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by Web Admin on June 10, 2022.

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you to all children and families who joined our special Masses last weekend. I hope children enjoyed 10 am Mass with special activities. Please be encouraged to join weekend Masses and invite your friends too. This weekend is the feast of Trinity.

I will be away this week as I will be joining Melbourne Clergy conference. Hence, weekday Masses have been cancelled. have a safe long weekend.

Update on the renovation of the church.

There are two phases of the minor renovation. Phase one: Eradication of possums. Phase two: cleaning of the inner layer.

GM pest controls will be carrying out the work of eradicating the possums and ensuring possums do not return in future. The works include the trimming of trees in the vicinity of the tension cables and canopy area, removing existing conduits from tension cables, supply and install PVC circular stop ends to all cables, supply and install PVC lengths to each individual tension cable and supply and install Colourbond flashings to saw tooth corners of brickwork. This would cost us $10000. The company guarantees possums will not return. The company will remove possums free of charge in case they return.

After this we will try to clean the inner layer, check the black marks on top of the sanctuary wall and paint the wall. The whole work is expected to be finished by the end of the next month. In the meantime, the windows and doors will also be repaired.

Holy Family Hall

As part of Winter shelter program, we were looking at temporary accommodation and its requirements. We have been advised of a potential danger with the electrical switchboard system. The hall being so old and the upgrading had not happened over the years we are temporarily closing down the hall until further notice. We have received the report on the condition of the hall. We are studying it.

The regular Wednesday morning Mass is in church at 9:30 am.

Submissions for Synod of Bishops

Our local Church in Melbourne has brought together this Report in response to Pope Francis’ invitation for the universal Church to reflect upon: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission; the theme of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will take place on October 2023.

There are nine submissions made from the archdiocese. 1. Ongoing impact, learning from and response to the sexual abuse crisis. 2. Co-responsibility between laity and clergy. 3. Welcoming the gifts of women in the Church. 4 Liturgy and prayer. 5. Community beyond liturgy. 6. Welcoming people on the margins. 7. Catholic education and formation of teachers. 8. Zeal for mission. 9. Families at the heart of renewal.

This Report will now take its part in a combined national report, which will be sent to the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops to be considered alongside contributions from other parts of the Church around the world. You can find digital version if this report on Archdiocese or parish website.

Printed copies will be available upon request.

 Volunteers please note

Thank you to all volunteers who had supplied their working with children check (WWCC)to the parish and added St Anne’s parish as their work place. Those who have not done it yet please contact the parish office. This is very important requirement from all volunteers because the data will be audited by the government bodies (Commission for Children and Young People) and the Archdiocesan team also. All volunteers also have to sign the code of conduct. If you have not received a copy please see Frank at the foyer. So we are setting 22nd June as the last date to finish these requirements. The parish secretary, Sumitha is happy to help you if you call or come in person to do during business hours.

New Volunteers

Pentecost Sunday is our volunteer recruitment day for the celebration of Mass. We are in need of a sacristan for 10 am Mass. The sign-up sheet is available at the foyer for all new and current volunteers for the next seven months. We need volunteers for Readers of the Word of God, Communion ministers, Sacristans, PowerPoint operators for each Masses.

Trade directory

We are looking into a new initiative of forming a trade directory. Anyone in the parish who is in any form of trade can join this directory. Both our school families will also be invited. Parish may advertise them and parishioners can approach them for any work. More information to follow.

First Eucharist

By this Monday (14 June) workbooks to returned to the schools. Celebration dates are weekends of June 25/26, July 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24 with the weekend Masses. Parish has received preference dates for first communion. All families have been contacted with the allocated dates. First communion is given on the basis that children successfully completes the program.

Sent off party

Jim has been a parishioner for a long time and a volunteers for Vinnies. He will be permanently moving to Queensland with the rest of the family by the end of the month. We are organising a small sent off party for him on the 19th Sunday after 8:30 Mass. You are most welcome.

Advance notice- Confirmation

Enrolment form go out on 14/15 July, Enrolment Mass on July30/31. The Preparation (information) evening on 17th Aug (Wednesday) 6:30 pm at church. Workbook returns on 11th October. Retreat day 20th October. Celebration day 23rd October.

Stay safe, God bless.

Rev Fr. Martin Jeramias

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