We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Peter Vanderheyden, Jack McFarlane, John Tymensen, Niooksive Chu, Kathleen Vogels, Mrs Terry O’Dea.
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 Bob Grech, Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Vincenza Santo, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, 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 is September 2nd, at 2.45pm in the parish library.
This Saturday vigil Mass we welcome in particular the St Clare’s school community of our parish who are celebrating the feast of their patron saint. St Clare was born in Assisi in 1212, into a wealthy home and became a follower of the way of St Francis. She led a life of great discipline, holiness and poverty. She founded the “Poor Clares” order. Clare died in 1253 and was canonised shortly afterwards
This weekend we welcome the children and their families who are preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. We wish the children and families a happy, spirit filled preparation time Confirmation will be celebrated in our parish by Bishop Patrick on the 17th and 18th of August. Regular Saturday night Mass goers are reminded that next Saturday’s Mass will be a Confirmation Mass with Bishop Pat O’Regan present. All are welcome to attend, or you might prefer a “lower key” Sunday Mass.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL NEWS
The PPC met on Tuesday night in the parish library. Present were Herbie O’Flynn, Marianne Dineen, Wangui Gaciabu, Jane Parsons, Tresa Andrews, Siji Dominic, Fr Bernard, Mick O’Brien, Mark Tanti, John Claude Pauguy, John Fanchette, Katrina Venn.
Herbie lead the prayer to start the meeting. PPC members then spent some time reflecting on the vision of Pope Francis ’missionary disciples’ followed by an activity, led by Marianne, to tease out the letters in DISCIPLESHIP, to create a meaning for each letter about how discipleship might be understood by each individual.
The four privileged members of the PPC who had been to the recent Proclaim conference in Brisbane reported. Two of the guest speakers they heard were Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane and Cardinal Archbishop John Dew from Wellington, New Zealand. Themes of Proclaim, which the PPC will address in coming months included Leadership, Evangelisation, Young People, Culture Change and Belonging.
Cardinal Dew spoke of a church of tenderness, starting from the heart. In the words of Pope Francis we must use our eyes and ears and listen to the poor and the young in particular and also listen to the common cry of our polluted earth. Making a home in Jesus he said, was different for each person. Each believer needed to discern their own path. Parish is not just about those who come to church or those who conform, but about outreach, particularly to the youth and the disadvantaged.
Reports were included on our parish schools: preparing for Confirmation and the blessing of the new wing at St Clare’s.
Pakenham Ministers’ Fellowship: Siji, Marianne and Father Bernard regularly represent the parish at these meetings. The Fellowship group is considering a proposal to change the group’s name to, ’Pakenham Christian Leaders Forum’
Child and Vulnerable Adult Safety: Herbie reported that the Diocese has requested people with WWCC to do an online module as part of their professional development in this area.
Church Refurbishment: Fr Bernard reported that Anthony and Nick Russo hope to be getting back to us soon with initial sketches/ concepts/ drawings of the proposed alterations.
Paddy’s Kitchen: Jane reported on Paddy’s Kitchen (5/8) had been well attended and successful with 52 guest meals served. Watching the team perform and having good fun were highlights, very positive. It is expected the numbers will keep building up. The next PPC meeting is on September 4th
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches, as well as parts of Anglicanism, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Catholic Church teaches that Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”. Where she is, we too hope one day to be. The Feast of the Assumption of the BVM remains a Holy Day of Obligation for the Catholic people.
POPE FRANCIS CHANGES THE CHURCH’S STANCE ON THE DEATH PENALTY
Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, asserting that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”. He has committed the Church to working for its abolition worldwide.
The catechism’s paragraph on capital punishment, 2267, had already been updated by Pope John Paul II in 1997 to strengthen its scepticism about the need to use the death penalty in the modern world and, particularly, to affirm the importance of protecting all human life. The latest change builds on the development of Church teaching against capital punishment.
Announcing the change recently, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said: “The new text, following in the footsteps of the teaching of John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, affirms that ending the life of a criminal as punishment for a crime is inadmissible because it attacks the dignity of the person, a dignity that is not lost even after having committed the most serious crimes.” Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) was Pope John Paul’s 1995 encyclical letter on the dignity and sacredness of all human life.
The catechism now will read: “Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.
“Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption,” the new section continues.
Pope Francis’ change to the text concludes: “Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that ‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”
MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY
This annual celebration will be observed on Sunday 26th August 2018. The parish has received their liturgy resources to assist in planning parish celebrations.
The annual Diocesan celebration will be held on that particular Sunday (26/8) at 2.00 pm at St Thomas the Apostle Parish, 1005 Cranbourne – Frankston Road, Cranbourne/ Clyde North. The worship space is located on the first floor of St Peter’s College, Cranbourne East campus.
The Rite of Christian Initiation is being adapted in our parish for school age children who have not been baptised, and whose families may be seeking this sacrament. There will be another Information Session this Wednesday (15/8), at 4pm In the parish Welcome Room. Thanks to Marlene Scanlon and Anna Raos for leading this important group over these weeks. There will be a Commitment ceremony and the baptism ceremony in due course. More information – Fr Bernard or the parish office.
AN INVITATION FROM THE MAURITIAN COMMUNITY AT ST. PAT’S
The St Pat’s Mauritian community invites you to celebrate the feast of Blessed Jacques-Desiree Laval, the “Apostle of Mauritius” on Sunday, 9th September, at 10.30 am Mass. After Mass you are invited to join us in a humble selection of Mauritian dishes. If anyone would like to participate and help with the preparation, please contact John Fanchette on 0403945831.”
COMMUNION MINISTERS TRAINING – THIS SUNDAY (12th Aug) 2:30pm
Our parish is always in need of more parishioners to serve as Communion ministers. So this Sunday, from 2:30pm, in the Church, a workshop will be held to prepare new Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to take up this important role of service in our community. The session will probably take about an hour. Present Ministers might like to come and freshen up their skills. All are very welcome to attend.
BR. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA
Br Johnson is a Catholic lay preacher from India, and is again in Australia after his mission trips in February and April this year. He will be leading a spiritual renewal retreat this month with a session at St Agatha’s, Cranbourne on Monday, August 20th at 7:00pm; and OLHC Narre Warren on 30/31 August 7:00pm. Br Johnson is blessed with the gift of teaching God’s Word in a very simple, effective way. He is also blessed with the gift of healing and other gifts of the Spirit. For more details, please pick up a flier from the foyer table and the notice board or call 0450 503 665 or 0433 284 942.
DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR ORDINATION ON 22 SEPTEMBER 2018
The Diocese of Sale is looking forward to celebrating the Ordination to the Diaconate of Stanly Devasia at St Mary’s Cathedral at 11 am on Saturday 22nd September 2018.
Mrs Sophy Morley will be conducting a Diocesan Choir and welcomes expressions of interest from anyone who would like to sing with the choir on that day. Singers must have a current Working With Children Check. Music packs will be emailed Please register your interest by contacting Sophy without delay. email@example.com; 5622 6677 or 0413 590 007.
12th Aug D Velten & K Symons
19th Aug N Boloski & C Smith
12/13 Aug 6pm M Vandiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30 H Flynn
18/19 Aug 6pm K Symons 9am A Jayawardena 10.30 J Pauguy
17/8 P Pereira & C George
24/8 Gilroy Dias
12/8 Jimenez Family
19/8 S & C George