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Parish Office: 5562 2231 Fax: 5562 2230 E-mail: warrnambool@ballarat.catholic.org.au Parish website: www.stjosephswarrnambool.org Diocesan website: www.ballarat.catholic.org.au PARISH STAFF: Fr John Fitzgerald (Parish Priest) Barry Wolff (Business Manager) Leanne McElgunn (Secretary) Brian Shanahan (Gardening/Maintenance) Michael Gray (St Josephs School) Philip Morison (Emmanuel College) 6.30pm (Vigil); 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)

Third Sunday of Lent

The Season of Lent is a time of: prayer, self-denial and helping others. In this way the whole Church, together with those to be baptized (Roy Kwon) or received into the Church (Suesan Gliddon), prepare for the feast of Easter. During Lent we have the Scrutinies which are Liturgical Rites focusing on the great themes of Lent: purification and enlightenment; self-searching and repentance. * Please take home a Project Compassion Box or Envelope Stations of the Cross: All Fridays in Lent: 7.30pm (St Josephs Church) Sacrament of Anointing: Thursday, 22 March at 2.00pm Mass of the Oils: Monday, 2nd April (St Patricks Cathedral, Ballarat) at 6.30pm Communal Celebration of Gods Mercy: Tuesday, 3rd April at 7.30pm Project Compassion (Week 3): Zimbabwe was once known as the breadbasket of Africa, yet enduring conflict and prolonged drought reversed this prosperity. This week we celebrate the life of Colletta. Despite managing a life-threatening illness, Colletta championed our life-giving programs and was integral in the creation of a community garden and the raising of livestock for her community. So. it was with great sadness, that we learnt that Colletta recently lost her fight with her illness. Her death highlights the reality that, despite strong programs, the people with whom Caritas Australia works are among the most vulnerable in our world. Her courage in life however, means she has left a legacy which will live on in her community. Please donate to Project Compassion today so that we can continue the work of making a difference in Collettas community and in many more around the world. NB: Thanks to those who are already making a commitment to the weekly Project Compassion envelopes. Hospitality Group: The Group consists of volunteers who make a significant contribution to Parish life through catering for various social gatherings at St Josephs - a major one being catering for funerals. Currently the workload has fallen to a small number of members. Would you be interested in lending a helping hand or finding out how you can help? Please contact Leanne (Parish Office). Petition: Bishop Connors has invited the people of the Ballarat Diocese to sign a petition to the Federal Government requesting that access to child sexual abuse internet sites be blocked in Australia. Petition is available in Gathering Space. Meeting: Thursday: CWL Meeting (Meeting Room) at 10.30am

Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 12:30pm; 1:30pm - 4:00pm SCHOOL PRINCIPALS: WEEK-END LITURGIES:

WEEK-DAY LITURGIES: Wednesday & Friday: 10.00am (Assembly of Word + Comm) N.B: A funeral takes the place of weekday liturgy.

Deaths: Robert McKinnon, Colletta (Zimbabwe) Anniversaries: Fred Ahearn, Brian Lane, Stuart Nicolson, Michael May, Leanne Bidmade Welcome: We warmly welcome Fr Bill Melican who is here to celebrate Mass while Fr John is away. Baptism Preparation: Next meeting is 14th March, 7.30pm (Gathering Space) Senior Reconciliation: Please keep the children and their families in your prayers. The children will be wearing the purple stoles during Mass. St Josephs Playgroup: Easter raffle (next weekend). You may win a basket full of eggs! Money raised will go towards books & new toys. Tickets $1 Emmanuel College: Annual Goods & Services Auction: Sat 17 March from 7.30pm (Ardlie St Campus Hall). $7 entry. All welcome. Enquiries Helen (5560 0888) Tooram Scout Group: Family Portrait offer. Further information (Angela) 55626355 Praying the Rosary: Janet Moorfields home (318 Raglan Pde) at 4.30pm Collections: Presbytery: $1,504.00 Parish: $2,196.25 Thank you for your support Counters: This week: Team 3: Tom Arundell (5561 2109) Next week: Team 4: Gerald Shanley (5562 5992)