RECONCILIATION IN LENT

On Thursday, (4/4), all parishioners are invited to a communal ceremony of reconciliation. This will be held at St Patrick’s church at 7:30pm that evening. There will be visiting priests to help with the number of people. Even those who may not want to see the priest individually can join in the liturgy of Reconciliation.

31st March, 4th Sunday of Lent

We remember those who have died recently including Celina Grabiec and those whose anniversaries occur about  this time including Brian Atkins and Mick Lockwood.

We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon,  George Hilder and Lyn Hardidge

BAPTISMS:

 “Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Preparation is Sunday, April  7th  at  2.45pm.

DEFIBRILLATOR – INFORMATION SESSION:

The parish recently purchased a defibrillator to have handy near the church/ sacristy when such a machine is needed. A training session has been booked for Sunday, May 5th at 10:00 am, between the 9:00 am and 10:30 am Masses that day. It would be great if quite a few people could make themselves available for that session which will last about 30 minutes. Especially welcome would be anyone with medical or nursing experience, or who works in a large workplace. It will be handy to have a good number of people who might know how to use the machine when needed, often in a hurry.

PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:

The next serving will be Sunday 7th        April 2109, dinner served at 6 pm If any parishioner is able to help with a dessert for this meal could they please fill in the sheet in the foyer.

PROJECT COMPASSION: 

Michaela is a 21-year-old trainee at Purple House, a dialysis center in the Central Desert for people suffering from kidney disease. With the support of Caritas partners, Michaela is helping to build a social enterprise, a connection to culture and a new outlook for the chronically ill.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help provide essential health care, employment and training for First Australians like Michaela.

Lives change when we all give 100%. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.

SAINT  VINCENT DE PAUL:

Local members of Saint  Vincent de Paul have been working with the fire affected families in the Tonimbuk area, offering support and assistance. 215 families have been affected with 29 having lost their homes. StVdeP would like to be able to purchase vouchers that we can personally hand out to these people. We are asking for donations to be able to do this and you can be sure, that every dollar will be  going to these families.

A member of St Patrick’s conference will speak at the masses this weekend.  A leaving collection will be taken up after each mass. Alternatively if you would like a receipt, you may put your donation in the SVdP  box in the foyer of the church at any time.  We anticipate we will be assisting in the area for a number of months. Chris Russo [president].

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER AT ST AGATHA’S:

Jeff Cavins will present “The Activated Disciple: Taking your Faith to the Next Level” at St. Agatha’s Church, 129 Sladen Street Cranbourne on Sunday 28th April 2019 at 7.00pm.  Jeff is the creator of ‘The Great Adventure Bible Timeline’ study system.  In this talk, Jeff describes the difference between an enthusiastic admirer (fan) and a disciplined follower of Jesus; knowing His voice, imitating Him and becoming attuned to His mission and will give believers a clearer picture of what God desires for them. All Welcome! Cost:  Donation

PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK:

Choir practices for Holy Week and Easter will be held in the church 7.30pm to 9 pm on Thursday, April 4th, and April 11th. Existing and new members are very welcome

R.C.I.C. PROGRAM:  

We are starting a program in the near future for school-aged children,  who are looking to celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. If your child/children are interested could you please contact the office so a program plan can be formed  59417315  

RECONCILIATION IN LENT:

On Thursday, (4/4), all parishioners are invited to a communal ceremony of reconciliation. This will be held at St Patrick’s church at 7:30 pm that evening. There will be visiting priests to help with the number of people. Even those who may not want to see the priest individually can join in the liturgy of Reconciliation.

Pope Francis ever encourages people to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. “Everyone say to themself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests – Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession.”

Acknowledging a popular objection to the sacrament, Pope Francis noted, “someone can say, ‘I confess my sins only to God.’ Yes, you can say to God, ‘forgive me,’ and say your sins. But our sins are also against our brothers and sisters, against the Church. This is why it is necessary to ask forgiveness of the Church and others, in the person of the priest.”

“While the celebration of the sacrament is personal, it is rooted in the universality of the Church,” which “accompanies us on the path of conversion,” he explained. “Forgiveness is not something we can give ourselves,” cautioned the Pope. “One asks forgiveness, one asks it of another person, and in confession, we ask forgiveness from Jesus.”

“Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ crucified and risen.”

The Pontiff went on to recognize that many people feel ashamed at the idea of confessing their sins and might say, “but Father, I am embarrased!” “Even embarrassment is good. It’s healthy to have a bit of shame… it does us good, because it makes us more humble.” “Don’t be afraid of confession,” Pope Francis stressed. “When someone is in line for confession he feels all these things – even shame – but then, when he finishes confessing, he leaves (feeling) free, great, beautiful, forgiven, clean, happy.”

“The sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing,” he pointed out.

“When I go to confession, it’s for healing: healing the soul, healing the heart because of something that I did to make it unwell.” The Pope pointed to the biblical story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man, which expresses the “profound link” between “forgiveness and healing,” since “the Lord Jesus is revealed at the same time as the physician of soul and body.” He also recounted the parable of the prodigal son, who sought his father’s forgiveness and was welcomed home with open arms.    “But I say to you,” he stressed to the many pilgrims, “every time we go to confession, God embraces us.

FROM THE SAFETY OFFICER:

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth in his 2019 Lenten Messages addressed the horror and scandal of the sexual abuse of children and young people in the Church.  He said that it is a source of shame and concern for all the victims and survivors of such abuse and their families, and of deep bewilderment. “ I have asked myself, as so many of you must also have done, how we could possibly have arrived at such a dreadful and shameful moment in the story of the Catholic Church in Australia”.  In support, guidance, and encouragement he concluded:   “We are not only facing a crisis of credibility or confidence.  We are not only grappling with a loss of respect in our society. We are not only facing the reality of diminishment in numbers and influence.  We are facing a crisis of faith.  The only way through this crisis is a return to fidelity, a return to the Gospel, a return to Christ.  It is he in whom we must place our trust.  Our leaders may fail us, our brothers and sisters in the community of the Church may fail us, our own weaknesses and blindness may betray us – but Christ will never fail us.”

SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:

Please Note dates have been changed  

First Holy Communion will be on the weekends of 25th May,  and 14/15th of June.

Confirmation: 16th and 17th of August 

First Reconciliation will be the 30th Of October. Check out our website for more information. 

PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP:

Our April luncheon is on April 3rd at the Pakenham Hotel (near the station) at 12noon. Please come along and enjoy lunch together. Everyone welcome Contact Kathy 0418679616 or ksymons54@bigpond.com

FROM THE PARISH LITURGY COMMITTEE:

The Liturgy Committee met on Tuesday, March 26th and discussed the following topics:

The new Liturgical Music group is meeting again this weekend with new music groups and singers becoming part of weekend masses. New hymns are being introduced and we are considering hosting a music workshop for musicians/singers from our parish and surrounding parishes to share ideas.

We continue to discuss what will be involved when we move into the hall while the church is renovated, needing to work out what seating to use; the hall might hold about 275 chairs which is less than the current church. Acoustics will have to be improved.

Reconciliation for the parish will be held on Thursday April 4th at 7.30pm; with additional priests in attendance to assist. Choir practice for that night will be canceled.

Holy Week Timetable:

  • 18/4 Holy Thursday 7.30pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • 19/4 Good Friday – Stations of the Cross 10 am
  • 19/4 Good Friday 3 pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
  • 20/4 Easter Vigil 7 pm
  • 21/4 Easter Sunday Mass 9 am and 10.30am

Visit of the Diocesan Icon and Candle, May 19th for the week. A parish ceremony will be held that week, likely Wednesday, May 22nd at 7.30pm

The weekend of June 1st/2nd The parish St Vincent de Paul Conference will be celebrating its 50th birthday. All ideas/feedback welcome.

Volunteers still needed to operate the projector at the weekend

WELCOME  TABLE:

31/3 6pm M VanDiemen  9am A J Estrada  10.30 P Bare

7/4   6pm  M VanDiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn

CHURCH CLEANING:      

 NO FLOWERS DURING LENT

5/4   W Damin & M Sashanami

12/4 Menaka Mendis and Family

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

31/3  D Velten R Kollaris

7/4  T Ridgewy & Volunteer please

ROSARY STATUE: 

31/3 J & T Jimenez  7/4 George Family

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6pm

A Mendis

E Fernando

P Pereira L Garvey M Vandiemen

F & T O’Gorman

9am

G Thompson

M O’Brien

A Penton P Maxfield G Prestt  B Barker

N Boloski

10.30

A Arul

J Arul

D & J Estrada C Faamausili

B Kollaris J Mozina

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

J Colvin

J Samymuthu

H Judd M Roche W & B Vail

R Ginting

9am

P Velten

Sr Teresa

R & A Jayawrdena G Thompson

P Fernando M O’Brien

10.30

J Arul

A Arul

D Estrada J Estarad C Faamausili

B Kollaris J Mozina

FINANCE MATTERS:  4th Sunday of Lent 

Last week:   :   PG: $2117.00  Loose  $826.65  House   $699.55

This week        PG  $1924.00  Loose  $865.35  House  $771.654

 

“No longer was there manna for the Israelites, who that year ate of the yield of the land of Canaan.” (Joshua 5:12)

 

Over the forty years that the Israelites journeyed through the desert, God provided them with manna to eat. As soon as they were able to enjoy the fruits of the Promised Land the manna ceased. Likewise, God’s blessings to us may change over the years but it is important to trust that God will always provide us with all that we need.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL

Local members of Saint  Vincent de Paul have been working with the fire affected families in the Tonimbuk area, offering support and assistance. 215 families have been affected with 29 having lost their homes. StVdeP would like to be able to purchase vouchers that we can personally hand out to these people. We are asking for donations to be able to do this and you can be sure, that every dollar will be going to these families.

A member of St Patrick’s conference will speak at the masses next weekend.  A leaving collection will be taken up after each mass. Alternatively, if you would like a receipt, you may put your donation in the SVdP box in the foyer of the church at any time.  We anticipate we will be assisting in the area for a number of months. Chris Russo [president].

24th March, 3rd Sunday of Lent

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about  this time including Barry McMahon

 

We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon,  George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge

BAPTISMS:  

Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Preparation is Sunday April  7th  at  2.45pm.

CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP:

The Children’s  Friendship Group meets at 5 pm in the parish library. A new initiative of the Children’s Friendship Group will be a children’s choir. Please  register your interest at the Parish office

PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:

The next serving will be Sunday 7th April 2109, commencing at 5.30pm with dinner served at 6 pm in the Parish Hall. If any parishioner is able to help with a dessert for this meal could they please fill in the sheet in the foyer. All welcome.

 

Project Compassion

Peter is thrilled to now have clean water on tap at his boarding school. Long walks to unsafe water sources were tiring for Peter, who is living with a disability. With more free time and fewer illnesses caused by dirty water, Peter can fulfil his hope of focusing on his studies, providing him with brighter future      Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help young people with disabilities gain access to clean water in the Solomon Islands., providing hope for a brighter future.

Lives change when we all give 100%! You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.

 

SAINT  VINCENT DE PAUL:

Local members of Saint  Vincent de Paul have been working with the fire affected families in the Tonimbuk area, offering support and assistance. 215 families have been affected with 29 having lost their homes. StVdeP would like to be able to purchase vouchers that we can personally hand out to these people. We are asking for donations to be able to do this and you can be sure, that every dollar will be  going to these families.

A member of St Patrick’s conference will speak at the masses next weekend.  A leaving collection will be taken up after each mass. Alternatively ,if you would like a receipt, you may put your donation in the SVdP  box in the foyer of the church at any time.  We anticipate we will be assisting in the area for a number of months. Chris Russo [president].

KSC FUNDRAISING DINNER 28/3/19:

Unfortunately, due to lack of response, the Knights of the Southern Cross Fundraising Dinner on 28th March 2019 has been postponed until later in the year.  The group are looking for suggestions for this event later in the year (e.g. lunch or dinner on a weekend?) and would welcome your input.  All suggestions are welcome.  Please send thoughts to Jim Johnson by email:  jimjohnson@dcsi.net.au

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER AT ST. AGATHA’S:

 Jeff Cavins will present “The Activated Disciple: Taking your Faith to the Next Level” at St. Agatha’s Church, 129 Sladen Street Cranbourne on Sunday 28th April 2019 at 7.00pm.  Jeff is the creator of ‘The Great Adventure Bible Timeline’ study system.  In this talk Jeff describes the difference between an enthusiastic admirer (fan) and a disciplined follower of Jesus; knowing His voice, imitating Him and becoming attuned to His mission and will give believers a clearer picture of what God desires for them. All Welcome! Cost:  Donation

SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:

First Holy Communion will be on the week ends of 25th May, 1st and 8th of June. Confirmation: 16th and 17th of August and First Reconciliation will be the 30th October. Check out our website for more information.

PRAYER SERVICE  FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE.:

At 3 pm on Sunday 24th March 2019

  • To pray for those families who are grieving,
  • To pray for a peaceful community in shock,
  • To send a message of support from one religious community to another,
  • To highlight the dangers of allowing religious intolerance to go unchallenged in our community.

A LENTEN REFLECTION ON FASTING:

I am called to fast from being strong and always trying to hold it all together, and instead embrace the profound grace that comes through my vulnerability and tenderness, to allow a great softening this season.

 

I am called to fast from anxiety and the endless torrent of thoughts that rise up in my mind to paralyse me with fear of the future, and enter into radical trust in the abundance at the heart of things, rather than the scarcity.

 

I am called to fast from speed and rushing through my life, causing me to miss the grace shimmering right here in this holy place.

 

I am called to fast from multitasking and the destructive energy of inattentiveness to any one thing, so that I get many things done, but none of them particularly well, and none of them nourishing to me. Instead, my practice will become a beholding of each thing, each person, each moment.

 

I am called to refrain from endless list making and too many deadlines and enter into the quiet and listen for what is ripening and unfolding, what is ready to be born.

I am called to fast from certainty, and trust in the great mystery of things.

 

And then perhaps, I will arrive at Easter and realise those things from which I have fasted I no longer need to take back on again. I will experience a different kind of rising.

ADD SOME FERTILISER TO YOUR LIFE THIS LENT:

I have a good priest friend who never gives up on people. He worked for some time in Melbourne’s inner city and even let homeless gang members live with him while they put their lives back together. Those kids had lived tough lives and had done some bad things, but my friend was always able to see their potential and, regardless of the mistakes they had made, worked hard to help them develop it.
That’s the point of Jesus’ fig-tree parable. God is the patient gardener, advising the landowner against cutting down the tree. God promises to fertilise it. Give it time – it just needs a little help.
 It’s nice to know that’s how God deals with us. Too often I give up on people. I think they can’t change. Or, I look at how hard it is for me to change sinful habits and I want to give up on myself. During those times Penance and Reconciliation can be good for me. The sacrament reminds me about God’s patience with me and God’s willingness to “fertilise” me so that I grow. God fertilises us through prayer, Mass, service, and friends with similar values. Penance and Reconciliation also remind me to show God’s mercy to others. 
Finally, it often reminds me that I can fertilise the lives of others by listening and caring about them without judgment, as well as by challenging their behaviour lovingly when they are on the wrong track. 
Lent is a good time to add some fertiliser to your life. And celebrating Penance and Reconciliation can be a great gardening technique. Anon

How could an honest conversation about life with a respected adult help a young person grow?

NEXT LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING:

   Tuesday, March 26th, 7.30pm. All with an interest in the liturgy of the parish are invited

 

PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK:

Choir practices for Holy Week and Easter will be held in the church 7.30pm to 9 pm on Thursdays March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th. Existing and new members are very welcome.

CONCERNING MODERN DAY SLAVERY:

We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today, as there was before, or perhaps more – said Pope Francis last month.

Can’t find slavery-free Easter eggs in your supermarket? Ten years ago there was almost no slavery-free chocolate in our supermarkets in Australia. Now, because of public pressure and consumer demands, most supermarkets will sell some. Thank you for contributing to the demand for slavery-free chocolate, but we have a long way to go.

 

Good news: There is now slavery-free chocolate available in so many places. It tastes delicious and is no more expensive than other chocolate. Try ALDI, Haighs, OXFAM and leading supermarkets. The Catholic Archdiocese Melbourne is also converting to slavery-free tea and coffee. Get on board!

Action: When you go to your local supermarket, look for chocolate that has one of these three symbols. If you can’t find any, ask the manager if they stock any.                                   

              

NEW ROSTERS:  

New rosters are available in the church foyer Please take your copy.

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6pm

T Andrews

J Parsons

H Judd M Burhop M Wiwczaruk

V Ukkru T Reimert

9am

T Lanigan

B Wiegerink

M Dineen H & R Francis J White

P Carlin

10.30

J Estrada

A Raos

U Tiberi M Weliwatte C Faamausili

A Stowers J  Mozina

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

A Mendis

E Fernando

P Pereira L Garvey M Vandiemen

F & T O’Gorman

9am

G Thompson

M O’Brien

A Penton P Maxfield G Prestt  B Barker

N Boloski

10.30

A Arul

J Arul

D & J Estrada C Faamausili

B Kollaris J Mozina

WELCOME  TABLE:

24/3 6pm  J Ruys  9am B Hinds  10.30 I Merrigan

31/3 6pm M VanDiemen  9am A J Estrada  10.30 P Bare

CHURCH CLEANING:      

  NO FLOWERS DURING LENT 

29/3  R & M Hau 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

24/3 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

31/3  D Velten R Kollaris

ROSARY STATUE:

24/3 Velten Family     31/3 J & T Jimenez

FINANCE MATTERS:   3rdSunday of Lent 

Last week:   :   PG  $1828.70  Loose  $893.95  House:  $731.30

This week        PG: $2117.00  Loose  $826.65  House   $699.55

“He said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.’” (Luke 13:7)

We can all be like the barren fig tree at times. Do you cling to what you have or do you generously share with others? How will you respond when God asks you what you have done with all the gifts He has given you? Remember, not only are we called to be generous, we are called to develop and nurture our gifts and return with increase.

17th March, 2nd Sunday of Lent

We remember those who have died recently including Craig McNaughton and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Francis Perera, Maurice Fennell, Joseph (Don)  Savy, Catherine Byrne, Frances Perera.

We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon,  George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge

BAPTISMS:   

Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Preparation is Sunday, April  7th  at 2.45pm.

CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP:

The Children’s  Friendship Group meets at 5 pm in the parish library. Next meeting is 23rd March. A new initiative of the Children’s Friendship Group will be a children’s choir. Please  register your interest at the Parish office

PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:

The next serving will be Sunday 17th March 2019, commencing at 5.30pm with dinner served at 6 pm in the Parish Hall. If any parishioner is able to help with a dessert for this meal could they please fill in the sheet in the foyer. All welcome.

JOSEPHITE ASSOCIATION:

Our first meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 19th March in the Parish Library commencing at 11 am. BYO lunch. Anyone interested in attending will be most welcome

 

SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:

First Holy Communion will be on the weekends of 25th May, 1st and 8th of June. Confirmation: 16th and 17th of August and First Reconciliation will be the 30th October. Check out our website for more information.

Project Compassion

Tati lives in the remote forest of Indonesia. She is a mother of three who was earning an income working in a local rubber plantation. Since taking part in eco-tourism training with Caritas Australia and its partners, Tati can now afford to send her children to school. With new hope and commitment Tati aspires to a future free from poverty for her family.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help lift communities in Indonesia out of poverty, and give them hope to protect our common home.

Lives change when we all give 100%. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413

OUR PARISH, OUR RESPONSIBILITY, OUR FUTURE:

This is the title of a talk to be given by Fr Elio Capra SDB, at St Michael’s, Berwick on Tuesday (19/3) at 7:00 pm. Fr Elio is a warm, entertaining speaker on important areas of church life. To book in online (so they know how many seats to put out!!) go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au the code is ‘6d72u’; or call the parish office at St Michael’s

ALTAR SERVERS:

A session for prospective altar servers attracted 6 new volunteers to this important ministry in our parish. Others are still welcome to join in. Children who have completed their First Communion and would like to serve at Mass, are welcome to do so. Altar serving requires the support of the family to make sure the server is in good time for Mass. Please email or call the parish office if your child is interested to attend. Or simply turn up at the sacristy door before mass, as long as there is a trained server to lead you!!

FROM THE LITURGY COMMITTEE:

We are keen to know which hymns you like to sing and if there is any new music you would like introduced. We started a survey last weekend and will continue it again this weekend. Please take the time to fill in the sheets in the foyer.

‘Shout to the Lord’ is the most popular hymn so far! After ‘Shout to the Lord’, the next most popular hymn was ‘How Great Thou Art’. Suggestions for new music included ‘Above All’ which we have done during Holy Week in the past but could also sing throughout the Lenten season , and ‘10,000 Reasons’ (Bless the Lord) which the youth group sang last year and again could be sung by everyone. If you check it out on You Tube, one version of the hymn has 154,649,299 hits so far!

Next Liturgy committee meeting   

Tuesday, March 26th, 7.30pm. All with an interest in the liturgy of the parish are invited

PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK:

Choir practices for Holy Week and Easter will be held in the church 7.30pm to 9 pm on Thursdays March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th. Existing and new members are very welcome.

CAN YOU ASSIST US BY LEARNING TO USE THE DATA PROJECTOR?:

We are in need of more people to learn how to use the data projector.  Please leave your name at the parish office.

OUR NEW LITURGICAL MUSIC GROUPS:

A new group has started in the parish made up of existing musicians and singers and others who also wish to be involved in providing music for weekend masses. In addition to our existing music groups we now have a Filipino choir, a Children’s Friendship singing group and Youth group singers. More members are welcome.

The youth group sang last Saturday. The Children’s Friendship Group will be singing and playing at the 6pm mass on Saturday March 23rd. The Filipino choir will be singing and playing at the 10.30am mass on Sunday March 24th.  If you would like to join any of these musical groups, please contact Leonie McGinley or Liz Merrigan through the church.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday March 30th at 10.30am.

The Liturgy Committee normally meets twice a term. At its February meeting it discussed the following issues:

We reviewed All Souls Day: There were at least 600 ‘card hearts’ used for people to write names of the faithful departed on – wow! Attendance at the lovely cemetery service was about 50 people

We reviewed Remembrance Day: 6pm Mass had the Last Post, reciting of the Ode and appropriate music. Well received.

We reviewed the Christmas masses: Advent wreath and crib were excellent. Great to have the crib on the altar rather than in the foyer. Prayers at the Crib had about 30 people. Attendance at all Christmas masses was very good. The 6pm mass in particular was overflowing with shepherds and angel. Father Bernard coped very well despite losing his voice. Suggestion that his present to the parish was no sermon!

Following on from requests from new singers and musicians to be involved in weekend masses, a meeting was to be held with the formation of the new Liturgical Music group.

We discussed the location of masses when building works commence on the church. It is likely that masses will be moving into the hall for about a year by mid-year             

Stations of the Cross: we are looking for groups to lead them throughout Lent.

Reconciliation for the parish – date to be announced in the future.         

Holy Week: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper(18/4):7.30pm;altar of repose to be located in the hall;  Good Friday (19/4): Stations of the Cross 10am;  The Passion of Our Lord 3pm;  April 20th: Easter Vigil 7pm; usual Sunday Masses.

Pilgrimage of the Cross and icon: these are in our parish for a week from Sunday May 19th: An event for the parish will be planned. The schools to might have a celebration. This is in preparation for the Sale Diocesan Assembly in September.   

Conference on Church architecture: Liz Merrigan attended the conference and gave a detailed report on what was presented. One of the issues was what is suitable for a parish church as opposed to a cathedral.  We also need to get a specialist out to advise on the acoustics

The new speakers and microphones in the church seem to be working well.

St Vincent de Paul 50th birthday celebrations   Weekend of June 1st/2nd.  St VdeP is a large part of parish life. What can we do to be part of the celebrations?       Discuss at next meeting. Start thinking!

CELEBRATING ST PATRICK:

This prayer is known widely as “Morning Prayer,” “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” or “The Lorica.” It’s not known whether St. Patrick is actually the author or whether someone else wrote it years later and it was attributed to St. Patrick. But it is widely associated with him and his ministry

I arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me, afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today, Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

A happy parish feast day to all readers of the bulletin!!

NEW ROSTERS:

Will be due by the end of this month. If you would like to volunteer for any of our ministries or have any changes to your existing schedule, Please contact the parish office.

 

FINANCE MATTERS:  2nd Sunday of Lent 

 

Last week:   PG  $1592.00  Loose  $736.20  House  $611.05

This week:   PG  $1828.70  Loose  $893.95  House:  $731.30

 

I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.” (Genesis 15:7)

 

Just as the Lord gave Abraham, Moses and the Israelites a land to possess, He has also given each of us a home. Whether your home is grand or humble, it is a gift from God. Abraham prepared a great sacrifice to the Lord in gratitude for the home God gave him. How do you show your gratitude to God for the home He has given you? Do you make a sacrifice of any kind? Do you return any of your finances to God, investing equally in your eternal home just as you invest in your earthly home?

 

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

 

6pm

T Ridgeway

C George

P Pereira L Garvey M Vandiemen

T & F O’Gorman

 

9am

A Minnis

A Penton

C McCowan C Martin N Ward

P Velten P Fernando

 

10.30

L O’Flynn

J Beale

AParma M Pauguy P Setu

P SweeFan W Wong

 

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

 

6pm

T Andrews

J Parsons

H Judd M Burhop M Wiwczaruk

V Ukkru T Reimert

 

9am

T Lanigan

B Wiegerink

 

M Dineen H & R Francis J White

P Carlin

10.30

J Estrada

A Raos

U Tiberi M Weliwatte C Faamausili

A Stowers J  Mozina

WELCOME  TABLE:

17/3 6pm  K Symons  9am  G Prestt  10.30 L O’Flynn

24/3 6pm  J Ruys  9am B Hinds  10.30 I Merrigan

CHURCH CLEANING:        NO FLOWERS DURING LENT 

22/3 R & A Jayawardena  29/3  R & M Hau

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

17/3 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith

24/3 F DeBona & A Jayawardena