We remember those who have died recently including Robert Brown, Ann Huyskens and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Pascuala Tudtud.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

We pray for those who are sick including Clyde Dias, Romeo Santilli, Michael Bakker, Josephine Charabie, Bob Grech, Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Vincenza Santo, Elizabeth Ware, Michael Bakker, David Gudgeon, Richard Pereira, Val Battams, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge.


This weekend we welcome James Brotto and his parents. Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). The next Baptism Preparation is today September 2nd, at 2.45pm, in the library.


I will be on annual leave for the next few weeks/ weekends. Fr Mark Godridge will be here for the weekend Masses and he, or the local priests, would respond to an emergency or funeral etc call the parish office. Fr Bernard


The Centre for Liturgy (Australian Catholic University) will be offering a Short Course in preparing and celebrating catholic funerals in the Diocese of Sale. This course is presented to us by leading scholars and practitioners
Prof Clare Johnson, Fr Denis O’ Bryan and Ms. Wendy Goy (Tobin Brothers Funeral). The course runs over two days at St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Pakenham. Sessions 1 & 2, Saturday 13th October 2018, and sessions 3 & 4, Saturday 10th November 2018 both from 9:30 am -1:30 pm with light lunch to follow. Registration is essential by Tuesday 9th October 2018. For further information, check out the flyer in the foyer.


Paddy’s Kitchen is an outreach of St Patrick’s Parish that provides a FREE Roast Dinner to families in need or to those who are finding life difficult at the moment. NEXT serving will be Sunday 2nd September, commencing at 5.30pm with dinner served at 6pm in the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.This months volunteers will be the St Pat’s grade 6 students with their parents and teachers. ALL WELCOME


On Friday,Sept 7th, at 7:30pm, our parish will celebrate this special feast with a rosary procession with candles outside the church ( weather permitting). Let us all gather together as a community and pray the rosary together.


On Sunday 16th Sept,2018, there will be a prilgrimage to our lady of Perpetual help, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, led by Bishop Pat O’Regan. Afternoon Tea to follow. Please Register your interest with your Parish Office.


Today the Special Collection for the Priests’ Welfare Foundation will go towards the support of the sick or retired priests and deacons in our diocese and the overseas priests in times of sickness. All donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. If you require a receipt for taxation purposes, please put your name and address clearly on the special envelope and a receipt will be issued in due course.


are currently collecting handbags in good clean condition, which may be lurking in your cupboards. Any donations of basic toiletries would also be greatly accepted. These will be distributed to city women’s shelters, before Christmas. Our collection will continue till September 21st. Don’t forget our used stamp collection box in foyer.


Our next lunch will be on September 5th at 12 noon at the Cardinia Club, Racecourse Road, Pakenham. All parishioners and friends are welcome. Please contact Kathy on 0418679616 or ksymons54@bigpond.com if you can come.

The L.A.M.P

The next L.A.M.P event will be held in Our Lady Help Of Christians, Narre Warren on the 22nd of September. More info at https://thelampwrsale.wixsite.com/home


Next weekend (8/9) the St Francis Xavier College ‘Ruben Centre’ group will be at mass to speak about the Centre and seek our support for their supportive role to them.

FATHERS IN OUR LIVES – A Prayer for Father’s day

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual,and reality teaches us that most fathers excel, while some struggle. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed. This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways–both big and small–they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach. So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. AMEN
A very happy Father’s Day to all Dads.


In a ‘Letter to the People of God’ this week, Pope Francis said no effort must be spared to protect children (Vatican Media). Pope Francis has acknowledged the Church “did not act in a timely matter” to protect children from sexually abusive priests over a period of decades, saying in a letter to Catholics that the Church “abandoned” minors. “With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been … realising the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives,” the Pontiff said in the letter, released yesterday in response to the Pennsylvania grand jury report. “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them,” the Pope said. In the three-page letter, addressed to the “People of God,” Francis also says the Church has “delayed” in implementing measures to protect children and to hold those who have abused them to account.Praising zero-tolerance policies and “ways of making all those who perpetrate or cover up these crimes accountable,” Francis said, “We have delayed in applying these actions and sanctions that are so necessary, yet I am confident that they will help to guarantee a greater culture of care in the present and future.”Although Francis did not outline specific steps for the Church to adopt, he said “no effort must be spared to protect children” and called on Catholics globally to consider taking up the spiritual practices of prayer and fasting to foster solidarity with those who were harmed.“I invite the entire holy faithful people of God to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting,” the Pope said. “This can awaken our conscience and arouse our solidarity and commitment to a culture of care that says ‘never again’ to every form of abuse.”Francis’ letter comes six days after the August 14 release of the grand jury report, which revealed that at least 1,000 minors were abused by Catholic priests across six dioceses in the state of Pennsylvania over a period of seven decades.The Pope’s letter, which the Vatican said was written in Spanish, Francis’ native language, begins with a quote from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.”You can read the full text of the Holy Father’s letter to the People of God at


Celebrating mass in Phoenix Park, Ireland this week, Pope Francis prayed
“We ask forgiveness for the abuses in Ireland, abuses of power, of conscience, and sexual abuses perpetrated by members with roles of responsibility in the church. We ask forgiveness for the times that, as a church, we did not show the survivors of whatever kind of abuse, the compassion and the seeking of justice and truth through concrete actions. We ask for forgiveness for some of the church hierarchy who did not take charge of these situations and kept quiet. ”Ending the prayer, Pope Francis said
“Give us the strength to work for justice. Amen.”


The St Pat’s Mauritian community invites you to celebrate the feast of Blessed Jacques-Desiree Laval, the “Apostle of Mauritius” on Sunday, 9th September, at 10.30 am Mass. After Mass you are invited to join us in a humble selection of Mauritian dishes. If anyone would like to participate or help prepare contact John on 0403945831.


There will not be reconciliations in our parish for the next 2 weeks as Fr Bernard is away.


St Patrick’s offers a fantastic room dedicated to our parish families with little ones to come together and experience community support whilst our little ones gets to grow, learn, and develop friendships. We are currently running four sessions and have positions available for anyone who is interested, we would love you to get involved! Please contact Christine on 0438364881


St James Anglican Church is hosting an afternoon tea for Leprosy Mission on Saturday 15th September at 2:00pm with leprosy mission ambassadors Joe & Maria Bast. All are welcome.Check poster in foyer for more information.


Diocese of Sale – Business Manager and Diocese of Sale- Manager Professional Standards and pastoral ministry. For further information please check out job vacancies at https://www.sale.catholic.org.au


The sacrament of reconciliation for the first time, will be celebrated on October 25th in our parish. For those children, attending non parish schools, who would like to receive this sacrament, please contact Siji Dominic @ 59417315 – or siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au – soon to register. The four preparatory sessions begin on 12th Sept. It is expected that each child and a family member will attend each activity.

NEW ROSTERS are due end of September. If you would like to volunteer for any of the ministries or would like to make changes to your availability, please contact Siji through parish office by Sept 16th


2/9 J Schalks J White
9/9 D Velten & K Symons


7/9 C McCowan & M Burhop
14/9 M Dineen & K Venn


2/9 6pm S Dominic 9am B Hind 10.30 I Merrigan
9/9 6pm M Vandiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn


2/9 R & A Jayawardena

9/9 Hau Family

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