Parish Pastoral Council Update

The Parish Pastoral Council met for the first time last Tuesday evening. The first part of the meeting was spent getting to know one another as we welcomed 8 new members to the Council for 2018 including Fr Alan Gibson cm and Michelle Moore, the new principal of St Joseph’s Primary School.

Mark Davis also spoke with us about the upcoming Lenten program and formation day for the Council.

New members were introduced to the results of the National Church Life Survey, which will be a focus for the next meeting.

We also spoke about the Parish’s Hot Button sessions scheduled for June and August this year and invite any parishioners who may have suggestions for topics or speakers to contact a member of the Council.

Parish Ministries Urgently Need New Members

Flower Ministry
Do you have a love for arranging flowers? Currently our Flower Ministry, which is made up of 3 teams, is in need of some extra pairs of hands for our Church flower arrangements.

We meet on Fridays (during school hours) on our allocated month for an hour or so, sharing our ideas and friendship as we create our arrangements.

If you, or someone you know, would like to join one of our teams, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Lisa on 0408 270002 ( B.H)

Counting Team
The time commitment is approximately 1-1 ½ hours on a Sunday once every six weeks. New members are welcome, no experience necessary, all training is provided.

If you would like to join one of our Counting Teams, please email the Parish Office or call 8508 7200.

Lenten Conversation Groups

Thanks to Mark Davis for speaking at the parish masses last Sunday 4th February.

The Lenten Conversation Groups will now start on Sunday 18th February with an introductory meeting after the 10.00am Mass. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to select a group which suits your availability.

All are welcome to join these groups.

Francis Sullivan: Reform and renewal after Royal Commission

by Fatima Measham 23 January 2018.

On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse handed its final report to the Australian Government.

Fatima Measham, consulting editor of Eureka Street and host of the Eureka Street podcast ChatterSquare, spoke with Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, the body that is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response, to reflect on the journey since the Commission was first announced in November 2012 and to consider what are the next steps for the Church.

Right now, says Francis, ‘the whole intensity is well off the boil and in part that is completely understandable because it has been a massively intense period with a lot of heightened tension, and anxieties, and when something comes to an obvious conclusion people breathe a sigh of relief’. With that, however, ‘comes the temptation to become complacent’. That is a luxury the Church can ill afford…

Read more: Francis Sullivan: Reform and renewal after Royal Commission

Conversational English

This is a group that meets weekly, generally Thursdays in Term time, 11.00am-12noon. It offers an opportunity for those who would like to improve their spoken English in various situations, by sharing a hot drink and a chat, whilst meeting new friends in a welcoming environment.

It also offers a wonderful opportunity for Volunteer Tutors to learn much about other cultures and customs. Some are Asylum Seekers, others are new and not so new migrants.
All are welcome.

Date: Class commences on Thursday February 8th
Time: 11.00am-12noon
Venue: Kildara Centre – Rear 39 Stanhope Street, Malvern
Contact: 9509 7906