PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP

A great time was had by all at last months lunch. Good food and conversation with lots of laughs. Our next lunch is Wednesday 3rd July at the Royal Hotel, 96-100 Station Street, Kooweerup at 12 noon. If you haven’t joined us before we would love to see you. Please contact Kathy 0418679616.

BUILDING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Thanks to those who have responded as we have about 50 attending so far. The venue is now moved to the Church as audio and video are easier to arrange. The session is on Wednesday 17th July at 7:00 pm. All those with WWCC for St Patrick’s are expected to attend. Mark your attendance on the sheets in the foyer or contact Herbie on 0419223631 or at safetyofficer@stpatrickspakenham.com.au.

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: 30th JUNE

We remember those who have died recently including Joan Doherty Tomo Gruguric and those anniversaries occur about this time

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

BAPTISMS:

 This weekend we welcome  Alexis Monckton and her parents Bernadette and  Cory   “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, July 7th  at  2.45pm in the Parish library.

GOODBYE AND WELCOME:

While we say goodbye to Fr.Xavier Pinto at the 6:00 pm Saturday mass, we welcome Fr. Herman Hengel who will be celebrating our Sunday Masses.

FR BERNARD BUCKLEY:

 Fr Bernard continues to recover from his recent surgery and is grateful for your prayers and kindness. He is very grateful also for the kind assistance of Fr Xavier Pinto during the past two months. It is evident that Fr Bernard needs a longer time to recover properly and so Fr Geoff Baron will provide Masses for the parish on all weekends of July. Please continue to keep Fr Bernard in your prayers.

GET WELL MESSAGES FOR FR BERNARD:

There are little sheets out in the foyer that you can write a little message to Fr. Bernard. They will be collected and given to him.

LUNCH WITH BISHOP PAT O’REGAN:

You are invited to lunch with Bishop Pat O’Regan on Saturday 24th August 2019. The lunch will be at the Black Tie Function Centre, 90 Alfred St, Warragul, 12noon.  The two course lunch will cost $45 and wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at bar prices.  The event is open to men and women who want to support this venture.  This event is proudly hosted by the Knights of the Southern Cross, Diocese of Sale and all proceeds will go to the bursary fund for the education of Sale Diocese Seminarians.  Tickets are available at  https://www.trybooking.com/BDRJN

BUILDING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT:

  Thanks to those who have responded as we have about 50 attending so far.  The venue is now moved to the Church as audio and video are easier to arrange. The session is on Wednesday 17th July at 7:00 pm.  All those with WWCC for St Patrick’s are expected to attend. Mark your attendance on the sheets in the foyer or contact Herbie on 0419223631 or  at safetyofficer@stpatrickspakenham.com.au.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN:

 The parish will soon be preparing school-aged children and their siblings for Baptism. If you would like your child/ren to be involved in this program could you please contact the parish office 59417315 or email  parishoffice@stpatrickspakenham.com.au

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 August. The gatherings are marked by sharing, listening, learning, teaching, answering questions etc.

If you or you know of someone who would like to join this journey, please contact Siji @ 59417315 or Email Siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au

MOTHERS PRAYERS:

  Is an organization that was formed to gather mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed. The first gathering for this group will be on the  1st August 2019 at 10:00am. There is a signup sheet in the foyer if you would like to join.  You could find more information on their website at http://www.mothersprayers.org or contact Siji through Parish Office.

Australian bishops meet Pope Francis, pray at St Peter’s tomb

Pope Francis has given his apostolic blessing to the Australian Catholic bishops and encouraged them to explore new ways of being a missionary in Australia at this time. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Almost 40 Australian bishops met with Pope Francis for more than two hours yesterday as part of their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit, translated as “To the Threshold of the Apostles”. It was a high point of a memorable first day of the Ad Limina, which began with the bishops celebrating Mass at the tomb of St Peter.

“To celebrate the Eucharist at the tomb of Peter and then to engage in pastoral dialogue with his successor was a unique and grace-filled way to start our week in Rome,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.

The bishops raised with Pope Francis a number of topics that are of deep concern to the Church in Australia.

Among them were the Church’s work to eliminate child sexual abuse and to accompany survivors of abuse, the bishops’ desire to support and minister to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the hopes for the Plenary Council and the need to find new ways of witnessing to Jesus Christ in Australian society in a time of change.

“There was an ease and a fraternal warmth in the way Pope Francis spoke and an attentiveness in his listening to the questions the bishops asked,” Archbishop Coleridge said.

Conference vice president Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said the meeting with Pope Francis was “moving and deeply encouraging”. He said it showed the benefit of the Petrine ministry, “of being our solid ‘rock’ and ‘confirming the brethren’”.

“The Holy Father clearly understood our situation in Australia. It was a real moment of grace,” Archbishop Fisher said.

Darwin Bishop Charles Gauci said he was “deeply impressed” by Pope Francis.

“I was impressed by his humanity, his compassion, his sense of collegiality, his passion for working with all the people of God in a synodal Church and his true commitment to the Gospel,” Bishop Gauci said.

The Ad Limina visit continues until Friday, June 28. The Australian bishops will meet in the coming days with the various departments of the Holy See with responsibilities for different aspects of Church life.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

Dinner on the 16th June run by St Patrick’s Primary was a huge success with about 45 attending.  Parents, Teachers and children need to be congratulated for making the night so enjoyable.  Next session is on 7th July with Sue Hilder as the leader. Contact 0409 202 903 or aussiebobhire@bigpond.com.

YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION:  

Opens enrolment bookings for Semester 2 Study Discover new depths to your faith.
Yarra Theological Union, a Catholic College of the University of Divinity, is taking enrolments for theological study.
Enrolment appointments are from 24th June until 11th July 2019.
Phone 9890 3771 or admin@ytu.edu.au for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au

ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:

This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.

PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP:

A great time was had by all at last months lunch. Good food and conversation with lots of laughs. Our next lunch is Wednesday 3rd July at the Royal Hotel, 96-100 Station Street, Kooweerup at 12 noon. If you haven’t joined us before we would love to see you. Please contact Kathy 0418679616.

PARISH COUNCIL: Our next parish council will be on the 2nd of July at 7:30 pm in the parish library. If there are any topics that you would like to be discussed at the council please contact the parish office.

BRINGING CHILDREN TO OUR MOTHER, ONE HAIL MARY AT A TIME:

On the third Saturday of every month, Rosary prayers for the Children and Youth would be offered in St.Patricks Parish, Pakenham, from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm.   Children will lead the Rosary with parents also joining in. Our first Rosary was offered on June 15th and we are looking forward to the next one.

WOOLWORTHS STICKERS FOR SCHOOLS:

There is a box on the table in the foyer for anyone who would like to give their stickers to our parish schools. Thank you in advance they will provide sports and educational equipment needed.

THE COUPLES FOR CHRIST (OCEANIA MISSION):

A private international association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right invites you to a Christian Life Program on June 30, 2019, 1-5pm, St. Michael Parish Centre, 119 High St., Berwick VIC 3806. For more information please contact Oniel & Queenie Oras at . 0477 208 482.

NEW ROSTERS:

Please pick up your new rosters from the table in the foyer.

WELCOME TABLE:                                                                                                                                 

30/6 6 pm J Ruys 9 am B Hind  10.30 I Merrigan  

7/7 6 pm                                                                                      

 CHURCH CLEANING

 5/7 M Mendis Family     12/7  T & N Andrews

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

30/6 D Velten R Kollaris     7/7 T Ridgeway & Volunteer, please

 ROSARY STATUE:

30/6 Manoj Mendis    7/7 K Bailey                                     

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6pm

J Parsons

T Andrews

H Judd M Roche W & B Vail R Ginting

9am

G Thompson

H Francis

P Maxfield g Prestt B Barker

N Boloski P Carlin

10.30

J Estrada

A Raos

U Tiberi A Vanday M Welliwatte

C Faamausili A Stowers

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

A. Mendis  E.Fernando

L.Garvey,  W & B Vail,  R.Ginting,  A.Tanner

9am

P.Velton

D.Rowlands

G.Thompson, P.Fernando, K.Venn,

H& R Francis

10.30

A. & J Arul

D & J Estrada, C.Faamausili, B.Kollaris, J.Mozina

    

FINANCE MATTERS: 

Last week:  PG  $1859.00  Loose  $976.40  House $837.85

This week   PG  $1417.40  Loose  $557.00  House $621.75

 

 “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law”–  Gal 5:18

 

Do your parish ministries complement each other or do they compete against each other? Is your parish “one Body of Christ” or a bunch of little, separate ministries controlled by human ego? The goal of all parish ministries is to bring people to Christ. All of our parish work should be for the glory of God’s name, not our own name.

 

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:

This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, PAKENHAM 23rd June 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Craig Interlandi, Jim Hellier and those anniversaries occur about this time including Maurice & Thelma Fennell, Laureen Venn.

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

 

BAPTISMS:

 This weekend we welcome Layla Kautai, Isaac and Iven Falfafa. Lucie Barton and their parents Tua & Courtney, Lesinali & Kotha, and Robert & Yvonne “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, July 7th  at  2.45pm in the Parish library.

FR BERNARD BUCKLEY:

 Fr Bernard continues to recover from his recent surgery and is grateful for your prayers and kindness. He is very grateful also for the kind assistance of Fr Xavier Pinto during the past two months. It is evident that Fr Bernard needs a longer time to recover properly and so Fr Geoff Baron will provide Masses for the parish on all weekends of July. Please continue to keep Fr Bernard in your prayers. ––Fr.Denis O’Bryan CLM Director

FROM BISHOP PAT:

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ in the Diocese of Sale.

Beginning this weekend I will be present with all the Australian Bishops who are gathering in prayer just South of Rome for a Retreat in preparation for both the Ad Limina visit the following week and the Plenary Council in 2020, 2021. It is a recognition that if we want both events to be more than simply a ‘talk fest’ then they need to be grounded in prayer. I make a simple plea during the next two weeks:

Please pray for the Australian Bishops; for me as your Bishop and for our grace-filled Diocese of Sale.

The Ad Limina Apostolorum is a visit each Bishop has to make every five years to Rome. The nature of the Ad Limina is that it is a pilgrimage to the tombs of St Peter and Paul and a meeting with Pope Francis. Grouped around this is visits to many of the Congregations (Dicasteries or Departments) located in the Vatican as well as visits to the major Basilicas of Rome and other activities. The 2019 timetable is very full.

So dear brothers and sisters, first, please be assured of my constant prayer for you, our Diocese and Parishes and all organisations in the Diocese. One place I will certainly be visiting is the Church of Saint Alphonsus (Via Merulana) where the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located. Mary the Mother of God, under this title, is the patron of our Diocese. Second, may I invite you to pray for me and our Diocese in these days especially from 12th June until 1st July.

With deep gratitude to God for all his grace and mercy and recognising that God is Good,   Yours in Christ+Pat O’Regan  Bishop of Sale.

 

FROM THE SAFETY OFFICER:

Bishop Patrick O’Regan has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment Our session is from 7 pm to 9.30pm Wednesday 17th July.  We need to know who will be attending so we do require that you register your acceptance by completing the attendance list in the Church foyer.

THE COUPLES FOR CHRIST (OCEANIA MISSION):

A private international association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right invites you to a Christian Life Program on June 30, 2019, 1-5pm, St. Michael Parish Centre, 119 High St., Berwick VIC 3806. For more information please contact Oniel & Queenie Oras at . 0477 208 482.

WOOLWORTHS STICKERS FOR SCHOOLS:

There is a box on the table in the foyer for anyone who would like to give their stickers to our parish schools. Thank you in advance they will provide sports and educational equipment needed.

JOSEPHITE ASSOCIATION:

Josephite Associates Regional Day will be held on Saturday 29th June in St Patrick’s library commencing at 10.00 a.m. All welcome B.Y.O. Lunch. Morning tea will be provided

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

 Dinners are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month.  If you wish to join our volunteer list or prepare a dessert please contact the particular leader.  Next Session: 7th July contact Sue Hilder on 0409 202 903 or aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com   Thank you

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NATIONAL THEMES FOR DISCERNMENT OPENS NEXT PHASE FOR PLENARY COUNCIL :

The Plenary Council 2020 moves into its next phase of preparation today with the announcement of the National Themes for Discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people.     Between May 2018 and March 2019, almost 17,500 submissions, from individuals and groups of all sizes, addressed the Plenary Council’s central question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” Over several days of listening to what the people of God said, with intense moments of prayer and discernment, the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council and its Executive Committee, joined by the Facilitation Team, considered what people were longing for. Six National Themes for Discernment emerged.

“The National Centre for Pastoral Research was able to pinpoint more than 100 recurring subject areas from those 17,500 submissions,” said Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council.

“In some ways, those subject areas described what one might call ‘the messy reality’ of Catholic life in Australia today. The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. “We worked to discern what people were yearning for as we move into this next stage of preparing for the Plenary Council.” Archbishop Costelloe said there was a clear desire expressed for the Church to renew herself and focus on the person of Jesus Christ.

“Accordingly, the six National Themes for Discernment flow from that primary goal of being a Christ-centered community of people,” he explained. The six National Themes for Discernment invite people to reflect, to pray and to consider how God is calling the People of God to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is:

  • Missionary and Evangelising
  • Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal
  • Prayerful and Eucharistic
  • Humble, Healing and Merciful
  • A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community
  • Open to conversion, Renewal and Reform.

Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said many topics relating to one or more of the National Themes for Discernment and this next stage of preparation – “Listening and Discernment” – is a time of prayerful consideration of the “big” questions that have been raised by the faithful.      “The emergence of the National Themes for Discernment is an important moment in our journey towards the Plenary Council. It is an expression of the sense of the faith from the faithful and, from this, we can proceed in our discernment of what the Spirit is saying to us in Australia,” Ms Turvey-Collins said. Part of that progression will take place later this month, when the Australian bishops gather for a retreat prior to their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit in Rome. Archbishop Costelloe said: “We will take the opportunity to reflect carefully on the National Themes for Discernment and share our reflections and conclusions with the Plenary Council’s Facilitation Team and the Executive Committee, based on our own prayerful discernment and pastoral experience.”

Ms Turvey-Collins said those reflections and conclusions will be supplemented by a period of several months, beginning in August, when people across the country will again be asked to engage locally with the Plenary Council process. “This discernment process will involve establishing working groups for each National Theme

for Discernment. People in faith communities across Australia will also be called to participate locally in their own communal Listening and Discernment encounters,” she said. “The fruits of what is discerned during this time will shape the agenda for the first session of Plenary Council in October 2020.” More information on the National Themes for Discernment can be found on the re-launched Plenary Council website:  www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au

ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:

This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.

GOOD BYE TO FR. XAVIER PINTO:  

We will have a thank you and a goodbye cuppa to Fr Xavier for having been with us for the past two months after the 6:00 pm mass next Saturday the 29th June in the parish hall. Please bring a plate to share.

 

PASTORAL LETTER ON VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING (VAD):

The four Bishops of Victoria ( Melbourne, Ballarat, Sandhurst, Sale) have issued a joint pastoral letter on VAD. Copies of the statement are available in the foyer.

 

BRINGING CHILDREN TO OUR MOTHER, ONE HAIL MARY AT A TIME: On the third Saturday of every month, Rosary prayers for the Children and Youth would be offered in St.Patricks Parish, Pakenham, from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm.   Children will lead the Rosary with parents also joining in. Our first Rosary was offered on June 15th and we are looking forward to the next one.

YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION:

 Opens enrolment bookings for Semester 2 Study Discover new depths to your faith.
Yarra Theological Union, a Catholic College of the University of Divinity, is taking enrolments for theological study.
Enrolment appointments are from 24th June until 11th July 2019.
Phone 9890 3771 or admin@ytu.edu.au for an appointment. See www.ytu.edu.au

 WELCOME TABLE:   

23/6 6:00pm K Symons  9:00am G Prestt 10.30am L O’Flynn 

30/6 6:00pm  J Ruys  9:00am  B Hind  10.30am I  Merrigan                                                                                   

 CHURCH CLEANING

28/6 W.Wong M Sashanami 

 5/7 M Mendis Family

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

23/6 F DeBona & A Jayawardena  

30/6 D Velten R Kollaris 

 ROSARY STATUE:

23/6 Mendis Fernandez family  30/6 Manoj Mendis                             

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

T Ridgeway

C George

P Pereira, L Garvey M  Vandiemen

T & F O’Gorman

9:00am

Volunteer

Volunteer

C McCowan, C Martin, N Ward

G Thompsdon, S Leo

10.30am

L O’Flynn

F Fanchette

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu P SweeFan

W Wong

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

J Parsons

T Andrews

H Judd M Roche W & B Vail R Ginting

9:00am

G Thompson

H Francis

P Maxfield G. Prestt  B Barker

N Boloski  P Carlin

10.30am

J Estrada

A Raos

U Tiberi  A Vanday  M Welliwatte

C Faamausili  A Stowers

FINANCE MATTERS: 

Last week:  PG  $1857.00  Loose  $965.65  House $618.20

This week:  PG  $1859.00  Loose  $976.40  House $837.85

 

 

Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them and they all drank from it.” – MARK 14:23

 

Jesus, the perfect steward, gave thanks, just before He gave Himself to us completely for our salvation. He offers us the chance to drink from His cup. In the Eucharist, we meet Christ personally and, if we listen to Him, we know what drinking from His cup means our own sacrifice – giving up some of our time, talent and treasure to do His work on earth.

 

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY. 16th JUNE, 2019

We remember those who have died recently and those anniversaries occur about this timeWe pray for those who are sick including Pam Silke, Brian John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon  and Lyn Hardidge

BAPTISMS:

 This weekend we welcome Max Nicholson and his parents Vanessa and Steven “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, July 7th  at  2.45pm in the Parish library.

FROM BISHOP PAT:

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ in the Diocese of Sale.

Beginning this weekend I will be present with all the Australian Bishops who are gathering in prayer just South of Rome for a Retreat in preparation for both the Ad Limina visit the following week and the Plenary Council in 2020, 2021. It is a recognition that if we want both events to be more than simply a ‘talk fest’ then they need to be grounded in prayer. I make a simple plea during the next two weeks:

Please pray for the Australian Bishops; for me as your Bishop and for our grace-filled Diocese of Sale.

The Ad Limina Apostolorum is a visit each Bishop has to make every five years to Rome. The nature of the Ad Limina is that it is a pilgrimage to the tombs of St Peter and Paul and a meeting with Pope Francis. Grouped around this is visits to many of the Congregations (Dicasteries or Departments) located in the Vatican as well as visits to the major Basilicas of Rome and other activities. The 2019 timetable is very full.

So dear brothers and sisters, first, please be assured of my constant prayer for you, our Diocese and Parishes and all organisations in the Diocese. One place I will certainly be visiting is the Church of Saint Alphonsus (Via Merulana) where the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located. Mary the Mother of God, under this title, is the is the patron of our Diocese. Second may I invite you to pray for me and our Diocese in these days especially from 12th June until 1st July.

With deep gratitude to God for all his grace and mercy and recognising that God is Good,   Yours in Christ+Pat O’Regan  Bishop of Sale

UPDATE ON FR BERNARD :

Father Bernard Thanks everyone for the ongoing prayers, as they are a great source of strength. His surgery went well. He is being monitored continuously for progress. 

PARISH INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY:

Thanks to all who contributed so generously to the International Food Day. It was a great presentation of the many gifts and talents, the great richness, of all the nationalities, groups and teams, who make up our parish. Thanks to all who worked so hard. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Pentecost.

FIRST COMMUNION DAY:

Congratulations and many blessings on all the children and their families who are celebrating their very first communion this weekend. We all pray that in receiving the Body of Christ you will grow into a full member of the Body of Christ in the world.

FROM THE SAFETY OFFICER:

Bishop Patrick O’Regan has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment “.  It is expected that all parishioners with Working With Children Checks volunteering in St Patrick’s Parish will attend. Our session is from 7 pm to 9.30pm Wednesday 17th July.  We need to know who will be attending so we do require that you register your acceptance by completing the attendance list in the Church foyer.

THE COUPLES FOR CHRIST (OCEANIA MISSION):

A private international association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right invites you to a Christian Life Program on June 30, 2019, 1-5pm, St. Michael Parish Centre, 119 High St., Berwick VIC 3806. For more information please contact Oniel & Queenie Oras at . 0477 208 482.

WOOLWORTHS STICKERS FOR SCHOOLS:

There is a box on the table in the foyer for anyone who would like to give their stickers to our parish schools. Thank you in advance they will provide sports and educational equipment needed.

“ALONG THE TRACK”

 “Christianity is not an intellectual system, a collection of dogmas, or a moralism. Christianity is instead an encounter, a love story, an event.” Or so said Benedict XVI. As Pope, he returned to that theme on a number of occasions. During this present time of consultation for the Plenary Council, asking ourselves what sort of an event we are creating would seem to be a good starting point. What kind of a love story do we create in our homes, our churches, our parishes and schools? And is this the event we want?

A church that affirms what is good in our lives and helps us to build on it, a church that helps us to find where God’s grace is at work in our lives, then encourages and supports that is surely one that helps us to encounter Jesus. We are all trying to search for meaning and purpose in our lives. Is our church one that goes looking to help us in that search rather than one that waits for us to return ‘home?’ We are already ‘home’ as we struggle to put bread on the table, to educate our children, to find joy in family life and find meaning and purpose in our own. It is time for mature conversation, for listening, for sensitivity to people’s life situations, for new ways of reaching out to find where the Gospel is at work.

A church community that walks with people, not just those who are regular members but a church that seeks to understand the disillusioned, the cynical, the searchers, the anxious and the hardest of all, the indifferent is a gift to be treasured. So is a church that is not judgemental, one that is welcoming and intent on building community, intent on seeking to understand us and to understand why people may go elsewhere to find a welcoming community and to find meaning and purpose. Will our community be open and willing to listen to the reasons for their disillusionment?

Will those who come to our church find a vibrant, prayerful, community that walks with them regardless of who they are and where their life journey has taken them? Will they find an outward looking community that plays an active role in its community and raises its voice on behalf of those who have none?

Will those who come to our church find a church reaching out to them to join a movement for justice and change rather one that wants to recreate the past or preserve the status quo? Will they find a church that challenges them to connect with one another and to work for justice and fairness for all people. In the words of Ecclesia in Oceania, the Vatican document written for the Church in Oceania: A Christian community is never meant to be just a comfortable place for its members. The Synod Fathers wanted to encourage the local communities to look beyond their own immediate concerns and reach out to others. The parish as a community cannot insulate itself from the realities of the world around it. The Christian community must be attentive to issues of social justice and spiritual hunger in society. Ecclesia in Oceania #13

If Christianity is to speak to this spiritual hunger, if it is to be of service to the world we live in, this love story Pope Benedict speaks of must be real – something that people can see, hear and experience. This message of love, forgiveness and mercy are at the core of the Catholic faith.

And the last word from Pope Francis:

“We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities when so many people are waiting for the Gospel, It’s not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people.” Jim Quillinan  CEO, Sale

ANNUAL APPEAL FOR WARM CLOTHING FOR THE HOMELESS:

It’s that time of the year again and am sure the chilling cold in our bones is enough reminder… So once again the JCILM (Jesus Christ Is Lord Ministry) is making it annual winter appeal for new or well-loved warm blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, warm scarves, gloves, and warm socks. Closing date for collection is 16th June 2019 but the sooner you are able to please leave your donations in the box marked WINTER APPEAL in the church foyer, the better. We are beginning our street runs next weekend as the homeless living on Melbourne streets are already doing it hard. Thank you and God bless your generous hearts. Rochelle Pereira 0401017752.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:

This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.

 BRINGING CHILDREN TO OUR MOTHER, ONE HAIL MARY AT A TIME:

We plan to start a Rosary group at St.Patricks Pakenham for kids and youth. This would be once a month event followed by some snacks for the children, it is optional for parents to bring in a plate. Based on the interest we shall confirm the date and time of when this will begin. If interested, please reach out to Grace on 0406101280.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

 Dinners are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month.  If you wish to join our volunteer list or prepare a dessert please contact the particular leader.  Next Session: 16th June contact Tresa Andrews at St Patrick’s Primary School and 7th July contact Sue Hilder on 0409 202 903 or aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com    Thank you in advance.

 

JOSEPHITE ASSOCIATION:

Josephite Associates Regional Day will be held on Saturday 29th June in St Patrick’s library commencing at 10.00 a.m. All welcome B.Y.O. Lunch. Morning tea will be provided.

FINANCE MATTERS: 

Last week:  PG  $1473.00  Loose  $704.95  House $906.55

This week:  PG  $1857.00  Loose  $965.65  House $618.20

June 16th 2019 – Feast of the Holy Trinity: “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” – Romans 8:16-17

If we are heirs to the kingdom of God, shouldn’t we work to build up His kingdom? Shouldn’t we be good stewards of our inheritance, using our time in prayer, our talent in charitable works and our treasure to care for the Church that God has left to us? Our Church is a treasured heirloom from God. Do we treat it that way?

 WELCOME TABLE:                   

16/6    6pm  M Burhop   9am  A Jayawardena  10.30am  J Pauguy                  23/6 6pm K Symons  9am G Prestt 10.30am L  O’Flynn                                                                                      

  CHURCH CLEANING

   21/6  R & M Hau  28/6 W.Wong M Sashanami

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

16/6 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith   

23/6 F DeBona & A Jayawardena      

ROSARY STATUE:

16/6 S & D Gupta 23/86 Mendis  Fernandez family       

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6pm

T Andrews

N Andrews

G Wright, H Pereria, K Symons,

R & M Wilfred

9am

A Minnus

B Wiegerink`

R & A Jayawardena, G Thompson,

P Velten, M O’Brien

10.30

F Fanchette

J Obsioma

D & J Estrada R Lappin B Kollaris

J Mozina

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

T Ridgeway

C George

P Pereira, L Garvey M  Vandiemen

T & F O’Gorman

9am

Volunteer

P Velten

C McCowan, C Martin, N Ward

G Thompsdon, S Leo

10.30

R Lappin

R Pereira

M Hobbin, R Lappin, C Mayer,

I Merrigan, R O’Brien

                                        

ANNUAL APPEAL FOR WARM CLOTHING FOR THE HOMELESS:

 It’s that time of the year again and am sure the chilling cold in our bones is enough reminder… So once again the JCILM (Jesus Christ Is Lord Ministry) is making it annual winter appeal for new or well-loved warm blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, warm scarves, gloves, and warm socks. Closing date for collection is 16th June 2019 but the sooner you are able to please leave your donations in the box marked WINTER APPEAL in the church foyer, the better. We are beginning our street runs next weekend as the homeless living on Melbourne streets are already doing it hard. Thank you and God bless your generous hearts. Rochelle Pereira 0401017752

9th June 2019, Pentecost Sunday

We remember those who have died recently and those

anniversaries occur about this time including Elizabeth Peter Solomon  

We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon  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, July 7th  at  2.45pm in the Parish library.

PENTECOSTAL SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY:

Our parish will be celebrating Pentecost today after the 10:30 am mass with a spirit-filled International Food Day. All parishioners are most welcome.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:

Over these 3 weekends, we welcome about 80 children receiving their First Holy communion from our parish. Let us all pray for them and their families for a great spiritual journey ahead.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:

This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.

BRINGING CHILDREN TO OUR MOTHER, ONE HAIL MARY AT A TIME:

We plan to start a Rosary group at St.Patricks Pakenham for kids and youth. This would be once a month event followed by some snacks for the children, it is optional for parents to bring in a plate. Based on the interest we shall confirm the date and time of when this will begin. If interested, please reach out to Grace at 0406101280. Have a blessed week ahead.

PLENARY COUNCIL:

After 10 months of Listening and Dialogue and a period of analysis and prayerful discernment, the National Themes for Discernment for the Plenary Council 2020 are being announced at Pentecost – this weekend. More information on each of the National Themes for Discernment will be available in the coming weeks. Find out more at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.a

FROM THE SAFETY OFFICER:

Bishop Patrick O’Regan has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment “.  It is expected that all parishioners with Working With Children Checks volunteering in St Patrick’s Parish will attend. Our session is 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Wednesday 17th July.  We need to know who will be attending so we do require that you register your acceptance by completing the attendance list in the Church foyer.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:  

Dinners are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month.  If you wish to join our volunteer list or prepare a dessert please contact the particular leader.  Next Session: 16th June contact Tresa Andrews at St Patrick’s Primary School and 7th July contact Sue Hilder on 0409 202 903 or aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com    Thank you in advance.

ANNUAL APPEAL FOR WARM CLOTHING FOR THE HOMELESS:

It’s that time of the year again and am sure the chilling cold in our bones is enough reminder… So once again the JCILM (Jesus Christ Is Lord Ministry) is making it annual winter appeal for new or well-loved warm blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, warm scarves, gloves and warm socks. Closing date for collection is 16th June 2019 but the sooner you are able to please leave your donations in the box marked WINTER APPEAL in the church foyer, the better. We are beginning our street runs next weekend as the homeless living on Melbourne streets are already doing it hard. Thank you and God bless your generous hearts.. Rochelle Pereira 0401017752

WOOLWORTHS STICKERS FOR SCHOOLS

There is a box on the

table in the foyer for anyone who would like to give their stickers to our

parish schools. Thank you in advance they will provide sports and educational equipment needed. 

Discernment helps voices transform into Plenary Council themes

Monday 3 June 2019

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

 A combination of data analysis, prayer and reflection has helped the Plenary Council 2020 process move from the voices of more than 222,000 people across the country to a number of National Themes for Discernment.

More than 75 people met last week to listen to and understand the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the submissions received during the 10-month Listening and Dialogue phase of the Plenary Council.
The National Centre for Pastoral Research, using best-practice analysis skills and software, read the almost 17,500 group and individual submissions and over three days provided their insights for those attending the meeting.
‘Our job was to review and report on how people responded to the question ‘What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?’,’ explained National Centre for Pastoral Research director Trudy Dantis.
Among those in attendance during the presentation of the data were members of the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council, the Plenary Council Executive Committee and the Plenary Council Facilitation Team.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council, said it was a significant responsibility to listen to the stories from the hearts and minds of ordinary Catholics across a huge variety of contexts – sometimes in harmony with one another, at other times divergent.
‘This was done by listening to the information Dr Dantis and her colleagues presented, then taking time for reflection on those subject areas in prayer,’ Archbishop Costelloe said.

 ‘There were many moments of communal and individual prayer, as part of communal discernment over the three days we met. Indeed, the next phase of this preparation stage of the Plenary Council is Listening and Discernment, so we practised discernment ourselves to help us consider how we can move into this next phase of preparation.’Members of the Plenary Council Local Coordinators Network, representing dioceses and archdioceses, met over the subsequent two days to discuss how the National Themes for Discernment could be communicated and considered by people in their local faith communities.
‘As with other meetings of this group of about 50 people from around the country, there was an incredible energy in the room,’ Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said.
‘The enthusiasm of people for the Plenary Council process and the desire to be involved was evident during the Listening and Dialogue phase. The reality is that the local coordinators are the heartbeat of local activity for the Plenary Council process and seeking their wisdom and advice was essential as we prepare to move forward together.’ The National Themes for Discernment and other analysis from the Listening and Dialogue phase of the Council will be released throughout June, beginning at Pentecost.
Visit the Plenary Council website for more information at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au

FR TOM UZHUNALIL SDB

will be coming to St Agatha’s Cranbourne on Monday 10th June and give his testimony after the Mass at 9.30am in Malayalam about his ISIS captivity.

For more info contact Fr Shalbin Paul SDB on 0402 707 299. All Welcome!

 

RCIA  WORKSHOP:

Our Diocesan RCIA coordinator  Rita Elswyk will be conducting a workshop for the RCIA teams of our parishes, on the  15th of June from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in our parish. The process, the stages and the ceremonies will be outlined. There will be practical resources provided and plenty of time for questions.   If you are interested in joining our RCIA team, please contact Siji through the Parish office.

CELEBRATING WITH JOY:

The Archbishop’s office for Evangelisation,

 Melbourne is conducting a  Combined Liturgical Ministry formation day

 with workshops on Ministry of Communion to the Sick, The Reader

 of God’s Word and Ministry of Welcome & Hospitality, on the 19th June,

 12-30 to 6:00 pm at St Andrews Parish, Clayton South. A poster for the

same is up on our parish bulletin board in the foyer.

ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP

  Has sessions running Monday – Thursday. If you’re interested, come along and see… For further information contact Christine on 0438364881

THE COUPLES FOR CHRIST (OCEANIA MISSION):

A private international association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right invites you to a Christian Life Program on June 30, 2019, 1-5pm, St. Michael Parish Centre, 119 High St., Berwick VIC 3806. For more information please contact Oniel & Queenie Oras at m. 0477 208 482.”

WELCOME TABLE:

09/6 6 pm M Vandiemen 9 am AJ Estrada  10.30am  H O’Flynn

16/6 6 pm M Burhop 9 am A Jayawardena  10.30am  J Pauguy

CHURCH CLEANING:     

14/6 A & R Jayawardena   21/6  R & M Hau

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

9/6     D Velten & K Symons  16/6 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith

 

 ROSARY STATUE:

9/6 A & C Poonweera  166/6/6  S & D Gupta

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6pm

A Tanner

A Rajesh

S.Dominic T Ridgeway V Ukkru

T Reimert J Ruys

9am

C Fernando

P Fernando

M Dineen H & R Francis J White

N Boloski

10.30

M Byers

J Estrada

UTiberi A Vanday M. Weliwatte

C Faamausili  A Stowers

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

J Rodda

N Andrews

J Rodda G Wright H Pereria K Symons

T Andrews

9am

A Minnus

B Wiegerink`

R & A Jayawardena G Thompson

P Velten M O’Brien

10.30

F Fanchette

J Obsioma

D & J Estarada R Lappin B Kollaris

J Mozina

 

FINANCE MATTERS

 

Last week:   PG  $1438.00  Loose  $1194.20   House  $994.20

This week:   PG  $1473.00  Loose  $  704.95   House  $906.55

 

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” – 1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-6

 

All of us are blessed, regardless of our own individual circumstances; God has given each of us many gifts. How we use those gifts is our gift back to God. For God’s plan to work, each must do what we are called to do and guess what – we are not all called to do the same thing!