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St Thomas More
313 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza VIC 3930
Fr Laurie Pearson
9787 7777
Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm

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SEASONS EASTER SUNDAY

21st April 2019

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SEASONS Palm Sunday

14th April 2019

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7th April 2019

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31st March 2019

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EASTER  SUNDAY

Victor Frankl spent three years in Auschwitz. He survived though his wife and family perished. He tells how one day, after the liberation of the camp, he went for a walk through the country towards a market tow a few miles from the camp.

The meadows were full of flowers. Birds rose singing into the sky. There was no one to be seen for miles around. There was nothing but the wide earth and sky, the singing of the birds and the freedom of space. He stopped, looked around him, and then up into the blue sky. Then he went down on his knees to give thanks to God for his liberation. As he prayed, one sentence came to mind that expressed what he was feeling: “I called on God from my narrow prison and he answered me in the freedom of space.”

How long he knelt there repeating that sentence he could not tell. But he said later “On that day and in that hour my new life started. Step by step I progressed, until I again became a human being.”

We cannot separate the joy Frankl felt that day in that flower-filled meadow from the suffering he experienced in the camp. In fact that joy would have no meaning were it not for the suffering that preceded it. In the same way we can’t separate the resurrection of Jesus from his passion and death. His glory cannot be separated from his pain. The early Christians came to understand, albeit slowly, that the passion and death was precisely how Jesus entered into his glory.

And so it must be for us. The resurrection is the main thing, but we must not forget that it was preceded by the passion and death.

We can’t have Easter Sunday without Good Friday. But when we are experiencing Good Friday we should remember Easter Sunday.

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2019 Sacramental Programs

Sacraments

Baptisms are held in the Parish on the first and third Sundays of each month at 11:15am or at any Parish Mass on a second, fourth or fifth Sunday of the month, after parents have attended a compulsory

 Information Night, which takes place on the first Tuesday of each month (the second Tuesday in November, and please note there is NO JANUARY Information Night) in the Parish Community Centre at 7:30pm and

 Parish Welcome (arranged at this preparation night) to take place at a Parish weekend Mass on a 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month (prior to the day of the baptism)

 Please note that when children of school age are to be baptised, an extended preparation time (3-4 weeks min) is required.

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Children in Year 3 (or older) are prepared for their First Reconciliation at the Parish school or at Parish classes.

 In 2019, the Information and Workshop Night for First Reconciliation for Parents and Children will be held on Wednesday 27th February in the School Multi-Purpose Room at 7:30 pm. Classes will commence on Tuesday 5th March from 4pm-5pm. Please call Lys Crowe on 9787 7777 before the Information Night if your child does not attend St Thomas More Primary School and you would like them to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and Eucharist in 2019.

 

 FIRST EUCHARIST

First Eucharist is also offered to our young parishioners in Year 3 (or older). Please note that it is the practice in the Archdiocese that Reconciliation must happen before First Eucharist. If your child has not already made their First Reconciliation, you would need to contact us in the first week of the school year, so that they can prepare for Reconciliation first. Preparation for both sacraments happens at the Parish School or at after-school classes.

 In 2019, the Information and Workshop Night for First Eucharist for Parents and Children will be held on Thursday 18th July in the School Multi-Purpose Room at 7:30 pm. Please call Lys Crowe on 9787 7777 before the Information Night if your child does not attend St Thomas More Primary School and you would like them to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and Eucharist in 2019.

 Classes will be held weekly before the Reception of First Eucharist during August.

 There will also be a Retreat Day.

  

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is offered to young people in Year 6 (or older). The exact date each year is determined by the Archdiocese.

 There will be an Information Night and Workshop for Parents and Children on Thursday 4th April

 Weekly Classes will then be held. Please contact Lys Crowe on 9787 7777.

 There will also be a Retreat Day.

 The dates for the Sacrament of Confirmation for 2019 are Saturday 18th May at 6pm, Sunday 19th May at 10:00am and Saturday 25th May at 6:00pm

  

WEDDINGS

Six months' notification is normally required to allow for proper preparation. The priest who is celebrating your marriage will assist you in that preparation and look after all civil and church requirements. Please contact Fr. Laurie directly to arrange an appointment to confirm the time and date of your wedding.

 

FUNERALS

The death of a loved one is a very difficult time. As a parish community, we will do all that we can to ease the situation for you. The time and place of the Funeral is determined in consultation with the family, the priest and the funeral arranger.


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