We remember those who have died at this time including Annacolleta Masvosva & Devadass Muthu, and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Ron Resuggan
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 Maria Austin, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker, Bob Grech, Ethel Luker, Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge We pray for all who care for the sick and worry about them. May their works of service be richly blessed. (Names can only be placed on this list by the sick person or a family member)
Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Preparation is Sunday January 6th 2019 , at 2.45pm
BAPTISM PREP GROUP
The parish is in need of a couple of people who might like to assist in the Baptism Preparation session, on the first Sunday of each month. The session goes for about one hour, from 2:45pm, and is often the first visit back to the parish by the young families for many years. The really important aspect of this day is to welcome these families when they come.
By the time we gather this weekend, Hiep Nguyen will have been ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Regan, at St Mary’s cathedral, Sale. We’d all hope the ceremony, and the good wishes of so many, will encourage Hiep in his ministry among us in the Diocese of Sale.
On Saturday, December 29th, at the 6:00pm Mass, Hiep will be with us at St Pat’s, to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving for the part the parish here has played in his life and preparation for priesthood. It would be great to see many there. I would be glad to hear of any suggestions about how we might have a celebration after that particular Mass. Hiep will leave for Vietnam early in the new year to continue the celebrations with his family and community there and will be given a parish appointment upon his return to Australia a few weeks later.
In the meantime let’s keep him in our prayers, we certainly need a priest or two more, these days. So let’s pray too that others might consider the option of ordained ministry in our church for their lives too.
CHRISTMAS MASS VOLUNTEERS
If you would like to be a Lector, offertory gift bearer, Eucharistic ministers , welcomer or an altar server for any of the Christmas or New year Masses, please put your name down in the signup sheet in the foyer.
CALLING ALL SHEPHERDS AND ANGELS
The 6:00pm and the 8:00pm Christmas masses are looking for little kids to come dressed as shepherds and angels. We are also looking for adult helpers to get the kids organised. If you have any questions please contact parish office.
CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE
The “Family” Mass will be celebrated at 6pm on Christmas Eve. The choir will practice each Saturday, from 7pm to 9pm until December 22nd. All welcome! The Midnight Mass choir practice will be held in church every Wednesday at 7:30pm until December 19th. All parishioners are welcome. For the 9:30am Mass on Christmas Day the choir will be practicing, every Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30pm.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE
The Christmas Eve family Mass will be celebrated at 6pm on Christmas Eve. Practices for the choir will be held on Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm. Dates of practices are 15th Dec and 22nd Dec. All welcome!
A PICTURE OF THE LAST SUPPER
We have been contacted by someone who is wanting to buy a large print of “The Last Supper”. If anyone has one, surplus to their requirements, a name and address have been supplied. See Fr Bernard or Mary in the parish office.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
December 24th: Mass at 6pm, 8pm & Midnight
Carols half an hour prior to each mass
December 25th: 9.30am
PRAYERS AT THE CRIB
This is a lovely service of Christian Carols and Scripture readings, gatheresd around the crib. This Sunday at 7pm in the church. All welcome.
CHRISTMAS MASS GO-ERS
Each census and National Church Life Survey remind us of the marked fall in the number of Catholics who regularly attend Sunday Mass since the last survey/ census was taken. A variety of strategies aimed at arresting the decline and encouraging people to return to weekly communal worship are suggested, though we don’t seem to be successful in doing so. Perhaps the Plenary Council 2020 will offer some new strategies for this important work.
Christmas is one time of the year when church attendance is high, largely because it is socially acceptable and even a bit expected. There are various factors that motivate people to come to church at Christmas. Some genuinely want to celebrate their faith. Others want their children to experience the religious aspect of Christmas. Still others come to keep peace in the family, or to try to recapture happy childhood memories.
It is not unknown for regular worshippers to grumble about these ‘hardy annuals’ who take up all the spaces in the carpark and sit in ‘their’ seat in the church! Celebrants have been known to use the occasion to criticise these visitors for not fulfilling their Sunday obligation, for not being part of the parish community, even for not contributing to parish finances.
We’d hardly imagine that this sort of treatment would encourage people to return in a hurry. Making contact with those who have fallen away from the regular practice of their faith is extremely difficult. Christmas and Easter services are key times for finding infrequent attenders in church. Parishes need to make the most of the opportunity this provides to offer a good experience of worship and to issue invitations to other parishactivities.
Additional hospitality ministers could be rostered for Christmas Masses to ensure that everyone who enters the building is greeted with a cheery ‘Happy Christmas’. The parish bulletin can provide all sorts of useful information if groups want to offer it, and with an up to date parish website.
It is important for parishes to be clear about just what it is that we are doing when celebrating Christmas Mass. It is not a performance where adults sit back and watch a children’s nativity play, nor is it a Christmas carols concert. At Christmas we celebrate the amazing truth that God became one of us. People need and deserve to hear the real message of Christmas – that Jesus did not remain a helpless infant, that he grew up, lived and died and rose again, and, most importantly, that he is still Emmanuel, ‘God with us’, here and now, amongst the trials and tribulations of our everyday lives. Every parishioner, at Christmas Masses, can seize this once-a-year chance to evangelise simply through their joyful celebration of Christmas, and their open-ness and welcome to others.
As the moving Christmas song, Star Child tells us, “This year, this year let the day arrive when Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive.”
(With thanks to the Archdiocese of Brisbane for the use of the original article.)
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020
Our questions about and our hopes for the Church arise from hearts that listen to the Spirit. We have been having great discussion sessions and a lot of great responses in the past few weeks. These have been summarised and displayed on the noticeboard in the foyer. Please take time to read through them, very interesting responses. We also had a great Listening and Dialogue sessions with the two school principals Mick and Helen on the topic “Religious Education in School church and home”. They have clarified many of the questions and concerns put forward to them and were very keen to continue to listen. The discussion will be displayed in the foyer after Christmas. We are continuing to invite our parishioners to share their hopes for the Church, through the cards provided in the foyer through which to submit their thoughts. Visit www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au for more information.
KIMBERLEY CATHOLIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE
Urgently wanted: Volunteer Workers – Balgo and La Grange/ Bidyadanga The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc. Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months. We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Balgo, and La Grange/Bidyadanga and Warmun. For further details on how to be a part of this unique experience, and an application form, please contact: Volunteer Coordinator: Anneliese Rohr 08 9192 1060 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.broomediocese.org Mail: PO Box 76, BROOME WA 6725
16/12 N Boloski C Smith Resumes in February
21/12 G Dias
28/12 M Craven B Syder
16/12 6pm K Symons 9am G Prestt 10.30 L. O’Flynn
23/12 6pm M Vandiemen 9am B Hind 10.30 I Merrigan
16/12 A Raos
23/12 A & S Daniels
The new rosters are due in January. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to be included on the regular roster for ministry at Mass, or have any changes to your current availability, please contact parish office at 5941 7315 by the 30th of Dec