HAWTHORN PARISH BULLETIN
17th December
3rd
Sunday in Advent

VISION STATEMENT:
The Hawthorn Catholic Parish strives to be a Christian Community helping all celebrate God’s presence and expressing our faith through outreach, service and justice.


FEAST DAYS:
16th Blessed Mary of the Angels
21st St Peter Canisius
23rd St John of Kanty

PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
BAPTISMS: 
Zoe Westmore, Lara Zennaro
WEDDINGS:
Holly Corns and Daniel Topovic
RECENT DEATHS: 
Donato Pellegrino, Terry Coghley
ANNIVERSARIES: 
Helen Santamaria, Ted Hayes, Carl Hayes, Olive McCoy, Olive Curtain, Eileen Clarke, Bob Slattery
UNWELL: 
Margie Middleton, Anita Tomassini, Dorothy Newcomb

PARISH NEWS:

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:
RAILCO SCHOLARSHIPS:
Plant sales and the component of the cake stall sales raised $6,3000 for the children of Railaco. 
This, apart from several donations, which are still being accepted and most welcome.
Contact 9819 3766 or kevinslattery9@bigpond.com
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Mike Janes and Fergus Ryan on being conferred Knighthoods in the Papal Order of St Gregory the Great.
GREETINGS:
Greetings from Jesuit Refugee Service Australia at Christmas. 
We wish you peace and joy with your families and close friends in this blessed season. 
We thank all who with your great generosity have supported us in serving and accompanying refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. 
JRS Australia assists refugees and people seeking asylum to grow in hope and strength by helping with a basic living allowance, emergency accommodation, foodbank, English classes, legal advice and other activities at our community centre, and casework and targeted advocacy. 
The need is great, and your donation could help us to do more. 
Please see www.jrs.org.au or donate at www.jrs.org.au/donate-now/
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH IN THE PARISH CENTRE:
We are hosting a lovely lunch for approximately 30 people, prepared by fellow parishioners on Christmas Day. 
To make it welcoming and inclusive we need volunteers to help with the following:
Cooked food – Donations ( a tray of vegies or a roast)
Driving people to and from the Mass and lunch
Set up shift 9:30 am  - 11:30 am
Hosting 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Clean up crew 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
If you can help in any way or would like to find out more details, contact Donna - 8862 4021 or email donnabosnjak@pacific.net.au
Fr ALBERT:
Fr Albert Tan SJ returns to Malaysia on Monday 4th December and will return to Hawthorn on 15th January 2018.
SACRAMENTS FOR 2018:
Bookings are now open for all Sacraments in 2018. 
Classes will be starting in early February for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 
Candidates need to be in Year 4 or above for First Reconciliation and Eucharist. 
When registering, please leave your email address, phone number, postal address and your child’s name. 
Children attending St Joseph’s school do NOT need to register. 
Berny: 8862 4020
MELBOURNE CATHOLIC MAGAZINE:
Melbourne Catholic magazine is available for purchase from the rear of the church ($4).

IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS:


ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY - HAWTHORN CONFERENCE:
Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7.00 pm in the presbytery.
New members are always welcome. 
For further enquiries, please call the President, Stephen Maule on 0412 042 948
Find out more about the Society at www.vinnies.org.au or contact the President, Stephen Maule, at stephenmaule@ymail.com or 0412 042 948.
MASSES AT ST JOSEPH'S:
There will be six Masses at St Joseph’s Church this coming week:

Monday 18th at 4:30 pm
Tuesday 19th at 5:00 pm
Wednesday 20th at 5:00 pm
Thursday 21st at 5:00 pm
Friday 22nd at 5:00 pm
Saturday 23rd at 10:00 am

CHRISTMAS CARDS and DISTURBING THE DUST:
St Vincent de Paul will be selling copies of “Disturbing the Dust” by Fr Tony Herbert SJ, Christmas cards ($6 packet of 8) and Columban Calendars ($9 each) after all Masses until Christmas.
CHRISTMAS HAMPER WORKSHOP DAY:
It is a Parish tradition at Christmas to invite our young people to help with making of our Christmas hampers. 
This will be on Tuesday 19th Dec 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. 
If you are in Yr 6 – 12 and would like to help, please phone Donna on 8862 4021.
We would love your help.
RECONCILIATION EVENING:
Advent: a time for reconciliation in our lives as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.
Reconciliation evening: Wednesday, 20th December, at ICC at 7:30 pm.
REHEARSAL:
A rehearsal for all children wishing to be in the nativity play will be held on Thursday, 21st December, at ICC, at 10:00 am. 
Children who attend the rehearsal will be given preference for costumes on the night.
CHOIR PRACTICE:
Please note that rehearsal time for Christmas Mass has been changed to 10:00 am - 11:30 am on 23rd December in the Parish Centre. 
Enquiries Fiona Dyball on 0477 002 813 or dyballfiona@gmail.com
CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY LITURGY MASS:
To be held at ICC, Sunday, 24th December, at 6:30 pm.
CHRISTMAS EVE:
Next Sunday is Christmas Eve. 
There will not be Mass at ICC at 11:00 am nor 5:00 pm. 
There will not be Mass at St Joseph’s at 11:30 am. 
Please see the timetable below for Christmas season Masses.

YEP:

Youth Led Mass and Social Sunday: 

TGI Fridays:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
All Hallows Church
Balwyn 
Years 9 - 12

YAM Open House:
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Hawthorn Parish Centre

YEP Christmas Party: 
15th December
Keep the date free - more details to follow.

For more information on any of the YEP programs, please contact yepmelb@gmail.com or 0434 254 233
See www.yepmelbourne.com


REFLECTIONS:
DISTURBING THE DUST:
Disturbing The Dust
by Fr Tony Herbert SJ
Jesuit Mission is proud to announce Fr Tony Herbert SJ’s new book, Disturbing the Dust.
Fr Herbert is an Australian Jesuit Missionary who moved to India in 1965 and began working with the Dalits, one of India’s poorest and most marginalised castes. 
Disturbing the Dust shares the stories Fr Herbert recorded in his journal – heart-breaking, terrifying, and uplifting stories of events which moved him over the years. 
Each story is accompanied by a reflection, which draws from Fr Herbert’s fifty-plus years as a Jesuit missionary. 
Ultimately, Disturbing the Dust is a book that gives witness to the Dalit’s struggle, and strips away the reader’s status to reveal in all of us a “common human poverty”.
Disturbing the Dust is published by Jesuit Mission and can be purchased online at www.jesuitmission.org.au or by completing the book order form and mailing to Jesuit Mission.
Disturbing the Dust is also available at Pauline Books & Media, 150 Castlereagh St, Sydney.
For all enquiries, please contact Jesuit Mission (02) 8918 4109.
Prayer for “The Year of Youth”
Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth.
Guide us together, as we strive to offer God’s mercy to those who feel abandoned or outcast.

Come Holy Spirit Empower our community to be courageous.
Unite your people as witnesses of love.
Walk with us, as we blaze new trails of discipleship, Accompanying young people as we renew the Church together.
Amen.

 
ADVENT:
Today we begin the Advent season, when we prepare for the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day. 
We use this time to prepare ourselves in a special way to welcome Jesus. 
The Advent wreath is a ring of evergreens with four candles, one for each week of Advent. 
The circle shape stands for the unending love of God, with no beginning and no end. 
The green leaves represent life and growth and hope. 
The candles represent Jesus, the light of the world. 
The first candle is the Prophets’ candle. 
The prophets prepared the people in the early days for the coming of the Messiah.
This week’s candle in the Advent Wreath is called
the Bethlehem candle.
This reminds us that Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem.
The third candle in the Advent Wreath is called 
the shepherds’ candle.
The shepherds were the first people to visit Jesus and his parents.

 


CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE, 2017
Christmas Eve Evening (Sunday)
4.30pm  ICC Mass with Carols
6.30pm  ICC Family Mass - Children re-enact Nativity story
8.45pm  ICC Carols
9pm ICC Mass
No Midnight Mass
Christmas Day
8.30 am St Joseph’s Mass with Carols
9.30 am  ICC Mass with Carols
11.00 am  ICC Mass with Carols
No 5pm Mass
There will be no Mass at ICC or St Joseph’s on 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th December
Holiday Mass Times 2017 / 2018
From Monday, 26th December, 2017 until Saturday 30th January, 2018, Mass times will be:
Saturday Vigil  6:00 pm ICC
Sunday 8:30 am St Joseph’s
9:30 am  ICC
11:00 am  ICC
No 11:30am or 5:00 pm Mass
From Friday, 29th December 2017, ICC 12 noon Mass will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
No 5:00 pm Wednesday Mass at St Joseph’s
Normal Mass Timetable resumes Saturday, 27th January, 2018.
Copies of the Christmas/Holiday timetable are at the church doors.

MELBOURNE ARCHDIOCESE WEBSITE:
www.cam.org.au


ASSUMPTION COLLEGE KILMORE:
Assumption College Kilmore will celebrate its 125th Anniversary in 2018. 
Are you a former student of Assumption College? 
If so, Alumni Development Officer Maria Cleve would love to hear from you. 
There are many events being planned for former students. 
Please phone Maria Cleve in our Alumni office on (03) 5783 5343 or email her at maria.cleve@assumption.vic.edu.au


CHILDREN'S LITURGY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Here at ICC we welcome children from Prep to Year 8 at our 9.30 am Sunday Masses (during school term). 
These special times for the children are conducted by a group of volunteers from the parish and we are currently looking for new members. 
Materials and Leaders’ Hints are supplied, and training is available if desired. 
The roster is approximately once every 5 weeks. 
Contact Berny on 8862 4000 or email Christine at walsh.pc@bigpond.net.au

9:30 am CHOIR:
We would love to welcome some more members to our choir in 2017.
You do not need to be able to read music or have any past experience, just a love of music! 
If you have been thinking about it then please call either Georgina on 0433 842 880 or Frances on 0405 354 980 for more details.

DRIVERS WANTED:
Drivers Wanted – 9:30 Mass Sunday 
As part of a roster, and with parking space provided, the parish community is seeking drivers to assist seniors get to Mass.
Please contact Donna Bosnjak on 0417 158 224, leave a message on 8862 4021 or email donnabosnjak@pacific.net .au

HELP NEEDED:
We are in need of volunteers to go on a roster to open and prepare the church at 8.30 am Mass on Sundays. 
This would hopefully require a once bi-monthly commitment. 
Enquiries call Berny 8862 4020

READERS AND SPECIAL MINISTERS:
We are in need of readers and special ministers for our weekend masses. 
If you are interested in helping our community celebrate mass, please call Berny 8862 4020.

STAMPS FOR THE JESUIT MISSIONS:
Stamps are needed for re sale to benefit the Jesuit Missions. 
Used stamps can be collected and dropped off to the Mission Office at Provincial House, Power St, Hawthorn.


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION:
Any parishioner looking for spiritual direction, (during the day), please contact Berny, 8862 4000

JESUIT VOCATIONS:
Information on Jesuit Vocations is available at the back of the church. 
Please take a copy if interested.

RCIA:
The question is often asked: How do I become a Catholic? 
Interested? 
Do you know someone who is curious? 
Do you have a friend who would be interested? 
For those who choose to commit, Lent will be a time of preparation. Baptism, Confirmation and Communion will be received on Easter Saturday evening, when we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. 
For further information ring Berny on 8862 4020


REMEMBRANCE BOOK:
You are welcome to request names to be added to the Remembrance Book at the rear of the Church. 
There is a form at the start of the book where you may add the name of the person to be remembered, and the date of their anniversary. 
The person does not have to be a former parishioner. 
Due to privacy regulations, we may not add names without request.

RESURRECTION WALL: 
Our Resurrection Wall in our front garden is available to those who might like to fix a plaque there to commemorate a family member or friend who has died. 
If you would like to place a plaque there, please contact the Parish Office: 8862 4000. 
You can view a sample of the plaque on the Resurrection Wall. 
Each plaque costs $550


NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS:
We would appreciate any parishioner who may have changed address or contact details in the last twelve months, to please advice the Parish Office
8862 4024

FAMILY QUESTIONNAIRE:
We welcome you to the ICC at Hawthorn. 
To help you become involved in any of the various ministries of the parish, we invite you to fill in this questionnaire and return to the Parish Office / Presbytery.
To access the form, please download the Word Document by clicking here.

Immaculate Conception Church
345 Burwoood Road
Hawthorn
3122
TELEPHONE: 8862 4000 
FAX: 9819 9560


VISITING THE SICK AND ELDERLY:
If anyone knows of any nursing homes that have recently opened in the Hawthorn area, or anyone who may need communion taken to them, could you please contact Donna Bosnjak on

9819 3699 / 8862 4000.

PARISH DIRECTORY:
A Parish Directory with details of the various volunteer groups and services offered to parishioners is available from the parish office. 


Commonwealth and Victorian Governments introduced legislation that deals with the manner in which public and private sector organisations may record, use, store and disclose information, including health information, collected from the individuals.  The Parish of Hawthorn is committed to upholding and implementing the Privacy Principles set out in the legislation.  A copy of the Parish's Privacy Policy is available to any Parishioner by contacting 9819 3699 in the Parish Office.

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