We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Allan, Carolyn & Stuart O’Gorman
We pray for those who are sick including John Seet, Max Byers, John Ramsdale, David Lively, Milan Sunil, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.
Next Baptism Preparation is March 1st , at 2:45 pm in
the parish library.
ST PATRICK’S CHURCH RENOVATION
The Church Renovation Committee met on Wednesday night to consider updated plans of the church presented by Architects Antony and Nick Russo. The new plans reflect directions received from Bishop Patrick O’Regan and his Consultors plus comments by parishioners. The assembly area has increased in size by 150 square metres by widening the footprint by 2 metres on the North and 1.5metres on the South. The Sacristies have been relocated to the current library room, prayer shrines to Mary and St Patrick have been added, the Stations of the Cross reconfigured to both sides of the Church and the sanctuary crucifix redesigned to reflect a more conventional style. Next steps are to have the projected costs updated and then considered by the Parish Finance Committee before gaining amended building approval from the Shire Council and representing to Bishop O’Regan for approval.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
This year’s World Day of Prayer will be held at The uniting Church, 47 James St, Pakenham, on Friday 6th March, at 1:30pm. The focus will be Pray for Zimbabwe. One of the great things about us coming together this way is the possibility to have people from many of the local churches participate. If you are willing to represent our parish in saying the prayers of the faithful, please contact parish office.
DISCUSSION GROUPS IN LENT:
Ash Wednesday is on Feb 26th this year, so beginning the season of Lent. We have a Lenten program called “Grace”, for group discussions/ reflections during Lent. Parishioners are invited to join with a small group of friends and or neighbours and or parishioners, in any convenient venue, home, the parish center, the coffee shop etc, to take part in this worthwhile way of preparing for Easter. Groups of 4 or 5 or 6 are advised. If you are interested to participate in a Lenten reflection group please contact the parish office or staff so the resources can be provided. Groups would likely start meeting the week of Ash Wednesday, or the following one.
AN ECUMENICAL LENTEN CONVERSATION:
An Invitation from Most Reverand Patrick O Regan and The Right Reverand Dr Richard Treloar, Anglican Bishop of Gippsland to join in a lenten conversation at The Abbey, Raymond Island on Friday 21st Feb 2020 from 10:00 am till 3:30 pm. The reflections will be led by two outstanding theological scholars, The Revd. Professor Mark Lindsay, Professor of Historical Theology Trinity College theological school, and Dr Francis Baker RSM, Senior Lecturer in Moral Theology and Systematic Theology, CTC. The Abbey is an Anglican retreat and conference Centre on Raymond Island linked by ferry to the nearby township of Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes. There is a catering Charge of $20. Please contact the parish office for more information.
2020 STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS CONFERENCE:
Saturday 15 February 2020, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, 400 City Road, Southbank (Planetshakers Centre) A day of prayer and renewal for all Christians to come together and be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Encouraged by Pope Francis’ message that we are all called to be saints, the underlying theme of the conference is to rely solely of God’s grace and strength – especially in times when your faith could be questioned and challenged. Guest speakers will include Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Fr Augustine Vallooran V.C, Lenyce Willason, Fr Ken Barker MGL & Lalith Perera.
We invite everyone to this free event. If you are interested in participating, please register online. For more information & free registration visit www.strengthinweakness.com.au
Rosary will be recited after each weekday mass including Communion Services at 10am We are praying for the parish of St Patricks, Fr Janeesh as our leader and our church in Australia. Everyone welcome to join us.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL:
are always looking for helpers on our nightly visitations to those who call in for assistance. Time required is from 3.30 – 5.30 generally, on a night of your choice once a month or so. If interested you could leave your name and number with Mary in the office, or call Joy on 0408107502
THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR:
will resume after the school holidays on 22nd Feb. Any children, teen or youth interested can join the group. The choir will sing for 6pm Holy Mass, every fourth Saturday of the month excluding school holidays. The choir dates for your diary – 22nd Feb, 28th Mar, 25th Apr, 23rd May, 25th July, 22nd Aug, 24th Oct, 28th Nov. The choir practice will be there from 5.15 pm onwards on the mentioned dates, before Holy Mass, inside the Church. There will be a meeting for Children’s Choir group parents and children on 22nd Feb after 6pm Holy Mass in the parish library. All the new members welcome! We are looking for Teens or Youths who can play music instruments to help out the children’s choir. Please contact Raja or Sumy (email parish office) if you are interested to join or if you have any questions. Thank you
COMMUNION MINISTERS AND SACRISTIANS TRAINING:
Our parish is always in need of more parishioners to serve as Communion ministers, Sacristans and ministers of communion to the sick. You will notice how often the task falls to the same people, never an ideal thing. On Sunday, Feb 23rd at 3:00 pm or Thursday 27th Feb at 7:30 pm, in the church, a workshop will be held for all new and existing ministers of Communion and Sacristans, to take up this important role of service in our community. Attendance to only one of them is needed. It would be great to have all the different communities who comprise our parish be represented more strongly in these roles. Please put your name down in the signup sheet in the foyer to let us know when you can attend. More information contact Siji at 5941 7315.
Next meal and companionship is February 16th 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 or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. If you can provide a dessert for this meal please contact Tresa at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next LAMP event “In His Image and Likeness will be held at Narre Warren on 22nd February from 9am – 3pm. There are three age groups Junior Stream (yr7-9) Senior stream (yr10-12) and YA stream (18+). For more information please check flyer in foyer or on our website under youth.
JOSEPH’S TRAFALGAR CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION:
On Sunday 22nd March 2020 Beginning with Thanksgiving Mass In St John’s Church at 10:00 am
Followed by Open School,Social Gathering.BBQ lunch Provided
Please RSVP by Friday 13th March 2020 email@example.com,56331151 or
firstname.lastname@example.org Parking available in the Parish Carpark (west of the church) Provided and at the Trafalgar Bowling Please bring any memorabilia to share
BECOMING A CATHOLIC:
Are you someone or do you know someone who…
Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children. Sessions began on Wednesday, Feb 5th at 7:30 pm in the parish welcome room., please contact the office to join
in, all most welcome.
Playgroup returns for 2020. At the moment there are sessions Tuesday and Thursday 09.30-11.30am. All that is required is a piece of fruit to share For more info and details on starting other days please contact Bianca 0404810917.
ATTENTION: PARISH SINGERS AND MUSICIANS WANTED FOR THE RITE OF ELECTION!
As in past years, we are forming a Diocesan choir for the Rite of Election at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 1st March 2018.
1.30-2.30 pm Choir rehearsal
3.00 -4.00 pm Rite of Election
To register your interest and receive the music pack, please contact Sophy Morley on email@example.com as soon as possible or phone the diocesan staff on 5622 6687
Playgroup returns for 2020. At the moment there are sessions Tuesday and Thursday 09.30-11.30am . All that is required is a piece of fruit to share For more info and details on starting other days please contact Bianca 0404810917.
09/2 A Raos, D Rowlands, C Martin J Nazareth
16/2 C Patmore D Cervasio C Mayer
23/2 J Ruys K Reimert I Merrigan
to the teams already volunteering to be counters. We are still looking for more counters and if you are interested could you
please contact Mary in the parish office and a training session can be held either nighttime or day depending on interest 59417315
ROSARY STATUE: 9/2 S Gupta 16/2 V & M Mendis
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: 9/2 D Velten & K Symons
16/2 N Boloski, L Roberts, C Smith
Please Note: we are desperately in need of an assistant
to help with Children’s Liturgy on the first Sunday of the
month, during the 9am mass.
Last week PG $ 1714.00 Loose $967.10 House $798.35
This week PG $ 1796.90 Loose $830.40 House $810.20
LOVE IN THE BIBLE” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or
arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or
resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures
all things. Love never ends.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
S Dominic T & F O’Gorman
T Reimert M Burhop
P C & S Fernando R Dias
M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer
I Merrigan R O’Brien
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
G Wright K Symons H Pereira
T Ridgewy J Ruys
C McCowan D Rowlands B Barker
P Maxfield G Prestt
A Parma M Pauguy P Setu