We remember those who have died recently including Philomena Austin, Giovanna Garretto and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including  Laureen Venn.

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).


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.


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 (safetyofficer@stpatrickspakenham.com.au)


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 jillsie1@live.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 our next meal on Jul;y 1st. At this meeting teams will be allocated for this  meal. All volunteers must have a current Working With Children (WWC) check. You can get more details or  information  from stpatrickspaddys@gmail.com.


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

-Rochelle Pereira.


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 parishoffice@stpatrickspakenham.com.au so your name can be added to our list and details sent to you.


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 admin@ytu.edu.au for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au


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


Changes are being made to the management of St Clare’s ELC/ Kindergarten. What follows is a letter I sent to the ELC families to advise of the nature of these changes. Parishioners will be interested to read a slightly edited version of what is happening. In the Diocese of Sale we have only one ELC/ Kindergarten. This change follows the change in governance of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale, management of which has moved from the responsibility of the parish priest, to Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited, based at Sion House, Warragul. Fr B

Dear Families of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre,

Recently St Patrick Parish, Pakenham, made the decision to transition the operational and administrative running of the Early Years’ service to an Early Years Management (EYM) service provider. This decision was made with the encouragement and approval of Bishop O’Regan and authorities in the Diocese of Sale. The successful service provider selected is ‘bestchance’ and we believe they are well placed to continue successfully managing St Clare’s Early Learning Centre, supporting the excellent kindergarten programs offered to our families. Bestchance have also assured us that we will retain the Catholic identity and culture of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre.

The ELC Executive Group, which I chair, led the decision-making process and staff were duly informed. The transition will not affect either the service delivery or the operational aspects of the kindergarten. The changes are administrative in nature and for children and families there should be no noticeable impact. Both the Parish and bestchance will be working together to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and, most importantly, that there is no impact on the children, families and staff at St Clare’s Early Learning Centre.

What you need to know:

* The official transition date is 1st July 2018.

* bestchance will contact families with further enrolment requirements for Term 3, 2018.

* Session times and educational staff will remain as they currently are for the remainder of the year.

* bestchance will survey 2019 families in the coming weeks to confirm the program timetable for 2019.

We look forward to this new, sustainable phase of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre. I fully expect you will continue to enjoy kindergarten with your family in 2018 and beyond!

Yours faithfully

Fr Bernard Buckley      

Parish Priest


From the Xavier Centre for Theological Formation Mission • Ministry • Identity:

The Xavier Centre offers theological formation opportunities for lay persons, religious and clergy across Australia. Ranging from short courses, certificate and bachelor opportunities, (awards) postgraduate coursework programs, professional doctorates and research degrees, international study tours, and a wide range of tailored professional learning and in-service opportunities. Providing for multiple points of engagement, and across any variety of delivery modes, these opportunities directly support pastoral leaders, associates and planners, healthcare, educational and welfare professionals, leaders of Diocesan agencies and all who contribute to religious and parish life. Framed by an engagement with scripture, theology, spirituality, supervision and leadership, the Xavier Centre provides a context for individuals and communities to reflect on faith and service. For more information, visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/xaviercentre


17 women from Pakenham and Iona spent a day reflecting on Missionary Discipleship lived out by Mary MacKillop and one of her Sisters, Irene McCormack. Information about the Associates in Peru made us realise the similarities of the Josephite Mission no matter where we live. Five new faces came to the day with some hoping to become Associates in the future. The is a dynamism at work in Pakenham with several new members during the last couple of years. Fore more information please contact Bev Vanderheyden, Dot Rowlands or Mary at the Parish Office 59417315


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


17/6 N Boloski & T Naso

24/6 F DeBona  & A Jayawardena


16/17th June 6pm K Symons 9am AJ Estarada 10.30 J Pauguy

23/24th June 6pm S Dominic  9am A Jayawardena 10.30 L O’Flynn


17th M Weliwatte

24th A & S Daniels


22/6 K Venn

29/6 C McCowan & M Burhop

%d bloggers like this: