We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Elizabeth Peter Solomon, Lawrence Bowlen, Thomas Spain, Julius Budis. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
We pray for those who are sick including Vincenza Santo, Elizabeth Ware, Keith Brooks, David Gudgeon, Calvin Furnell, Richard Pereira, Val Battams, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge. We pray for all who care for the sick and worry about them. May their works of service be richly blessed. (Names can only be placed on this list by the sick person or a family member).
This weekend we welcome Eden Ater and her parents for Baptism. Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). The next Baptism Preparation session is July 1st, at 2.45pm in the parish library.
FROM THE PARISH SAFETY OFFICER
Updating parishioners with Working With Children’s Check. An email has been sent to all parishioners with a WWCC, who have email addresses registered on the Parish database. This is to draw attention to the St Patrick’s Professional Standards document on the parish website: stpatrickspakenham.com.au There you will find the “Obligation of Staff and Volunteers” code, that replaces the previous “Code of Conduct” form, which, it is asked, all sign.
If you did not get an email, then you do not have an email address on the system. Please visit the parish website and access the Professional Standards document. Paper copies will be available in the Church foyer together with copies of the “Obligations” code for you to sign.
-Herbie O’Flynn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Godstart is a program that sends Birthday Cards to all children who are baptized in our parish from the age of 1 to 4 inclusive. We are hoping to increase our number of volunteers to help with this program. A meeting will be held on Monday 18th June at 11am in the Parish library. For more info please contact Jil on 0407253966 or email@example.com.
A huge thank you to the volunteers who have helped over the last 2 weeks and those who have offered to help in the coming months, your responses have been very generous and Paddy’s kitchen is now up and running. Our next meeting (in 2 weeks time) is on Thursday, June 21st, to plan for Sunday July 1st. You can get more details or information from firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL WINTER APPEAL
If you have any of the following: blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, warm scarves, gloves, or warm socks, preferably new or in good condition, could you please collect from your family and friends and drop it in the box placed in the foyer. We will be going on our street run to help the homeless so please donate if you are able to.
Thank you and God bless you
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN
The parish will soon be preparing school aged children and their siblings for Baptism. If you would like your child/ren to be involved in this program could you please contact Mary in the parish office 59417315 or email@example.com so your name can be added to our list and details sent to you.
YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION
YTU Box Hill opens enrolment bookings for Semester 2 courses of study and invites people to discover new depths to their faith.
YTU is a Catholic College of the University of Divinity and is taking enrolments for theological study for the semester ahead. Enrolment appointments are from 25th June until 12th July 2018. Phone 9890 3771 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au
CATHOLIC AGED CARE
Deciding to move into an aged care home is an emotional, life-changing decision. Knowing your loved one is safe and well looked after is the most important consideration. If you want the security of knowing your family member’s individual needs are cared for, Villa Maria Catholic Homes invite you to visit Shanagolden Aged Care Residence, Webster Way, Pakenham to meet their exceptional care staff and learn more about the fantastic lifestyle programs. Call now for your personal tour – 5945 3800
VALE SISTER MONICA McKENZIE SGS
Some words of remembrance from Sr Jill O’Brien SGS, about our former parishioner and friend of many, Sr Monica:
Sr Monica McKenzie was born in Blackall, Queensland in 1929. She was the fifth child in a family of six. Monica’s father was a small-hold grazier in the Blackall area and her childhood was spent in the serene surroundings of country life where she experienced a great deal of love, stability and support within a loving Catholic family. Because the family lived in an isolated country area, Monica and her younger sister, Colleen, received their primary education from the Queensland Correspondence School and were supervised by their elder sister, Nettie. Speech and Drama lessons were also given by Nettie to several children in the town and Monica and Colleen joined these classes and performed end-of-year plays. This gave Monica a life-long interest in drama and literature. They sat for examinations set by the Trinity College of London.
Monica completed her education as a boarder at All Hallows Convent, Brisbane where she gained the Junior Certificate in 1946. She also studied Speech and Drama as well as Music and Singing. In 1947 she won an A.M.E.B. award for the highest mark in Singing in Queensland. Monica remained at All Hallows teaching Speech and Drama after she completed her studies and at this time she was offered a position at St Mary’s College Charters Towers. It was at St Mary’s that Monica met the Sisters of the Good Samaritan for the first time.
In 1948 Monica applied for admission to the Good Samaritan Novitiate at Pennant Hills. She began a new phase in her life when she joined several other young women on 2 July in that same year, and was given the religious name Sister Louis Marie. Later she reverted to her baptismal name, Monica. On 6 January 1951, Monica made her profession of vows and moved to St Scholastica’s Convent where she was appointed to the staff of St Scholastica’s College and continued her musical studies.
For the next twenty four years Monica was engaged in a ministry of education which included music, speech and drama and singing tuition in New South Wales, ACT and Queensland. She had gained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education and had completed her Masters degrees in both these faculties by 1995.
Monica spent ten years at Mannix College, Clayton. She became a highly respected tutor, appreciated for her compassion and concern for the students. Finally in 1997 living at Pakenham, she undertook Pastoral and Community visitation. Here she was able also to indulge her love and talent for gardening, as well as lecture in Philosophy for the University of the Third Age, Pakenham.
She enjoyed being a participant in the parish of St Patrick’s, Pakenham. When Pakenham became the residence for many Sudanese refugees Monica’s compassion and capacity for practical support of those in need was truly evident. She assisted families in enrolling children in the schools of their choice, ensured they had proper uniforms and books and continued to monitor their progress and that of the families. Many hours of her time were devoted to supporting families to complete complex documentation associated with achieving settlement in Australia; extricating youngsters from problems with the law; and travelling many kilometres to engage with solicitors on their behalf. Her efforts were greatly appreciated in the community. Monica served also as a chaplain at the Fulham Correctional Centre near Sale.
In 2016 she retired to Marian House Northcote when her health challenges were becoming greater. Monica is survived by her sister Colleen, four nieces and one nephew and their families. She is remembered with love and gratitude by all her Good Samaritan sisters.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. May she rest in peace.
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020
The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed. In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?
The journey toward the Plenary Council will help us to prepare to listen to God by listening to one another. We invite all people to engage, to be a part of the listening and dialogue encounter in the next two years.
Plenary Council Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia
and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another
and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
Give us the courage to tell our stories
and to speak boldly of your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other
and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-ﬁlled future,
that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
bread for the journey from age to age.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Find out more about the Plenary Council 2020 at the new website, now online: http://www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au
10/06 D Velten & Volunteer
17/6 N Boloski & T Naso
9/10 June 6pm Volunteer 9am G Prestt 10.30 H O’Flyn
16/17th June 6pm K Symons 9am AJ Estarada 10.30 J Pauguy
9/6 Siji Dominic
17th M Weliwatte
15/6 T & N Andrews
22/6 K Venn