St Clare’s Early Learning Centre – New Management

Changes are being made to the management of St Clare’s ELC/ Kindergarten. What follows is a letter I sent to the ELC families to advise of the nature of these changes. Parishioners will be interested to read a slightly edited version of what is happening.

In the Diocese of Sale we have only one ELC/ Kindergarten. This change follows the change in governance of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale, management of which has moved from the responsibility of the parish priest, to Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited, based at Sion House, Warragul. Fr B.

Dear Families of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre,

Recently St Patrick Parish, Pakenham, made the decision to transition the operational and administrative running of the Early Years’ service to an Early Years Management (EYM) service provider. This decision was made with the encouragement and approval of Bishop O’Regan and authorities in the Diocese of Sale. The successful service provider selected is ‘bestchance’ and we believe they are well placed to continue successfully managing St Clare’s Early Learning Centre, supporting the excellent kindergarten programs offered to our families. Bestchance have also assured us that we will retain the Catholic identity and culture of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre.

The ELC Executive Group, which I chair, led the decision-making process and staff were duly informed. The transition will not affect either the service delivery or the operational aspects of the kindergarten. The changes are administrative in nature and for children and families there should be no noticeable impact. Both the Parish and bestchance will be working together to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and, most importantly, that there is no impact on the children, families and staff at St Clare’s Early Learning Centre.

What you need to know:

* The official transition date is 1st July 2018.

* bestchance will contact families with further enrolment requirements for Term 3, 2018.

* Session times and educational staff will remain as they currently are for the remainder of the year.

* bestchance will survey 2019 families in the coming weeks to confirm the program timetable for 2019.

We look forward to this new, sustainable phase of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre. I fully expect you will continue to enjoy kindergarten with your family in 2018 and beyond!

Yours faithfully

Fr Bernard Buckley      Parish Priest

NEW OPPORTUNITIES AT AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

The Xavier Centre offers theological formation opportunities for lay persons, religious and clergy across Australia. Ranging from short courses, certificate and bachelor opportunities, (awards) postgraduate coursework programs, professional doctorates and research degrees, international study tours, and a wide range of tailored professional learning and in-service opportunities. Providing for multiple points of engagement, and across any variety of delivery modes, these opportunities directly support pastoral leaders, associates and planners, healthcare, educational and welfare professionals, leaders of Diocesan agencies and all who contribute to religious and parish life. Framed by an engagement with scripture, theology, spirituality, supervision and leadership, the Xavier Centre provides a context for individuals and communities to reflect on faith and service. For more information, visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/xaviercentre

11TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – 17TH JUNE 2018

We remember those who have died recently including Philomena Austin, Giovanna Garretto and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including  Laureen Venn.

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. 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).


BAPTISMS

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 July 1st,  at 2.45pm in the parish library.


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 (safetyofficer@stpatrickspakenham.com.au)


GODSTART

Godstart is a program that sends Birthday Cards to all children who are baptized in our parish from the age  of 1 to 4 inclusive. We are hoping to increase our number of volunteers to help with this program. A meeting will be held on Monday 18th June at 11am in the Parish library. For more info please contact Jil on 0407253966 or jillsie1@live.com.


PADDY’S KITCHEN

A huge thank you to the volunteers who have helped over the last 2 weeks and those who have offered to help in the coming months, your responses have been very generous and Paddy’s kitchen is now up and running. Our next meeting (in 2 weeks time) is on Thursday, June 21st, to plan for our next meal on Jul;y 1st. At this meeting teams will be allocated for this  meal. All volunteers must have a current Working With Children (WWC) check. You can get more details or  information  from stpatrickspaddys@gmail.com.


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

-Rochelle Pereira.


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN

The parish will soon be preparing school aged children and their siblings for Baptism. If you would like your child/ren to be involved in this program could you please contact Mary in the parish office 59417315 or parishoffice@stpatrickspakenham.com.au so your name can be added to our list and details sent to you.


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 admin@ytu.edu.au for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au


CATHOLIC AGED CARE

Deciding to move into an aged care home is an emotional, life-changing decision. Knowing your loved one is safe and well looked after is the most important consideration. If you want the security of knowing your family member’s individual needs are cared for, Villa Maria Catholic Homes invite you to visit Shanagolden Aged Care Residence, Webster Way, Pakenham to meet their exceptional care staff and learn more about the fantastic lifestyle programs. Call now for your personal tour – 5945 3800


CONCERNING ST CLARE’S EARLY LEARNING CENTRE

Changes are being made to the management of St Clare’s ELC/ Kindergarten. What follows is a letter I sent to the ELC families to advise of the nature of these changes. Parishioners will be interested to read a slightly edited version of what is happening. In the Diocese of Sale we have only one ELC/ Kindergarten. This change follows the change in governance of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale, management of which has moved from the responsibility of the parish priest, to Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited, based at Sion House, Warragul. Fr B

Dear Families of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre,

Recently St Patrick Parish, Pakenham, made the decision to transition the operational and administrative running of the Early Years’ service to an Early Years Management (EYM) service provider. This decision was made with the encouragement and approval of Bishop O’Regan and authorities in the Diocese of Sale. The successful service provider selected is ‘bestchance’ and we believe they are well placed to continue successfully managing St Clare’s Early Learning Centre, supporting the excellent kindergarten programs offered to our families. Bestchance have also assured us that we will retain the Catholic identity and culture of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre.

The ELC Executive Group, which I chair, led the decision-making process and staff were duly informed. The transition will not affect either the service delivery or the operational aspects of the kindergarten. The changes are administrative in nature and for children and families there should be no noticeable impact. Both the Parish and bestchance will be working together to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and, most importantly, that there is no impact on the children, families and staff at St Clare’s Early Learning Centre.

What you need to know:

* The official transition date is 1st July 2018.

* bestchance will contact families with further enrolment requirements for Term 3, 2018.

* Session times and educational staff will remain as they currently are for the remainder of the year.

* bestchance will survey 2019 families in the coming weeks to confirm the program timetable for 2019.

We look forward to this new, sustainable phase of St Clare’s Early Learning Centre. I fully expect you will continue to enjoy kindergarten with your family in 2018 and beyond!

Yours faithfully

Fr Bernard Buckley      

Parish Priest


NEW OPPORTUNITIES AT AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

From the Xavier Centre for Theological Formation Mission • Ministry • Identity:

The Xavier Centre offers theological formation opportunities for lay persons, religious and clergy across Australia. Ranging from short courses, certificate and bachelor opportunities, (awards) postgraduate coursework programs, professional doctorates and research degrees, international study tours, and a wide range of tailored professional learning and in-service opportunities. Providing for multiple points of engagement, and across any variety of delivery modes, these opportunities directly support pastoral leaders, associates and planners, healthcare, educational and welfare professionals, leaders of Diocesan agencies and all who contribute to religious and parish life. Framed by an engagement with scripture, theology, spirituality, supervision and leadership, the Xavier Centre provides a context for individuals and communities to reflect on faith and service. For more information, visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/xaviercentre


JOSEPHITE ASSOCIATES REGIONAL DAY REPORT

17 women from Pakenham and Iona spent a day reflecting on Missionary Discipleship lived out by Mary MacKillop and one of her Sisters, Irene McCormack. Information about the Associates in Peru made us realise the similarities of the Josephite Mission no matter where we live. Five new faces came to the day with some hoping to become Associates in the future. The is a dynamism at work in Pakenham with several new members during the last couple of years. Fore more information please contact Bev Vanderheyden, Dot Rowlands or Mary at the Parish Office 59417315


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.

Amen.

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


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

17/6 N Boloski & T Naso

24/6 F DeBona  & A Jayawardena

WELCOME TABLE

16/17th June 6pm K Symons 9am AJ Estarada 10.30 J Pauguy

23/24th June 6pm S Dominic  9am A Jayawardena 10.30 L O’Flynn

ROSARY STATUE

17th M Weliwatte

24th A & S Daniels

CLEANING ROSTER

22/6 K Venn

29/6 C McCowan & M Burhop

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 admin@ytu.edu.au for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au

10TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – 10TH JUNE 2018

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Elizabeth Peter Solomon, Lawrence Bowlen, Thomas Spain, Julius Budis. 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. 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).


BAPTISMS

This weekend we welcome Eden Ater and her parents for Baptism. 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 July 1st,  at 2.45pm in the parish library.


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 (safetyofficer@stpatrickspakenham.com.au)


GODSTART

Godstart is a program that sends Birthday Cards to all children who are baptized in our parish from the age  of 1 to 4 inclusive. We are hoping to increase our number of volunteers to help with this program. A meeting will be held on Monday 18th June at 11am in the Parish library. For more info please contact Jil on 0407253966 or jillsie1@live.com.


PADDY’S KITCHEN

A huge thank you to the volunteers who have helped over the last 2 weeks and those who have offered to help in the coming months, your responses have been very generous and Paddy’s kitchen is now up and running. Our next meeting (in 2 weeks time) is on Thursday, June 21st, to plan for Sunday July 1st. You can get more details or  information  from stpatrickspaddys@gmail.com.


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

-Rochelle Pereira.


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN

The parish will soon be preparing school aged children and their siblings for Baptism. If you would like your child/ren to be involved in this program could you please contact Mary in the parish office 59417315 or parishoffice@stpatrickspakenham.com.au so your name can be added to our list and details sent to you.


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 admin@ytu.edu.au for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au


CATHOLIC AGED CARE

Deciding to move into an aged care home is an emotional, life-changing decision. Knowing your loved one is safe and well looked after is the most important consideration. If you want the security of knowing your family member’s individual needs are cared for, Villa Maria Catholic Homes invite you to visit Shanagolden Aged Care Residence, Webster Way, Pakenham to meet their exceptional care staff and learn more about the fantastic lifestyle programs. Call now for your personal tour – 5945 3800


VALE SISTER MONICA McKENZIE SGS

Some words of remembrance  from Sr Jill O’Brien SGS, about our former parishioner and friend of many, Sr Monica:

Sr Monica McKenzie was born in Blackall, Queensland in 1929.  She was the fifth child in a family of six. Monica’s father was a small-hold grazier in the Blackall area and her childhood was spent in the serene surroundings of country life where she experienced a great deal of love, stability and support within a loving Catholic family. Because the family lived in an isolated country area, Monica and her younger sister, Colleen, received their primary education from the Queensland Correspondence School and were supervised by their elder sister, Nettie.  Speech and Drama lessons were also given by Nettie to several children in the town and Monica and Colleen joined these classes and performed end-of-year plays.  This gave Monica a life-long interest in drama and literature. They sat for examinations set by the Trinity College of London.

Monica completed her education as a boarder at All Hallows Convent, Brisbane where she gained the Junior Certificate in 1946.  She also studied Speech and Drama as well as Music and Singing.  In 1947 she won an A.M.E.B. award for the highest mark in Singing in Queensland. Monica remained at All Hallows teaching Speech and Drama after she completed her studies and at this time she was offered a position at St Mary’s College Charters Towers.  It was at St Mary’s that Monica met the Sisters of the Good Samaritan for the first time.

In 1948 Monica applied for admission to the Good Samaritan Novitiate at Pennant Hills.  She began a new phase in her life when she joined several other young women on 2 July in that same year, and was given the religious name Sister Louis Marie.  Later she reverted to her baptismal name, Monica. On 6 January 1951, Monica made her profession of vows and moved to St Scholastica’s Convent where she was appointed to the staff of St Scholastica’s College and continued her musical studies.

For the next twenty four years Monica was engaged in a ministry of education which included music, speech and drama and singing tuition in New South Wales, ACT and Queensland. She had gained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education and had completed her Masters degrees in both these faculties by 1995.

Monica spent ten years at Mannix College, Clayton. She became a highly respected tutor, appreciated for her compassion and concern for the students.  Finally in 1997 living at Pakenham, she undertook Pastoral and Community visitation.  Here she was able also to indulge her love and talent for gardening, as well as lecture in Philosophy for the University of the Third Age, Pakenham.

She enjoyed being a participant in the parish of St Patrick’s, Pakenham.  When Pakenham became the residence for many Sudanese refugees Monica’s compassion and capacity for practical support of those in need was truly evident.  She assisted families in enrolling children in the schools of their choice, ensured they had proper uniforms and books and continued to monitor their progress and that of the families.  Many hours of her time were devoted to supporting families to complete complex documentation associated with achieving settlement in Australia; extricating youngsters from problems with the law; and travelling many kilometres to engage with solicitors on their behalf.  Her efforts were greatly appreciated in the community.  Monica served also as a chaplain at the Fulham Correctional Centre near Sale.

In 2016 she retired to Marian House Northcote when her health challenges were becoming greater. Monica is survived by her sister Colleen, four nieces and one nephew and their families. She is remembered with love and gratitude by all her Good Samaritan sisters.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. May she rest in peace.


PLENARY COUNCIL 2020

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.

Amen.

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


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

10/06 D Velten & Volunteer

17/6 N Boloski & T Naso

WELCOME TABLE

9/10 June 6pm  Volunteer  9am G Prestt 10.30 H O’Flyn

16/17th June    6pm K Symons 9am AJ Estarada  10.30 J Pauguy

ROSARY STATUE

9/6 Siji Dominic

17th M Weliwatte

CLEANING ROSTER

15/6  T & N Andrews

22/6 K Venn

THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST SUNDAY – 3RD JUNE 2018

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).


BAPTISMS

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 (safetyofficer@stpatrickspakenham.com.au)


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.

Amen.

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 admin@ytu.edu.au 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

-Rochelle Pereira.


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 ksymons54@bigpond.com


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: info@columban.org.au Ph: 03 9375 9475


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

3/06 J Schalks 7 J White

10/06 D Velten & Volunteer

WELCOME TABLE

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

ROSARY STATUE

2/6 H Pereira

9/6 Siji Dominic

CLEANING ROSTER

8/6 M Weliwatte & R Dias

15/6  B & W Vail

PADDY’S KITCHEN

Paddy’s Kitchen

Every first Sunday of the month, we serve free roast dinner and desserts to families in need, or those finding life difficult at the moment. Doors open 5:30 pm Dinner served at 6:00 pm.

Venu

Parish Hall
St Patrick’s Parish
142 Princes Highway, Pakenham
Ph: 5941 7550
Entry by foot, via slip road.
Enter by car, via O’Shannessy Rd

Dates for 2019

3rd Feb, 3rd March, 7th April, 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August, 1st September, 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December.

All are welcome.