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Parish Office: 5562 2231 Fax: 5562 2230

Diocesan website:

Fr John Fitzgerald (Parish Priest)

Barry Wolff (Business Manager)
Leanne McElgunn (Secretary)
Brian Shanahan (Gardening/Maintenance)

Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 1.00pm; 1.30pm - 4.00pm



Michael Gray (St Josephs School)

Peter Morgan (Emmanuel College)
Sunday: 8.30am - 10.30am - 6.00pm
Purnim: 11.00am (Eucharist on 2nd and 4th Sundays)
(Assembly of Word with Communion on 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays)
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00am (Eucharist)
Friday: 10.30am (Reconciliation)

Deaths: Moya Gleeson, Anna McLean, Mary ONeill (Bidmade) (Geelong), Wilma
Delaney, Mary Drew, Patricia Daffey (Hamilton), Harry Keilar

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Family Group Movement
Family Groups contribute to building up the parish community, and for many
members help deepen their understanding of their own faith journey. You are all
invited to stay for a cuppa following each Mass today hosted by the Family Groups.
Speakers: 8.30am Mass: Sr Marie Mansbridge
10.30am Mass: Chris Thompson
6.00pm Mass: Geraldine Melican

To highlight the Feast of St Francis of Assisi this
month, as well as Pope Francis 2nd encyclical Care
for our Common Home, the Parish will have a
Blessing of Animals this Friday at 5.30pm in the
Church Grounds. You are invited to bring your
animals along for the Blessing.

Anniversaries: Mark Primmer, Nell ONeill, Pat OBrien, Frank Gleeson, Leo
McNamara, Mary Kermond, Lindsay Kermond, Beatrice & Bernard Shanahan, John
McNamara, Jack & Mary Gartner, Frank & Phylis Jones, Frank Callaghan

Back to Illowa: Open Day: Sunday 8th November 1.30pm to 4.00pm at Illowa Hall.
Past students, families & teachers from St Columbas or Illowa State School 690 all
invited to attend. Please bring memorabilia & photos along. Afternoon tea provided.
Further information phone Wendy Land (0428 328 881)

Parish Halls & Office Works: Contract for works have been awarded to Searle Bros
Pty Ltd. After inviting tenders, Searles provided the lowest tender, and after rigorous
investigation and interview by the Parish Finance Committee, Searles were awarded
the contract. Local contractors will be used throughout the works program, where

Jubilee Year of Mercy: Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Jubilee which
has at its centre the Mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. This Holy Year
will commence on December 8th 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
and will conclude on Sunday 20th November 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

The WORD Among Us: A booklet of daily reflections on Mass readings &
international stories. If interested in a copy contact Joy (5562 3441)
The Day Before The Races: Morning Coffee Party: Monday 2nd November at St
Brigids Crossley supporting the Good Samaritan Sisters Mission. Doors open 10.30
Stewardship - Finances
Stewardship: Weekly average contributions for the month of September:
Parish: $3,381 Pledged Amount: (per week) $2,820 Presbytery: $1,375
NB: Parish contribution consists of envelopes, credit cards & direct debits
Counters: This week: Team 2: Mary McNamara (5562 4630)
Next week: Team 3: Tom Arundell (5561 2109)

Liturgy of Lament & Hope: A liturgy will be held at St Patricks Cathedral,

Ballarat at 2.00pm next Sunday, 1st November (All welcome). This is being arranged
in the context of the hearings of the Royal Commission relating to child abuse. The
liturgy will offer people an occasion to lament the wrongs that have occurred in our
Church, to ask forgiveness and to pray for healing for all involved.

Stewardship - Ministry
The follow up Team met during the week and all who wrote down their names for a
particular ministry will be contacted in the coming days.
Welcomers: There will be in informal gathering of all Welcomers this Wednesday,
2.30pm in the Gathering Space