21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 26TH AUGUST 2018

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Jason Jayawardena and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

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 Romeo Santilli, Michael Bakker,  Josephine Charabie Bob Grech Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Vincenza Santo, Elizabeth Ware, Michael Bakker, 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).


BAPTISMS

This weekend we welcome Finn O’Carroll, Lauren McKenna, Alejandra Manandic and their 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 is September 2nd, at 2.45pm.


FR. BERNARD AWAY

I will be on annual leave for the next few weeks/ weekends. Fr Mark Godridge will be here for the weekend Masses and he, or the local priests, would respond to an emergency or funeral etc call from the parish office.

-Fr Bernard


MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY

This annual celebration will be observed this  Sunday 26th August 2018 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.


TO THE SRI LANKAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

Fr Hilarion Fernando OSB, of St Michael’s parish, Berwick, will be celebrating a Thanksgiving Mass for his 45th ordination anniversary. Fr Hilarion extends an invitation to all in the Sri Lankan community to join the Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians church at Narre Warren, on the 26th of August at 4 pm. May God bless you all!!!


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 or help prepare contact John on 0403945831.


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

The sacrament of reconciliation for the first time, will be celebrated on October 25th in our parish. For those children, attending non parish schools, who would like to receive this sacrament, please contact Siji Dominic @ 59417315 – or siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au – soon to register. The four preparatory sessions begin on 12th Sept.  It is expected that each child and a family member will attend each activity.


BR. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Br Johnson is a Catholic lay preacher from India, will be leading a spiritual renewal retreat this month with a session at St Agatha’s, Cranbourne on Aug20th at 7:00pm; and OLHC Narre Warren on 30/31 Aug at 7:00pm. For more details, please pick up a flier from the foyer table  or call 0450 503 665 or 0433 284 942.


FATHER’S DAY APPEAL FOR THE PRIEST’S WELFARE FOUNDATION OF THE DIOCESE OF SALE

This Fund supports the priests and deacons of our diocese in times of sickness or retirement.  At present the Foundation is supporting nine priests and three deacons in retirement and is responsible for the other priests, including our overseas priests, and deacons in time of sickness.  The budgeted expenditure of the Foundation for them over the next year will be about $180,000. Envelopes are available in the Church for the Special Collection to be taken up next weekend to assist the work of the Priests’ Welfare Foundation of the Diocese of Sale.  All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.  If you require a receipt for taxation purposes, please print your name and address clearly on the special envelope and a receipt will be issued in due course.


DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE

On Sunday 16th Sept,2018, there will be a prilgrimage to our lady of Perpetual help, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, led by Bishop Pat O’Regan. Pilgrimage departs from Cathedral Hall, Cnr MacAlister & Pearson Sts Sale, and continues to the Port of Sale, returning to the Cathedral and closing with Liturgy of the word at St Mary’s Cathedral. Afternoon Tea to follow. Please Register your interest with your Parish Office.


POSITION VACANT: DIOCESE OF SALE – BUSINESS MANAGER

The Catholic Diocese of Sale has its administrative offices at Sion House, 6 Witton St., Warragul.  The Diocese has approximately 120,000 Catholics. The Diocese is made up of 27 parishes, 37 Catholic primary schools and 7 Catholic secondary schools. Also included are a number of agencies which assist the Bishop in the pastoral care of the community. These agencies support the life and mission of parish communities, parish ministry groups and the wider community by providing educational, pastoral services, offering relationship support and providing opportunities for engaging with those within and beyond the Catholic community in activities of social justice, welfare, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue.

The Bishop of Sale is seeking to appoint a Business Manager for a 5 year fixed term at 0.8 to 1.0 FTE. The appointee will be responsible to the Bishop of Sale. This is a significant senior position within our Diocese. The primary objective of the Diocese of Sale Business Manager is to administer the temporal goods of the Diocese, under the authority of the Bishop of Sale, in accordance with approved policy and strategic plans and in accordance with the code of Canon Law and ensure compliance with all civil law.

The role is expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support of the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Sale and a commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. We seek an appropriate tertiary qualified person with a high level of professionalism, capacity to work autonomously, initiative and superior communication skills.

Applications: A position description, application form, confidential referee assessment form and other relevant information is available. Please mail hr@sale.catholic.org.au to receive this pack. Three confidential referee assessments are required. Please return the completed Application Form, together with your letter of application and a copy of your Curriculum Vitae by Friday, 7 September, 2018. Enquiries and applications to hr@sale.catholic.org.au. Applications should be marked to the attention of Bishop Patrick O’Regan, addressed to: Bishop’s Office, PO Box 1410, Warragul, Vic. 3820.


POSITION VACANT: DIOCESE OF SALE – MANAGER PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND PASTORAL MINISTRY

The Diocese of Sale has a number of agencies which assist the Bishop in the pastoral care of the community. These agencies support the life and mission of parish communities, parish ministry groups and the wider community by providing educational, pastoral services, offering relationship support and providing opportunities for engaging with those within and beyond the Catholic community in activities of social justice, welfare, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue.

The Bishop of Sale is seeking to appoint a Manager Professional Standards and Pastoral Ministry. The appointee will be responsible to the Bishop. This significant new full time senior position reflects the importance that the Diocese of Sale places on the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults and the development of implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral strategy. This role will work with clergy, employees and volunteers across all Parishes to ensure the Diocese is a safe place for all and can evidence compliance with legislation and to implement the Diocesan Pastoral Strategies.

The role is expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support of the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Sale and commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. We seek an appropriate tertiary qualified person with a high level of professionalism, capacity to work autonomously, initiative and superior communication skills.

Applications: A position description, application form, confidential referee assessment form and other relevant information is available. Please mail hr@sale.catholic.org.au to receive this pack. Three confidential referee assessments are required. Please return the completed Application Form, together with your letter of application and a copy of your Curriculum Vitae by Friday, 7 September, 2018. Enquiries may be directed to hr@sale.catholic.org.au

Applications should be marked to the attention of Bishop Patrick O’Regan and addressed to: Bishop’s Office, PO Box 1410, Warragul, Vic. 3820.

Email: hr@sale.catholic.org.au

Closing Date: Friday, 7 September 2018


THE JOSEPHITE ASSOCIATE’S

They are currently collecting handbags in good clean condition, no longer in use, which may be lurking in your cupboards. Also any donations of basic  toiletries would be greatly accepted. These will be distributed to city women’s shelters, before Christmas. Our collection will continue till September 21st. Last year a total of 107,208 were shared among grateful and surprised recipients. Also don’t forget our used stamp collection box in foyer.


ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP

Our next lunch will be on September 5th at 12 noon. WE are having lunch t the Cardinia Club, Racecourse Road, Pakenham. All parishioners and friends are welcome. Please contact Kathy on 0418679616 or ksymons54@bigpond.com if you can come.


THE L.A.M.P

The next L.A.M.P event will be held in Our Lady Help Of Christians, Narre Warren on the 22nd of September. The day includes lots of guest speakers, the Youth Mission Team, sumo suits wrestling, music, drama, games, adoration and much more. For more info please

Email or contact siji@parishofficestpatrickspakenham,com.au


NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

On Friday,Sept 7th, at 7:30pm, our parish will celebrate this special feast in a rosary procession with candles outside the church (weather permitting). Please mark your calendars. More details to follow next week.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

26/8 F De Bona & A Jaywardena

2/9 J Schalks J White

WELCOME TABLE

26/8  6pm M Burhop 9am G Prestt 10.30 L. O’Flynn

2/9 6pm S Dominic 9am B Hind 10.30 I Merrigan

CLEANING ROSTER

31/8 R Dias & M Welliwatte

7/9 C McCowan & M Burhop

ROSARY STATUE

26/8 L Diaz  

2/9 R & A Jayawardena

20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 19TH AUGUST 2018

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Len Taylor, Carmen Dungca and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Christopher Nuttall, Mrs Terry O’De, Josephine Peiries, Maria, Elizabeth & John Solomon.

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  Josephine Charabie Bob Grech Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Vincenza Santo, Elizabeth Ware, Michael Bakker, 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).


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 is September 2nd, at 2.45pm.


FR. BERNARD AWAY

I will be on annual leave for the next few weeks/ weekends. Fr Mark Godridge will be here for the weekend Masses and he, or the local priests, would respond to an emergency or funeral etc call from the parish office.

-Fr Bernard


WELCOME

This (Friday night and) Saturday we welcome Bishop Pat O’Regan to the parish for the celebration of Confirmation with 60+ of our young parishioners. Congratulations to the children and their family for reaching this stage of their Christian initiation, and a very warm St Pat’s welcome to you, Bishop Pat. We hope you enjoy your stay with us.


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.


RCIC WELCOME

This weekend we welcome some of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children candidates whose families are seeking their baptism. All parishioners wish the children and the families the many blessings of God, and a full, happy and joyful life under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit.


TO THE SRI LANKAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

Fr Hilarion Fernando OSB, of St Michael’s parish, Berwick, will be celebrating a Thanksgiving Mass for his 45th ordination anniversary. Fr Hilarion extends an invitation to all in the Sri Lankan community to join the Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians church at Narre Warren, on the 26th of August at 4 pm. May God bless you all!!!


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 or help prepare contact John Fanchette on 0403945831.


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

The sacrament of reconciliation for the first time, will be celebrated on October 25th in our parish. For those children, attending schools other than our parish schools, who would like to receive this sacrament, please contact Siji Dominic @ 59417315 – or siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au – soon to register. The four preparatory sessions begin on 12th Sept.  It is expected that each child and a family member will attend each activity.


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.


POSITION VACANT: DIOCESE OF SALE – BUSINESS MANAGER

The Catholic Diocese of Sale has its administrative offices at Sion House, 6 Witton St., Warragul.  The Diocese has approximately 120,000 Catholics. The Diocese is made up of 27 parishes, 37 Catholic primary schools and 7 Catholic secondary schools. Also included are a number of agencies which assist the Bishop in the pastoral care of the community. These agencies support the life and mission of parish communities, parish ministry groups and the wider community by providing educational, pastoral services, offering relationship support and providing opportunities for engaging with those within and beyond the Catholic community in activities of social justice, welfare, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue.

The Bishop of Sale is seeking to appoint a Business Manager for a 5 year fixed term at 0.8 to 1.0 FTE. The appointee will be responsible to the Bishop of Sale. This is a significant senior position within our Diocese. The primary objective of the Diocese of Sale Business Manager is to administer the temporal goods of the Diocese, under the authority of the Bishop of Sale, in accordance with approved policy and strategic plans and in accordance with the code of Canon Law and ensure compliance with all civil law.

The role is expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support of the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Sale and a commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. We seek an appropriate tertiary qualified person with a high level of professionalism, capacity to work autonomously, initiative and superior communication skills.

Applications: A position description, application form, confidential referee assessment form and other relevant information is available. Please mail hr@sale.catholic.org.au to receive this pack. Three confidential referee assessments are required. Please return the completed Application Form, together with your letter of application and a copy of your Curriculum Vitae by Friday, 7 September, 2018. Enquiries and applications to hr@sale.catholic.org.au. Applications should be marked to the attention of Bishop Patrick O’Regan, addressed to: Bishop’s Office, PO Box 1410, Warragul, Vic. 3820.


POSITION VACANT: DIOCESE OF SALE – MANAGER PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND PASTORAL MINISTRY

The Diocese of Sale has a number of agencies which assist the Bishop in the pastoral care of the community. These agencies support the life and mission of parish communities, parish ministry groups and the wider community by providing educational, pastoral services, offering relationship support and providing opportunities for engaging with those within and beyond the Catholic community in activities of social justice, welfare, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue.

The Bishop of Sale is seeking to appoint a Manager Professional Standards and Pastoral Ministry. The appointee will be responsible to the Bishop. This significant new full time senior position reflects the importance that the Diocese of Sale places on the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults and the development of implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral strategy. This role will work with clergy, employees and volunteers across all Parishes to ensure the Diocese is a safe place for all and can evidence compliance with legislation and to implement the Diocesan Pastoral Strategies.

The role is expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support of the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Sale and commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. We seek an appropriate tertiary qualified person with a high level of professionalism, capacity to work autonomously, initiative and superior communication skills.

Applications: A position description, application form, confidential referee assessment form and other relevant information is available. Please mail hr@sale.catholic.org.au to receive this pack. Three confidential referee assessments are required. Please return the completed Application Form, together with your letter of application and a copy of your Curriculum Vitae by Friday, 7 September, 2018. Enquiries may be directed to hr@sale.catholic.org.au

Applications should be marked to the attention of Bishop Patrick O’Regan and addressed to: Bishop’s Office, PO Box 1410, Warragul, Vic. 3820.

Email: hr@sale.catholic.org.au

Closing Date: Friday, 7 September 2018


ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP

Our next lunch will be on September 5th at 12 noon. WE are having lunch t the Cardinia Club, Racecourse Road, Pakenham. All parishioners and friends are welcome. Please contact Kathy on 0418679616 or ksymons54@bigpond.com if you can come.


COMMUNION MINISTERS TRAINING

Thanks to all who attended the formation session for new Communion ministers in our parish. Some came to renew their skills a little and others came because they would like to take up this opportunity for ministry in our community. Thanks to you all. Many blessings. Anyone who couldn’t be there is welcome to approach Fr Bernard or Siji to have an individual session of formation.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

Boloski & C Smith

26/8 F De Bona & A Jaywardena

WELCOME TABLE

6pm K Symons 9am A Jayawardena 10.30 J Pauguy

26/8  6pm M Burhop 9am G Prestt 10.30 L. O’Flynn

CLEANING ROSTER

24/8 G Dias

31/8 R Dias & M Welliwatte

ROSARY STATUE

19/8 George Family

26/8 L Diaz

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.”

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.

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. smorley@sale.catholic.org.au; 5622 6677 or 0413 590 007

19TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – 12TH AUGUST 2018

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).


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 is September 2nd, at 2.45pm in the parish library.


WELCOME

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


CONFIRMATION

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.


RCIC

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. smorley@sale.catholic.org.au; 5622 6677 or 0413 590 007.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

12th Aug  D Velten & K Symons

19th Aug N Boloski   & C Smith

WELCOME TABLE

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

CLEANING ROSTER

17/8 P Pereira & C George

24/8  Gilroy Dias

ROSARY STATUE

12/8 Jimenez  Family

19/8  S & C George

FEAST OF ST MARY OF THE CROSS MAC KILLOP

This Wednesday, 8/8, marks the feast day of Australia’s only canonised saint, St Mary Mac Killop. Mary Helen MacKillop was of Scottish descent, she was born in Melbourne but is best known for her activities in South Australia. Together with the Reverend Julian Tenison Woods, she founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, a congregation of religious sisters that established a number of schools and welfare institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand, with an emphasis on education for the rural poor.

One of the most used, motivating and known sayings of St Mary MacKillop is never see a need without doing something about it. (1871). You can listen to children sing the song “Never See a Need” from a school in the highlands of Scotland, to the suburbs of Lima in Peru, to classrooms throughout Australia, to a Maori community in Aotearoa/New Zealand right through to the birth of this particular song at Mary MacKillop College in Brisbane.

Mary’s legacy has gone well and truly beyond the beginnings in Penola. Sisters of St Joseph today are a robust group of women working in Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Ireland, Peru and Brazil and follow in Mary’s footsteps doing a wide variety of works, revealing to all the hospitable heart of God.

The Sisters affirm the growing recognition that, right throughout the world, God is gracing many with the spirit of Mary MacKillop. This is evidenced by so many taking up her call to never see a need without doing something about it.

The Sisters today, as it were, have set Mary free for the world – a world which is in great need of the example such a woman gives – a woman who, despite poor health and obstacles, responded so generously to her God.

Mary MacKillop Prayer:

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop,

may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen

18TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – 5TH AUGUST 2018

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Christine Flynn, Brian Donnelly and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Joan Brady.

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 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).


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 is August 5th, at 2.45pm in the parish library.


CONFIRMATION

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.


COMMUNION MINISTERS TRAINING

Our parish is always in need of more parishioners to serve as Communion ministers. You will notice how often the task falls to the same people, never an ideal thing. On Sunday August 12th, at 2:00pm, in the parish Library, a workshop will be held to prepare new ministers of Communion to take up this important role of service in our community. Any present Ministers who would like to come and freshen up their skills or thinking about this important work are very welcome to attend. It would be great to have all the different communities who comprise our parish be represented more strongly in our Communion ministers.

For more information, please contact Fr Bernard.


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL WINTER APPEAL

We are now holding our annual food drive, this food is used to assist the people in need in our community.  We need non perishable items such as long life milk, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes, soups , spaghetti and baked beans, dry and sweet biscuits and tea bags. Any donations would be greatly appreciated, you can leave your donated items in the foyer in baskets provided.  If you would prefer to give a monetary donation there are envelopes in the foyer and you can place them in the St Vincent De Paul poor box located on the Sacristy wall.  Thank you for your on going support.


PADDY’S KITCHEN – INVITATION

Paddy’s Kitchen is an outreach of St Patrick’s Parish that provides a FREE Roast Dinner to families in need or to those who are finding life difficult at the moment. The next meeting will be Thursday 9th August at 7pm.

Paddy’s Kitchen thanks SOS Contractors- Strip Out Specialists – for their generous support of PK this month


PLANNING YOUR GOLDEN YEARS

This is the working title of a day the parish Team is planning at the parish on October 16th from 10:00am – about 12:30pm. Topics that we hope to cover include a lawyer speaking about preparing wills and Power of Attorney, both legal and medical; a funeral director to speak about the arrangements that can be made when that time comes, someone to speak about Advanced Care planning, so people can make clear the wishes they have when they may not be able to make good decisions about their on going health care. And also we will have a talk about leaving clear plans for the type of funeral people might want, leaving details for family members to follow. There will be ample time for questions on the day. The session will conclude with lunch.


THE CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP

(for primary school children) dates for term 3 are 11/8, 25/8, 1/9, 8/9, 22/9. The activities will be in the Parish library from 5pm to 5.45pm. Please save it for your records. Please contact Sumy 59417315 if you have any questions


ON GOOD HUMOUR

Saint Thomas More (1478–1535) was an English writer and philosopher, a successful lawyer, a family man, and a much-loved friend to many.

He was appointed Lord Chancellor of England by Henry VIII in 1529. After Pope Clement VII refused Henry’s request to rule that his marriage to Queen Catherine of Aragon was invalid. Henry made a law that his subjects must take an Oath of Supremacy, to swear that the King was the head of the English Church, and Anne Boleyn was Queen. Thomas, a staunch Catholic, quietly refused. He became a prisoner of conscience and was executed on 6 July 1535. Thomas had been called a martyr for his faith. It was not his choice. He did all he could to try to steer his country and Henry, his friend, towards wisdom.

In a world of lies, compromises and fake news, Thomas More stood for what was good and real. He loved his friends and his family, good conversation and a hospitable table. He even joked with his executioner on the scaffold, asking him to be careful of his when he beheaded him, as it had done no harm. A friend wrote of him: ‘More is a man of an angel’s with and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvellous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity. A man for all seasons.’

Pope Francis is a great admirer of St Thomas. He says, ‘A bit of good humour is very good for us! It will do us much good to pray St Thomas More’s prayer frequently. I pray it every day, and it helps me.’

Prayer for Good Humour

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.

Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humour to maintain it.

Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good

and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,

but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.

Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,

nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called ‘I.’

Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humour.

Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke, to discover in life a bit of joy,

and to be able to share it with others.

St Thomas More.


FEAST OF ST MARY OF THE CROSS MAC KILLOP

This Wednesday, 8/8, marks the feast day of Australia’s only canonised saint, St Mary Mac Killop. Mary Helen MacKillop was of Scottish descent, she was born in Melbourne but is best known for her activities in South Australia. Together with the Reverend Julian Tenison Woods, she founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, a congregation of religious sisters that established a number of schools and welfare institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand, with an emphasis on education for the rural poor.

One of the most used, motivating and known sayings of St Mary MacKillop is never see a need without doing something about it. (1871). You can listen to children sing the song “Never See a Need” from a school in the highlands of Scotland, to the suburbs of Lima in Peru, to classrooms throughout Australia, to a Maori community in Aotearoa/New Zealand right through to the birth of this particular song at Mary MacKillop College in Brisbane.

Mary’s legacy has gone well and truly beyond the beginnings in Penola. Sisters of St Joseph today are a robust group of women working in Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Ireland, Peru and Brazil and follow in Mary’s footsteps doing a wide variety of works, revealing to all the hospitable heart of God.

The Sisters affirm the growing recognition that, right throughout the world, God is gracing many with the spirit of Mary MacKillop. This is evidenced by so many taking up her call to never see a need without doing something about it.

The Sisters today, as it were, have set Mary free for the world – a world which is in great need of the example such a woman gives – a woman who, despite poor health and obstacles, responded so generously to her God.

Mary MacKillop Prayer:

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop,

may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

The RCIA process is an important part of parish life, working with people who are keen to find out more about God and the church: who we are, what we believe, how to get to know Jesus better in life. Many of these inquirers are baptized or welcomed into the church at Easter next year. The RCIA Team, candidates, their sponsors meet over several months starting often around July and August. The gatherings are marked by sharing, listening, learning, teaching, answering questions etc.   Are there any parishioners who you could suggest would be committed, happy member of a parish RCIA Team. I would be very interested to hear from you.

-Fr Bernard.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

5th August J Schalks & J White

12th Aug  D Velten & K Symons

WELCOME TABLE

4/5 August 6pm S Dominic 9am B Hind 10.30 P Bare

12/13 Aug 6pm M Vandiemen 9am A J Estrada  10.30 H Flynn

CLEANING ROSTER

10/8 Lindsay & Jean Claude-Pauguy

17/8 P Pereira & C George

ROSARY STATUE

5/8 Velten Family

12/8 Jimenez  Family