We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Martino Marotta, James Syder & Damien Foong. 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).
This weekend we welcome Evie Buckley-Cook and her parents. 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 today, June 3rd at 2.45pm in the parish library.
FIRST COMMUNION DAY
Congratulations and many blessings on all the children and their families who are celebrating their very first communion. We all pray that in receiving the Body of Christ you will grow into a full member of the Body of Christ in the world.
BE WHAT YOU EAT! – A REFLECTION FOR CORPUS CHRISTI SUNDAY
Archbishop Oscar Romero became what he ate. He was an archbishop who spoke out boldly for human rights during El Salvador’s civil war. During the war the military killed many lay Catholics, sisters, and priests because they helped the poor. Unfortunately, during that time many countries funded the Salvadoran military.
Archbishop Romero met the same fate in 1980 when a soldier shot him during Mass. During his last Mass, this man who had consecrated and received the body of Christ so many times, fully became the body of Christ by dying for God’s Kingdom. Pope Francis will declare Oscar Romero a saint in October this year.
Are you what you eat? Each time we receive Christ’s body and blood in Communion, we ask God to make us Christ’s body and blood. We agree to stand for the powerless and forgive those who’ve harmed us, regardless of the cost. Take Stephanie for example. She’s a young person who serves homeless people and her parish as a way to live out the Eucharist. It takes time she could spend on herself. Some people think its nuts to help poor people. But as she matures, she is becoming what she eats.
This all started when Jesus shared bread and wine with his companions and then gave his life. This motley crew continued breaking bread, sharing the cup, and giving their lives. The cycle has continued to this day and includes all those ordinary people you know who give themselves as ‘bread’ to people who need them.
It’s not magic. We’ll still make a lot of mistakes. But the connection is clear. This week during Communion, ask for new strength to be what you eat.
“Be what you receive and receive what you are.” (Saint Augustine)
What biblical characters, saints, or people you know inspire you to ‘become what you eat’ and live the sacrificial love of Jesus?
FROM THE PARISH SAFETY OFFICER
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020 – LISTEN TO WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING
The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed. In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?
The journey toward the Plenary Council will help us to prepare to listen to God by listening to one another. We invite all people to engage, to be a part of the listening and dialogue encounter in the next two years.
Plenary Council Prayer
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
CATHOLIC CHURCH CONFIRMS ENTRY INTO NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation.
“Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. “We support the Royal Commission’s recommendation for a national redress scheme, administered by the Commonwealth, and we are keen to participate in it. “Survivors deserve justice and healing and many have bravely come forward to tell their stories.”
CRA president Sr Ruth Durick OSU said: “We recognise that redress will not take away a survivor’s pain, but hope that it can provide some practical assistance in the journey towards recovery from abuse. “We are committed to providing redress to survivors who were abused within the Catholic Church.”
Various Catholic leaders told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that they supported a national redress scheme to limit future trauma for survivors of abuse in obtaining redress from the Church.
Given the diverse structure of the Catholic Church, Catholic officials have been working with the Commonwealth Government to enable the Church to work effectively with the independent National Redress Scheme Operator. “To that end, we are establishing an agency to allow dioceses and religious congregations to interact with the Scheme Operator,” Archbishop Coleridge said.
YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION
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 email@example.com for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au.
ANNUAL WINTER APPEAL
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
ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP
Our next outing will be to the Tooradin Sports Club, 62 South Gippsland Highway, Tooradin at 12 noon on June 6th. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like to come please contact Kathy 0418679616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF ST COLUMBIAN
The Columbans invite parishioners to join in their Columban Centenary CelebrationsAs part of their centenary celebrations lectures are being offered on the topic: “Mission Today and Tomorrow.” Date: Wednesday 20 June, 2018 Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm Venue: Cardinal Knox Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne. The talks will be presented by Columbans: Fr Noel Connolly and Rev Dr Patrick McInerney.
Fr Noel will be talking on the Columban missionary contribution to the Australian Church and the unique role of a returned overseas missionary in our contemporary multicultural church and society. Fr Patrick McInerney will speak about ‘Dialogue as the New Mode of Mission or of Evangelisation For Our Day.’ Interreligious dialogue is acknowledged as one of the essential components of mission. Dialogue is also the mode in which all the other components of mission – Christian presence, work for justice, liturgy and prayer proclamation and catechesis, and stewardship of creation – are to be carried out. RSVP: Friday 8 June, 2018 Book online: www.columban.org.au/centenary-events E: email@example.com Ph: 03 9375 9475
3/06 J Schalks 7 J White
10/06 D Velten & Volunteer
02/03 June 6pm M VanDiemen 9am B Hind 10.30 I Merrigan
9/10 June 6pm Volunteer 9am G Prestt 10.30 H O’Flyn
2/6 H Pereira
9/6 Siji Dominic
8/6 M Weliwatte & R Dias
15/6 B & W Vail