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St Pius X Catholic Parish
419 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, Vic
Fr. Wayne Edwards, Parish Priest
(03) 9457 5794
Tue, Wed & Fri – 10am to 3.00pm Parish Secretary - Junia Avramopoulos

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GIVING TREE TO SUPPORT ST VINCENT DE PAUL

Please support our Giving Tree again this year, which assists St Vincent de Paul here in Heidelberg West. You are invited to purchase non-perishable goods for hampers for those in need in our local area. New toys for children are also welcome!

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CHRISTMAS RAFFLE TICKETS

Tickets are on sale at all Masses for $1.00 a ticket. Thank you for your support.

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REMEMBRANCE MASS

Please join us at 11am Mass on Sunday 28th November to celebrate, remember and honour those we have lost. Morning tea will be served after Mass.

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SENIORS CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER

December 15th @ 11am in the Parish Hall. Come along and enjoy some Christmas trivia, Christmas carols and Christmas food. All welcome!

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Parish Newsletters

1st Sunday of Advent

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, king of the Universe

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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COVID 19 UPDATE

CHURCH IS OPEN 

NO Mass bookings necessary! 

Victorian Government QR Code and PROOF OF VACCINATION must be completed on entry to the Church. (Please see the usher if you are having difficulty or do not have a smart phone.) 

Face masks must be worn and provided hand sanitizer used before entry

Sunday's @ 2pm - Mass for those who are not yet fully vaccinated or are waiting to receive their vaccination certificate

ST PIUS X CATHOLIC SCHOOL - ENROL NOW 2022

Website: spxhw.catholic.edu.au Contact the school 03 94573776 or Email principal@spxhw.catholic.edu.au

Take a Virtual Tour at  https://360.tspvic.com.au/spx3081

TOGETHER WE SHINE

Facebook Page St Pius X Catholic Primary School @heidelberg.west3081 

https://www.facebook.com/heidelberg.west3081

ST PIUS X MEMORIAL GARDEN

We invite you to enjoy our Memorial Garden's quite, reflective space.  

If you are interested in ordering a plaque for a friend or family member. The size of the plaque is 150cm x 120cm and the cost is $230.00, which includes a symbol and eight lines of text. Order forms are available on the Church noticeboard or by calling the Parish House (03) 94575794 

FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PLENARY COUNCIL

Over three years ago the decision was announced to hold a Plenary Council and the People of God began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God and by listening to one another’s stories of faith. 

After this time of listening and journeying the Catholic Church of Australia will gather for the first assembly of the Plenary Council from 3-10th October 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the First Assembly will be held via ‘one device-one person’ mode. There will be 17 members participating in this gathering who have been called from the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

 The Plenary Council website will provide daily livestreams of parts of the opening Plenary sessions and Masses (including the Opening Mass on Sunday 3rd October). https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/assembly-1/

 Plenary Council Masses and daily morning prayer booklets for full participation are available here: https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/prayer/

PROPOSED BILL A 'SERIOUS OVERREACH' ARCHBISHOP COMENSOLI

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written to all members of the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Melbourne expressing grave concerns about the State Government's proposed new legislation, the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021.

In the letter, the Archbishop explained that the proposed changes will significantly impact all faith-based organisations in Victoria who will no longer be able to employ staff who hold the same religious beliefs and values unless they can prove that it is an "inherent requirement" of the job.

'The Victorian Government is depicting this Bill as merely a protection against discrimination in religious settings,' the Archbishop said. 'Sadly, however, this is a seriously far-reaching law that will limit faith-based organisations from managing employment matters according to their faith, conscience and values.

The legislation is a serious overreach of the Government into the rightful freedoms of Victorian faith-based organisations.'

Archbishop Comensoli said this was 'another sad example of people of faith and the freedom of religious organisations being unfairly targeted.'

'Across all areas of society, Catholics run organisations with an open and inclusive commitment to people in their care. Our excellence in the provision of services is recognised by many – evident in the large numbers of students attending Catholic schools and educational institutions.

'Currently, Catholic organisations, including our schools can freely employ those who share our religious beliefs, values and ethos. However, the Victorian Government has introduced legislation seeking to change this,' Archbishop Comensoli said.

The Archbishop warned that if the Bill passes, it will affect all religious organisations across Victoria, who will be limited in their ability to employ staff, run their schools and provide other services that adhere to their faith, values and ethos.

'The example has been given that in a religious school, the only roles where religious beliefs might be an "inherent requirement" of the job include positions of senior leadership (e.g., a principal) or religious education teachers.

What the Government fails to understand is that faith is holistic – it affects the way we see the world and conduct our lives. Faith is part of the very make-up and fabric of each school. It is entirely reasonable and fair that religious bodies should be able to preference those who share their beliefs and values in their own private employment matters.

'I do not believe it is in anyone’s interest in the long term for a secular power to make such a determination for religious organisations. The role or importance of faith in a faith-based organisation cannot be relegated to a bureaucrat or a secular court.'

The Archbishop encouraged the community to join him in expressing their concerns about the Bill and the introduction of an "inherent requirement" test by contacting local and federal Members of Parliament.

The Bill is expected to be debated in Parliament next week with the Government already expressing its full support to the proposals.

THE WAY OF THE GOSPEL

Earlier this year, at gatherings of clergy and lay leaders from parishes, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli proposed that we "Take the Way of the Gospel" together, renewing the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s focus on mission, and opening ourselves to Pope Francis’ call for ‘a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything’. While this journey is just beginning, more than 1500 people from across our Archdiocese have already begun planning, discussing and discerning together with their communities. Find out more about the journey so far, resources that are available and the next steps.

The journey so far

In April and May this year, with gathered clergy and lay leaders, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli proposed that we ‘Take the Way of the Gospel’ together, renewing the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s focus on mission and opening ourselves to Pope Francis’ call for ‘a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation’ (Evangelii Gaudium, §27).

At Pentecost, the Archbishop’s letter, entitled Take the Way of the Gospel, urged us to begin with prayer, and in June people from more than fifty parishes gathered for online sessions to unpack the Archbishop’s letter and begin to pray for our Archdiocese as we begin this new journey. A number of parishes then used the resources in their own gatherings and prayer.

As the disciples gathered on that first Pentecost, might we now start this journey in prayer—together. Let us open ourselves to Christ Jesus with a new depth of trust and conviction in his guiding hand, so that we may discern our journey with compassionate and humble hearts and come to know the Spirit moving within and amongst us, and so be transformed. (Archbishop Peter A Comensoli)

In August and September, 538 clergy and lay leaders attended online regional meetings to discuss a vision for our parishes that emphasises effectiveness in sharing the Gospel, co-responsible lay leadership, a deepening of faith and a more equitable sharing of resources across parish communities. The aim is for parishes to become more vibrant, vital and viable by structurally reorganising into Mission groupings. Illustrative Mission groupings were proposed and initial parish data were provided so that parishes might begin further discernment in their own communities, overlaying the initial high-level data with their own expert, localised knowledge to help discern how they might work with other parishes in their area.

In September and October, about 420 people attended further follow-up sessions to ask questions, seek further clarification and explore some specially developed parish resources. Feedback and questions from these meetings went to the Archbishop and to the Take the Way of the Gospel planning group to ensure that action is undertaken where required.

Local expression of a global movement of the Church

Responding to the call for a more synodal process in our dioceses and parishes, we explored ‘imaginative contemplation and spiritual conversation’ through a series of online gatherings in September and October. Fr Robin Koning SJ generously helped leaders from more than seventy parishes to learn about and experience this process, which is widely used both nationally and globally. Accompanying resources are available online to help parishes facilitate their own discernment conversations.

While the extended lockdown has meant that much of the process so far has been confined to online gatherings, parishes have widely acknowledged that discernment conversations need to be held in person. For the remainder of 2021, our focus should rightly be on gradually re-emerging into parish life and welcoming our people home to Mass. So, with many parishes deciding to wait until next year to begin their in-person Take the Way of the Gospel listening and discernment sessions, the Archbishop has extended the timeframes for initial parish discernment to the end of 2022, giving communities more time to pray, listen and consult.

Melbourne’s Take the Way of the Gospel journey synchronises with current national and global discernment about the future of the Church. Among the themes explored by both the Plenary Council and the Bishops' 2023 Synod on Synodality, Gospel mission is emerging as a key focus. So rather than seeing these as three different processes, ‘Take the Way of the Gospel’ might more usefully be seen as the local expression of a broader global movement of the Church to a more missionary footing.

Looking forward to 2022

In the first half of 2022, parishes are encouraged to plan Take the Way of the Gospel consultation and discernment sessions, using the resources provided. Parishes are encouraged to offer smaller gatherings of up to forty people, targeting specific parts of the community—young families, ethnic groups, a particular Mass centre etc.—to ensure that everyone has a voice and feels heard. The information gathered at these meetings—about the community’s values, strengths, challenges and hopes—will be vital for the next step of the process. Regional animation consultants from Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal can be called on to assist with this if required.

Already, many hundreds of leaders—both clergy and lay—from across our Archdiocese have gathered to pray, dream and heed Pope Francis’ call to consider a more ‘missionary option’ for our Church in Melbourne. May 2022 herald a new era for our Archdiocese, where the Holy Spirit leads us towards mission and cooperation, and each community prayerfully discerns its particular call to bring Jesus Christ to the families, young and spiritually impoverished in their neighbourhood.


2022 COLUMBAN CALENDARS FOR SALE

St Vincent De Paul is now selling the beautiful 2022 Columban Calendars. Calendars are only $10 each and proceeds help the Columban Mission.  Please contact Fr. Wayne or Junia 03 9457 5794 if you would like to purchase a copy or pick one up after mass in the Church foyer.

ADVENT: THE GRACE OF WAITING

The season of Advent is one of hope, anticipation, joy and prayerful reflection. From the Latin adventus (meaning ‘arrival’), Advent prompts us to new beginnings. It is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming Christ child, and to give voice to our longing for a richer, more abundant life in God.

‘Year by year, we learn what it is to keep Advent: to take time with those days and nights before Christmas. And we learn too to keep Christmas: to make a festival of stories, songs, and deeds done year after year. Together the keeping of these seasons gives witness to how God reigns in our lives and in the world. Throughout these days of Advent and Christmas, the images of the nativity are placed side by side with the gospel we have believed: God—within us, now.’ —From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1989, p. 109

Weekly reflections for the Season of Advent

These weekly reflections have been prepared with the gospel readings for each Sunday of Advent and offer an opportunity for individuals and/or groups to read, reflect, pray and act, prompting each one of us to ‘go out’ into the waiting-time of Advent and to express the God-within-us to others.

ADVENT WEEKLY REFLECTIONS: THE GRACE OF WAITING









The reflections are structured as follows:







Be still











Commence your time of prayer with silence. Lighting a candle is a way of being invited into a sacred space for reflection, and it might be particularly helpful to use an Advent wreath as a prayer focus for these four weeks. Singing or listening to the Taize´ hymn ‘In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful’ is a good way to begin your time of reflection, offering a joyful sense of anticipation for these Advent days. A simple gathering prayer is offered and then the gospel reading of the Sunday.








Open the word








Read, Ponder, Reflect












Each reflection includes the relevant Sunday Advent gospel reading, providing many riches for contemplation and conversation. Read the gospel, noting key phrases and words that speak to you, and then read it again in a contemplative manner a second time. If time permits, a third reading of the gospel may be appropriate. If working with a group, this could then be followed by a conversation about the ideas and thoughts raised in the minds of the readers. Alternatively, use the time of pondering to reflect in your heart on what the Lord has been saying to you.














Short reflections are offered to provide a possible focus for the relevant week of Advent and to reflect upon what Advent is calling us to in our lives.







Respond












A suggested song and/or prayer is provided, as a way of drawing together some of the thoughts arising from the focus on the gospel. Finally, drawing on Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December, the gospel reading and the week’s feast days, each weekly resource concludes with suggestions on how the God-within-us may be made manifest in our life and living.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS AT ST PIUS X

 

Mass for Healing & Anointing of the Sick

11am on Tuesday, 7 December

Christmas  BBQ in the Community Garden

Saturday, 11 December from 12noon

Reconciliation Service

7.30pm on Thursday, 16 December

Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December

6pm Family Mass & 12am Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December 

10am Mass

Sunday Masses 26 December

7pm Vigil (Sat 25th Dec), 9am & 11am Mass

New Year’s Day, Saturday, 1 January 2022

Solemnity Mary Mother of God 10am Mass

Upcoming Events

TAIZE

Friday, 26 November 2021, 6pm-7pm at St Pius X Church 

Come and experience this calming, quieting, welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of life…. All are welcome!  

St Pius X Church
419 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, Vic
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