hoang


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS OF ST. CHRISTOPHER'S AND ST AUGUSTINE'S PARISH

Date: May 10 2020

Dear Precious Mothers

We thank you for the love you have given us,
whose love is so precious that it can never be measured,
whose patience seems to have no end.

We pray for you and love you all, our wonderful Mothers!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL FATHERS OF St CHRISTOPHER'S and St AUGUSTINE'S

Date: Sep 6 2020

Dear Precious Fathers,

We, the children of St Christopher's Parish, would like to thank you for being our loving and caring fathers, and our wonderful role models of faith and love.

We ask God to bless you and pour down His abundant graces upon each one of you on this special day.

May we honour you always with a spirit of profound respect.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH
100 Harrick Rd
ST. CHRISTOPHER'S and ST. AUGUSTINE'S PARISH
34 ROBERTS RD
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