We remember those who have died recently including Christina McMillan and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Ryan Merrigan, Frank Brady Antonio & Concetta Natoli , Madeline Roberts, Lois Allas, Alcide Castel
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, le tyour perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. AMEN
We pray for those who are sick including Maria Austin, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker, Bob Grech, Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, Richard Pereira, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Jimmy Smith & Isla Fairweather 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 November 4th, at 2.45pm, in the library.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL ASSIST A STUDENT PROGRAM
This is an education program aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty for students in our neighbouring developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. Just $70 can assist one of these students for one year – 100% of your donation goes towards uniforms, books and course fees.
If you would like to support this program there are some payment forms on the table in the foyer, or contact Joy de Jong on 0408107502.
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020
Our Dialogue and listening encounter for the Plenary Council have begun with some wonderful stories and sharing a laugh or two. Thank you to all who attended both sessions. Next session is Sunday 28th at 2pm -everyone welcome. What happens at these encounters? Prayer, talking, reflecting and lots of sharing. Our next sessions will be Tue 30th at 1.30pm, Wed 31st at 7pm and Sun 4th Nov at 2 pm. in Welcome Room. Bishop O’Regan is inviting everyone to participate in a Session with him – to be held locally at St Michael’s Primary School Berwick, on Tuesday 30th Oct. 7:30pm.
This is an event which raises much needed awareness and support for the local charity, the 4Cs Crisis Relief Centre. We are passionate about the cause as it supports our local community. Furthermore, we will be participating in the event by riding our bikes 80km on November 17th. For this we are asking you to sponsor us so we can, together, make a difference within our community. You can sponsor us online through the website http://www.theslog.com.au click on sponsor a rider and type (Tresa Andrews/James Andrews) to sponsor us. Thanks in advance. Cheers James and Tresa
The Seniors’ anointing mass will be on Tuesday 30th October at 11:00am in the church. Lunch will follow. Please write your name in the signup sheet in the foyer for catering purposes.
ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP
The group’s next outing is on Wednesday 7th November at th Cardinia Club, Racecourse Road, Pakenham for a 12.30pm start. If you are able to attend please contact Kathy 0418679616 of email@example.com All welcome.
PRAYER FOR STUDENTS AT EXAM TIME
Be with me as I enter this exam.
Still my heart and open my mind.
Help me to write with confidence
and allow me to demonstrate all that I have learned.
Thank you for the many people who have prepared me for this time
and thank you for the opportunity to bring my learning to this moment.
Be with me, as I enter this exam time. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF THOSE UNDERGOING EXAMS
Loving God, be with __________ as they commence this exam period.
Give them the confidence they need
and allow them to demonstrate their many gifts.
Give them courage and the confidence to know
that no matter what happens they are deeply loved
and that all will be well.
And from us all, good wishes to those doing their VCE exams!
REMEMBERING – IN NOVEMBER
In the Catholic Church, November is traditionally associated with remembrance of the dead. Bringing to mind deceased family and friends can be very painful, especially if the bereavement is relatively recent. Liturgical remembrance, however, is not just about looking back to the past but also looking ahead to the future in trust and hope. Just as our loved one shared in Christ’s death in baptism, we believe that he or she will share in Christ’s resurrection and enjoy eternal life in God’s presence. This November, again, we pray in unity for our relatives and friends and for those who have no one to pray for them, who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.
The tradition of recalling and interceding for the dead is a long-established practice in the Church. In earlier centuries, large tablets were inscribed with the names of the dead who were to be remembered at the Mass and the deacon would read out the names during the liturgy.
There is something poignant and personal about writing down the names of our deceased loved ones and asking the community to remember them in prayer. Our parish will have a “Tree of Life” on which parishioners are invited to add the names of relatives and friends who have died in the last year, or over the years.
Various local customs have become attached to the celebration of All Souls’ Day over the years. In the Middle Ages, many believed that the souls in purgatory appeared on this day, in the form of witches, goblins, and so on, to those who had wronged them during their lives on earth, and special foods were prepared to feed and appease the spirits. Some ethnic groups continue this tradition today.
The Mass texts for this liturgical remembering speak of consolation and hope; washing, cleansing, purification; and of course the victory of Jesus over sin and death. Every celebration of Mass includes prayers for the dead. A particular feast like All Souls gives a special focus to the basic Christian instinct and traditional Catholic practice of remaining in communion with those who have “fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection”:
Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord,
and, as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead,
so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants
also find new strength.
On November 21st, at 6:00pm, all are invited to join in a Mass for the Faithful Departed and a Blessing of the Graves at the Pakenham cemetery, Thewlis Road.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
Perhaps you wish to become a Catholic? Perhaps you are engaged to a Catholic, or have Catholic children, or un-Baptised children, or are simply looking for a friendly place to learn more about the Catholic church? You might be searching for answers to big questions about life, or death; or you’re searching for a Christian community to which you’d like to feel you can truly belong. Maybe you just want some more information. If you would like to know more about the Catholic faith, for any reason at all, then the next season of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) at St Patrick’s parish, Pakenham, could be for you.
The RCIA is about
• The Good News of Jesus.
• Growing in the faith and beliefs of the Catholic church.
• Sharing a journey with others who would like to know God better.
• Learning to love the Lord.
• Learning to make life more Christian.
• Discovering that to come to faith in Jesus is life changing.
To start with there will be Enquiry evenings on Wednesday, November 7th and 14th, at 7:30pm in the parish’s Welcome Room. In the weeks after that there’s a time of some teaching, sharing and having some of your questions answered. Then, evenings follow that will offer more systematic discovery of the Catholic faith. It will also be a time to experience the life of the Christian community, and a time to recognize the presence of God in our lives. Easter is the time when those who have chosen to embrace the faith of the Catholic tradition may be fully initiated into the Church. Anyone interested is invited to make contact with Fr Bernard or our friendly staff at the parish office;
ST CLARE’S EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
St Clare’s ELC is taking enrolments for 2019. for children aged 3 – 6 years in accordance with the National Quality Frameworks. We aim to develop independent children in being prepared for school and for life.
“We value each child as an individual with their own strengths, culture and family. We respect the rights of each child and their role within their own family. We will work to ensure that children are not discriminated against on the basis of gender, ability, economic status, lifestyle, ethnicity, language or culture”. (from St Clare’s Centre’s Philosophy.)
St Clare’s welcomes all children to our centre, many of our children attend many different schools in the community. We have an open door policy, so please come and visit the centre any day between the hours of 8.30am – 4.00pm or ring to make an appointment, 95 Majestic Drive, Officer, 0359 406 799.
FROM CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
CTC is holding an Open Day, on Wednesday 7th of November, highlighting
study options at CTC, a Library and Building tour, followed by refreshments. There are two sessions
from 4.30pm–6.30pm or 6.00pm–8.00pm. Bookings are essential!
Please RSVP to Jenny Delahunt by Friday 2 November, Phone:9412 3314 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
“THE LAMP ABLAZE”
You are invited to join “The L.A.M.P. ABLAZE” event on Nov 17th, at St Agatha’s Cranbourne from 8:30am-5:00pm, to celebrate the amazing journey of The L.A.M.P. in its first year. This day brings a variety of inspiring guests speakers, a lot of fun, games and laughter along with soul-stirring time spent in praise & worship, reconciliation, adoration and much more this day surely lives up to its theme and promises to set the fire ablaze. Food will be provided! $5 registration https://thelampwrsale.wixsite.com/home
28/10 F Debona A Jayawardena
4/11 Volunteers Please
2/11 T & N Andrews
9/11 K Venn & H Aurish
28/10 J Ruys 9am B Hind 10.30 P Bare
4/11 6pm M Vandiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn
28/10 S Gupta
4/11 Mendis/Fernandez Family