We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Brian Schlitz, Frank Olejniczak, Noya McIllrath 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 and Philomena Austin. 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 May 6th at 2.45pm in the parish library.
LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW AND REVITALISE YOUR FAITH?
The Parish Pastoral Council has been discussing bringing the Alpha program to St Pat’s. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. It is run all around the world – in cafes, churches, universities, name it, but all programs have three key things in common – eat, watch and chat.
Alpha coversing topics like: Is there more to life than this?; How does God guide us?; What about the church? ……… and many more.
Expert contributors include Cardinal Schonborn of Vienna and Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, as well as inspiring stories from around the world, people transformed by the love of Jesus.
When? The PPC is considering starting on Friday evening, June 1st at 7:00pm and to continue every Friday for 5 weeks; breaking for two weeks of school holidays and back again in mid-July. The commitment doesn’t need to be the 15 weeks; parishioners can join in and feel free to make their own choice?
It would be really great to have a couple more people to add to the Team to get the ball rolling. For more info contact Tresa Andrews @0421 931 888, or Fr Bernard.
PARISH INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY AND ‘EXPO’
On Pentecost Sunday, May 20th, after the 10:30am Mass, the parish will be celebrating Pentecost with a spirit filled International Food Day, similar to last year’s event. All parishioners, of all nationalities, are invited to join with their group to offer your national foods and dishes to all who gather. This year’s co-ordinator is Jane Estrada, on 0410 564 014. Jane will look forward to speaking to all the national groups about how they can participate.
At the same gathering we will have a “Parish Expo” displaying all the gifts and talents, all the groups and teams, presently in our parish. Would all groups please ensure they have a display ready for that day to tell us all what you do, maybe even be ready to meet some new members!. The idea will be to let people know what we have and do, perhaps even inviting people to join a group or a team of some sort. May 20th, after the 10:30am Mass!
There will be a meeting after the 10:30 Mass today to provide information on the establishment of Paddy’s Kitchen, a ‘soup kitchen’ style outreach to the less fortunate in our community.
There will be a meal served by the core group on Sunday 27th May as a trial run, then on Sunday 3rd June will be the starting date, the first meal to be offered by Paddy’s Kitchen. All in the Core group agree there is a need for this work and want to proceed with the Soup Kitchen. A supply of Volunteers to form small teams will be absolutely vital, and this is where parishioners can join in. Some volunteers will be needed to come early to set up and cook, the others to serve or clean up. Every “Soup Kitchen” project across the Diocese of Sale has been a wonderful aspect of parish life.
THE LAMP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Come join us at St Patricks Parish Pakenham, on Saturday May 12th 2018 from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm for a day filled with music, fun and games ending with the 6:00pm mass with youth (13 years and above) from all over the diocese. Our Special guest for the day is Hip Hop artist and Catholic Missionary Joshua Angrisano. For more information and registration, visit us at https://thelampwrsale.wixsite.com/home.
PROPHETIC AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC WOMEN
Most people know of Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop, but there are other Australian Catholic women who have also lived prophetic lives. Some of their stories have been shared. It’s good to reflect on their lives too as we approach the month of May when the Catholic tradition keeps a special place for Mary, the mother of the Saviour.
Irene McCormack (21/8/1938–21/5/1991): Born in Kununoppin, Western Australia, Irene McCormack enjoyed playing tennis, golf and dancing and was an avid AFL fan growing up. A boarder at Santa Maria College, Perth, by the age of 15 Irene knew that she wanted to become a religious sister. Little did this Aussie girl from rural WA know that she would find herself held at gunpoint by guerrillas in South America less than five decades later.
Irene McCormack joined the sisters of St Joseph in 1957 and was a teacher for the following 30 years. After teaching in Australia, Irene felt drawn to venture out and serve the poor in Latin America. Her work as a Peruvian missionary took her to Huasahuasi in the Andes mountains where she helped Caritas Peru distribute emergency goods.
Though the Catholic priests and religious, in Huasahuasi, were warned of the danger from guerrilla groups, Irene remained to conduct services and assist the people. Irene was a beacon of hope until her final day, which came all too soon when members of Sendero Luminoso, a guerrilla group, accused her of dispensing ‘American’ food and ideas despite the protests of locals defending the kind-hearted Australian. She was ordered to lie face down six metres away from the church, where she was the first of five who were executed by the guerrillas.
Irene McCormack is already considered a saint by the Peruvian locals and her sainthood is pending submission to the Vatican by both senior Peruvian and Australian Catholic clergy.
Her selfless life is a timeless inspiration to many Australian Catholics, encouraging today’s youth to follow in Irene’s legacy and persevere through the challenges of a world in chaos.
Caroline Chisholm (30 May 1808–25 March 1877): Caroline Chisholm was a gift to those she selflessly dedicated her life: migrant women and families. A devoted mother and wife herself, Caroline led the battle for dignity for the migrant community in the harsh 19th century colonial society of Australia.
Born to a well-to-do family in England, Caroline and her Roman Catholic husband continued the family tradition of evangelical philanthropy. After travelling to Sydney in 1838, Caroline was drawn to take on the responsibility that the government had overlooked: supporting assisted immigrants and providing them with employment opportunities.
She sheltered immigrant girls in her home and successfully found employment for many. She determinedly met every immigrant ship at port and soon became an icon of hope, affectionately earning herself the title of ‘The Emigrant’s Friend.’ Despite controversy and anti-Catholic attitudes at the time, she persevered and never lost sight of her mission. She scorned material rewards and remained humble throughout her life.
Over a century after her death, Caroline continues to be a prophetic voice through her hard-working, compassionate example. A protector of women’s dignity, Caroline was the subject of many poems, articles and cartoons. Numerous schools across Australia bear her name, ensuring people will continue to be inspired by her story.
Does any parishioner have a story of a remarkable catholic woman about whom they’d like to write a few words for the bulletin? We’d all know remarkable catholic women. Their stories deserve telling.
PLANNING FOR THE 2020 PLENARY COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
On Tuesday evening, Bishop Pat O’Regan visited our parish to introduce parishioners to the concept of the Plenary Council of the Church in Australia 2020. Bishop Pat gave an introduction and initiated dialogue; explain the Plenary process and how the parish can be part of the wider process.
ST. PATRICK’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP
Our first outing is a luncheon at the Pakenham Hotel, Main Street, Pakenham This will be on May 2nd. Contact Kath on 0418 674 9616 or email@example.com
CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP
The children’s friendship group (for prep to grade 6 children) will be held every saturday from 5pm to 5.45 pm in the St Patrick Church till term 2 holidays.Please contact Sumy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
Are you looking for an opportunity to renew and revitalise your faith?: The Parish Pastoral Council is bringing the Alpha program to St Pat’s. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. It is run all around the world – in cafes, churches, universities, name it, but all programs have three key things in common – eat, watch and chat.
Alpha is a series of 15 sessions covering topics like: Is there more to life than this?; How does God guide us?; What about the church? ……… and many more.
When? The PPC is considering starting on Friday evening, June 1st at 7:00pm and to continue every Friday for 5 weeks; breaking for two weeks of school holidays and back again in mid-July. The commitment doesn’t need to be the 15 weeks; parishioners can join in and feel free to make their own choice? To express your interest simply pop your name on the clipboard in the church foyer. For more info contact Tresa Andrews @0421 931 888, or Fr Bernard.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
The PPC meets this Tuesday evening to discuss matters of importance in the pastoral life of the paris. All parishioners are welcome to write to or contact members to raise issues they regard as important.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Communion will be celebrated on the 26th/27th of May and the 2nd/3rd of June. please contact Siji Dominic 5941 7315.
29/4 D Velten & R Kollaris
6/5 J Schalks & J White
28/29th April 6pm K Symons 9am G Prestt 10.30 J Pauguy
5/6th May 6pm Volunteer 9am B Hind 10.30am P Bare
4th May T & N Andrews
11/5 A Watts & M Wiwczaruk