THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH, 29th DEC 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Brian Hogan, Roy Luiz, Ray Nestor  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Eric Hanegraaf, Clare Vandenberg.    

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

BAPTISMS:

This weekend we welcome Shayna &  Shaun Fernando and their parents Thirg and Nalika  Next Baptism Prep is  January 5th, 2020  at    2:45 pm

MANY THANKS:

From the whole community who gathered for the Christmas celebrations, many thanks to all who worked so hard to make the liturgy and the church ready for the people to celebrate Christmas:  lectors and Communion ministers, the sacristans, the crib and advent wreath designers and builders, the florists, the altar servers, the singers and musicians, the technology people, John for connecting the church to the hall by TV and those who help set up the hall. Thanks to all.

NEW YEAR MASS TIMINGS

31st Dec: 7:00 pm Mass

1st Jan: 10:00 am

 

FROM BISHOP PAT:  

Deacon Stanly Devasia will be ordained to the priesthood on January 4th, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church, Mampoli, Kerala, India for the Diocese of Sale, by Archbishop George Njaralakatt of the Archdiocese of Tellicherry. Bishop Pat and several priests from our Diocese and the Melbourne church will be joining in the celebration. We are all asked to keep Fr-to-be Stanly in our prayers. His appointment will be to the Cranbourne parish when he returns to the Diocese in February.

Clergy Appointments:  

Bishop Pat has made the following appointments of clergy in the Diocese, from January 15th:  

Fr Janeesh Puthenpurackal CMI from PP of Yarram and Foster parishes to Pakenham parish as Parish Priest.                                                                                      Fr Antony Rebelo IVD from Assistant Priest at Cranbourne to Parish Priest of Yarram and Foster.    

Fr Jayakody Francis to be Assistant Priest at Cranbourne Parish.                            

Fr Bernard Buckley will continue on Sick leave                                                                                                           

From February 25th:       
Fr Stanly Devasia to be Assistant Priest at Cranbourne parish 

Fr Jayakody Francis to be Assistant Priest in the East Gippsland Mission, at Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost parishes.

SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2020:

Has now been updated on our website.  for more information please visit Please visit   http://stpatrickspakenham.com.au/sacraments-2/

Next meal and companionship is January 5th, 2020     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.  Team Leader is Mick

HELPING REFUGEES A MORAL DUTY: POPE

Human beings have a “binding” moral obligation to save those whose lives are threatened, including the lives of migrants and refugees, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

“We must rescue and save because we are all responsible for the lives of our neighbour and the Lord will ask us to account for them at the moment of judgment,” the Pope said as he met 33 migrants and refugees brought to Rome two weeks earlier by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner.

The group, which included 14 children and teens, arrived in Rome from the Greek island of Lesbos on December 4. Most were from Afghanistan, but there also was a woman from Togo and a young mother and her three-month-old baby from Cameroon. The group included both Christians and Muslims.

Pope Francis blessed a large resin cross constructed around a used orange life vest. The life vest, which the Pope had hung in an alcove by the guest elevators in the Apostolic Palace, was picked up by a migrant rescue organisation in the central Mediterranean Sea on July 3. A small plaque below the cross gives the date along with the GPS coordinates of where it was recovered.

Francis said he wanted the jacket to be part of a cross because the cross symbolises both suffering and redemption through the triumph of Jesus. “The unknown migrant, who died hoping for a new life, participates in this victory,” the Pope said.

Several years ago, Francis was given another orange life vest. He said he gave it to the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development with the comment, “Here is your mission”.

“By that I meant the inescapable commitment of the Church to save the lives of migrants in order to welcome them, protect them, support them and integrate them,” the Pope said, as the group from Lesbos looked on, except for the toddler who played at his feet.

Francis said he wanted to display the life vest “‘crucified’ on the cross to remind us that we must keep our eyes open, keep our hearts open and to remind everyone of the binding obligation to save every human life, a moral obligation that unites believers and nonbelievers.

FULL STORY

Pope meets new arrivals in Rome, says helping migrants is moral duty (Crux)  Published Cath News, 20th Dec 2019

PLENARY COUNCIL UPDATE: Have you been a part of the Plenary Council process of listening, prayer, dialogue and discernment?  Do you feel called to express your interest in being a delegate from our diocese?  Speak with your Parish Priest, school principal or agency leader today about the details.  Expressions of Interest due by January 25th 2020. 

Calendar Dates for Delegates

Any person who expresses their interest in being called by our diocese to be a delegate to the Plenary Council must be available for the following dates:

  1. Preparation and formation days for Delegates: Choose ONE of the following four dates:

a. Melbourne: Thursday 5.00 pm June 18th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm June 20th 2020

b. Brisbane: Thursday 5.00 pm June 25th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm June 27th 2020

c. Sydney: Thursday 5.00pm July 16th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 18th 2020

d. Perth: Thursday 5.00 pm July 23rd 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 25th 2020

2. Plenary Council General Assembly 1: Sunday 2.00 pm October 4th 2020 – Sunday 12.00pm October 11th 2020

3.Plenary Council General Assembly 2: Monday 12.00pm June 28th 2021 – Saturday 12.00pm July 3rd 2020

Anyone who cannot be available for all of these dates, unfortunately, is ineligible to be called.

 

CHURCH CLEANING    

  27/12  Andrews Family  10/01  Lindsay & Jean Claude Pauguy

  CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

Returns February 2020

  ROSARY STATUE:

22/12 M Hau   29/12 G & N Forrest

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00 pm

A Rajesh

A Ross

L Garvey, W & B Vailk, R Ginting, A Tanner

9:00 am

P Fernando

C Fernando

C Martin, G Thompson, M O’Brien, H & R Francis

10.30 am

R Pereira

M Byers

M Hobbin, R Lappin, C Mayer,

I Merrigan, R O’Brien

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00 pm

A.Mendis

E.Fernando

T.Andrews;  M.Vandiemen,  J.Parsons,  H.Judd,  S.Dominic

9:00 am

H. Francis

D.Rowlands

P. Fernando, R.Dias,  M Wiwczaruk,   P. Carlin,  N.Boloski 

10.30 am

A. Arul,

J. Arul

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

FINANCE MATTERS

 Last week   PG   $1485.00     Loose    $692.80     House   $608.45

This week   PG   $ 1484.00    Loose    $830.10     House   $826.15

Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” (Matthew 2:13

4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT 22nd DEC 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Brian Hogan, Roy Luiz, Ray Nestor  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time  including Ron Resuggan   

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


BAPTISMS:

Next Baptism Prep is  January 5th, 2020  at    2:45 pm


FROM BISHOP PAT: 

Deacon Stanly Devasia will be ordained to the priesthood on January 4th, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church, Mampoli, Kerala, India for the Diocese of Sale, by Archbishop George Njaralakatt of the Archdiocese of Tellicherry. Bishop Pat and several priests from our Diocese and the Melbourne church will be joining in the celebration. We are all asked to keep Fr-to-be Stanly in our prayers. His appointment will be to the Cranbourne parish when he returns to the Diocese in February.

Clergy  Appointments:    

Bishop Pat has made the following appointments of clergy in the Diocese, from January 15th:     

 Fr Janeesh Puthenpurackal CMI from PP of Yarram and Foster parishes to Pakenham parish as Parish Priest.   

Fr Antony Rebelo IVD from Assistant Priest at Cranbourne to Parish Priest of Yarram and Foster.                                                                         

Fr Jayakody Francis to be Assistant Priest at Cranbourne Parish.                           

 Fr Bernard Buckley will continue on Sick Leave.                                                                                                        

From February  25th:                                        

Fr Stanly Devasia to be Assistant Priest at Cranbourne parish                               

Fr Jayakody Francis to be Assistant Priest in the East Gippsland Mission, at Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost parishes.


 

PLENARY COUNCIL UPDATE: Have you been a part of the Plenary Council process of listening, prayer, dialogue and discernment?  Do you feel called to express your interest in being a delegate from our diocese?  Speak with your Parish Priest, school principal or agency leader today about the details.  Expressions of Interest due by January 25th 2020. 

Calendar Dates for Delegates

Any person who expresses their interest in being called by our diocese to be a delegate to the Plenary Council must be available for the following dates:

  1. Preparation and formation days for Delegates: Choose ONE of the following four dates:
    • Melbourne: Thursday 5.00 pm June 18th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm June 20th 2020
    • Brisbane: Thursday 5.00 pm June 25th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm June 27th 2020
    • Sydney: Thursday 5.00 pm July 16th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 18th 2020
    • Perth: Thursday 5.00 pm July 23rd 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 25th 2020
  2. Plenary Council General Assembly 1: Sunday 2.00 pm October 4th 2020 – Sunday 12.00 pm October 11th 2020
  3. Plenary Council General Assembly 2: Monday 12.00 pm June 28th 2021 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 3rd 2020

Anyone who cannot be available for all of these dates, unfortunately, is ineligible to be called.


 

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.


 

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2019:

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, every year has its mixture of good and bad. Every year has its various successes and failures. Each year has its number of unexpected and unnerving events, as well as its deep joys and successes.

2019 is no different. For many, it has been a tough year. Back in February this year our Diocese seemed to be ringed by bushfires in places around Bunyip, Churchill and Dargo. In late November, it seemed as if the whole country was on fire. Some of our people are facing a challenging new year.

Things feel a little fragile right now for some: the economy is tight; there is not much of a social security net; jobs are under major threat in the Latrobe Valley and in our timber country; some of our young people are uncertain about their future.

While we know that uncertainty and the unforeseen are to be expected in our lives, it leaves us a little unsettled.

And then into this uncertainty once again, as it does each year, comes Advent and Christmas. A reminder that the kind of God we have is a God who first comes to us; a God who is not only God for us, but God with us; a God who reminds us that we are not alone.

At Christmas the One who is our light comes into our lives. The prophet Isaiah tells us that the ‘people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. On those who dwell in the valley of death a light has shone.” This is our story as well.

Our joy at Christmas is not simply the celebration of another birthday. It celebrates that we have someone who is our Light; One who can show us the path of life; One whose light accompanies us especially in the darkness.

If Christ is that for us then Christmas also challenges us to become that Light in our world.

At Christmas we see in the child born in Bethlehem a God who comes in search of us; a God who is our true Light, a God who teaches us that we are not alone. It shows us that we have someone upon whom we can lean.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, may Christmas 2019 be a time of great peace, trust and forgiveness, for you and your families and friends. May we rediscover Jesus Christ our true light, a light that is always there. God is good, good indeed.

Bishop Patrick O’Regan

Bishop of Sale


 

NEW YEAR MASS TIMINGS

31st Dec: 7:00 pm Mass

1st Jan: 10:00 am

PADDY’S KITCHEN: Next meal and companionship is January 5th, 2020     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.  Team Leader is Mick O Brien

CHILDRENS LITURGY: A BIG thank you to all our children’s liturgy helpers for 2019. You all do a wonderful job! We will take a break over  January and resume in February. We are always looking for more support; if anyone would like to assist our leaders on a monthly roster please let one of us know. It would be wonderful if there was enough support to commence children’s liturgy at the 6 pm and 10:30 am masses. Every blessing Donna Velten 


 

SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2020: has now been updated on our website. Please visit  http://stpatrickspakenham.com.au/sacraments-2/ for more information.


 

CHRISTMAS MASS VOLUNTEERS: If you would like to be a Lector, offertory gift bearer, Eucharistic ministers, welcomer or an altar server for any of the Christmas or New year Masses, please put your name and phone number down on the signup sheet in the foyer.


 

ST JOSEPH’S TECHNICAL SCHOOL, SOUTH MELBOURNE (closed 1988): A Reunion of Students, teachers & staff, will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2020 from noon to 4 pm at the old school site, which is now home to Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School. Entry is from Banks Street. BBQ lunch and light refreshments provided. A gold coin donation to help cover costs would be appreciated. Memorabilia will be on display. Enquiries to Tony 9580 7344. Regards Tony Allday 2020 Reunion Committee.


 

CHURCH CLEANING       

  27/12  Andrews Family


  

  CHILDREN’S LITURGY: Returns February 2020


 

     ROSARY STATUE: 22/12 M Hau   29/12 G & N Forrest


 

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

T Andrews

N Andrews

H Pereira T Ridgeway V Ukkru

L Patton  J Rodda

9:00am

B. Wiegerink

D Rowlands

M Dineen J Schalks J White

R & A Jayawardena

10.30

A Arul

J Arul

D & J Estrada C Faamausili

B Kollaris  J Mozina

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

A Rajesh

A Ross

L Garvey W & B Vailk R Ginting

A Tanner

9:00am

P Fernando

C Fernando

C Martin G Thompson M O’Brien

H & R Francis

10.30

R Pereira

M Byers

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer

I Merrigan R O’Brien

FINANCE MATTERS 

Last week   PG  $1416.75   Loose   $838.20   House  $647.50

This week     PG   $1485.00     Loose    $692.80     House   $608.45

Paddys Kitchen

Paddys Kitchen

Next meal and companionship is  December 15th     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. Thank you to all the wonderful parishioners who have provided desserts over the past year for our bi monthly dinners. We are generally serving around 35 guests.  Our next dinner is on Sunday 15th December.  We are planning a Christmas Dinner and would appreciate any offers of cold desserts e.g. trifle, cheesecake, pavlova etc. The leader is Sue and she can be contacted on 0409 202903 or aussiebobcahire@bigpond.com

LATEST UPDATE FROM FR BERNARD

LATEST UPDATE FROM FR BERNARD

I wanted to let parishioners know there will be some changes coming to our parish in the new year.  With the continuing challenges I have with my health, and the need of the parish for a full time priest keep the parish on mission, it seemed best to me that I make way for someone else. So, last week I offered Bishop Pat O’Regan a letter of resignation as PP of St Pat’s, Pakenham. I was very sad to do so. The Bishop sent a very kind letter accepting my resignation.

The process now is that Bishop Pat has written to the priests of our Diocese advising the parish of St Pat’s is ‘vacant’ as of January 15th, 2020. He has asked for applications for the position of PP, and that those be received soon. The hope is that an appointment can be made and announced soon, even before Christmas. This move, and any others that arise in other parishes because of it, will likely take place about January 17th.

I am very grateful for all the prayers, kindness and good wishes sent my way over these months and ask, if it’s not too much to do so, that you keep the prayers going a bit longer!! I miss parish life very much. I hope to be involved in some small way in the parishes here in Sth Gippsland as things allow. My prayers are for the health and happiness of all in the St Patrick’s family; and for courage and confidence for those who are finding life a bit of a battle as Christmas approaches. 

Wishing everyone all the blessings for a happy, holy and safe Christmas season. BB.

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT 15th DEC 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Brian Hogan, Roy Luiz and those whose anniversaries occur about this time  including Joan Taskis, Billy & Jose Hughes  

We pray for those who are sick including, John Seet, Max Byers, John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Brian Tanti, Milan Sunil; Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.

BAPTISMS

Today we welcome Isabella DeVera and her parents Jowell 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 Prep is  January 5th, 2020  at    2:45 pm

LATEST UPDATE FROM FR BERNARD:

I wanted to let parishioners know there will be some changes coming to our parish in the new year.  With the continuing challenges, I have with my health, and the need of the parish for a full-time priest keep the parish on mission, it seemed best to me that I make way for someone else. So, last week I offered Bishop Pat O’Regan a letter of resignation as PP of St Pat’s, Pakenham. I was very sad to do so. The Bishop sent a very kind letter accepting my resignation.

The process now is that Bishop Pat has written to the priests of our Diocese advising the parish of St Pat’s is ‘vacant’ as of January 15th, 2020. He has asked for applications for the position of PP, and that those be received soon. The hope is that an appointment can be made and announced soon, even before Christmas. This move, and any others that arise in other parishes because of it, will likely take place about January 17th.

I am very grateful for all the prayers, kindness and good wishes sent my way over these months and ask, if it’s not too much to do so, that you keep the prayers going a bit longer!! I miss parish life very much. I hope to be involved in some small way in the parishes here in Sth Gippsland as things allow. My prayers are for the health and happiness of all in the St Patrick’s family; and for courage and confidence for those who are finding life a bit of a battle as Christmas approaches. 

Wishing everyone all the blessings for a happy, holy and safe Christmas season. BB.

 

PARISH ADVENT RECONCILIATION DATES

17th Tuesday,       7:30 pm, Our Lady Help Of Christians,  Narre warren.

18th Wednesday,  7:30 pm,  St Michaels Parish Berwick.

19 th Thursday,     7:30 pm,  St Agatha’s Parish Cranbourne.

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.

 

PRAYERS AT THE CRIB:

This is a lovely service of Christian Carols and Scripture readings, gathered around the crib on Sunday 22nd Dec at  7:00 pm in the church. All welcome.

 

PRAYER PLACEMATS:

Our Piety stall has beautiful prayer placemats at $2 each which make excellent Christmas gifts for primary aged children and will assist parents to pray with their children at mealtimes.

 

KIMBERLEY CATHOLIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE

URGENTLY WANTED:  VOLUNTEER WORKERS

The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc.  Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months.  We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Kalumburu and La Grange/Bidyadanga.

For further details on how to be a part of this unique experience, and an application form, please contact:

Volunteer Coordinator: Anneliese Rohr 08 9192 1060, Email: volunteers@broomediocese.org, Web: www.broomediocese.org

Mail:  PO Box 76, BROOME  WA  6725

 

CHRISTMAS MASS VOLUNTEERS:

If you would like to be a Lector, offertory gift bearer, Eucharistic ministers, welcomer or an altar server for any of the Christmas or New year Masses, please put your name down on the signup sheet in the foyer.

 

 

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL PILGRIMS TOLD: ‘REBUILD MY CHURCH’:

THOUSANDS of young Australian Catholics have been challenged to “go out and rebuild” God’s Church on the opening day of the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival. The opening session of the Festival, which has drawn 5500 young people from across Australia, featured a Welcome to Country, high-tempo music, inspirational speakers and moments of prayer. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, the host of the Festival as the Archbishop of Perth, welcomed pilgrims and encouraged them to bring every part of themselves to the gathering.“You are welcome here with your questions, with your hopes, with your dreams. You are welcome here with your doubts and with your fears. You are welcome here with your hesitations and you’re welcome here with all your enthusiasms,” Archbishop Costelloe said. “God is real. Christ is alive. The Church of which you are a part is yearning to help you and to hear you, to teach you and to learn from you, to challenge you and to be challenged by you.” Archbishop Costelloe’s opening address drew upon the exhortation that St Francis of Assisi received 800 years ago and a similar encouragement from Pope Francis in more recent times. He combined God’s request to St Francis’ – “Go and rebuild my Church, which is falling into ruin” – with Pope Francis’ comments at World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. Archbishop Costelloe challenged young people: “Get up off your couches, go out and help rebuild my Church. Help it to set out on new and uncharted pathways. Help stop the Church, my Church, from falling into ruin.”Fr Rob Galea, a priest of the Sandhurst Diocese and a renowned singer-songwriter, used the Festival’s opening session to invite delegates to be open to the voice of God in their lives.

“I pray that throughout this time, as we gather here as a family, as we gather here as your people, that you give us the grace to hear you speak,” Fr Galea said. “Lord, we don’t want to walk out of this place the same way we walked in. We know that when you speak, our lives, our hearts are changed forever. So Lord, we give you the permission these next few days to speak to our hearts, to speak into our lives. “Lord, we give you the permission to mess up our plans. We want you, Jesus. We want your guidance, Holy Spirit. You can take the world, you can take everything. Give us you. Come, Holy Spirit.” In the evening plenary session on day one, pilgrims heard humorous and faith-filled insights from Missionary of God’s Love Sisters Therese Mills and Judy Bowe, who recently appeared on television show The Amazing Race.

Sr Judy said when someone suggested the idea to go on the show, they thought it could be from God, but they needed to – in the theme of ACYF and the Plenary Council – listen to the Holy Spirit.

“When it’s God, anything can happen. It was so ‘God’ because it was so positive. It was like the whole Church has this big collective laugh, all together,” she explained. Sr Therese said they were given the opportunity to bring the Gospel message to people’s lounge rooms through actions like praying at the demilitarised zone on the border of North and South Korea. And that allowed them to speak with their fellow contestants and crew – and the audience – about their own vocation and how God can work in people’s lives.

“If you know that you’re listening to the Holy Spirit, you can do anything with great courage that it will go well,” Sr Judy said. Sebastian Duhau and Holly Roberts, who have each represented young Australian Catholics at the Vatican, told their peers that they should take up Pope Francis’ challenge to be “protagonists of change” and “the now of God”. They explained that the Plenary Council 2020 allows people of all ages in Australia to be both of those things. Delegates closed the first day by participating in the meditative prayer form that originated from the Taizé community in France, followed by a musical performance from Gen Bryant. Other highlights on the opening day included:

The first two “Cruisin’ with Columba” conversations – chats between Bishop Delegate for Youth Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE and a group of young people;• The first Bishops X-Change sessions, in which bishops from across the country engage with young people on important issues facing the Church and society;• Dutch priest and author Fr Michel Remery asking the question: “Is there social media in heaven?”;• Catechetical sessions on prayer, including participation in Sunday Mass;\• An exploration of how young Catholics can continue to advocate for action on climate change. For more information about the Festival, including speaker and performer profiles, go to www.acyf.org.au

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

Next meal and companionship is  December 15th     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. Thank you to all the wonderful parishioners who have provided desserts over the past year for our bi monthly dinners. We are generally serving around 35 guests.  Our next dinner is on Sunday 15th December.  We are planning a Christmas Dinner and would appreciate any offers of cold desserts e.g. trifle, cheesecake, pavlova etc. The leader is Sue and she can be contacted on 0409 202903 or aussiebobcahire@bigpond.com 

CHRISTMAS MASS VOLUNTEERS:

If you would like to be a Lector, offertory gift bearer, Eucharistic ministers, welcomer or an altar server for any of the Christmas or New year Masses, please put your name and phone number down in the signup sheet in the foyer.

 

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

 

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.

 

ST JOSEPH’S TECHNICAL SCHOOL, SOUTH MELBOURNE (closed 1988):

A Reunion of Students, teachers & staff, will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2020 from noon to 4 pm at the old school site, which is now home to Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School. Entry is from Banks Street. BBQ lunch and light refreshments provided. A gold coin donation to help cover costs would be appreciated. Memorabilia will be on display. Enquiries to Tony 9580 7344. Regards Tony Allday 2020 Reunion Committee

 

CHURCH CLEANING       

20/12 M Mendis Family   27/12  Andrews Family

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

15/12 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith

22/12 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

ROSARY STATUE:

15/12  R & A Jayawardena  22/12 M Hau

 

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

A Tanner

J.Samymuthu

T Reimert S Dominic M Burhop

G Wright  K Symons

9:00am

M Dineen

M O’Brien

P Maxfield B Brker G Prestt
N Boloski S Leo

10.30

A Raos

J Estrada

U Tiberi A Vanday M Weliwatte
C Faamausili A Stowers

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

T Andrews

N Andrews

H Pereira T Ridgeway V Ukkru

L Patton  J Rodda

9:00am

B. Wiegerink

D Rowlands

M Dineen J Schalks J White

R & A Jayawardena

10.30

A Arul

J Arul

D & J Estrada C Faamausili

B Kollaris  J Mozina

FINANCE MATTERS

 

Last week   PG  $1578.00   Loose   $718.35   House  $719.55

This week   PG  $1416.75   Loose   $838.20   House  $647.50

 

“Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Mathew 11:11)

 

All our activities as a parish in building community, forming faith, serving the poor, participating in the liturgy, should be undertaken so that a seeker after Truth might see and hear the evidence of the presence and mission of the risen Lord Jesus Christ amongst us.

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT 8th DEC 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Marie Williamson and those whose anniversaries occur about this time especially Joseph Luka.

We pray for those who are sick including, John Seet, Max Byers, John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker,  Philomena Molloy, 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  January 5th, 2020  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 this 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.  

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:

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

NEW ROSTERS: 

The new rosters are due in January. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to be included on the regular roster for ministry at Mass, or have any changes to your current availability, please contact the parish office by the 11th of Dec.

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.

PRAYERS AT THE CRIB:

This is a lovely service of Christian Carols and Scripture readings, gathered around the crib on Sunday 22nd Dec at 7:00 pm in the church. All welcome.

PRAYER PLACEMATS:

Our Piety stall has beautiful prayer placemats at $2 each which make excellent Christmas gifts for primary aged children and will assist parents to pray with their children at mealtimes.

ADVENT IS A PERFECT TIME TO PONDER ST. JOSEPH:

Since the events surrounding Jesus’ birth manifest the crux of our knowledge about St. Joseph in Scripture, the Advent/Christmas cycle is a perfect time to ponder his witness.

Though we do not know many details about him directly from Scripture, much can be inferred about him from what we do know. The litany of St. Joseph is a great place to get to know his characteristics. Among other things, it identifies St. Joseph as “most just.”

The justice on display in a figure like St. Joseph is often missing from today’s world. He offers a witness upon which we should meditate to learn the ways of God, who was fully alive in him.

To live as a man of justice, St. Joseph needed to be a man of faith, hope and charity. Take for instance the situation in which he found himself — betrothed to a young woman pregnant with a child not his own.

The justice of his day would have expected St. Joseph to abandon the young woman. More than that, it would have demanded the young woman be killed. While it’s clear he wrestled about what to do, St. Joseph’s action was definitive. He moved forward with his plans to welcome Mary into his home.

In God’s justice, St. Joseph’s heart was open to the truth. But this required great faith from him. The reality that Mary was expecting God’s own son was something that defied human knowledge and reason. To embrace Mary in this vulnerable state opened up St. Joseph to vulnerability as well.

St. Joseph’s faith informed his hope that God would provide for him because he was doing what was right, what was just. He knew it could cost him greatly, and for all we know it might have. That would only make sense according to the Christian logic of obedience and sacrifice. Consider what ramifications could flow from this small-town carpenter’s acceptance and protection of a woman most believed was an adulterer.

It was primarily a heart full of love that enabled St. Joseph to endure whatever difficulty might come his way.He loved God above all and wanted to accept his role in God’s plan for the salvation of mankind. In love, he laid down his life for his beloved Mary and the divine son she bore. 

I often find myself imagining I was in St. Joseph’s shoes. So many situations of life present similar circumstances like he faced. The qualities of his life should be those appropriated by anyone who wants to follow Jesus more closely. When life’s darkest moments hover around us — akin to the dark days of December’s Advent season — we can ask St. Joseph to help us. We can turn to his example for strength to persevere. We should desire and seek to emulate his faith, hope and love. In meditating on the life and witness of St. Joseph we can learn a fundamental truth described by St. Paul: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8: 28).

Michael R. Heinlein is editor of Simply Catholic. Follow him on Twitter @HeinleinMichael

 

KIMBERLEY CATHOLIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE

URGENTLY WANTED:  VOLUNTEER WORKERS

The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc.  Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months.  We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Kalumburu and La Grange/Bidyadanga.

For further details on how to be a part of this unique experience, and an application form, please contact:

Volunteer Coordinator: Anneliese Rohr 08 9192 1060, Email: volunteers@broomediocese.org, Web: www.broomediocese.org

Mail:  PO Box 76, BROOME  WA  6725

 

ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP 2020:

We are looking for a new coordinator for our parish playgroups 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 please contact parish office or more info.

CHRISTMAS MASS VOLUNTEERS:

If you would like to be a Lector, offertory gift bearer, Eucharistic ministers, welcomer or an altar server for any of the Christmas or New year Masses, please put your name down in the signup sheet in the foyer.

8:00pm Christmas eve  Mass is looking for a couple more singers Practice at 10:30 Saturday mornings after Rosary.

Paddys kitchen

Next meal and companionship is  December 15th     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. Thank you to all the wonderful parishioners who have provided desserts over the past year for our bi monthly dinners. We are generally serving around 35 guests.  Our next dinner is on Sunday 15th December.  We are planning a Christmas Dinner and would appreciate any offers of cold desserts e.g. trifle, cheesecake, pavlova etc. The leader is Sue and she can be contacted on 0409 202903 or aussiebobcahire@bigpond.com  Please contact Sue if you are able to offer a dessert.

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

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.

CHURCH CLEANING       

13/12  W Wong M Sashanami  20/12 M Mendis Family

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

8/12 D Velten  & K Symons  15/12 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith

ROSARY STATUE:

8/12 l Diaz   15/12  R & A Jayawardena

FINANCE MATTERS

 

Last week: PG  $1632.00   Loose   $ 729.50  House   $730.35

This week  PG  $1578.00   Loose   $718.35   House   $719.55

TIME

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

   

6:00pm

A Tanner

J Samymuthu

T Reimert S Dominic M Burhop

G Wright K Symons

9:00am

M Dineen

M O’Brien

P Maxfield B Barker G Prestt
N Boloski S Leo

10.30

A Raos

J Estrada

U Tiberi A Vanday M Weliwatte
C Faamausili A Stowers