JoCare News – December

Thank you to everyone who attended the JoCare Christmas party. What an amazing morning, full of chatter, music and of course eating! A number of the neighbours who are visited by JoCare volunteers joined us for the morning, thank you to everyone who made them welcome.

The morning was generously supported by Catholic Church Insurances.

JoCare gatherings resume on February 6th 2018.

Thank you to each and every person who has supported JoCare in 2017. I am very grateful to you all for taking a chance and becoming part of JoCare. Wishing everyone a safe, happy and blessed Christmas.

Kerri Anne

Christmas Day Dinner

Christmas is a time for families to get together to celebrate the Birth of Christ. However, for a variety of reasons, some people are unable to do this.

And so a traditional Christmas Day Dinner will be held in St Anthony’s Hall, corner Neerim and Grange Roads, Glen Huntly at midday on Christmas Day for those not celebrating Our Lord’s Birthday with family. If you would like to come and celebrate with us, we would love to see you there, so please collect a yellow invitation at the parish office.

If you would like to help with the Christmas Dinner, please fill out a green form, also available at the parish office, and return it to St. Anthony’s, 74 Grange Road, Glen Huntly 3163.

We invite everyone to please join us in praying for the success of the Dinner. If you would like more information please ring Gwen Fitzgerald on 9569 2099.

Here are the forms to use for helpers and invitees:



New Members of the Parish Pastoral Council

Last Sunday the following members recommended from the parish community were chosen for membership of the Parish Pastoral Council commencing in 2018. They are:

  • Celina Ma,
  • Bro. Paul Toohey,
  • Angela Sasso,
  • John Miranda,
  • Anna-Marie McGann,
  • Andrew McInerney.

They will join the ongoing members:

  • Basil Penkar,
  • Colette Hanlon,
  • Kishani Rajendra, and
  • John McMorrow.

Many thanks for all who engaged in the process of arriving at our new Council. A special word of thanks for the generosity of the members new and old who have undertaken to be part of this important group in the life of the parish.

A Message from De la Salle College

Thank you to all who contributed to our fund raising efforts a few weeks ago.  

A group of staff and students are visiting BoysTown, Diyagala in Sri Lanka and will assist our Lasallian brothers and sisters with the refurbishment and repair of buildings and spaces which will materially improve the daily life of this community. Your great efforts raised $1,854.05.

19th Annual St. Joseph’s Parish Tour

The recent Parish Tour to Floriade in Canberra via the Snowy River/ Snowy Mountains was a wonderful experience for those involved.

Next year’s ’19th Annual St Joseph’s Parish Tour’ is to Adelaide via the Brim Silo Art Trail and home via the Harrow Sound and Light Show. Dates are Sunday, September 30th to Sunday, October 7th, and only 6 seats remain.

All tours since 2005 have been fully booked, so please ring Chris Grafen on 9570 2221 asap if you would like to join us.

Welcome Fr. Alan Gibson

Fr. Alan has provided the following personal details:

“I was born on 26th October 1959. I grew up in the Vincentian Parish of Marsfield, NSW. I attended St Anthony’s Primary School, Marsfield and was taught by the Daughters of Charity. I then went to Marist Brothers Eastwood. After leaving school I worked in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for 12 years. I entered St Francis Xavier Seminary, Adelaide at the age of 28. I was ordained a Deacon at St Anthony’s Marsfield in December 1994. I was then ordained to the priesthood at St Anthony’s Marsfield on 5th August 1995. My first appointment was at Southport, QLD where I served from September 1995-December 1998. In 1999 I was sent to the Fiji Islands where I served from 1999-2011. Whilst I was there I worked in our parishes of Natovi and Nausori, spent 4 years in charge of student formation and taught Pacific Church History and Church History at Pacific Regional Seminary, Suva for 6 years. During my time in Fiji I was sent away to Ireland and France for studies in Student and Vincentian Formation. For the past 6 years I have served as Parish Priest of St Vincent’s Parish Ashfield. My hobbies are reading, watching movies and following most sports. I very much look forward to being Parish Priest at St Joseph’s Malvern and meeting you all very soon.”

Fr. Alan will be introduced at all Masses over the weekend of December 9-10 and will spend the following week getting acquainted with the various groups and activities of the parish. He will take up residence in the presbytery on January 29 following his annual leave in January.

Appreciating Fr. Laurie’s Ministry in Malvern

As you may know, the end of Fr Laurie McNamara’s six year term as parish priest of St Joseph’s is coming closer.

To acknowledge his work in the parish, the Parish Pastoral Council intends to make a presentation to Fr Laurie at the annual parish appreciation BBQ in early December.

At parish masses on November 5th and 6th, all parishioners will have an opportunity to add to this gift by making their own contribution.

Donations can be placed in boxes that will be available at each mass.

Oaks Day Lunch

Everyone is racing to book in for the inaugural Oaks Day Lunch, organised by St. Joseph’s Refugee Support Group.
Where: The Malvern Vale Hotel
When: Thursday 9 November at 12:30pm
Tickets: $45.00

  • Much fun to be had …
  • Tickets are expected to sell quickly so don’t miss out!
  • Racing enthusiasts catered for …
  • Fashionable Fellow welcome …
  • Complimentary Champagne on arrival …
  • Fashion – the order of the day, including judging for most glamourous Hat Award …
  • Get in early for your tickets, this is an event not to be missed, a fun day is assured …

Phone bookings may be made to Barbara Horrigan on 9509 9335, Mary McCormick on 9804 3441, or Peta Taylor on 0408 456 242, or online at TryBooking.