Beginning Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 - Weekly Mass at JSC

Eucharist is celebrated at the Janssen Spirituality Centre on Wednesday mornings at 9.10am in St Mark's Chapel.  All are welcome to attend.  For further information contact the JSC Director, Fr Nick De Groot SVD on 9762 6625.

People of eight faiths celebrate prayer together

“Together Ease Miseries” gathered together clergy, and laypeople representing the Baha’i faith, Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism and indigenous faiths such as Cao Dai, Hoa Hao and Minh Ly Thanh Hoi.

People shared their experience of the positive power of prayer, sang hymns and recited poems on religion.

Vo Ngoc Hong Phuc, a Baha’i, said: “If we are surrounded by serious difficulties and miseries, we should pray to God who always saves us”.

Cao Dai follower Le Nhu Hung agreed. “As people of religion, we must rely on God’s grace to relieve our miseries.”

Muslim Imam Trinh Ngoc Dat urged attendees to visit and provide material and spiritual support for victims of natural disasters, elderly people without relatives, patients and the marginalized.

Minh Tue, a Budhist monk, said the meeting raised awareness of religious faith that is strength helping people to release their miseries among people.  He said local followers live in harmony and work together to provide health care for poor people in the city.

Father Francis Xavier Bao Loc, head of the Interfaith Dialogue Ministry committee, said the meeting aimed to promote dialogue and cooperation among local followers for the common good.

The event also marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and what would have been the 100th birthday of Han Mac Tu, a Catholic poet who suffered from leprosy and composed many great Catholic poems. He died in 1940.

With candles in hand, attendees closed the meeting with prayers for suffering people and the Prayer of Peace hymn by St. Francis Assisi.

Source: reporter
Vietnam, October 30, 2012

Centering Prayer Meditation Groups meet regularly at JSC.

Centering Prayer Meditation Groups meet regularly at the Janssen Centre

Group 1 meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

Centering Prayer Group 2 meets every other Tuesday beginning 6 January 2015, 10am-11am.

For further information contact Ria Parlevliet on 9720 2359.

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Retreat: Meditation on the Breath of the Spirit 13-14 October 2012

Jesus breathed and said - 'Receive the Holy Spirit'  (John 20:22)

Meditation on the Breath of the Spirit for Healing and Good Health


Meditation on the name of Jesus: Jesus our Saviour

Breath Meditation: In Jesus we live, our Life

Posture Meditation: In Jesus we move, our Strength

Relaxation Meditation: In Jesus we exist and rest, our Peace

with Jen Quested


Saturday, 13 October 2012 from 1pm-4pm

and those who wish to stay overnight until 4pm on Sunday, 14 October 2012.

Next Retreat - April 2013

Suggested donations:

for the weekend:  Live-in:  $125,  Concession: $110

Live-out: $70,  Concession: $56

Saturday only 1pm-4pm: $20, concession: $16

Sunday only 9am-4pm,  Concession: $40


Meditation on Jesus brings serenity, peace, joy and connects our soul to the Spirit of God.  Modern society with all its dissipating forces at work, distances us further and further away from inner peace and joy.  In turn, we suffer from stress-related diseases.  Meditation on Jesus tunes up, calms down and heals our heart and mind, body and soul.

Meditation on Jesus - 3rd Wed of the month, 11am-12pm

Meditation on Jesus for Healing & Good Health with Fr Gilbert Carlo SVD & Ms Jen Quested

through Meditation on the name of Jesus: Jesus is our Saviour

Breath Meditation: Jesus is our Life

Posture Meditation: Jesus is our Strength

Chanting Shalom: Jesus is our Peace

When? - 3rd Wednesday of every month (11am-12pm) (15 February, 21 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June, 18 July, 15 August, 19 September, 17 October, 21 November)

Recommended Donation: Paper donation, Concession Card Holders: gold coin

Meditation on Jesus brings serenity, peace and joy.

Modern society with all its dissipating forces at work, distances us further and further away from inner peace and joy.  In turn, we suffer from stress-related diseases. Meditation on Jesus tunes up, clams down, energises and heals our body, mind and spirit.

Lectio Divina, Mondays, 10am — 11am

Have you ever wanted to learn how to pray and pray the Biblical texts with an open mind and heart?

 Lwctio Divina

Here is an opportunity to learn in a small group how to listen to what the scripture is saying to you.

Whenever we read a biblical text God always has a word or a phrase which He wishes us to use to deepen our relationship with Him. We listen to the “faint murmuring sound” which is God's word for us, God's voice touching our hearts. This gentle listening is an “atunement” to the presence of God in that special part of God's creation which is the Scriptures.

Reading and listening is the key in lectio divina.

Lectio is reverential listening; listening both in a spirit of silence and of awe. We are listening for the still, small voice of God that will speak to us personally - not loudly, but intimately.

In lectio we read slowly, gently listening to hear a word or phrase that is God's word for us this day.

Every Monday, 10am — 11am.

(Suggested Donation:  Wage Earners: $5; Concession Card Holders: gold coin)