We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Robert Nulliah
We pray for those who are sick including, Max Byers, Claude Allas, John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.
This weekend we welcome Lachlan Blackburn and his parents Maria & Scott “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 Sunday, December 1st 2:45 pm.
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.
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.
ST.CLARE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL:
is holding its annual Twilight Market on Friday 22nd November from 5:00pm-8:00pm.
With the season of advent fast approaching, we are looking for plenty of volunteers to help us with the season. If you have a few hours to spare during the month of December, please contact the parish office.
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.
A group has formed and have begun meeting every Wednesday at 9:30 am in the parish meeting room to read, reflect and discuss the following weeks Gospel. If you would like to attend, please contact the parish office.
THE WESTERN REGION YOUTH CHOIR:
The LAMP is now planning to form a western region youth Choir. If you would like to join the team, please contact Siji @59417315 for more information.
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 are able to come a few minutes before mass, please contact the parish office.
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, at 7.30 pm in the church. All welcome
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 040904210
THE WORD DAY OF THE POOR ADDRESS BY POPE FRANCIS:
“The hope of the poor will not perish forever” (Ps 9:19). These words of the Psalm remain timely. They express a profound truth that faith impresses above all on the hearts of the poor, restoring lost hope in the face of injustice, sufferings and the uncertainties of life.”
Pope Francis challenges each one of us “How many times do we see poor people rummaging through garbage bins to retrieve what others have discarded as superfluous, in the hope of finding something to live on or to wear! They themselves become part of a human garbage bin; they are treated as refuse, without the slightest sense of guilt on the part of those who are complicit in this scandal. Frequently judged parasites on society, the poor are not even forgiven their poverty. Judgment is always around the corner. They are not allowed to be timid or discouraged; they are seen as a threat or simply useless, simply because they are poor.”
Pope Francis suggests that we should identify with the poor by listening to the urgent appeal that Scripture makes on behalf of the poor. “Wherever we look, the word of God points to the poor, those who lack the necessities of life because they depend on others. They are the oppressed, the lowly and the downcast. Yet, faced with countless throngs of the poor, Jesus was not afraid to identify with each of them: “Whatever you did to one of the least of these my brethren, you did to me” (Mt 25:40). If we refuse to make this identification, we falsify the Gospel and water down God’s revelation. The God that Jesus came to reveal is a Father who is generous, merciful, unfailing in his goodness and grace. He gives hope especially to those who are disillusioned and lacking in hope for the future.”
The Pope concludes by asking all Christian communities to help ensure that this World Day of the Poor will encourage more and more people to cooperate effectively so that no one will feel deprived of closeness and solidarity. May you always treasure the words of the prophet who proclaims a different future: “For you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings” (Mal 3:20 [4:2]).
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.
Next meal and companionship is today 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.
MERCY PILGRIMAGE WITH OBERAMMERGAU:
Explore the iconic pilgrimage sites of Eastern Europe in this 16-day pilgrimage led by Fr. Patrick Jackson departing on 08th August 2020. This pilgrimage features Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Munich, and Oberammergau. Witness the famous Passion Play 2020 which takes place once-a-decade for an all-inclusive price of $7900 + Tips. The fare includes Return Economy Airfares + Local Transfers in Deluxe coaches + Stay in Premium Hotels + All Breakfast & Dinners + Catholic Priest + English speaking professional guides + Entrances as per itinerary and more. For inquiries & bookings call 03 8839 6615 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgIt is our endeavour to make pilgrimages accessible, viable and affordable to the faithful who would love to take this journey.
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
VINCENT DE PAUL:
Volunteers are gearing for their Annual Christmas Hamper collating and delivering. They require 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.
is the process by which adults formally join the Catholic Church. If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, not baptized and recognise the need for spirituality in your life. RCIA team can help you. We gather every Wednesday at 7:30 pm to share, listen, learn, and teach. If you or someone you know of would like to join this journey, contact the parish office/ visit our website.
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.
If you would like to join the St Patricks Youth Choir please contact Auxilia at 0405844557
22/11 G Dias & C Faamausili 29/11 A & R Jayawardena
17/11 N Boloski, L Roberts C Smith 24/11 F DeBona & A Jayawardena
17/11 Velten family 24/11 J & T Jimenez
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
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
L Garvey W & B Vail R Ginting
R & A Jayawardena J Schalks
J White C Martin
D & J Estrada C Faamausili
B Kollaris J Mozina