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.
“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
15/11 C McCowan & M Burhop 22/11 G Dias & C Faamausili
10/11 D Velten K Symons 17/11 N Boloski, L Roberts C Smith
J & J Spierings 17/11 Velten family
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
T Reimert T Ridgeway M Burhop
G Wright K Symons
M O’Brien P Carlin P Maxfield
G Prestt B Barker
A Parma M Pauguy P Setu
P SweeFan W Wong
H Pereira S Dominic V Ukkru
L Patton J Rodda
P Velten D Rowlands N Boloski
S Leo M Dineen
Catholic Care Volunteers
U Tiberi A Vanday M Welkiwatte
C Faamausili A Stowers
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)