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Christmas Mass and Reconciliation Times

Please check our calendar for your parish's Christmas Mass and Reconciliation times.  The following parishes are represented:

Geelong (including East Geelong and Newcomb), Belmont (including Moriac), The Cluster (Geelong West, Bell Park and Manifold Heights), Corio/Lara, Drysdale (including Leopold, St Leonards and Portarlington), Queenscliff (including Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads), Grovedale (including Torquay and Anglesea) , Meredith (including Winchelsea and Bannockburn) and Norlane.





Advent invites us to open the eyes and ears of our heart to a joyful receptivity of Christ's presence.  There is a spotlight on Joy in Advent.  We can grow from joy as well as from sorrow.  All depends on our attitude.  Suffering can lead to compassion or to bitterness.  Joy can also move to self-orientation but it most ofter promotes gratitude, praise, eagerness to share and enthusiasm for the Creator's gifts.  Perhaps the best present we can give one another this Christmas is a joyful heart and a cheerful attitude.

Living Faith Daily Devotions 2010

Advent in the Catholic Church


It is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas.   Join the Geelong Deanery, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier from Durban, South Africa, in celebrating Advent with the Advent Faith Festival. 


Thursday 25th November at St Francis Xavier Church. Corio - beginning at 6.00pm             

Multicural Prayer Vigil


 Polish Community                6.00pm

 Croatian Community             6.30pm

  Indian Community                7.00pm

Philipinno Community          7.30pm

Portguese Community          8.00pm

Zimbabwean Colmmunity    8.30pm


Saturday 27th November -

Ecumenical Prayer Service & Breakfast -  - Cosy Corner Torquay - 8.00am

Social Justice Expo -                                         Ss Peter & Paul's Hall, Geelong West  1.00pm

                                                                                  Find out how the Catholic Church in Geelong is partnering with developing

                                                                                  Third World Communities      

 Youth Mass                                                           St Peter & Pauls - Geelong West, 5.00pm

Sunday 28th November

St Mary's Basilica - 5.30pm

Join with representatives from across the Deanery for the Deanery Commissioning  Mass which will acknowledge all those working for the mission of the church in Geelong



Easter - The Risen Lord



Palm Sunday
As we are coming to grips with the scandals surrounding the global church, we ask and pray that our Bishops and Cardinals and leaders in Rome can deal effectively with the hurt and ruination of innocents' lives at the hands of some of our pastors.  Management of the issues surrounding the church today need to be open and with full admission of past wrongs.  We pray that our Holy Father addresses this issue with justice, clarity and action.

Lent is the time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday when ashes, made by burning the blessed palms distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday, are placed onto a person's forehead with the Sign of the Cross whilst saying:

"Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return".

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Lent is a time for abstinence, prayer, spiritual renewal, repentance and good works


Pope Benedict stated on Ash Wednesday evening:

"The reward for repentance and good works, “is not the admiration of others, but friendship with God and the grace that comes with it, a grace that gives peace and the strength to do good, to love even those who don’t deserve it and to forgive those who have offended us.”

Daily Reflection - Life Without Fear

Free those who through fear of death had been sujbect to slavery all their life.

There are two kinds of death:  Physical and spiritual.  The first is inevitable:  the second is not.  Everyone fears death, but God promises us that if we place our trust in him, he will give us strength to rise above our fears.  His eternal love will be with us to our last hour.



Torquay Foreshore Festival

The Torquay Foreshore Festival will take place on 6th March, 2010 at Elephant Walk in Torquay.  It will begin at 10.30 am and finish at 4.00pm.  All proceeds will go towards the employment of the Deanery Youth Facilitator.  Stalls include:  Hamburgers, Hot Chips, Books, Amusements, Lucky Envelopes, Lucky Dips, Mystery Bags, European Food, Fairy Floss, the very popular Jams and Preserves, plus plenty of entertainment and rides.

New stalls this year are:  Small antique collectables, with a valuation service; Cappucino 2, Hot Potatoes and Salad and a large plant stall.  The Fete is now accepting gifts of -  Plums, Apricots and small jam jars which can be left at St Mary's Parish Office, 150 Yarra St., Geelong.

Daily Reflection
"Lord, Make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved"

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