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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: NB 9.00am (Eucharist)

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10.00am (Eucharist)

Deaths: Nancy Mitchell, Paul Gleeson

Anniversaries: Robert Roache, Peter Red Kelly, Brian Vallence
Church Cleaning: There will be a working bee, Saturday 19th December 8.30am
onwards, to prepare our Church in readiness for Christmas. All welcome!
St Josephs Church Spire: (Last refurbished in the 1980s). There has been obvious
deterioration (weathering) and damage (cockatoos). For safety reasons and longevity it
has been decided to conduct a thorough inspection of the Spire. The Parish has
engaged the services of a Master Stonemason and a Heritage Engineer and some
investigation has taken place. We have also commissioned a photogrammetric
recording of the structure (this will provide drawings that will be beneficial for future
planning). Internal access to the spire also needs to be upgraded to meet safety
standards. Parishioners may have noticed the crane on site recently, this has been for
inspection works.

Stewardship - Finances
Stewardship: Weekly average contributions for the month of October:
Parish: $2,277.00 Pledged Amount: (per week) $2,820 Presbytery: $1,442.00
NB: Parish contribution consists of envelopes, credit cards & direct debits
Counters: This week: Team 9: Barry Walsh (5562 4568)
Next week: Team 10: John Monigatti (5562 9537)

Third Sunday of Advent

Advent has a two-fold purpose:
To prepare for Christmas when Christs birth is remembered
To await Christs second coming at the end of time
St Vincent de Paul & Refugee Christmas Envelopes:
Envelopes for both these worthy causes are available under the
Christmas tree. Envelopes can be placed on the collection plate
or handed to the Parish Office.

Communal Celebration of Gods Mercy & Forgiveness

Tuesday at 7.30pm
We are invited: to listen to the Word of God
to examine our conscience
to repent of our sins
to seek forgiveness of almighty God
NB: This is an excellent way to prepare for the up-coming feast of Christmas
Jubilee Year of Mercy: The Year of Mercy commenced last Tuesday (8th Dec) and
will conclude on the Feast of Christ the King (Nov 2016). This has been called by
Pope Francis. He invites the whole church to be an oasis of mercy.

Christmas Mass Times

24th December (Thursday)
5.00pm at St Josephs School (All welcome)
7.00pm & 9.00pm St Josephs Church
8.00pm St Annes Purnim (Assembly of Word with Communion)
25th December (Friday)
9.30am St Josephs Church
Christmas Mass Ministries: Please consider being a part of the Mass you will be
attending. List available in Gathering Space or phone Parish Office (5562 2231)
Community Christmas Day Lunch: Christmas is a time for sharing with family and
friends but for many this is not possible. Come and join us on Christmas Day 12noon
to 1.30pm. Please note change of venue: Warrnambool Uniting Church. Please
register to Cath (5561 4120) or Mary (0409 158 177)
Nativity Exhibition: Thank you to those who brought their nativity scenes for
display. All are welcome to browse the many varied scenes on show today
(Gathering Space).