WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD

I am the Vine, You are the Branches

As our Parish continues to grow more and more, and the “branches” of Jesus the Vine spread further and further and become more numerous, we find we need more labourers in our vineyard. We will be having a “Workers in the Vineyard” weekend coming up on the weekend of Sunday the 14th of June, with more information as the time gets closer.

As Jesus said:”Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out labourers into his harvest” 

Matt 9:37

Respect Life Sunday

Today is Respect Life Sunday with the theme ‘Defending Conscience and Protecting Life’. Let us continue to pray for all those whose right to freedom of conscience is under attack, especially for those with sincerely held beliefs about the taking of innocent human life.
Prayer Cards and pamphlets are available at the Welcome Desk in St Anne’s Church foyer and at O.L.M.C. Church. Please take a copy home with you.

Altar Servers

 

Training for girls and boys wishing to become Altar Servers will be held in St Anne’s Church at 1.00pm on Saturday 30 May and Saturday 13 June. Applicants must be 10 years of age and have received or about to receive Eucharist.
Any enquiries can be directed to Michael McConville—9744 2674.

Bacchus Marsh Catholic Museum

Would you like to visit Bacchus Marsh Catholic Museum (old convent site) in Main Street on Sunday 24 May?
The museum is open 1 .00—4.OOpm on the fourth Sunday of the month to the public.
If you are interested in joining the Associates on the 24th—meet at St Joseph’s Convent, Sunbury at 1 230pm.
A limited amount of transport may be available.
Enquiries: Jenny Coutts—9744 3472 / 0427 588 683.

Jewish Catholic Dinner

Sunday 31 May at 700pm at Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Rd. Caulfield South.
Guest Speakers: Archbishop Denis Hart and Rabbi Yaakov Glasman,
Tickets: $50.00 (Kosher meal).
For bookings: Stella Maris Parish— 9589 2886.

Palms Australia

Last July the youth of the world came to Australia. Now it’s time to share your gifts with the world. Palms Australia is interested in meeting teachers, doctors, nurses and other professional, technical and trades people willing to share their skills for 1-3 years in Asia, Africa or the Pacific.
Come to a Palms Focus Workshop at St Francis Church Pastoral Centre, Lonsdale St. Melbourne on SAT 27 JUNE at 930am.

RSVP: Benjamin (02) 9518 9551 fax: (02) 9518 9550, email: ben@palms.org.au Website: http://www.palms.org.au

We Still Need Volunteers

1. To be included on a roster to set up for 6.00pm Mass. Parishioners who attend 6.00pm Mass please consider. Only TWO more people needed! 
2. To be included on a roster to vacuum our churches 
3. To be included on the roster to assist at our ‘Welcome Desk’ in St Anne’s Church. 
Volunteers would need to be present 15 minutes before and after Mass.

Enquiries: Parish Office—9 744 1060. 

VOCATION VIEW

Vocation View

Who shall come forward to explain the love God has for His people who should be one in faith? We need more faith-filled, prayerful and spirited people to make the Vine and the Branches One again. How about you?

Still Seeking Volunteers

 

1. Volunteer(s) to go on a roster to set up for 
600pm Mass. Parishioners who attend 6.OOpm 
Mass please consider! 
2. Volunteers to go on a roster to vacuum our 
churches. 
3. More parishioners to go on the roster to assist at our Welcome Desk’ in St Anne’s Church. Volunteers would need to be present 15 minutes before and after Mass. 
The Workers
The Workers
1. Volunteer(s) to go on a roster to set up for 6.00pm Mass. Parishioners who attend 6.00pm Mass please consider! 
2. Volunteers to go on a roster to vacuum our churches. 
3. More parishioners to go on the roster to assist at our Welcome Desk’ in St Anne’s Church. Volunteers would need to be present 15 minutes before and after Mass. 

PROGRESS REPORT ON WORKS AT OUR CHURCHES

Construction of the new access ramp began last Friday and continues for a couple of weeks. The ramp will be faced with blue stone to match the building. The ramp design has been approved by Heritage Victoria. 

At a site meeting after dark last Thursday, it was decided to improve the lighting in St Anne’s Church in various areas. There will be further refinement of the audio-visual system this week. The marble grates over the font are being manufactured. 

Parents and guardians of Year 1 and 2 children

Parents and guardians of Year 1/2 children are also invited to a presentation by Fr Andrew Hayes, Parish Priest of Casterton in Western Victoria, in our ‘Parenting in Faith’ series on WED 13 May at 200pm and repeated at 730pm in the Parish Centre. He will reflect on some of the issues of living our faith in our families and our society, and of passing our faith on to our children in a way that is simple and life- giving. Fr Andrew was here last year and those who attended found the sessions enjoyable, friendly and helpful, and presented in a most lively and refreshing way. The topics are different this year so you will certainly hear something new. 

Year 1 and 2 Family Mass

All families with children in Year 1 or 2 at any of the schools in our parish area, are warmly invited to celebrate the many gifts which God has given you and which you and your family bring to our parish community at 10.30am Mass at St Anne’s Church next Sunday 17 May. The Year 1/2 children will receive a special blessing and a small gift.

SALESIAN COLLEGE NEWS

 

Last Saturday, 1,015 students, staff and families gathered at Moonee Ponds for the Presentation Ball where 174 Year 11 students were presented displaying some fine, intricate dancing. Well done by all. 
Last Tuesday, all students and staff celebrated Mass on the Feast Day of Mary, Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia and Patroness of the Salesian congregation. The Eucharist was celebrated similarly to our parish Christmas Mass. Afterwards the 1,060 students went out doing a day of Christian service at aged-care facilities, at schools, on environment care etc. Congratulations on such a logistical enterprise Fr Kevin 
Last Saturday, 1,015 students, staff and families gathered at Moonee Ponds for the Presentation Ball where 174 Year 11 students were presented displaying some fine, intricate dancing. Well done by all. 
Last Tuesday, all students and staff celebrated Mass on the Feast Day of Mary, Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia and Patroness of the Salesian congregation. The Eucharist was celebrated similarly to our parish Christmas Mass. Afterwards the 1,060 students went out doing a day of Christian service at aged-care facilities, at schools, on environment care etc. Congratulations on such a logistical enterprise.
Fr Kevin 

Emergency Services Thank You

On Sunday 17 May the community of Sunbury is invited to gather on the Village Green from 400pm to celebrate and thank our Emergency Services personnel and their families for the critical role they play in the safety of our community. The event is being organised by the combined churches of Sunbury and will include a service of thanksgiving for our Emergency Services personnel at 430pm in St Andrew’s Uniting Church. Following the service there will be a chance for the community to speak to the Emergency Services personnel over a sausage. Further info, contact St Mary’s Anglican Church on 9744 1347 or email: admin@stmarysanglican.org.au

Prayers for Australia

Prayers for Australia at Ta’Pinu Shrine, Marian Hill, Bacchus Marsh (Mel 334 J8) on Sunday 17 May at 100pm. Please come and join us in reciting the Holy Rosaiy and Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass at 2.3Opm celebrated by Monsignor Benedid Camilleri.

100 Years of Electricity

This month marks the centenary of electricity being introduced to Sunbury. The Shire of Bulla proposed generating electricity, but there was much community opposition, mainly due to the cost. However, in a referendum of ratepayers, the majority approved the project and residents were able from May 1909 to have electricity.

St Paul’s Letters

St Pauls Letters in perspective.

 

Fr Bert gave a talk at our recent Knights of the Southern Cross meeting taking St Paul as his theme as it’s the year of St Paul. He gave us a “timeline” through the life of St Paul using the letters of St Paul himself rather than the more spectacular accounts written by St Luke. Having established what St Paul was doing, where he was doing it, and why he was doing it, Fr Bert then tied the letters of St Paul to the different circumstances and events at that time when the letters were written.
I’m quite certain that the understanding of the letters of St Paul was enhanced for all who were present.

VOCATION VIEW

VOCATION VIEW

This is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The world needs worthy leaders, Good Shepherds of the 21St century, caring unselfishly for the needs of God’s people. Please, pray for Vocations.