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OFS Information Day 2021

OFS Information Day 2021

OFS Information Day, Saturday 6th November 2021, from 12pm-2pm @ St Francis Xavier Cathedral Hall. Pax et Bonum!

Youth & Young Adults Mass & Get-Together

Youth & Young Adults Mass & Get-Together

Youth & Young Adults Mass & Get-Together, Sunday 22nd August 2021. “God is thirsty for you young people … God allows Himself be found, yes, but only by those who seek Him with all their heart” – Pope Francis

Feast of St Clare of Assisi 2021

Feast of St Clare of Assisi 2021

Tonight we also celebrated 800 years of the Memoriale Propositi 1221–2021, the fist written Rule of the Brothers of Penance, also known as the Secular Franciscan Order. We were blessed by the presence of Archbishop Patrick O’Regan and truly touched by his words of encouragement to continue following in the footsteps of St. Francis

National Vocations Awareness Week 2021

National Vocations Awareness Week 2021

Holy Mass – Memorial of St John Vianney, Secular Franciscan and patron saint of priests. Thank you for joining us & Capuchin Friars this morning to pray for vocations to priesthood, religious life and Secular Franciscan Order.

August 2 – Forgiveness of Assisi Day

August 2 – Forgiveness of Assisi Day

The Portiuncola Indulgence is a special favor granted by the Pope to St. Francis at his request. …’ I beseech You to grant a full pardon of all sins to all who, having repented and confessed their sins, shall visit this church.” And Jesus said to him: “Francis, you ask much, but you are worthy of greater things, and greater things you shall have.”

Feast of Saint Bonaventure

Feast of Saint Bonaventure

Saint Thomas Aquinas once visited Saint Bonaventure while he was engaged in writing the life of St Francis. He found Saint Bonaventure raised in ecstasy above the earth. Reverently he withdrew, saying to his companion: “Let us leave a saint to write about a saint.” St Bonaventure, pray for us!

Corpus Christi Family Mass

Corpus Christi Family Mass

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from thee. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me and bid me come unto thee That with thy saints I may praise thee forever and ever. Amen.

Corpus Christi Procession 2021

Corpus Christi Procession 2021

Most holy body and blood of Christ, live in our hearts and minds at all times. You are the greatest gift from God and we praise you greatly!

Pentecost Youth & Young Adults Mass

Pentecost Youth & Young Adults Mass

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy; act in me, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy; strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy; guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen

Marian Procession 2021

Marian Procession 2021

The Secular Franciscan Order & St Francis of Assisi Newton Parish joined together for the Marian Procession yesterday at the Adelaide Showgrounds. It was wonderful to see you all.

School Mass: Feast of the Ascension

School Mass: Feast of the Ascension

This morning we celebrated School Mass In honour of the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. Together, the St Francis of Assisi school and parish provide opportunities for families to engage in Family Mass celebrations. We are blessed to share with the school a spirituality of the heart, with Jesus at the centre and with humility, simplicity, love, and mercy.

“Striving for perfection in the footsteps of St Francis”

“Striving for perfection in the footsteps of St Francis”

There are many famous Secular Franciscans in the world: King Louis IX, Thomas More, Saint John Vianney, St. Elizabeth of Hungary …. Recent article in the Southern Cross Magazine outlines the history of the order in its 800th anniversary year.

200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia

200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia

This morning the Secular Franciscan Order had the privilege to celebrate the Legacy of 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia… Over 200 years, Catholic schools have educated millions of Australian students and have grown to become the largest provider of schooling in Australia (outside government) …

2021 OFS Regional Retreat

2021 OFS Regional Retreat

This year we explored “Fratelli tutti” the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled “on fraternity and social friendship”. We are all brothers and sisters and together we can build a better, more merciful, and peaceful world… And we are also grateful to Archbishop Patrick O’Regan for adding to the joyfulness of our special weekend retreat. Pax et Bonum!

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday

We hope you all have had a blessed and meaningful Divine Mercy Feast today that has led you into a greater understanding of God’s ongoing, unfathomable mercy and presence in your life. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320)

Radio Italiana 531

Radio Italiana 531

Thank you to Radio Italiana 531 for broadcasting to our parishioners this year who could not attend Church Services in person. May God bless you in your work, now and in the future!

Easter Sunday Italian Mass

Easter Sunday Italian Mass

“Non è qui. È risorto, come aveva detto.” – Vangelo secondo Matteo 28:6 Carissimi Fratelli e Sorelle, Che lo Spirito del Cristo Risorto sia sempre con voi e con le vostre care famiglie, e che voi sempre abbiate il dono dell’Amore, la benedizione della Speranza e la promessa della Pace! Buona Pasqua!

Easter Sunday, English Mass

Easter Sunday, English Mass

Dear Brothers and Sisters, May the Spirit of the Risen Christ always live within you, and your dear families. May you always have the gift of Love, the blessing of Hope and promise of Peace! Happy Easter from the Capuchin Friars, Newton

Faith Formation Program (RCIA) 2021

Faith Formation Program (RCIA) 2021

Congratulations to Georgia, Daniela and Hansani for completing their Faith Formation Program (RCIA) this year. Welcome to our community of faith! Praying you will grow each day in wisdom, in strength and in your relationship with Jesus. God bless you!

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass

“I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12

Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

O God, who by the Passion of Christ your Son, our Lord, abolished the death inherited from ancient sin
by every succeeding generation, grant that just as, being conformed to him, we have borne by the law of nature the image of the man of earth, so by the sanctification of grace we may bear the image of the Man of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. The Priesthood was born during the Last Supper when Jesus gave his new love commandment, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)

Palm Sunday Youth & Young Adults Mass

Palm Sunday Youth & Young Adults Mass

Palm Sunday Youth & Young Adults Mass, 28th March 2021. May the grace, mercy and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

OFS First Gathering in 2021

OFS First Gathering in 2021

Last Sunday Secular Franciscans at Newton started 2021 with a fresh outlook on fraternal life and leadership. It was wonderful to see you all after such a long break.

Lent: Ash Wednesday

Lent: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, time dedicated to prayer, fasting, and reflection in preparation for the great celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. The Church has long used ashes as an outward sign of grief, a mark of humility, mourning, penance and morality.

Youth & Young Adults Mass & Fr. John’s Farewell

Youth & Young Adults Mass & Fr. John’s Farewell

27 December 2020, Feast of the Holy Family, “It was a blessing to be in Newton for the past three years. Thank you for everything. Let us continue to ‘Rebuild the Church’ beginning with our families and nurturing the faith of the little ones! Pray for them and for good and holy priests and religious.” – Fr John

Lego Christmas Nativity Scene 2020

Lego Christmas Nativity Scene 2020

This Year’s Lego Theme: Praying for the underground Church and persecuted Christians throughout the world. You will notice that the Lego family is celebrating Christmas privately and secretively as Christians face oppression, enslavement, torture and death for practicing their faith in some countries. The Holy Family is outside of the city … This silent night, this holy night – all is calm and all is bright… Christ the Saviour is born!

OFS Christmas Lunch

OFS Christmas Lunch

Yesterday we celebrated Christmas Lunch @ OFS Newton, 12 Stations of Christmas’ during the Holy Hour and also congratulations to Andrea for renewing her profession vows to the Secular Franciscan Order. Big Day!!! Huge thank you to all our brothers Capuchin Friars for their support and service to the Secular Franciscan Order. “May the Lord bless and keep you; may He make His Face shine upon you and be merciful to you; may He turn His Countenance toward you and give you His Peace!”

#YouthGroup Active Advent Season 2020

#YouthGroup Active Advent Season 2020

Active Advent Hike Talks by Catholic Collective Youth – a way to prepare spiritually for the upcoming Christmas and to unleash the stress and energy trapped in our bodies due to the recent Covid Saftey Restrictions by going out into nature with other young fellow members to rediscover the freedom and love of God.

All Saints Day Family Mass

All Saints Day Family Mass

Thank you to all the families that joined us last Sunday for the All Saints Day Family Mass. So beautiful and inspiring to see the children dressed as dearly beloved Saints.

OFS Fraternity Elective Chapter Newton 2020

OFS Fraternity Elective Chapter Newton 2020

Congratulations to our new OFS Newton Fraternity Council. “May the Lord bless and keep you; may He make His Face shine upon you and be merciful to you; may He turn His Countenance toward you and give you His Peace!” (Num. 6:22-27)

62nd Anniversary of OFS Fraternity @ Newton

62nd Anniversary of OFS Fraternity @ Newton

St Francis simply wanted to give everybody as much of God’s treasure as possible. If God gives us a gift which he did not give to another, he did it for just one reason: that we produce fruit with it.

Pax et Bonum!

The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi 2020

The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi 2020

Each year on the evening of October 3rd the Franciscan family throughout the world pauses to celebrate the solemnity of our Holy Father Francis’s Transitus, passing over from this life to the next.

Montevergine Feast 2020

Montevergine Feast 2020

On Sunday 27th September 2020 we celebrated 65th Anniversary Mass, Holy Mary of Montevergine Feast.

Feast Mass of St Clare

Feast Mass of St Clare

Yesterday we celebrated Feast Mass of St Clare and Profession of Danica to the Secular Franciscan Order. “May the Lord bless and keep you; may He make His Face shine upon you and be merciful to you; may He turn His Countenance toward you and give you His Peace!”

The Transitus of St. Clare

The Transitus of St. Clare

This evening we celebrated the Transitus of St. Clare, the eve of her feast day, to commemorate her death and entry into eternal life. This service honored Clare’s life by interweaving readings and songs with the reverencing of symbols of Clare’s religious life.

Divine Mercy Lenten Retreat

Divine Mercy Lenten Retreat

Retreat organised by Divine Mercy Prayer Group Newton Parish. Fr. Jilto George CMI led us into a deeper understanding of intimate relationship with God. Beautiful contemplation on the the Gospel about Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36- 50). God is generous, rich in mercy and love.

Walk For Life

Walk For Life

Saturday 8th February 2020 We all walked today to send a strong message to our politicians that...

Celebrating Youth & Young Adults Mass 2nd Birthday

Celebrating Youth & Young Adults Mass 2nd Birthday

On Sunday February 24th St Francis of Assisi Newton Parish celebrated Youth and Young Adults Mass 1st Birthday. We just wanted to take a moment and say “thank you” to everyone for all the support throughout the year.

Lego Christmas Nativity Scene 2019

Lego Christmas Nativity Scene 2019

Not everyday does it happen that we get to wake up to see the Logo Christmas Crib!! See it for yourself what Fr John Nguyen has created this year!

Catholic Collective Youth Ministry

Catholic Collective Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry that provides a platform where young people can feel welcomed and supported by creating a place for them to explore and experience the Catholic faith. Each session will provide varied experiences of God and aims to open the ears of the young people to hear his voice in our daily lives.

Christmas Lunch @ OFS

Christmas Lunch @ OFS

May the light and love of our precious Lord Jesus fill your hearts and minds this Christmas season and always. May He keep you strong in whatever situation life finds you. May doing His will be your first priority so that His Kingdom may come on earth, as it is in heaven. As we reflect on His life, let us go forth with the courage to do what is ours to do in this life, and to love one another, as He loved us. Wishing you Joy and Happiness, Peace, and Love not only at Christmas, but every day of the New Year!

Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) 2019

Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) 2019

More than 5000 young people from all across Australia came to Perth for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) including our group from Hectorvillle, Newton and Greenacres Parishes. This is our story!

The Importance Of Youth Ministry

The Importance Of Youth Ministry

“Christus Vivit highlights the need to accompany young people so they can answer the call to lead the Church in new ways, as did Mary and many other saints like St Francis of Assisi.”

Celebrating Youth & Young Adults Mass First Birthday

Celebrating Youth & Young Adults Mass First Birthday

On Sunday February 24th St Francis of Assisi Newton Parish celebrated Youth and Young Adults Mass 1st Birthday. We just wanted to take a moment and say “thank you” to everyone for all the support throughout the year.

CapFest 2017

CapFest 2017

CapFest 2017 Saints & Heroes, Celebrating the lives of Capuchin saints and blessed.