1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 1ST DEC 2019

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Devadass Muthu, Matt Cunningham, Richard Pereira (1st anniversary)   

We pray for those who are sick including, John Seet, Max Byers, Claude Allas, John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.

BAPTISMS

This weekend we welcome Chloe Taskis, Joachim Michaels, Tabitha Jaber & Ashton Spierings and their parents Harley and Soa, Mark & Claire, Fadi & Melinda and Duane & Sarah “Receive the light of Christ.  Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Prep is  today,  December 1st at    2:45 pm

FROM FR BERNARD:

Thanks to everyone for many messages of prayers, support, good wishes and Masses offered for my return to good health, since I went on sick leave. It’s six months now since I left the parish and I really miss life there. I am grateful for the great efforts of the parish Team members who have kept the “show on the road’’ in that time. It was very generous of Fr Francis to step in to such a busy role as soon as he arrived in the Diocese.

The news about my health hasn’t been as good as I’d hoped. Since I had surgery in May and radiotherapy in August, several scans show that new problems have developed. As a result, the current treatment I’m on will be boosted by a new “trial’’ drug program at Peter McCallum hospital. This new treatment starts early in January, and in its early days is quite busy.

So, thanks to all of you, for the prayers you offer for me, the inquiries you make about me. I hope they continue. In the meantime, as we approach Christmas, my prayers in return are for a happy and blessed Advent for all in St Pat’s parish, and a very happy Christmas.

CELEBRATION OF MICK’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR PARISH SCHOOL

Mr Mick O’Brien will be retiring as the principal of St Pats School after 15 long fruitful and enjoyable years.   His contribution to the development of the school is immeasurable; for the first six or more years he headed refurbishment after refurbishment and renovation of the school. He had the major role in the building of St Brigid and St Clare. As a thank you for his commitment towards the development of the school and his ongoing commitment to the parish, St Patrick’s Parish will be acknowledging him with gratitude on Sunday 8th Dec 10:00 am after mass. Mick will continue to be one of our most loved parishioners and his booming voice will continue to be heard at the weekend services.  Bring a plate to share.  

VOLUNTEER ‘THANK YOU’ BBQ:

St Patrick’s Parish Pastoral council team, would like to thank all volunteers for your support and generosity in offering your time and talent to our parish with an evening BBQ on 6th December 2019. All are welcome. Bring a plate to share.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:

On Monday, Dec 9th we will have an evening with Rosary followed by a special mass in the welcome room at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join.

BAPTISM PREP GROUP:

The parish is in need of a couple of people who might like to assist in the Baptism Preparation session, on the first Sunday of each month. The session goes for about one hour, from 2:45 pm, and is often the first visit back to the parish by the young families for many years. The really important aspect of this day is to welcome these families when they come.

CAtHFAMILY brings you a selection of activities, prayer rituals, crafts and recipes for free from their website. Don’t miss CathKids: A weekly interactive experience with a two-minute animated reflection on the Sunday reading, questions to stimulate discussion, a simple activity and prayer. Families are encouraged to utilise these resources at home to share faith with kids. Visit www.cathfamily.org

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE, 2020 STUDY OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE:

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Meditation: Meditation in the Christian Tradition; Applied Meditation; Meditation and Wholeness. Audit and Credit options available. Contact the Academic Records Office for enrolment information and appointments. +61 3 9412 3309 –  AssistantDean@ctc.edu.au – 278 Vitoria Parade, East Melbourne. ctc@ctc.edu.au

ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON CLUB:  

Our December outing is at Drake’s Place (formally Pakenham Hotel) in Main Street (near the station). Come along on December 4th at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome. If you have not joined us before, and  those who have come before, it is time for a catch up. Contact Kathy 0418679616.

ST PATRICK’S CHURCH REFURBISHMENT PROJECT:

For a couple of years now, a parish committee has been overseeing the planning of a major refurbishment of our church building. The committee consists of: Fr Bernard Buckley, Mick O’Brien, Liz Merrigan, Freda O’Gorman, Paul Velten, Ron Jayawardene, Helen Staindl, Herbie O’Flynn and Georges Willman, property officer for the Diocese of Sale.  In that time we have been in conversation with parishioner and artist, Anthony Russo, and architect Nick Russo. During this time we have been considering issues of planning, building, engineering, finance and liturgy … among others.

Our discussion and planning for this project is now at the stage where the committee seeks the input of parishioners on the draft designs. We will have display boards from the Russos with plans and designs to date. Parishioners will have the opportunity to make written suggestions, comments etc for consideration as we plan further.

NEEDED: DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF CARITAS:

Would suit a motivated person with an interest in Project Compassion and related activities. Travel around the diocese at times, particularly in Lent (fuel allowance and other allowances).

May suit someone recently or partly retired (perhaps but not necessarily with a teaching background). Contact: Dcn Mark Kelly 0427748646/ Mark.Kelly@cdsale.org.au

ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP 2020:  

We are looking for a new coordinator for our parish playgroups in 2020. This position involves promoting playgroup through social media and on the website as well as being a contact person for all enquiries and the group leaders. We are also looking for people who would like to lead one of our sessions.  If you are interested and want to find out more please contact Angela on 040904210

Next meal and companionship is tonight December 1st,     Doors open 5:30 pm  for a 6:00 pm meal  Please feel welcome to come and enjoy a 2- course hot meal if you are struggling in this cold weather or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. Our team leader is  Tresa

THE WESTERN REGION YOUTH CHOIR:

The LAMP is now planning to form a western region youth Choir. If you would like to join the team, please contact Siji @59417315 for more information.

SAVE THE DATE:

Carols at the Crib, Sunday 22nd Dec7:00 pm.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:

 St Patrick’s Needs you: We are in need for more volunteers to be Eucharistic ministers especially for the 9:00 am and 10:30 am masses. If you are willing please contact the office

CALLING ALL SHEPHERDS AND ANGELS:

The 6:00 pm and the 8:00 pm Christmas masses are looking for little kids to come dressed as shepherds and angels. We are also looking for adult helpers to get the kids organised. If you have any questions please contact the parish office.

MOTHERS PRAYERS:

Group has finished their last session for the year and will resume on the 16th of January 2020.

SACRISTANS REQUIRED:

We are looking for volunteers to help set up before mass mainly for the 6:00 pm and the 10:30 am masses. If you can come a few minutes before mass, contact the parish office.

CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEERS:

Signup sheets are out in the foyer for volunteers for Christmas masses. Please put your name and number if you are able to help out.

YOUTH CHOIR:

If you would like to join the St Patrick’s Youth Choir please contact Auxilia at 0405844557

CHURCH CLEANING       

6/12  R & M Hau   13/12  W Wong M Sashanami

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

1/12 T Ridgeway & Volunteer   8/12 D Velten  & K Symons

ROSARY STATUE:

1/12 S & C George 8/12 l Diaz

New rosters are available in the church foyer. Please pick up your named copy.

TIME READERS MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
6:00pm J Ross A.Tanner T & N Andrews P Pereira M Vandiemen J Parsons
9:00am C McCowan M MCowan P Fernando M O’BrienH & R Francis G Thompson
10.30 P Fanchette A Arul M Hobbin  R Lappin C Mayer ‘ I Merrigan R O’Brien
NEXT WEEK READERS MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
6:00pm J Colvin C George T & F O’Gorman H Judd M Roche R Joseph
9:00am G Thompson H Francis P Velten P Carlin D Rowlands
10.30 L O’Flynn J Obsioma A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong P Swee Fan

FINANCE MATTERS  

Last week: PG  $1724.90   Loose   $1009.05 House   $679.10 This week  PG  $1632.00   Loose   $ 729.50  House   $730.35    

‘Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (Mathew 24:42-44) 

CELEBRATION OF MICK’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR SCHOOLS:

CELEBRATION OF MICK O'BRIEN'S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR SCHOOLS:

Mr Mick O’Brien will be retiring as the principal of St Pats School after 15 long fruitful and enjoyable years. His contribution to the development of the school is immeasurable; for the first six or more years he headed refurbishment after refurbishment and renovation of the school. He had the major role in the building of St Brigid and St Clare. As a thank you for his commitment towards the development of the school and his ongoing commitment to the parish, St Patrick’s Parish will be acknowledging him with gratitude on Sunday 8th Dec 10:00 am after mass. Mick will continue to be one of our most loved parishioners and his booming voice will continue to be heard at the weekend services. Bring a plate to share.

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 24th NOVEMBER, 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Sheila Rowe  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Robert Nulliah,

We pray for those who are sick including, John Seet, Max Byers, Claude Allas, John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.

BAPTISMS:

 This weekend we welcome Eli Mendonez and his parents Maree & Christopher  “Receive the light of Christ.  Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Prep is  on Sunday, December 1st at    2:45 pm

ST PATRICK’S CHURCH REFURBISHMENT PROJECT:

For a couple of years now, a parish committee has been overseeing the planning of a major refurbishment of our church building. The committee consists of: Fr Bernard Buckley, Mick O’Brien, Liz Merrigan, Freda O’Gorman, Paul Velten, Ron Jayawardene, Helen Staindl, Herbie O’Flynn and Georges Willman, property officer for the Diocese of Sale.  In that time we have been in conversation with parishioner and artist, Anthony Russo, and architect Nick Russo. During this time we have been considering issues of planning, building, engineering, finance and liturgy … among others.

Our discussion and planning for this project is now at the stage where the committee seeks the input of parishioners on the draft designs. We will have display boards from the Russos with plans and designs to date. Parishioners will have the opportunity to make written suggestions, comments etc for consideration as we plan further.

CELEBRATION OF MICK’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR SCHOOLS:

 Mr Mick O’Brien will be retiring as the principal of St Pats School after 15 long fruitful and enjoyable years.   His contribution to the development of the school is immeasurable; for the first six or more years he headed refurbishment after refurbishment and renovation of the school. He had the major role in the building of St Brigid and St Clare. As a thank you for his commitment towards the development of the school and his ongoing commitment to the parish, St Patrick’s Parish will be acknowledging him with gratitude on Sunday 8th Dec 10:00 am after mass. Mick will continue to be one of our most loved parishioners and his booming voice will continue to be heard at the weekend services.  Bring a plate to share.  

VOLUNTEER ‘THANK YOU’ BBQ:

St Patrick’s parish would like to thank all volunteers for your support and generosity in offering your time and talent to our parish with an evening BBQ on 6th December 2019. All are welcome. Bring a plate to share.  

ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON CLUB:

 Our December outing is at Drake’s Place (formally Pakenham Hotel) in Main Street (near the station). Come along on December 4th at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome. If you have not joined us before, and  those who have come before, it is time for a catch up. Contact Kathy 0418679616.

NEEDED: DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF CARITAS:

Would suit a motivated person with an interest in Project Compassion and related activities. Travel around the diocese at times, particularly in Lent (fuel allowance and other allowances).

May suit someone recently or partly retired (perhaps but not necessarily with a teaching background). Contact: Dcn Mark Kelly 0427748646/ Mark.Kelly@cdsale.org.au

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:

On Monday, Dec 9th we will have an evening with Rosary followed by a special mass in the welcome room at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join.

ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP 2020:  

We are looking for a new coordinator for our parish playgroups in 2020. This position involves promoting playgroup through social media and on the website as well as being a contact person for all enquiries and the group leaders. We are also looking for people who would like to lead one of our sessions.  If you are interested and want to find out more please contact Angela on 040904210  

Bringing stories of violence to light:

The council for Australian catholic women says the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 aims to bring about cultural change to address injustice, inequality, sexism and exploitation of women.

Council chair Sr Trish Madigan OP said “women and girls everywhere experience extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light”.

“Violence against women is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impact and terrible social costs,” Dr Madigan said.

Bishop Michael Morrissey, the Bishop Delegate for the Council for Australian Catholic Women, said the Church “has a special role in providing pastoral care, friendship, advocacy and practical support where people are affected by domestic violence”.

“In Sunday homilies, priests must also raise up theological foundations that support the equality of women and men,” he said.

“Women and men are created in God’s image. Each person is infinitely loved by God and deserves respect, mutuality and dignity.”

Pope Francis has also addressed the blight of violence against women.

“If violence has its source in the human heart, then it is fundamental that non-violence be practised before all else within families,” the Pope said.

“I plead with equal urgency for an end to domestic violence and to the abuse of women and children.”

Aboriginal Our Watch, an organisation driving nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children, reports Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner. They are almost four times more likely than men to be hospitalised after being assaulted by their spouse or partner.

Statistics show that young women experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups. There is also growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence, while and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence in the previous 12 months at more than three times the rate of non-Indigenous women.

The Diocese of Broken Bay last year published a Catholic Response

to Domestic Violence kit to support parishes.

Source- Cath News 

MERCY PILGRIMAGE WITH OBERAMMERGAU:

Explore the iconic pilgrimage sites of Eastern Europe in this 16-day pilgrimage led by Fr. Patrick Jackson departing on 08th August 2020. This pilgrimage features Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Munich, and Oberammergau. Witness the famous Passion Play 2020 which takes place once-a-decade for an all-inclusive price of $7900 + Tips. The fare includes Return Economy Airfares + Local Transfers in Deluxe coaches + Stay in Premium Hotels + All Breakfast & Dinners + Catholic Priest + English speaking professional guides + Entrances as per itinerary and more. For inquiries & bookings call 03 8839 6615 or email info@magiholidays.com.auIt is our endeavour to make pilgrimages accessible, viable and affordable to the faithful who would love to take this journey. 

HOLY LAND:

Join Father Brendan Hogan on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage. Watch the Gospels come alive as we set out on this true journey of faith! DEPARTS 25TH MAY 2020. 13 Day Pilgrimage, Superior Accommodation, Breakfast & Dinner Daily, Private Daily Mass, Outstanding Local Guides. 10 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS – Dead Sea (1 Night) • Bethlehem (2) • Nazareth • Cana • Sea of Galilee (3) • Mt Tabor • Mt Carmel • Haifa • Jericho • Jerusalem (4). Optional post-pilgrimage extension: Oberammergau Passion Play – 3 nights – Munich (1) • Oberammergau (2). BOOK ONLINE NOW: harvestjourneys.com/pv3020 OR CALL HARVEST: 1800 819 156.

SACRISTANS REQUIRED:

We are looking for volunteers to help set up before mass mainly for the 6:00 pm and the 10:30 am masses. If you can come a few minutes before mass, contact the parish office.

2020 STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS NATIONAL CONFERENCE:

Encouraged by Pope Francis’ message that we are all called to be saints, the 2020 conference is a day of prayer and renewal for all Catholics. In particularly challenging times, it will be an opportunity to come together and be strengthened and encouraged in our faith. Guest speaker include Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Archbishop Peter Comensoli, Fr. Augustine Vallooran, Lenyce Willason, Fr. Ken Barker and Lalith Perera. More information and registration visit www.strengthinweakness.com.au Sat, Feb 15, 400 City Rd Southbank, 9.00am to 6.30pm (Holy Mass included). Registration is free. Flyers in the foyer. All are welcome.

Next meal and companionship is December 1st,     Doors open 5:30 pm  for a 6:00 pm meal  Please feel welcome to come and enjoy a 2- course hot meal if you are struggling in this cold weather or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. Our team leader is  Tresa

THE WESTERN REGION YOUTH CHOIR:

The LAMP is now planning to form a western region youth Choir. If you would like to join the team, please contact Siji @59417315 for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

With the season of advent fast approaching, we are looking for plenty of volunteers to help us with the season. If you have a few hours to spare in Dec, please contact the parish office.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:

 St Patrick’s Needs you: We are in need for more volunteers to be Eucharistic ministers especially for the 9:00 am and 10:30 am masses. If you are willing please contact the office.

YOUTH CHOIR:

If you would like to join the St Patricks Youth Choir please contact Auxilia at 0405844557

CHURCH CLEANING       

29/11 A & R Jayawardena  6/12  R & M Hau

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

24/11 F DeBona & A Jayawardena  1/12 T Ridgeway & Volunteer

ROSARY STATUE:

4/11 J & T Jimenez  1/12 S & C George

TIME READERS MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
6:00pm A Ross A Rajesh L Garvey W & B Vail R Ginting  A Tanner
9:00am A Minnus B Wiegerink R  & A Jayawardena J Schalks J White C Martin
10.30 R Lappin R Pereira D & J Estrada C Faamausili B Kollaris J Mozina
NEXT WEEK READERS MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
6:00pm J Ross G Bonigala T & N Andrews P Pereira M Vandiemen J Parsons
9:00am C McCowan M MCowan P Fernando M O’BrienH & R Francis G Thompson
10.30 P Fanchette A Arul M Hobbin  R Lappin C Mayer ‘ I Merrigan R O’Brien

FINANCE MATTERS

  Last week: PG  $1639.00   Loose   $ 655.25  House   $636.45 This week  PG  $1724.90   Loose   $1009.05 House   $679.10    ‘Indeed, I promise you,’ he replied, ‘today you will be with me in paradise.’(Luke 23:43)

33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, 17th NOVEMBER, 2019

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Robert Nulliah

We pray for those who are sick including, Max Byers, Claude Allas, John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.

 

BAPTISMS:

This weekend we welcome Lachlan Blackburn and his parents Maria & Scott  “Receive the light of Christ.  Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Prep is  Sunday, December 1st   2:45 pm.

 

ST PATRICK’S CHURCH REFURBISHMENT PROJECT:

For a couple of years now, a parish committee has been overseeing the planning of a major refurbishment of our church building. The committee consists of: Fr Bernard Buckley, Mick O’Brien, Liz Merrigan, Freda O’Gorman, Paul Velten, Ron Jayawardene, Helen Staindl, Herbie O’Flynn and Georges Willman, property officer for the Diocese of Sale.  In that time we have been in conversation with parishioner and artist, Anthony Russo, and architect Nick Russo. During this time we have been considering issues of planning, building, engineering, finance and liturgy … among others.

Our discussion and planning for this project is now at the stage where the committee seeks the input of parishioners on the draft designs. The committee seeks to make a presentation to parishioners on the weekend of November 9th and 10th. We will have display boards from the Russos with plans and designs to date. Parishioners will have the opportunity to make written suggestions, comments etc for consideration as we plan further. Soon the draft plans will be submitted to the Bishop and his advisers seeking their required input and, we hope, approval for our plans.

 

VOLUNTEER ‘THANK YOU’ BBQ:

St Patrick’s parish would like to thank all volunteers for your support and generosity in offering your time and talent to our parish with an evening BBQ on 6th December 2019. All are welcome. Bring a plate to share.  

 

ST.CLARE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL:

is holding its annual Twilight Market on Friday 22nd November from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

With the season of advent fast approaching, we are looking for plenty of volunteers to help us with the season. If you have a few hours to spare during the month of December, please contact the parish office.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:

St Patrick’s Needs you: We are in need for more volunteers to be Eucharistic ministers especially for the 9:00 am and 10:30 am masses. If you are willing please contact the office.

 

GOSPEL TALKS:

A group has formed and have begun meeting every Wednesday at 9:30 am in the parish meeting room to read, reflect and discuss the following weeks Gospel. If you would like to attend, please contact the parish office.

 

THE WESTERN REGION YOUTH CHOIR:

The LAMP is now planning to form a western region youth Choir. If you would like to join the team, please contact Siji @59417315 for more information.

 

SACRISTANS REQUIRED:

We are looking for volunteers to help set up before mass mainly for the 6:00 pm and the 10:30 am masses. If you are able to come a few minutes before mass, please contact the parish office.

 

CHRISTMAS MASSES CHOIR:

A warm invitation is extended to keen singers to join in our choir practices for Christmas Eve carol service, followed by Midnight Mass.  Practice will be held each Thursday evening, starting on 21st November, at 7.30 pm in the church. All welcome

ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP 2020:

   We are looking for a new coordinator for our parish playgroups in 2020. This position involves promoting playgroup through social media and on the website as well as being a contact person for all enquiries and the group leaders. We are also looking for people who would like to lead one of our sessions.  If you are interested and want to find out more please contact Angela on 040904210

THE WORD DAY OF THE POOR ADDRESS BY POPE FRANCIS:

“The hope of the poor will not perish forever” (Ps 9:19). These words of the Psalm remain timely. They express a profound truth that faith impresses above all on the hearts of the poor, restoring lost hope in the face of injustice, sufferings and the uncertainties of life.”

Pope Francis challenges each one of us “How many times do we see poor people rummaging through garbage bins to retrieve what others have discarded as superfluous, in the hope of finding something to live on or to wear! They themselves become part of a human garbage bin; they are treated as refuse, without the slightest sense of guilt on the part of those who are complicit in this scandal. Frequently judged parasites on society, the poor are not even forgiven their poverty. Judgment is always around the corner. They are not allowed to be timid or discouraged; they are seen as a threat or simply useless, simply because they are poor.”

Pope Francis suggests that we should identify with the poor by listening to the urgent appeal that Scripture makes on behalf of the poor. “Wherever we look, the word of God points to the poor, those who lack the necessities of life because they depend on others. They are the oppressed, the lowly and the downcast. Yet, faced with countless throngs of the poor, Jesus was not afraid to identify with each of them: “Whatever you did to one of the least of these my brethren, you did to me” (Mt 25:40). If we refuse to make this identification, we falsify the Gospel and water down God’s revelation. The God that Jesus came to reveal is a Father who is generous, merciful, unfailing in his goodness and grace. He gives hope especially to those who are disillusioned and lacking in hope for the future.”

The Pope concludes by asking all Christian communities to help ensure that this World Day of the Poor will encourage more and more people to cooperate effectively so that no one will feel deprived of closeness and solidarity. May you always treasure the words of the prophet who proclaims a different future: “For you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings” (Mal 3:20 [4:2]).

 

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF HOLY SOULS:

Masses can be arranged through AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED for your deceased loved ones. One hundred percent of your Mass offering will be sent to a poor priest overseas, who will celebrate Mass for your intentions. Visit: www.aidtochurch.org/mass-offerings or call 1800 101 201.

 

Paddys Kitchen

Next meal and companionship is today Sunday, 17th November    Doors open 5:30 pm  for a 6:00 pm meal  Please feel welcome to come and enjoy a 2- course hot meal if you are struggling in this cold weather or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. Our team leader for this week is Herbie.

 

MERCY PILGRIMAGE WITH OBERAMMERGAU:

Explore the iconic pilgrimage sites of Eastern Europe in this 16-day pilgrimage led by Fr. Patrick Jackson departing on 08th August 2020. This pilgrimage features Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Munich, and Oberammergau. Witness the famous Passion Play 2020 which takes place once-a-decade for an all-inclusive price of $7900 + Tips. The fare includes Return Economy Airfares + Local Transfers in Deluxe coaches + Stay in Premium Hotels + All Breakfast & Dinners + Catholic Priest + English speaking professional guides + Entrances as per itinerary and more. For inquiries & bookings call 03 8839 6615 or email info@magiholidays.com.auIt is our endeavour to make pilgrimages accessible, viable and affordable to the faithful who would love to take this journey. 

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – ASSIST A STUDENT:

This is an educational program aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty. Just $70 can assist an overseas student for one year, offering hope, an education and a better future. This is one of the most positive ways of helping families in need throughout Asia and the Pacific regions to become self-sufficient through education. If you would like to donate to this program, there are forms on the table in the foyer or speak to Joy de Jong.

 

PREPARING AND CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING:

presented by the ACU Centre for Liturgy.

  • What do Catholics believe about sacraments of healing?
  • How do Catholics celebrate reconciliation?
  • How do Catholics care for the sick?
  • Viaticum and Communion to the Sick.

This one-day formation event, presented by Professor Clare Johnson, with Fr Joseph Abutu and Ms Sharon Boyd, is for pastoral care workers, clergy, hospital chaplains, lay ministers, parishioners and all those who care for the sick.

Saturday 23rd November 9.00 am – 4.45 pm with registration from 8.30 am) at St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Registration Fee $60 per person (includes morning/afternoon tea, light lunch and handbook on Communion to the sick) Register by Tuesday 19th November www.acu.edu.au/pastoral_formation_days

VINCENT DE PAUL:

Volunteers are gearing for their Annual Christmas Hamper collating and delivering. They require donations of $20 Target Cards as a Christmas gift for a child 10 years and over. If you can assist please contact Maryse 0418147967 or Mary at the parish office.

 

RCIA:

is the process by which adults formally join the Catholic Church. If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, not baptized and recognise the need for spirituality in your life. RCIA team can help you. We gather every Wednesday at 7:30 pm to share, listen, learn, and teach. If you or someone you know of would like to join this journey, contact the parish office/ visit our website.

 

NEW WEBSITE FOR CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SALE:

The Diocese has moved its website to a new domain and the content has been overhauled and refreshed.

www.cdsale.org.au is the new website address.

 

YOUTH CHOIR:

If you would like to join the St Patricks Youth Choir please contact Auxilia at 0405844557

 

CHURCH CLEANING       

22/11 G Dias & C Faamausili  29/11 A & R Jayawardena

 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

17/11 N Boloski, L Roberts C Smith 24/11 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

 

ROSARY STATUE:

17/11 Velten family  24/11 J & T Jimenez

 

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

L Patton

T Ridgeway

H Pereira S Dominic V Ukkru

L Patton J Rodda

9:00am

C Fernando

P Fernando

P Velten D Rowlands N Boloski

S Leo M Dineen

10.30

Catholic Care Volunteers

U Tiberi A Vanday M Welkiwatte

C Faamausili A Stowers

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

A Ross

A Rajesh

L Garvey W & B Vail R Ginting

 A Tanner

9:00am

A Minnus

B Wiegerink

R  & A Jayawardena J Schalks

J White C Martin

10.30

R Lappin

R Pereira

D & J Estrada C Faamausili

FINANCE MATTERS

 

Last week: PG  $1613.00   Loose   $ 856.20  House   $772.35

This week  PG  $1639.00   Loose   $ 655.25  House   $636.45

 

“You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.

B Kollaris J Mozina

 

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 10th Nov, 2019

We remember those who have died recently especially Kevin Hogan and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

We pray for those who are sick including, Max Byers, Claude Allas, 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 Prep is today  Sunday, December 1st   2:45 pm in the library.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL:

met at the CatholicCare Offices at 1 Rogers St on Wednesday night.

  • Manager Mark Tanti briefed the Council on the scope of activities undertaken by CatholicCare in the Parish area; Counselling services, Domestic and Family Violence Support, Emergency Relief and special courses to learn English.
  • Agreement to celebrate Mick O’Brien’s service in the Parish as Principal of St Patrick’s Primary with a morning tea after 9:00 am Mass on Sunday 8th Bring a plate to share.
  • The working drawings for the Church Renovation was presented and discussed.
  • The Council approved a BYO dinner for all Parish Volunteers to be held on Friday 6th December at 6.30 pm.
  • The content of a Welcome folder to be available to new parishioners was endorsed for release later this month.
  • Evangelisation Group reported their intention of holding a Bible Study course, for parishioners and those of neighbouring parishes, during Lent.
  • Safeguarding Officer reported that a schedule of 2020 audit activities will require a risk analysis prompting safeguarding policies of Parish events.
  • Paddy’s Kitchen has produced a set of operational guidelines that have now been included on the Parish Web Site.
  • Next Meeting of the Council will be held on 4th February.

ST PATRICK’S CHURCH REFURBISHMENT PROJECT:

For a couple of years now, a parish committee has been overseeing the planning of a major refurbishment of our church building. The committee consists of: Fr Bernard Buckley, Mick O’Brien, Liz Merrigan, Freda O’Gorman, Paul Velten, Ron Jayawardene, Helen Staindl, Herbie O’Flynn and Georges Willman, property officer for the Diocese of Sale.  In that time we have been in conversation with parishioner and artist, Anthony Russo, and architect Nick Russo. During this time we have been considering issues of planning, building, engineering, finance and liturgy … among others.

Our discussion and planning for this project is now at the stage where the committee seeks the input of parishioners on the draft designs. The committee seeks to make a presentation to parishioners on the weekend of November 9th and 10th. We will have display boards from the Russos with plans and designs to date. Parishioners will have the opportunity to make written suggestions, comments etc for consideration as we plan further. Soon the draft plans will be submitted to the Bishop and his advisers seeking their required input and, we hope, approval for our plans.

Please accept the invitation to attend the briefing/ presentation on November 9th and 10th Masses to show your interest and offer your thoughts.

CHRISTMAS MASSES CHOIR:

A warm invitation is extended to keen singers to join in our choir practices for Christmas Eve carol service, followed by Midnight Mass.  Practice will be held each Thursday evening, starting on 21st November, 7.30 pm in the church. All welcome A warm invitation is extended to keen singers to join in our choir practices for Christmas Eve carol service, followed by Midnight Mass.

Practice will be held each Thursday evening, starting on 21st November, 7.30 pm in the church. All welcome

2019 FRIENDS OF SION GATHERING:

Friends of Sion Gathering will commence at 9.30 am on Sunday 10  November 2019 with Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale

 ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP 2020:

  We are looking for a new coordinator for our parish playgroups in 2020. This position involves promoting playgroup through social media and on the website as well as being a contact person for all enquiries and the group leaders.

We are also looking for people who would like to lead one of our sessions.  If you are interested and want to find out more please contact Angela on 0409042107

VOLUNTEER ‘THANK YOU’ BBQ:

St Patrick’s parish would like to thank all volunteers for your support and generosity in offering your time and talent to our parish with an evening BBQ on 6th December 2019. All are welcome. Bring a plate to share.  

MASS AT THE CEMETERY:

During the month of November, we remember and pray for those who have died. On Nov 6th we celebrated the annual memorial mass at the Pakenham cemetery. It was a wonderful evening remembering and praying for our loved ones.  

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF HOLY SOULS:

Masses can be arranged through AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED for your deceased loved ones. One hundred percent of your Mass offering will be sent to a poor priest overseas, who will celebrate Mass for your intentions. Visit: www.aidtochurch.org/mass-offerings or call 1800 101 201.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – ASSIST A STUDENT:

This is an educational program aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty. Just $70 can assist an overseas student for one year, offering hope, an education and a better future. This is one of the most positive ways of helping families in need throughout Asia and the Pacific regions to become self-sufficient through education. If you would like to donate to this program, there are forms on the table in the foyer or speak to Joy de Jong.

PREPARING AND CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING:

presented by the ACU Centre for Liturgy.

  • What do Catholics believe about sacraments of healing?
  • How do Catholics celebrate reconciliation?
  • How do Catholics care for the sick?
  • Viaticum and Communion to the Sick.

This one-day formation event, presented by Professor Clare Johnson, with Fr Joseph Abutu and Ms Sharon Boyd, is for pastoral care workers, clergy, hospital chaplains, lay ministers, parishioners and all those who care for the sick.

Saturday 23rd November 9.00 am – 4.45 pm with registration from 8.30 am) at St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Registration Fee $60 per person (includes morning/afternoon tea, light lunch and handbook on Communion to the sick) Register by Tuesday 19th November www.acu.edu.au/pastoral_formation_days

Next meal and companionship is Sunday, 17th November    Doors open 5:30 pm  for a 6:00 pm meal  Please feel welcome to come and enjoy a 2- course hot meal if you are struggling in this cold weather or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. Our team leader for this week is Herbie. If you can help with a dessert please contact the parish office.

VINCENT DE PAUL:

Volunteers are gearing for their Annual Christmas Hamper collating and delivering. They are In need of donations of $20 Target Cards as a Christmas gift for a child 10 years and over. If you can assist please contact Maryse 0418147967 or Mary at the parish office.

NEW WEBSITE FOR CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SALE:

The Diocese has moved its website to a new domain and the content has been overhauled and refreshed.

www.cdsale.org.au is the new website address.

Site improvements include a map and links to a page for each parish, easier access to mass times, regular news coverage and an events list.

The site also has a number of quality information areas which are useful for volunteers in parishes such as the ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Living the Faith’ sections.

News stories and events can be submitted for inclusion on the website by parishes and local Catholic organisations. This can be done via the website.

Recent website news stories include coverage of the Diocesan Assembly and recent school principal appointments, Recent Event posts include the Pastoral Formation day for the sacrament of healing and Friends of Sion Gathering. 

When new stories and events are added they are also shared to the Diocesan Facebook www.facebook.com/dioceseofsale 

DR FRANCES BAKER:

will be speaking at St Michael’s about moral theology – or how to live as Christians today.  Parishioners of your parishes are welcome to attend  Wednesday 13 November 6.45 for a 7:00 pm start Followed by light supper Bookings online schoolinterviews.com.au Code sgyub or Berwick Parish office 97071355

 

CHURCH CLEANING:

15/11  C McCowan & M Burhop  22/11 G Dias & C Faamausili

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

10/11 D Velten K Symons  17/11 N Boloski, L Roberts C Smith

ROSARY STATUE:

J & J Spierings  17/11 Velten family

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

A Mendis

E Fernando

T Reimert T Ridgeway M Burhop

G Wright K Symons

9:00am

D Rowlands

P Velten

M O’Brien P Carlin P Maxfield

G Prestt B Barker

10.30

J Arul

A Arul

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu

P SweeFan W Wong

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

L Patton

T Ridgeway

H Pereira S Dominic V Ukkru

L Patton J Rodda

9:00am

C Fernando

P Fernando

P Velten D Rowlands N Boloski

S Leo M Dineen

10.30

Catholic Care Volunteers

U Tiberi A Vanday M Welkiwatte

C Faamausili A Stowers

FINANCE MATTERS

Last week: PG  $1420.50   Loose   $ 863.15  House   $715.35

This week  PG  $1613.00   Loose   $ 856.20  House   $772.35

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,  encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word”.(2 Thes 2:16-17)

 

THE TREE OF REMEMBERANCE

 There is a long standing tradition in the church to remember the deceased in a special way during the month of November. There will be little cards on the table in the foyer for the entire month for you to inscribe in it the names of your departed loved ones. These will then be placed on our tree of remembrance.

PREPARING AND CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

presented by the ACU Centre for Liturgy.

  • What do Catholics believe about sacraments of healing?
  • How do Catholics celebrate reconciliation?
  • How do Catholics care for the sick?
  • Viaticum and Communion to the Sick.

This one-day formation event, presented by Professor Clare Johnson, with Fr Joseph Abutu and Ms Sharon Boyd, is for pastoral care workers, clergy, hospital chaplains, lay ministers, parishioners and all those who care for the sick.

Saturday 23rd November 9.00 am – 4.45 pm with registration from 8.30 am) at St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Registration Fee $60 per person (includes morning/afternoon tea, light lunch and handbook on Communion to the sick)

Register by Tuesday 19th November www.acu.edu.au/pastoral_formation_days