We remember those who have died recently including Richard Pereira and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Matt Cunningham, Gianna Franzoia, Vincenza & Alessandro Santo
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 Maria Austin, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker, Bob Grech, Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, 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 Tayah Wittmer and Eligh Togafau and their parents. 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 this Sunday Dec 2nd, at 2.45
BAPTISM PREP GROUP
The parish is in need of a couple of people who might like to assist in the Baptism Preparation session, on the first Sunday of each month. The session goes for about one hour, from 2:45pm, and is often the first visit back to the parish by the young families for many years. The really important aspect of this day is to welcome these families when they come.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
It is Christmas time again and we are now preparing to do Christmas hampers for people in need in our community, our tree is now in the foyer with tags for toys for the children and food items for our hampers. Please take a tag and return your donation the following week. WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT WRAP THE GIFTS PLEASE! Thank you for your ongoing support.
CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE
The “Family” Mass will be celebrated at 6pm on Christmas Eve. The choir will practice each Saturday, from 7pm to 9pm until December 22nd. All welcome! The Midnight Mass choir practice will be held in church every Wednesday at 7:30pm until December 19th. All parishioners are welcome. For the 9:30am Mass on Christmas Day the choir will be practicing, every Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30pm.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
The group meets each Wednesday at 7:30pm in the Welcome Room at the parish centre. If you know anyone who might be interested to find out about the church, please consider bringing them along. There are explanation brochures in the foyer.
All parishioners are invited to the ordination to the priesthood of Rev Hiep Nguyen, by Bishop Patrick O’Regan, at St Mary’s Cathedral, 47 Foster Street, Sale, on Saturday, December 15th at 11:00am. Hiep’s first Mass of Thanksgiving will be at St Joseph’s, Warragul, at 9:00am on Sunday, December16th. He hopes to celebrate mass for us here at St Pats soon after his ordination.
ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP
Our final lunch for 2018 is at the Pakenham Hotel on Wed 5th Dec at 12 noon. Everyone is invited. Please contact Kathy 041867916 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DROUGHT RELIEF FUNDRAISING CONCERT
The multi award-winning female vocal quartet The Velvetones will be performing in the Mary O’Brien Centre (the old Church) Sun Dec 9th, 2.30pm. Get into the Christmas spirit as we support the Need for Feed Draught Relief. This entertaining concert will be followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the Parish Centre. For tickets call Angela @0418357224 or at www.tickebo.com.au/thevelvetonesfundraiser
As we continue on our life’s journey to celebrate Mary McKillop’s Charism, we look forward to our final meeting of 2018 on Wed 5th Dec in the Welcome Room followed by lunch at the Railway Hotel (Bottom Pub)at 12:30pm. An atmosphere of warmth and care has been evident this year in all our activities and strong bonds continue to grow between our members. All welcome.
All men of the parish are invited to a Plenary Council discussion session. Topics might include, but not be limited to: Does our church need to change? Have your say on what needs fixing. Saturday, December 1st at 10:00am in the parish centre Library. All welcome.
ADVENT IS NOT….!!! Today
Sunday December 2, is the first Sunday of the season of Advent and the beginning of a new year, Year C, in the liturgical calendar of the Church. Although the Church is only just beginning its period of preparation for Christmas, retail stores put their Christmas gift displays and Christmas decorations in place months ago, and who doesn’t get sick of hearing recorded Christmas music over and over again the centres.
Advent is probably the most misunderstood and misrepresented season of the liturgical year. Over the years much has been written about the nature of Advent and its purpose. It might be instructive to counter some of the misconceptions about this season by looking at what Advent is not.
Advent is not Christmas. It is a period of waiting, of anticipation, of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth, but it is not the time for celebrating that event. In fact, the first three weeks of Advent focus on Christ’s second coming at the end of time. It is only from then that the readings and prayers of the Mass start to refer directly to the birth of Christ. Not until this date should we even think about singing Christmas carols at Mass or putting up the nativity scene in the church!
There is plenty of time to sing carols and to pray before the crib during the Christmas season, which does not finish until the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on 13th January in 2008. And just as we don’t sing ‘Alleluias’ before the Easter Vigil, a similar situation exists with the inappropriateness of singing carols before 25 December.
Advent is not Lent. In the past, Advent took on penitential characteristics, but the liturgical documents describe Advent as a time of ‘devout and joyful expectation’. Advent is different from Lent. The Gloria is omitted during Advent, not because it is a season of penance and abstinence, but so that we might sing this hymn, which echoes of the song of the angels heralding the birth of Christ, with renewed joy and vigour on Christmas night.
Advent is not the end of the year for the Church as it is for the secular calendar, but rather the beginning of a new liturgical cycle. We have now moved into year C, the year of Luke, in the 3-year cycle of Sunday readings, and into year 1 for weekdays. Preaching and liturgical symbols during Advent need to emphasise that this time of year is for Christians not an ending, but a new beginning, a chance to start again with hope in the future.
It is no easy task in the midst of all the contrary messages and images thrown up by the world for the Church to be counter-cultural and remain faithful to the true spirit of Advent, but at least we should make an effort! “God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory.” (Opening Prayer, 2nd Sunday of Advent)
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020
This week, we are inviting all our parishioners to contribute to the agenda by sharing their experience of faith and of the Church, by writing their opinion on the cards provided in the foyer and in the pews. The Plenary Council agenda will be developed from the stories you share and the questions you raise. Our questions about and our hopes for the Church will arise from hearts that listen to the Spirit. We also request all parishioners to pray the Advent Plenary Council prayer each day as a way of preparing to share our stories. So, all parishioners, please, take a PC2020 card, available in the foyer this weekend. Answer the question on the card you take, and drop it in the box provided, or bring it back next week. You might like to take other cards to pass on to family and friends who may not come to church anymore, but would like to say something in the PC2020 process.
CHRISTMAS THANKS TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS
The Parish Pastoral Council invites everyone who volunteers in one way or another in our parish to come for a pre-Christmas ‘drink and nibble’ from 6:00pm on Friday, December 14th in the back yard of the presbytery.
All are welcome, and it would help greatly if you would add your name to the sheet in the foyer of the church, as soon as possible. And if you could bring a plate of something to nibble on that would be really appreciated.
ST PAT’S CHURCH PROJECT
The committee leading this project has been meeting regularly and working with the designs being developed by Nick Russo and Anthony Russo. The architect, Nick Russo, has begun preparing the ‘town planning’ documentation part of the process. That will take a few months with the shire. Anthony is preparing the first drawings of the art and fittings in the ‘refurbished’ church: altar, font, ambo, pew layout, stations etc.
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 11th, Tuesday, 7:30pm – Parish Reconciliation liturgy
December 16th, Sunday 7:00pm – Prayers and Carols at the Crib
PADDY’S KITCHEN UPDATE
The final meal for 2018 with a Christmas flavour will be served on Sunday 2nd December resuming again in February 2019. If you are finding life difficult at the moment, you are welcome to come along for a meal on 2nd December. Doors open at 5.30 for 6pm meal. A huge Thank you to everyone who in any way has contributed to the ongoing success of Paddy’s Kitchen this year. God Bless you all. Jane Parsons
If groups in the parish would take a small amount of time to write a few sentences of news from your group, for the bulletin, the compilers, and the readers of the bulletin, would be grateful. And thanks to those who return their bulletin to the desk in the foyer after Mass, if they are not taking it home. The church looks much tidier!!
Next Sunday 9th Dec after the 9:30 mass there will be a short information session for volunteers regarding children’s liturgy, in the Parish Library. We will be talking about how the sessions are run and what is involved. We are in need of some volunteers to assist with sessions. You may wish to attend just to ask questions about children’s liturgy. If enough people are interested we may be able to recommence Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30 mass. Donna Velten
2/12 Volunteers Please
9/12 D Velten K Symons
5/12 M Weliwatte & R Dias
12/12 C McCowan & M Burhop
2nd 6pm M VanDiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn
9/12 6pm M Burhop 9am A Jayawardena 10.30 J Pauguy
2/12 M Richardson
9/12 M Domingo