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THE ANNUAL MASS for Altar Society Members and Church Cleaners will be held on Saturday, June 3, at 9.15am. The Mass will ask for God's blessings on all and for members' personal intentions and well-being. Past members will be remembered and prayed for. We hope many will be able to attend the Mass, but if you can't your generosity of time and effort in making God's House welcoming for our church community will be remembered.

CHARITABLE WORKS FUND (CWF) APPEAL. 3 times each yea all the Parishes of the Sydney Archdiocese combine together to support the important pastoral works of the Archdiocese. CWF has committed 100% of the funds raised to the following 6 agencies: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, our catechists in the State schools; Seminarians, assisting our future Priests; CatholicCare, assistance to struggling families, children and people with disabilities; Chaplaincy Services, our work in prisons, hospitals and universities; Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, our presence among Indigenous people and the Ephpheta Centre, our apostolate to the deaf community. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. We thank you for your generosity and support.

UNDERSTANDING THE ENTIRY BIBLE a 24 part study featuring Jeff Cavins, will commence on Monday 29th May 2017 for 3x8 week semesters, between 6.45pm-8.30pm in the HIC hall. Cost $70. Registration by 15 May. For more information please contact Belinda Hume, 0418 864 290; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HIC-YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
SURGE YOUTH: So excited to welcome the Sydney Net Team to Surge this coming Friday night! Come along and invite your friends, to meet and hear from some amazing people from around the world! Dinner and dessert for free, 6:30pm till 8:30pm. RSVP to Eliza on  0432 333 549
ALSO DON'T FORGET, that we are having a Social Night on Friday the 2nd, so invite your friends and get ready to have some fun and compete in Surge's Office Olympics.
MAKE SURE you are following us on Instagram @hic.ym or liked us on facebook.com/hicyouthministry to keep up to date with all events that is going on.
FIRE & HOPE is on Sunday Night!!
Set out into the Deep - Prayer and Evangelisation
A FORMATION SESSION on the 21st of May at St Anne's Catholic Church in Strathfield South. Starting with Mass, followed by praise and a talk. The theme for this formation session is "Set out into the Deep" and the talk will discuss the role of prayer in effective evangelisation. Hope to see you there!!
Peace and Joy, Eliza

PARISH DIARY
4 Jun 2017—1st Holy Communion 11.30am Mass
11 Jun 2017—Our Lady of Miracles 10.00am Mass
24 Sep 2017—Padre Pio Festa 10.00am Mass

CHRISTIANITY ACROSS THE AGES - A Journey of Faith through the Evolution of Christian liturgy and its Music. This is a presentation of amazingly unique slides combined with related story-telling by Marie Therese Levey rsj - music teacher, author, specialist in medieval plainchant, collector of digital copies of manuscripts from across the centuries. Where: St Joseph's Regional Centre 5 Alexandra Ave, Croydon 2132 When:  9am-12midday Friday June 2  Entry by voluntary donation; Bookings essential: RSVP by May 26  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TAX DEDUCTIBILITY FOR PARISH PLANNED GIVING As it was announced in December 2016 with change of legislation, the parish/school levies could no longer be remitted to parishes, which resulted in tax deductibility no longer being available through School Building Fund. A working party had been established to review the implications of the changes and to explore other avenues of tax deductibility for parish planned giving programs. Currently the Archdiocese provides additional support of $2.5 million over and above the amounts collected through the various appeals and quotas for the following: St. Mary's Cathedral Conservation; Priest's Retirement Foundation, Charitable Works Fund. Utilising the Charitable Works Fund Trust (CWFT) parishes from 1 July 2017 will be able to offer their parishioners tax deductibility for 25% of their planned giving receipts. This figure will be reviewed each year in March and may be adjusted accordingly.

IMPLICATION OF TAX DEDUCTIBILITY In our parish we still have a running system of envelope numbers below and above 100 (below and above 1100 for CC donations). Those parishioners with envelope number below 100 (below 1100 for CC) will receive 25% tax deductible receipt. Please check your envelope number and inform us if you wish to change, otherwise you will be issued envelope number in the same group as in 2015/16 financial year.

READING GLASSES UPDATE Thanks to everyone for spreading the word about the second life for Unwanted Reading Glasses and also for collecting them from other people to add to our collection. So far this year we have sent 69 pairs away to be checked / repaired before they are sent off the assist people in the Third World Mission Countries. Great Work everyone.

CHURCH CLEANERS Please vacuum and clean cobwebs also in confessionals, gallery and at the entrance to the church. Thank you for your dedicated service. May God Bless you hundredfold.

NEW MARRIAGE RESOURCE WEBSITE marriageinfo.com.au offers articles, lectures, videos and many more sources of information on the Catholic teaching on marriage, helping you to answer any question in the current climate of opposition to traditional marriage.

URGENT PLEA Our Parish is in urgent need of more catechists and catechist helpers for Croydon Public School. Training is available by the Archdiocese to take on the teaching roll. The easiest way, however, is to start as a helper. A helper is a second person in the classroom to assist the teacher with discipline and to help children complete their work. If you can dedicate half an hour on Thursday, please consider this worthy ministry, even for as short a period as one school term. Various time slots are available. Please contact Suzanne Miceli for further information (0409244951 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).