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251 Diamond Creek Road, Greensborough North Vic 3088
Partner Parish with Diamond Creek & Greensborough
Fr. Steven Rigo
03 9434 7373
Monday Closed Tuesday to Friday - 8.30am to 3:00pm

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2nd October 2022

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Rosters

SET UP ROSTER

3rd July 2021-26th December 2021

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LITURGY ROSTER

4th July 2021-19th December 2021

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COUNTING ROSTER

31st January -31st October 2021

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CLEANING ROSTER

February-December 2021

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Parish Information

Holy Mass:

Holy Mass is the miracle of God’s physical presence to us and is a true testament of Jesus' love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. This Truly wonderful gift is celebrated at 9:15am Tuesday to Friday alternating at St. Thomas the Apostle or Sacred Heart Churches and each day at St. Mary's Church.

The Saturday Vigil Mass is celebrated weekly at St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Mary's Churches as well as on the first & third Saturday of each month only at St. Peter's Church Hurstbridge. Sunday Mass is celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's churches. Wherever you decide to celebrate Mass with us you will be warmly welcomed by all our Parishioners and Clergy and made to feel at home.

For those unable to physically attend Mass but still wish to celebrate this gift the 1:00 p.m Mass from St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne is streamed live daily (Mon - Fri) and is then available as a recording on demand until one hour prior to the next 1.00 p.m Mass. On Sundays, the 11:00am Mass is streamed live and is also available as a recording on demand.

To Live Stream Mass or to watch an earlier recording please click here.

Reconciliation:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholic Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established this Sacrament of Healing so that we as fallible human beings can obtain forgiveness  and be reconciled to the Father and the Church. This precious gift from Christ “washes us clean,” and renews us in Him. Take a step in faith, you may be surprised about how free and loved you feel afterwards.

St Thomas the Apostle:  Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:00am
Sacred Heart: Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:15am, immediately after morning Mass.
St. Mary's: Each Saturday at 9:00am and 5:45pm.
Available at other times by appointment.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:

If you are in need of a little "me time" and want an opportunity to meditate and contemplate with Our Lord the Eucharistic Chapel at St. Thomas is available for you at all times. If you would like to gain access to the Chapel please feel fee to see the Priest after Mass or contact our Parish Office.

Baptism:
Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God and are made members of the Church and sharers in its mission. Baptisms are generally available on the 4th Sunday of each Month commencing at 12:00pm sharp. You will first meet with the friendly Baptismal Preparation Group who will welcome you into the Parish and explain all aspects of the Sacrament. This meeting is held on either the 1st or 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Church at 7:00pm sharp. The Right of Welcome occurs at Mass on either the Saturday or Sunday immediately following the Preparation Meeting where all the Baptism families will be warmly welcomed into our Parish Community.
To make a booking please contact the Parish Office during normal Parish hours or send our Parish Secretaries an email at: greensboroughnorth@cam.org,au

The Way Prayer Group:

The Way, is a 'Catholic Charismatic Prayer Group' within our Parish that emphasises on the many, already God given Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer and the need to establish a personal relationship with God, through His Son Jesus Christ, in order to live life to the full.

The
group meets every Thursday evening  in the Parish House Meeting Room at 8:00pm Every third Thursday of the month, a 'Charismatic Mass' is celebrated commencing at 7:30pm.  All are most welcome to come along.

Weddings:
Marriage between two Christians is a living sign of God's love and has a deep value, both as a human relationship and as a sacrament. Because of this, the whole Church views marriage as an active element in its mission of showing God's love to the world. We would suggest if you wish to celebrate your wedding at St. Thomas that you book at least six months in advance of your planned date.
Please contact your priest or our Parish Office before agreeing to a commercial 'package' that includes Chapel & Reception or email us at: greensboroughnorth@cam.org.au

Funerals:
We understand that the death of a family member is a very emotional and distressing time for all family members. At St Thomas our Parish staff is here to assist you, including the preparation of everything needed for the funeral liturgy. Also, if you are looking for someone to chat to our Funeral Ministry Team is available to lend an ear during your time of need. Ask your funeral director to contact the Parish office. Out of office hours, the Parish Priest will take the call.

Wedding Anniversaries:
The Parish will be glad to acknowledge your anniversary during Mass. Please contact Parish Office to make arrangements.

The Partnered Parishes of:

St. Thomas the Apostle Greensborough North,

Sacred Heart Diamond Creek, 

St. Mary's Greensborough

are members of the Diamond Valley Deanery


Information & Events

Formation of Missions

Date: Jun 26 2021

http:You may have read that there has been 2 meetings in May with clergy and lay representatives from the 209 Parishes in the Archdiocese which was attended by Cathy O'Brien. The purpose of the meetings is to consider how the Churches in the Archdiocese are best organised for the future. To read Cathy's report please click here:

The next meetings in regional areas will commence in August. For more information about the missions you can refer to the following websites: www.melbournecatholic.org/mission

03/12/2021

As you are aware, the Archbishop has outlined his vision for changing the current arrangements of individual parishes.  We have been aware for some time that the existing structures are unsustainable with declining numbers of Catholics participating actively in

parishes and a declining number of priests available to minister in individual parishes.  

A combined group has been formed by the partnered parishes of St Mary's, Sacred Heart and St Thomas to begin the process of

information sharing, discussion and discernment.

Please watch the video https://youtu.be/cn7PXVsZhQo on the parish websites for further information on this project.

 

Religious Discrimination Bill

We can at times cringe or even feel ashamed when we read what the media publicises about what the Catholic Church may do or state about matters, especially in the area of morals. I know many people have turned away from the Church because of the positions they understand the Church has adopted in various aspects of social life. Sometimes it is more embarrassing when the Catholic Church says nothing regarding important social issues where it could faithfully represent the compassionate and inclusive teachings of Jesus.

With the current Religious Discrimination Bill being debated by the Federal Government, it appears that the Catholic Church is just one among all Christians who are lobbying the Government to discriminate against homosexual and transgender people in its concern to end discrimination of religious organisations. But the strong Christian lobby does not represent all Christians, and maybe the Catholic Church needs to officially distance itself from this lobby.

I attach an article written by Fr. Bill Edebohls, the parish priest of Ivanhoe (and with his permission) that clearly articulates this issue and the Catholic Church’s position on the matter.

Fr Steven Rigo


Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council consists of the Parish Priest Father Steven, ex-officio members and a group of parishioners put forward by the parish community.

During our first meeting in March, the following office bearers were chosen: 

  • Tim Holland Chairperson
  • Cathy O’Brien Deputy Chairperson
  • Lisa Leahy Secretary
  • Emilia Sacchetta Deputy Secretary

The other parishioner members are:  Michael Bates, Sandra Bishop, Chris Leahy, Michael O’Keeffe.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to contact your PPC or have something you would like to raise for discussion please feel free to email: stthomasppc@gmail.com


Parish Pastoral Council Meetings

PPC Meeting 20th April 2022

The Parish Pastoral Council consists of the Parish Priest Father Steven, ex-officio members and a group of parishioners put forward by the parish community. In our first meeting in March, the following office bearers were chosen: ? Tim Holland, Chairperson. ? Cathy O’Brien, Deputy Chairperson. ? Lisa Leahy, Secretary. ? Emilia Sacchetta, Deputy Secretary. The other parishioner members are: Michael Bates, Sandra Bishop, Chris Leahy, Michael O’Keeffe. ?

  •  Documents regarding mission, role, functions and guidelines of the PPC were accepted. 
  • Issues of how we communicate across the parish, including with the school and parish groups, were raised. ? 
  • We also discussed the Archdiocese project of forming missions throughout the diocese; ?
  •  Organising a gathering of Prep parents early each school year. ?
  •  Code of Conduct declaration for volunteers. ?
  •  Initiating a prayer service for peace in the world, one with the school children and one for parishioners in the evening. The following matters were discussed at the April meeting. ? The peace services at the school and for parishioners in general were reviewed. It was agreed that they were very meaningful, reflective and engaging. Small numbers at the night service. ?
  •  There was discussion about how to improve and broaden our communication, with the school and regarding everything we do. We believe it is important to have strong connections and communication with our school and we are exploring ways to strengthen these and to do more together. ? 
  • Father Steven reported on a meeting with the neighbouring parishes of Eltham and Montmorency regarding possible mergers in the future. Ongoing discussions to continue. ?
  •  Further discussion about planning an evening with the parents of Prep children next year. ? 
  • Offering an Alpha parenting course is also being explored. ?
  •  We talked about the feast of St Thomas in July and the completion of the statue of St Thomas near the church. ? We have also initiated an inventory of works that are needed around the parish, such as lighting. ?
  •  An updated list of parish groups is also being compiled.

PPC Meeting – 18th May, 2022

 John Bohan attended the meeting to present the finances of the parish. This gave the group some context of where the parish is at financially and will assist in shape the groups direction going forward. The group continue to discuss ideas about how we can grow the parish. Ideas included looking at the viability of offering the Alpha parenting course, making mass more welcoming and gathering data for future projects. The Council will continue working towards their goals of building a strong relationship with the school community, work with other Parish Councils to share ideas and build on existing programs at St. Thomas parish.

PPC Meeting 16th June 2022

The PPC was pleased to welcome Tess Dwyer, Vice-Principal of St Thomas school who will be joining PPC meetings on a regular basis as a means of strengthening connections between the school and parish communities.

  •  Discussion regarding the ongoing formation of the PPC and maximum productivity of meeting time included the possibility of: ?
  •  members emailing progress reports prior to meetings in relation to respective projects and goals ?
  •  the use of a PPC Action Sheet summarising status of such projects and goals ?
  •  working with other Parish Councils to share ideas and build on existing programs at St Thomas’. ?
  •  Feedback was given regarding status of current plans to enhance parish and school community life. This included ongoing developments in initiatives such as a Early Learning Centre, new church AV equipment, further securing of outdoor lights, possibility of introducing alternative Mass forms and tabernacle placement, completion of St Thomas statue and Partnered Parishes Plenary Council proposal for both a statue in the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral and plaque at St Thomas.
  •  In an endeavour to gather data to assist in future planning, a survey inviting school parents’ participation is in the process of being finalised.

PPC Meeting 17th August 2022

  • The following matters were discussed at this meeting: ?
  •  Audio Visual system in the church – the current screens will be replaced by two large televisions and the system upgraded. We await a start date for installation. ?
  •  The Council expressed deep appreciation of the work of Tony Rendina who installed the marble casing for the St Thomas statue’s plinth. A plaque has been ordered to complete the work. ?
  •  Plans to establish an early learning centre on parish land are progressing. Members of the Council attended a recent meeting with representatives of the Archdiocese, the parish priests, Parish Finance Committee, the developer, parishioners, the school, and St Thomas Village. Information was presented on the contract including lease arrangements, a possible design for the centre and how the rights and interests of all stakeholders would be taken into account as planning proceeds. Various questions were raised and detailed answers provided. Further information will be provided to the parish in coming weeks. ?
  •  Liturgy matters included holding some candlelight Masses next year and playing quiet music for a short time before Mass begins each time as a way of transitioning from our everyday lives to the sacred space of the Eucharistic celebration. ?
  •  A questionnaire is being developed to gather information from our school families about their involvement with the parish, their needs and how we may work together. ?
  •  Parish finances were discussed. The recent thanksgiving campaign has not increased our finances significantly. The Finance Committee will present an update to the Council in the next quarter. ?
  •  The Partnered Parishes Plenary Council Facilitators Group continues to finalise plans for a plaque in each parish which recognises and expresses sorrow for the hurt caused by the abuse of children and others by members of the Church. ? 
  • Some members of the PPC attended a meeting on parish renewal. The Council will consider issues raised. ? Discussion regarding the possible addition of another tabernacle. 
  • A committee was formed recently to look at the placement of the tabernacle and recommended moving it from its current position. Various thoughts and opinions were presented at the Council meeting including taking our time to reflect and gather further input before making any changes about such an important matter. To provide a visual depiction for parishioners of having a tabernacle in a different place, as a temporary measure the Adoration Chapel will be screened and a tabernacle placed in the Seasonal Chapel. This will remain until the first week in October. Parishioners may submit their feedback to Father Martin by 2 October. A meeting to consider the feedback will occur on 5 October. An explanation of this process to be placed in the parish newsletter.

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