We remember those who have died recently including Amelita Coroza Alcantara Lopezand and those anniversaries occur about this time including Stephen Atkins, George Fernando, James & Anne Coram, Julie Ramsdale
We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, George Hilder and Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Zion Queja, Skyler Martens, Amelia Tonks and their parents Melvin & Ruth, Nicholas & Gwenyth, Brandon & Alyce .“Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Preparation is Sunday, June 2nd at 2.45pm.
WE WELCOME Fr Xavier Pinto C.Ss.R:
who is looking after our parish needs while Father Bernard is away.
TRINITY FAMILIES APPEAL:
Trinity Families is the Sale Diocese’s charitable fund which does magnificent work providing support for programs which aid families in need of welfare services. Over the past 15 years, it has provided a marvelous $1.5 million to assist other charities to run programs for families in need in our region.
Programs funded include family counseling services, parenting programs, suicide prevention, respite care, drug and alcohol programs, and emergency accommodation. Trinity Families could do much more if it had more financial resources and that is why we need your support for the annual appeal in our parishes.
The theme this year is “Be the reason someone smiles today.” Your generosity in supporting this annual appeal will be greatly appreciated. Envelopes are available which can be used for donations. Cheque and credit card donations can be posted back to the diocese but we ask that cash donations are placed in the envelope and returned in one of the Sunday collections. Tax-deductible receipts will be provided if you give your email or postal address.
The Trinity Families website www.trinityfamilies.org.au has details if you wish to donate by direct debit. Again, please consider giving generously to this annual appeal and hopefully we see smiles on the faces of many more struggling families within our diocese.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL:
The Pakenham Conference of St Vincent de Paul will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the 10.30 mass on Sunday 2nd June. A welcome is extended to past members, associates and their families Light lunch to follow. RSVP would be appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org
WOOLWORTHS STICKERS FOR SCHOOLS:
There is a box on the table in the foyer for anyone who would like to give their stickers to our parish schools. Thank you in advance they will provide sports and educational equipment needed.
FROM THE SAFETY OFFICER:
Bishop Patrick O’Regan has advised that he has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment “. Our scheduled session will be on the night of Wednesday 17th July. All parishioners will be welcome especially those with a Working With Children Check. Further details will follow. Please save the date
ST CLARE’S EARLY LEARNING CENTRE:
We would like to invite you to our Open Day Saturday 18th May, 10 am till 12 pm. Please note we are accepting 3 year old and 4 year old kinder enrolments now for 2020. Please feel free to contact the centre on 59406777 for more information
If anyone still has their Project Compassion boxes or donations at home could they please return them ASAP, as we are sending them off to Caritas for distribution. Many thanks for all your kind donations.
A PRAYER FOR MOTHERS ON MOTHER’S DAY
we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes
and tend to our every need;
May they be blessed with patience and tenderness
to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us;
May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children
because of war, poverty or conflict;
May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us
with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers
who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us still with their love.
A very happy Mother’s Day to all the mums!
SACRAMENTAL DATES FOR 2019:
Please see our website for information.
PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:
The next Paddy’s Kitchen dinner is on May 19th If you are able to volunteer to help for a few hours please call Herbie on 0419 223 631. If you can help with a dessert for any of our meals please fill in the sheet in the foyer. Thank you in advance
PENTECOSTAL SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY:
Our parish will be celebrating Pentecost with a spirit-filled International Food Day, similar to last two year’s on June 9th after the 10:30 am mass. The coordinators this year are Neil Woods and Jane Estrada who are looking forward to speaking to you. Please put your name down in the sheet provided in the Foyer along with the country you would like to represent and we will get in touch with you. Please start getting your national costumes ready for the day.
THE ICON OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP:
The patroness of our Diocese and the Diocesan Plenary 2020 candle, is on a pilgrimage to all the parishes in our dioceses. The icon will arrive at our parish on Saturday the 18th of May, at 9:30 am. The adoration group has organised to welcome the icon with rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. There will also be Rosary at 5:15 pm before the 6:00 pm vigil mass on Saturday and after the 9:30 am communion service on Monday. The icon will leave to Shanagolden on Tuesday, after mass to return to our parish on Wednesday, when St Patricks School will conduct a prayer service at 2:15 pm.
There will be a special St Patricks parish celebration on Wednesday 22nd May at 7:30 pm with a liturgy prepared for the day. It will also include the blessing of medals and rosaries which the parishioners are encouraged to bring. The icon will leave to St Claire’s and then to St Francis Xavier on Thursday before being taken to St Michaels Parish in Berwick.
Parishioners are encouraged to form groups and opt for sessions to pray the rosary in front of the icon, for which a sign in sheet is available at the church Foyer.
THE PARISH LITURGY COMMITTEE:
Met on Thursday which was attended by, Fr Xavier Pinto CSsR, Liz Merrigan, Irene Schlitz, Marianne Dineen, Katrina Venn, Mei Sang, Auxilla Johnson, Maria Nathan, and Siji Dominic. Holy Week and Easter ceremonies were reviewed. Plans were put in place regarding the liturgy for our parish celebration for the visiting Icon of our lady of Perpetual Help. The First Holy Communion masses were also discussed along with St Vincent De Paul 50th anniversary celebration and the Pentecostal Sunday International food lunch.
Conversational English classes at Catholic Care will be held every Friday during the school term from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at 1 Rogers Street, Pakenham. Retired teachers and experienced volunteers are running the course. No fee. For inquiries please contact 1800 522 076.
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME:
There are many people in our parishes who are unable to attend Mass because of illness, or on some occasions because of a lack of priests. Network 10 offers a weekly Mass service that many people have found helpful in nourishing their spiritual life if they can’t join with the parish community. Let your local nursing homes or housebound friends know about this service. Here is the link: www.tenplay.com.au/ channel-ten/mass-for-you-at-home.
ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP:
Returned on Monday 29th April, with sessions running Monday – Thursday. If you’re interested, come along and see… For further information contact Christine on 0438364881
12/5 6 pm M Vandiemen 9 am AJ Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn
19/5 6 pm K Symons 9 am A Jayawardena 10.30 J Pauguy
17/5 P Bare and C Faamausili
24/5 M Weliwatte and R Dias
12/5 D Velten & K Symons
19/5 N Boloski L Roberts & C Smith
12/5 N Norico 19/5 L & R Fortinez
Last week: PG $1434.00 Loose $ 807.00 House $ 678.35
This week: PG $1896.00 Loose $ 874.50 House $ 826.05
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
J Rodda G Wright H Pereira K Symons
M Dineen H & R Francis J White S Leo
U Tiberi A Vanday M Welliwatte
A Stowers C Faamausili
P Pereria L Garvey M Vandiemen
F & T O’Gorman
R & A Jayawardena C Martin M O’Brien
D & J Estrada R Lappin B Kollaris