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Epiphany of the Lord

Parish Office: 5562 2231 Fax: 5562 2230

Diocesan website:

The Feast of Symbolism


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)
Wednesday: 10.00am (Liturgy of Word with Communion)
Thursday: 11.00m (Requiem Mass: Ray Mitchell RIP)
Friday: 10.00am (Eucharist)

Deaths: Ray Mitchell

We, the hearers of the story, are invited to

recognise ourselves in the scene.
There is a natural inclination to interpret the
Gospel stories in a far more literal way than they
were ever intended to be received.
We are encouraged to reflect on the meaning
behind these stories.
Just as the magi from the East came in search for
We too are on a search (journey of faith).
We have a star to follow (Christ),
We have gifts to bring.
We encounter the deviousness of the Herod
within us;
And like the magi we go home a different way.
We can choose the Christian way to live.

Anniversaries: Maureen OSullivan, Cyril McNamara, Bernie McArdle

Baptism: Georgia Perry is welcomed into Gods Family this weekend
Tuesday Cards: Cards will resume this Tuesday (5th January) at St Josephs. Please
note they will also be held at St Josephs on 12th January.
Toohey Estate: Stage 1 & Stage 2: (112 Lots)
6 remain unsold
Stage 3: Titles have been issued - (39 Lots)
25 Lots are Sold or on Hold
Plans for final Stage are underway and should be ready for Tender early this year.

Stewardship - Finances
Stewardship: Weekly average contributions for the month of December
Parish: $3,046.00 Pledged Amount: (per week) $2,820 Presbytery: $1,288.00
Christmas Collection: $4,076.00
NB: Parish contribution consists of envelopes, credit cards & direct debits
Counters: This week: Team 1: Peter Lawlor (5562 1470
Next week: Team 2: Mary McNamara (5562 4630)

The Christmas Season

Many think that Christmas is a single day. Actually it is a Season. The Christmas
Season continues through to the Baptism of the Lord (10th January). The Season of
Christmas is known in many places as the 12 Days of Christmas.

Annual Christmas Appeal

Our Christmas Appeal is one way by which the diocese can respond to the many
communities around the world who turn to us for assistance. Our response is an
indication of our solidarity with people in need,....I am aware that there are
many times throughout the year when you are invited to respond to appeals for very
worthy causes, but I hope the Ballarat diocese can continue to support this particular
appeal.Yours sincerely in Christ (Bishop Paul Bird)
NB: This Appeal will be taken up at all Masses today (2nd Collection).
See Notice Board re where the 2014 Appeal money was distributed.