We remember those who have died recently including Vincenza Santo and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Maureen Atkins, Reno Borg, Brindly, Berty & Kingsley Fernando
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, letyour perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. AMEN
We pray for those who are sick including Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker, Bob Grech, Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, Richard Pereira, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge,
This weekend we welcome Riva & Oakley Mackenzie- Singh, Jax Mackenzie-Gibb & Sophia Russo and their 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 November 4th, at 2.45pm, in the library.
The 2018 Welcome Dinner will be held on October 26th. 6.15 for a 6.30 meal All new parishioners, over the last 12 months, are welcome. If you are new in the parish and don’’t hear from us in the next few days,please make yourself known to Fr Bernard, Marianne or Siji or at the Parish Office.
PLANNING YOUR GOLDEN YEARS
Made your will? Thought about a Power of Attorney when you might not be able to make good decisions? Thought about leaving your clear instructions for your funeral? What about the advanced care you require when you might not be able to make those things clear?
This session will give people a chance to tease out answers to such questions.
All are welcome at this topical day, who need to think about their arrangements as they get older.
4 speakers on their expert topics – moving into care, assessments for care, advanced care planning; making wills and designating a power of attorney; arranging a funeral; the funeral ceremony. There’ll be four 15 minute talks, followed by questions.
In the parish Welcome Room
This Tuesday, October 16th, after Mass, with a 10:00am cuppa, then the four short talks. Concluding about 12:30pm with lunch.
There will be ample time for questions on the day. We’d presume there will be a few laughs to be had, as well as the more serious stuff!! Please consider coming along!!
ST CLARE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL TWILIGHT MARKET
Friday 23 November More details to follow.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
We are looking at putting a Team together to lead a shorter RCIA season. If anyone is familiar with RCIA, or would like to find out about the RCIA season and process, see Fr Bernard or Siji Dominic. Thanks to those who have inquired already, including those seeking initiation into the church.
SUPPORTING 4C’s – Cardinia Combined Churches Caring
All are invited to a 4C’s Fundraiser with Justine Clarke. Come for an amazing (Kid-Friendly!!) afternoon of singing, dancing & fun with our very special guest Justine Clarke. It will be 2 hours full of entertainment for both mum, dad and kids! All money raised from this wonderful event will go towards helping The 4C’s Crisis Centre in Pakenham. On Thursday 25 Oct from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Pakenham Community Hall (Cnr John & Henry Sts). Don’t miss out! Tickets are selling now
$10/$20 + family pass. All money raised will go towards running the 4C’s centre. With
I SEE YOU LIKE THIS Mobile studio KIDS – you dress up your parent/guardian!You can also help by bringing tins of food. http://buytickets.at/the4cs/202898
OCTOBER, THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY
Pope Francis, and other Popes, ask us to pray the rosary daily. All are most welcome to join in the rosary via a telephone ‘conference call’ during the month of October, from 8.30pm to 9pm* (Melbourne time).
To join the conference call, dial 03 9028 0260; you will be asked for an Access code
please press 247785#. Let’s have a great time of prayer and break through of strongholds. God bless you.
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020
‘Every voice, our voices collectively, are important! What do YOU think God is asking of ‘us in Australia’? What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change? Last week in our parish we commenced the ‘sign up’ phase – to gather in small groups. Thank you to those who have responded and ‘signed up’. This week we continue to encourage YOU to join in and ‘sign up’. Small groups sessions will be held on days/times to suit the participants over the coming weeks. Today after mass Pastoral Council team members will be presenting a short information session (10min. max) in the hall after Mass, and be available to answer questions. A ‘trial’ small group session, will follow if desired, for those interested. The journey toward PC 2020 will help us to prepare to listen to God by listening to one another. We are all invited to engage, ‘sign up’ to join a small group, and be part of this ‘Listening and Dialogue encounter’. For more information
See plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au ; talk to any of the Parish PC 2020 Team Siji Dominic; Sandie Downey; Katrina Venn; Garry Forrest; Tresa Andrews; Mick O’Brien; Angharad Dorian; Victoria Mawen and John Ruys or visit our Parish Facebook page.
Plenary Council Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia
and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another
and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other
and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-ﬁlled future,
that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
bread for the journey from age to age. Amen
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary MacKillop, pray for us
DROP YOUR BAGS! – A Reflection
How would Jesus finish this sentence if he looked at you and said
“Follow me. You’ll have treasure in heaven if you go and …” The man in this week’s Gospel wanted to follow. Maybe Jesus had grabbed his heart or given him hope that things could be much better. But something held him back – wealth. Jesus knew that possessions held the man hostage, and he offered him freedom. But the man couldn’t accept it. We all carry “baggage,” something that’s slowing us down, keeping us from following Jesus more closely. That’s partly because our society breeds attachment to such baggage. For some of us, possessions hold us back. Jesus spends some extra time talking about possessions because he knows that people with a lot of possessions can easily become possessed by them.
Here are a couple of other examples. Our society also breeds attachment to revenge. Don’t get mad; get even. But revenge breeds revenge. And people who can’t forgive are held hostage by the anger that sears their hearts. Our society breeds attachment to pride as well. Don’t show your weakness. Never let them see you sweat. But people who never show weakness are phony, and people who never apologise end up lonely..
Jesus wants to help us let go. He offers us strength through prayer and Mass, guidance through the Scriptures and other Christians, forgiveness when we reattach to our baggage by sinning. So, look honestly at your baggage. What’s keeping you from a life of love and service? But don’t go away sad. Over time our Saviour will help you drop it all.
What might Jesus tell you to drop if you asked him how you could follow him more closely?
UNITY IN THE SPIRIT DAY
St Patrick’s Prayer Group meets fortnightly on Fridays from 7.10 p.m. in the Parish ‘Welcome” Room. Our next meeting is on Friday, 19th October. We have seven dedicated members, and together we pray for our parish, Australia and the world’s troubles. All are welcome.
Our next Diocesan function is a Unity in the Spirit’ day at St Ita’s Church, 50 Victoria St, Drouin, on Saturday October 20th from 9:30 am-4.00pm. Speakers include
Mrs Ann Brereton, Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Council; Ms Lenyce Willason, of CCR, Melbourne. Fr Francis Otobo will celebrate Mass at 3.45pm. All are welcome. For more information
Cathy McLure 03 5174 3001 or Michael & Wendy Power 03 5678 2271.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
All St Pat’s parishioners are invited to a social justice evening discussion at St Michael’s, Berwick, sponsored by the St Vincent de Paul conference & the Social Justice Group at St Michael’s. The theme of the discussion is “Making A Home For Everyone In Our Land”, reflecting the content of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2018-19. You are invited to learn about and discuss the issues surrounding homelessness in our local community. Guest speakers are
Amanda Williams, Casey-Cardinia Homelessness Network, City of Casey; and Stephen Nidenko, Manager, Outer South Homelessness Services, W.A.Y.S.S. The date is Wednesday, 24th October, at 7.00pm at St Michael’s Parish Centre, 121-123 High Street Berwick (cnr Bain Street). All welcome!
New Rosters are available in the foyer.
14/10 D Velten K Symons
21/10 N Boloski & C Smith
19/10 W Damin & M Sashanami
26/10 M Mendis & C Faamausili
14/10 6pm K Symons 9am A Jayawardena 10.30 I Merrigan
21/10 6pm M Burhop 9am G Prestt 10.30 J Pauguy
14/10 Q Perera
21/10 Poonweera Family