28th April, 2nd Sunday after Easter

We remember those who have died recently including Sr Lauraine Brice NDS and those anniversaries occur about this time. including Moya, Brian and Peter Schlitz, Charles Lockwood, Gerry Quinn, John  Cervasio.

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:  

This weekend we welcome Mariah Guingan, Claire Vaka, Zachary Fodore-Mottram and Orlnden Smith  and their parents, Denis and Janine, Ethan & Melissa, Adrian and Terryn, Mathew and Samantha.“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 May 5th  at  2.45pm.

EASTER – WITH THANKS!!:

It seemed like a cast of thousands joined in to make the Easter ceremonies so worthwhile. Thanks to all who lent their gifts and talents: young people and ‘not so young’ people, altar servers and sacristans, the music was our usual very high standard, players, cantors, choir; flower arrangers, church decorators; parish staff, lectors and ministers of the Eucharist; the RCIA Team and firefighters; those who generously agreed to have their feet washed; those who led Stations of the Cross. Many thanks from us all. From the many comments, the ceremonies helped people pray their way through the Easter mystery.

PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:

The next Paddy’s Kitchen dinner is on May 5th  If you are able to volunteer to help for a few hours please call Herbie on 0419 223 631. If you can help with a dessert for any of our meals please fill in the sheet in the foyer. Thank you in advance

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 Next 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.

THOMAS IS LOOKING FOR YOU – AN EASTER REFLECTION:

Someone once asked Gandhi, the great Hindu peacemaker, why he had rejected Christianity. Gandhi said he never rejected Jesus. He just couldn’t find many Christians that actually lived like Jesus taught. What would Gandhi say if he visited your church, family, youth group, or school?
 This week’s Gospel points out an important reality about Jesus’ Resurrection. People often need some proof to really believe in it. Thomas was like you and me. He found the disciples’ story hard to believe until Jesus appeared and showed him his wounds.     Looking back on my life, I realise I became convinced about Jesus’ victory over death because of Catholic heroes. I’ve come to believe because, like Thomas, I’ve seen Jesus’ wounds in people like Oscar Romero, a Central-American bishop who was martyred because he protested oppression. Romero was canonised by Pope Francis and joined the Communion of Saints in 2018. I see Jesus’ wounds in every person who sacrifices time, sweat, or blood to ease suffering or stand for good.
This Easter season ask yourself whether a doubting Thomas could see the resurrected Jesus in your daily life. Could someone come to believe in Christ by watching how you treat family, friends, and classmates? Would someone praise God because of how you sacrifice for the poor? Would someone believe the Gospel’s message because of how you take risks to do the right thing?  If Gandhi or Oscar Romero followed you this week, what would they say?    Anon

SECRET WOMEN’S BUSINESS:

Are you, looking for some excitement, adventure???? Do you have a sense of fun and humor?  Then……………………………………………………………….See next week’s bulletin for more information.

POPE FRANCIS ON THE OUR FATHER:

The inherent beauty and depth of the Lord’s Prayer is something that has been reverently celebrated by Christians, especially Catholics, since the Lord first gave us his example of prayer some 2000 years ago, Pope Francis has explained, in the first of his series of catechesis on The Our Father. “The Gospels have given us a very vivid portrait of Jesus as a man of prayer,” Pope Francis said in the introductory catechetical instruction. “Despite the importance of His mission, and the demands placed on Him by the people, Jesus often felt the need “to withdraw into solitude and pray.” This was evident from the very beginning of His mission, after the initial success of his ministry in Galilee.

“In some places in the Scriptures,” Pope Francis continued, “it seems that it is Jesus’ prayer above all, His intimacy with the Father, that governs everything.” This is particularly evident during the agony in the garden, before the Crucifixion. “Our Father’ is one prayer that demonstrates a belief that God’s will desires the good of the world,” Pope Francis said. “The Lord’s Prayer ignites in us the same love of Jesus for the will of the Father, a flame that drives us to transform the world with love.” Before expanding on the seven petitions of the Our Father, Pope Francis highlighted the first and most important lesson imparted by the Lord – the fact that when faced with his earthly mission, because of its urgency and importance, Jesus himself was a man of constant and consistent prayer.

“Despite the demands on him by the many people around him, Jesus would still take the     time to pray. Like it says in the first chapter of Mark: Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” “Here is the essential point,” he said, “Jesus prayed. Jesus prayed intensely in public moments, sharing the liturgy of his people, but he also sought collected places, separate from the spin of the world, places that allowed him to descend into the secret of his soul.”

Pope Francis highlighted the fact that the way Jesus prayed “also contained a mystery, something that certainly did not escape the eyes of his disciples, as we find in the Gospels that simple and immediate supplication: ‘Lord, teach us to pray’.” Expanding on the theme, Pope Francis urged everyone to follow the example of the disciples in their hunger for seeking the right words to communicate with God.

“He came precisely to introduce us into this relationship [with] the Father.” he said.  “Therefore, beginning this cycle of catechesis on the prayer of Jesus, the most beautiful and fair thing that we all have to do is to repeat the invocation of the disciples – Teacher, teach us to pray!’                                                                                                                                          

The Holy Father drew attention to the Lord’s defence of the effectiveness of prayer in the Gospel of Luke, where he says, “Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.”

“With these words Jesus makes us understand that God always answers, that no prayer will remain unheard,” Pope Francis said, before explaining that our lack of understanding of His ways meant that we can often feel discouraged when our prayers don’t seem to be answered immediately or in the manner that we expect. “We can be sure that God will answer,” he said. “The only uncertainty is due to the time, but we do not doubt that He will answer. Maybe we will have to insist for a lifetime, but He will answer.” “Jesus says: ‘Will God not do justice to his elect, who cry day and night to him?’ Yes, he will do justice, he will listen to us,” Pope Francis stated. “What a day of glory and resurrection will it be! Praying is now the victory over loneliness and despair.”

ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP

will return Monday 29th April, with sessions running Monday – Thursday. If you’re interested, come along and see… For further information contact Christine on 0438364881.

 

PATRICK’S LUNCHEON CLUB:

Our May lunch is on May 1st at Central Hotel, 1 Old Princes Highway, Beaconsfield at 12 noon. Come along and enjoy lunch with some good company Please call Kathy 0418679616 or ksymons54@bigpond.com

SACRAMENTAL DATES FOR 2019: 

Please see our website for information.

TO OUR SRI LANKAN PARISHIONERS:

The prayers and condolences of us all are with you following the terrible violence done to your country, to the Christian community and many others in your homeland on Easter Sunday. At present, it may be too hard to work out if any good will come of this, but none of us can let those who have died, do so in vain. Each of us has to consider how we can make the world, the country, our community, our homes, more loving and safe places to be in.

On Monday evening, 29/4, at 7:00pm, Fr Hilarion Fernando, formerly of Berwick parish, will be in our parish to say Mass at St Pat’s. All members of the Sri Lankan community are invited to gather and pray for those who have died, and for a more peace filled future. After Mass a supper will be held in the hall. Please pass the word to others who might be affected by this terrible event. Everyone welcome

 

CARDINIA CHRISTIAN LEADER’S FORUM:

The leaders of the various Christian churches in Pakenham have been regularly meeting once a month for many years. A Facebook page named Cardinia Christian Leaders Forum has now been created to update interested readers on the different events taking place in each of these churches, and what they are doing together. Parishioners are invited to like this page.

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL:

 The Pakenham Conference of St Vincent de Paul will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the 10.30 mass on Sunday 2nd June. A welcome is extended to past members, associates and their families Light lunch to follow. RSVP would be appreciated to ksymons54@bigpond.com

ST CLARE’S EARLY LEARNING CENTRE:

Open Day Saturday 18th May, 10am till 12pm.

3 year old and 4 year old kinder enrolments now open for 2020

WELCOME  TABLE:

28/4  6pm    M Burhop  9am G Prestt  10.30 J Pauguy

05/5  6pm   J Ruys  9am B Hind  10.30 P Bare

CHURCH CLEANING:       

3/5 Lindsy and Jean Claude Pauguy   10/5  P Pereira & C George

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

28/4 F DeBona and  A Jayawardena

5/5   T Ridgeway and Volunteer Please

ROSARY STATUE:  28/4 Hau Family     5/5  G & N Forrest

NEW ROSTERS:

The new rosters are available now Please pick up your named copy from the table in the foyer

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6pm

A Rajesh

A Tanner

T & N Andrews M Burhop M Wiwczaruk

K Reimert

9am

P Fernando

C Fernando

C McCowan  C Martin N Ward P Velten

P Carlin

10.30

R Pereira

M Byers

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer R O’Brien

I Merrigan

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

N Andrews

J Rodda

J Parsons T Ridgeway S Dominic

V Ukkru J Ruys

9am

B Wiegerink

A Minnus

P Maxfield G Prestt B Barker N Boloski

D Rowlands

10.30

J Estrada

F Fanchette

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong

P Swee Fan

Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time. including Lolita  Coroza Piga.

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 May 5th  at  2.45pm.

 

ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN!

They saw the linen cloths lying there and also the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head … and they believed (John 20: 1 – 9). It’s Easter, the beginning of a fifty-day celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Lent has brought us this far on a sacred journey of reflection, reconciliation, repentance, prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. It is now time to rejoice. Jesus who was dead in the tomb is alive again. He is with us, guiding, healing, loving us. He is with us to help us “step apart,” to become holy and whole as his beloved followers. We rejoice that death could not hold him and our song from now on is “alleluia!”.
 Joy … Enter into this great season with an attitude of joy. What we are celebrating is the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God’s chosen one to whom we listen and on whom we base our lives. Rejoice!

Jesus, we celebrate your new life with great joy. May we have your life in us that others may see your good works in all that we do. May alleluia be our song this Eastertide, and may we walk with you as one set apart for God, as one called to holiness and wholeness. Amen.
 Christ’s resurrection everywhere calls forth seeds of that new world; even if they are cut back, they grow again, for the resurrection is already secretly woven into the fabric of this history, for Jesus did not rise in vain. May we never remain on the sidelines of this march of living hope! (Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel)

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE:

The Holy See is urging the promotion and protection of the rights of older people, saying they are the living memory of our people who can help everyone discover their roots and dignity.

“The promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons will be enhanced when they are advanced in the strength of youth, in the maturity of adulthood, in the vulnerability of illness, and in the weakness of the final moments of life,” said Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, on Monday.

He was speaking at a working group on measures to enhance the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons. Warning with the words of Pope Francis that we have “normalised the exclusion of our elderly,” the Vatican diplomat said they are disproportionately affected by the burdens of poverty, illness, disability, social isolation, violence, abandonment, abuse, and lack of access to such basic resources as adequate food and shelter, quality health care, reliable communication, nourishing companionship, and effective support in times of violence or disaster.

To counter this trend, Archbishop Auza suggested two areas of focus. Firstly, he called for “education, training, life-long learning and capacity building” to foster respect for the wisdom of age and the value of full participation that leaves no senior behind. He said the elderly are the “living memory of our people,” and for that reason they can help everyone to discover their roots and become more aware of their own dignity”.

The other area of focus is to ensure “social protection and social security” to the elderly which they are too often denied because they are not considered “productive” and “useful” anymore and hence are a burden to government and society.

This attitude is particularly pronounced in places where euthanasia and assisted suicide claim the lives of the elderly who are ill and vulnerable. He said the Holy See condemns, in the strongest possible terms, these practices and calls for the protection of older persons from such attacks.  

BISHOPS CALL FOR POLITICS THAT PROMOTE PEACE, COMMON GOOD:

Media Release April 17, 2019: Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for respect and understanding in the federal election campaign, reminding Australians they all have a part to play in combating “crude tribalism” and promoting peaceful public debate.

The comments are included in ‘Politics in Service of Peace’, a statement the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released this morning. The name is derived from a quote from Pope Francis, who urged that “Good politics is at the service of peace”.

The bishops’ statement shares important principles of Catholic social teaching and comments on key policy issues to consider before voting. “Election campaigns can be fractious; there will be claims and counter-claims; emotions will run high,” the statement acknowledges. “But despite difficult and sometimes hostile debates, Australia is blessed to have peaceful contests, free of the physical violence known in other countries.”

 The statement says people have “a responsibility to present our views clearly and, if necessary, to disagree”, but all views should be respected.  “We all have a role in promoting peace – which means speaking to our fellow Australians with love not hate, with respect not contempt, with understanding not indifference.  “We all need to be more open, interested and engaged in order to combat the crude tribalism that is infecting Australia and other nations at this time.”

The statement, which includes a prayer for Catholics – and others – to use during the lead-up to the May 18 election, speaks of the importance of prayer and discernment in the electoral context.  “Democratic processes stripped of transcendent truth risk becoming soulless, with majorities deciding issues based on power rather than the consideration of truth and the common good,” it says.  “Some find the idea of the common good bemusing, but it’s critically important because it obliges us to look beyond our own needs and desires to consider the interests of the broader community.”

Among the policy issues the bishops’ statement addresses are economic fairness, support for the vulnerable and marginalised, including the unborn and older people, just treatment of those seeking asylum, action on climate change and the unacceptable differences in health, education and employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The bishops call that final reality “A running sore at the heart of the nation”. Significant attention is given to key areas in which the Church is a major service provider, including education, social services and health and aged care.

Politics in Service of Peace can be found at www.catholic.org.au

 

CARDINIA CHRISTIAN LEADER’S FORUM:

The leaders of the various Christian churches in Pakenham have been regularly meeting once a month for many years. A Facebook page named Cardinia Christian Leaders Forum has now been created to update interested readers on the different events taking place in each of these churches, and what they are doing together. Parishioners are invited to like this page.

 

PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:

The next Paddy’s Kitchen dinner is on Easter Sunday.  If you are able to volunteer to help for a few hours please call Herbie on 0419 223 631.  Also donations of Easter Eggs would be much appreciated. If you can help with a dessert for any of our meals please fill in the sheet in the foyer. Thank you in advance

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 10:00am, between the 9:00am and 10:30am 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.

ANZAC DAY PRAYER:

God of love and liberty,

we thank you for the peace and security we enjoy.

It was won for us through the courage and devotion of those 

who gave their lives in time of war.

We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain,

but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come.

We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus

and in the power of the Holy Spirit.     Amen

 

SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:

Please check out our website for   more information

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY AND PILGRIMAGE:

Bishop Patrick has announced a Diocesan Assembly to be held on 13-14 September at Marist-Sion College Warragul. During the Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Dialogue process, several common topics have emerged. It has become evident that many of the suggestions which have been made can be initiated and implemented at a local Diocesan level.  The Diocesan Assembly, while part of the overall Plenary journey, is of vital importance as it will provide us with the opportunity to together discern and discuss what it is that we can do here and now for our local Church in the Diocese of Sale. 

In the months leading up to the Assembly, the Diocesan community is being invited to embark on a period of prayer and preparation with a Diocesan Pilgrimage of the Icon of our Lady of Perpetual Help (the patroness of our Diocese) and the Diocesan Plenary 2020 Candle. Each parish will host the Icon and Candle for one week with the opportunity to receive and bless the Icon at weekend Masses and have it displayed for prayer during the week.

WELCOME  TABLE:

  21st  Easter  Sunday

28/4  6pm    M Burhop  9am G Prestt  10.30 J Pauguy

CHURCH CLEANING:       

26/4 K Venn and H Aurisch   3/5 Lindsy and Jean Claude Pauguy

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

21/4 N Boloski L Roberts  and C Smith

28/4 F DeBona and  A Jayawardena

ROSARY STATUE: 

21/4 Jayawardena Family   28/4 Hau Family

 

FINANCE MATTERS: 

Last week:   PG  $1831.70  Loose  $788.15    House  $860.35

This week:   PG  $1638.50  Loose  $1071.80  House  $757.45

 

NEW ROSTERS:

The new rosters are available now Please pick up your named copy from the table in the foyer

 

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6pm

  

9am

 

VOLUNTEERS AS ARRANGED

10.30

  

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

A Rajesh

A Tanner

 

T & N Andrews M Burhop M Wiwczaruk

T Reimert

9am

P Fernando

C Fernando

C McCowan  C Martin N Ward P Velten

P Carlin

10.30

R Pereira

M Byers

M Hobbin R Lppin C Myer R O’Brien

I Merrigan

Palm Sunday, 14th April 2019

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

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 May 5th  at  2.45pm.

WHY WE WALK FOR JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES ON PALM SUNDAY:

As we imagine the scene of Palm Sunday, we can’t miss the disconnection between what we see with our eyes and the high meaning it proclaims. We see a man seated precariously on a barrel-like ass, accompanied by a raggle-taggle group of bystanders waving green tree fronds, as he makes his way through the dust into town. What it means is that the King of Israel has arrived for his installation. This is dynastic history played as comedy.

This contrast between appearance and reality makes Palm Sunday the right day to remember people who have sought protection in Australia. They, too, have come to Australia in mockeries of boats and have tried to enter through its sea gates. They, too, have been captured on arrival and hung out in prisons in order to deter others.

As on the first Palm Sunday a handful of Catholics gather this year to march with others through their city streets. They hold banners insisting that these people are human beings like ourselves and demand respect. As they did on the first Palm Sunday and have done for many years bystanders will stop to watch for a minute or two and pass on, perhaps moved to reflection, perhaps dismissive of such puny challenges to a powerful State.

Yet, year by year the marches continue, gathering people who are still seeking protection, their relatives, people who are horrified at the callous treatment of our fellow human beings on Manus Island, in detention centres and in Australia, and the many Australians who weep that such things are being done in their name as citizens of Australia.

And the Christians who march continue to celebrate Palm Sunday, believing that Jesus’ way to life lay through suffering, torture and death to the exuberant life in which we share.  What began in the humanly comic scene on Palm Sunday and continued in the humanly serious and brutal business of Good Friday, has concluded in the divine comedy of Easter Sunday and its victory over the forces of death dealing.

That is why we at CAPSA (Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum) join our fellow Australians in the Palm Sunday marches, praying that our fellow human beings will be freed from the living death imposed on them. Fr Andy Hamilton SJ.

The ‘Walk for Justice for Refugees’ starts today (14/4) at 2:00 PM  outside the State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne.

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION- 2019:

The annual collection for the support of the church in the Holy land takes place on Good Friday. This collection promotes the missionary work of the church in the Holy Land by providing welfare assistance to local Christians in areas such as health, education, employment and housing. Parishes, schools, orphanages and medical centres throughout the Holy land also rely on assistance from the Good Friday collection.

The collection is also used to maintain over 70 Churches and shrines associated with the life of Jesus. Last year, Australian Catholics donated $1.4million to this cause, despite tough economic times, rural droughts and increasing cost of living which put a strain on family budgets and financial resources. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please remember the Christians of Holy land again on this Good Friday. Please also pray that peace and harmony will become a reality in the birthplace of Jesus, the ‘Prince of Peace’.

ECUMENICAL EASTER DAWN SERVICE:

The Cardinia Christian Leaders’ Forum invites all parishioners to a Dawn Service on Easter Sunday (21/4) starting approximately 6:30am. Gather at Cardinia Lakes Amphitheatre, off Windermere Boulevard, between Army Road and the Princes Highway. This will be a great opportunity for local Christian churches to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together!

PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL:

Vacancy for Education Support Officer (ESO). Minimum Certificate III qualification in Education Support or Integration. Ability to work with all levels P-6. Experience in working with children integrated into mainstream schooling an advantage. Apply in writing to principal@stppakenham.catholic.edu.au by April 17th.

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 10:00am, between the 9:00am and 10:30am 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 Paddy’s Kitchen dinner is to be on Easter Sunday.  If you are able to volunteer to help for a few hours please call Herbie on 0429 223 631.  Also donations of Easter Eggs would be much appreciated. If you can help with a dessert for any of our mels please fill in the sheet in the foyer. Thank you in advance

CATHOLIC CARE – BISHOP’S RESPONSE TO THE ANNUAL REPORT:

It has now been five years since CatholicCare (Archdiocese of Melbourne) started managing CatholicCare Gippsland on behalf of the Diocese of Sale. Offering a range of services to individuals, couples and families, CatholicCare’s real strength has been a focus on relationships.

Good relationships are the glue that hold couples, families and communities together, and never more so than when times are challenging. When I think of the social issues that are impacting on the Gippsland community – unemployment, family breakdown, family violence, housing distress, addiction, and refugee settlement issues – it is heartening to know that CatholicCare can help.

In the last 12 months the CatholicCare team have supported 549 people across the Diocese of Sale through counselling services, post-separation programs, relationship courses, migrant and refugee services, support for retired priests, and pastoral care for prisoners at the Fulham Correctional Centre. These services have been delivered with compassion, caring and a determination to break down the barriers to social inclusion.

As the families in our community continue to face significant challenges, CatholicCare has responded by appointing a new Regional Manager, Denise Lacey, to support the growth of the service to meet emerging needs. On behalf of the Diocese of Sale, I offer my thanks to John Sheldon and the Board of CatholicCare, along with Netty Horton and her wonderful team for their contribution to our shared mission.

I look forward to the next five years of our partnership as we are called to follow in Christ’s footsteps and stand in solidarity with the poor and the vulnerable.

Bishop Patrick O’Regan Bishop of Sale

SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:

Please check out our website for   more information.

PROJECT COMPASSION: 

Living with a disability was challenging for Nguyet. Since featuring in Project Compassion 2017 Nguyet has successfully built her own business, a dream that has become a reality with the support of Caritas Australia. Nguyet has become independent, an important member of her community and has great hope for her future.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and give children living with disabilities in Vietnam the opportunity for an education and inclusion in their community.

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.

EVENING MASS:  On Monday 29th April, Fr Hilarion will celebrate mass at St Patricks. All are welcome and a cuppa will follow in the hall after mass.

MASS FOR YOU AT HOME: There are many people in our parishes who are unable to attend Mass because of illness, or on some occasions because of a lack of priests. Network 10 offers a weekly Mass service that many people have found helpful in nourishing their spiritual life if they can’t join with the parish community. Let your local nursing homes or housebound friends know about this service. Here is the link: www.tenplay.com.au/ channel-ten/mass-for-you-at-home

It looks as though Mass For You At Home has made a move from the main Channel Ten to digital channel Eleven at the new time of 5.30am, Sunday.

WELCOME  TABLE:

 14/4 6pm K Symons  9am A Jayawardena  10.30 I Merrigan

 21st  Easter  Sunday

CHURCH CLEANING:       

19/4 T & N Andrews    26/4 K Venn and H Aurisch

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

14/4 D Velten & K Symons  21/4 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith

ROSARY STATUE: 

14/4 L Diaz   21/4 Jayawardena Family

FINANCE MATTERS:  4th Sunday of Lent 

 

Last week:   PG  $1827.50  Loose  $925.50  House  $500.05

This week:   PG  $1831.70  Loose  $788.15  House  $860.35

 

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6pm

 

 

9am

 

VOLUNTEERS AS ARRANGED

10.30

 

 

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

 

 

9am

 

VOLUNTEERS  AS ARRANGED

10.30

 

 

MOTHERS PRAYERS:

I came across some material about the mothers’ Prayers organization recently. There was an MP group at one of the parishes I was in. The Mothers Prayers organization was formed to gather mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed.

Mothers
Prayers was started in England in November 1995 and has spread throughout the
world with contacts in over 100 countries. It has the approval, support and
blessing of Christian leaders of all denominations.There are now thousands of groups around the world. Two grandmothers,
Veronica and her sister- in- law Sandra, felt led by the Lord to start Mothers
Prayers and to pray in a special way for their children. They felt that they
should bring all the pain and the worries they had for their children to Him
and to trust in His words ‘Ask and you will receive’. During these years there
have been many, many wonderful answers to prayers including children coming off
drugs, children returning home after being absent for many years, improvements
in children’s health and relationships (in the family and at school). The
mothers also have been blessed and have experienced a great peace

I would be happy to hear from anyone who thought this might be a helpful
group in our parish, not just among church-go-ers but across the wider parish
family. Fr Bernard.

RESULTS OF THE MUSIC SURVEY:

Many thanks to everyone who let us know what their favourite hymns were and which hymns they would like to see introduced.

TOP TEN FAVOURITE HYMNS: 1.Shout to the Lord 2. How Great Thou Art 3. Amazing Grace 4. Shine Jesus Shine 5. The Power of Your Love 6. The Old Rugged cross 7. Here I Am Lord 8. Ancient Words 9. Gentle Woman 10. Come to the Water

SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW HYMNS: 10,000 Reasons, The Fullness of God, Wherever You Go, We Are Called, Open The Eyes of My Heart, We Are The Light, All Heaven Declares, Majesty, God will make a way, Thy Word, I give my heart, The Lord our God is a mighty God, I give my heart, Purify my heart, Mighty is our God, Give thanks, Awesome God, Hosanna, Light the fire in my heart again, All to Jesus I Surrender, Above All, One Day at a Time, What a Friend we have in Jesus.

7th April, 5th Sunday of Lent

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

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:

This weekend we welcome Phillip and his parents

Natasha and Kasan  “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.

PROJECT COMPASSION:

  Salma featured in Project Compassion 2013. At the time she was pregnant with her first child, sick and terribly frightened. In distress, she sought the help of a midwife trained by Caritas’ Safe Motherhood Program. Six years on, she’s now a healthy mother of two strong, happy children. Salma is committed to giving her children the education they need to provide them with the future she hoped for.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help reduce infant mortality rates in countries like Bangladesh and proved hope to pregnant women in remote communities for happy and healthy families.

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.

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:

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

PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL:

Vacancy for Education Support Officer (ESO). Minimum Certificate III qualification in Education Support or Integration. Ability to work with all levels P-6. Experience in working with children integrated into mainstream schooling an advantage. Apply in writing to principal@stpatrickspakenham.catholic.edu.au by April 17th.

THANK YOU FROM ST. VINCENT DE PAUL:

Thank you to all our generous parishioners over $3100.00 was collected on Sunday and has already started being put to good use. There will be volunteers at the fire sites probably for up to 12 months. Anybody wishing to make a donation, to help with ongoing projects can leave it at the parish office or place it in Vinnie’s collection box on the wall near the sacristy. Thank you again for your support and financial aid.

FLOWERS FOR EASTER:

If anyone has white and or yellow flowers they can give to the church for Easter, please contact the parish office. And thank you in anticipation.

PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK:

Choir practices for Holy Week and Easter will be held in the church 7.30pm to 9 pm on Thursday, and April. 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. He said, “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”

It is estimated that up to 40 million people are trapped in slavery globally – 1 in 4 of these are children. They will never get an education and they will never taste the chocolate produced from the cocoa beans they pick. But people around the world are making decisions that could change this tragedy.

Good News: St Vincent’s Health Australia is working towards slavery-free procurement of the goods and services used across their 32 sites.

Action: Follow the lead of Melbourne Catholic schools and St Vincent’s and buy only slavery-free. It is delicious. It will feature one of these three logos.

 

 

 

MOTHERS PRAYERS:

I came across some material about the mothers’ Prayers organization recently. There was an MP group at one of the parishes I was in. The Mothers Prayers organization was formed to gather mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed.

Mothers Prayers was started in England in November 1995 and has spread throughout the world with contacts in over 100 countries. It has the approval, support and blessing of Christian leaders of all denominations.There are now thousands of groups around the world. Two grandmothers, Veronica and her sister- in- law Sandra, felt led by the Lord to start Mothers Prayers and to pray in a special way for their children. They felt that they should bring all the pain and the worries they had for their children to Him and to trust in His words ‘Ask and you will receive’. During these years there have been many, many wonderful answers to prayers including children coming off drugs, children returning home after being absent for many years, improvements in children’s health and relationships (in the family and at school). The mothers also have been blessed and have experienced a great peace

I would be happy to hear from anyone who thought this might be a helpful group in our parish, not just among church-go-ers but across the wider parish family. Fr Bernard.

PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:

The next serving will be Sunday 7th        April 2019, 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

HOW DO I SHARE MY FAITH?  WITH CHRISTMAS AND EASTER

CATHOLICS: Invite someone to come with you to the Easter Vigil – do you know someone who would find this really meaningful? This is the most beautiful liturgy of the year, starting with the Easter fire, then the darkness of the Church gently lit by the candles we hold, baptisms, song, and the Eucharist. So think ahead, invite someone special to you, and be with them at the liturgy and afterwards for a hearty supper.

  • Do send Easter cards to family and friends for Easter – make it personal – offer to say a prayer for them – think of making them with your family.
  • Be truly welcoming at Easter Masses as, for many people, this is a once or twice-yearly occasion for turning up at Church. You never know what impact a simple welcoming word or look can make. And don’t groan if someone is sitting in your spot, as they may be quite new to the parish.
  • Invite someone for Easter lunch – maybe someone you know will be alone on Easter day. For many families Easter lunch, or dinner, is a tradition. Inviting friends to your home, even people you hardly know, can be a time of evangelisation as they experience your welcome and the symbols of your faith in your house. Remember that your Christian hospitality is the heart of the matter at Easter.

RESULTS OF THE MUSIC SURVEY:

Many thanks to everyone who let us know what their favourite hymns were and which hymns they would like to see introduced.

TOP TEN FAVOURITE HYMNS:

1.Shout to the Lord 2. How Great Thou Art 3. Amazing Grace 4. Shine Jesus Shine 5. The Power of Your Love 6. The Old Rugged cross 7. Here I Am Lord 8. Ancient Words 9. Gentle Woman 10. Come to the Water

SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW HYMNS:

10,000 Reasons, The Fullness of God, Wherever You Go, We Are Called, Open The Eyes of My Heart, We Are The Light, All Heaven Declares, Majesty, God will make a way, Thy Word, I give my heart, The Lord our God is a mighty God, I give my heart, Purify my heart, Mighty is our God, Give thanks, Awesome God, Hosanna, Light the fire in my heart again, All to Jesus I Surrender, Above All, One Day at a Time, What a Friend we have in Jesus.

WELCOME  TABLE:

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

14/4 6 pm K Symons 9 am A Jayawardena  10.30 I, Merrigan

CHURCH CLEANING: 

NO FLOWERS DURING LENT

12/4 Menaka Mendis and Family       19/4 T & N Andrews

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

7/4  T Ridgewy & Volunteer please     14/4 D Velten & K Symons

ROSARY STATUE: 

7/4 George Family      14/4 L Diaz

FINANCE MATTERS:  4th Sunday of Lent 

Last week:   PG  $1924.00  Loose  $865.35  House  $771.65:  

This week    PG  $1827.50  Loose  $925.50  House  $500.05

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE 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

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

A Rajesh

A Tanner

T & N Andrews M Burhop T Reimert

M Wiwczaruk

9am

P Fernando

C Fernando

C McCowan C Martin N Ward P Velten

P Carlin

10.30

R Pereira

M Byers

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer

I Merrigan R O’Brien