We remember those who have died recently including Bernice North and those whose anniversaries occur about this time Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. AMEN We pray for those who are sick including Vincenza Santo, Elizabeth Ware, Keith Brooks, David Gudgeon, Calvin Furnell, Richard Pereira, Val Battams, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge and Philomena Austin. 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).
This weekend we welcome Talitha Jaber and her 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 May 6th at 2.45pm in the parish library.
THE LAMP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Have you registered yet? Our Parish is hosting the Western Region parishes Youth Music Festival next Saturday May12th from 12:00noon, ending with the 6:00pm mass. This will be a good opportunity for our youth to spend a day with youth from all over the diocese, in a fun, active and prayerful way, right in our parish. Our special guest for the day is Hip Hop artist and Catholic Missionary Joshua Angrisano. Don’t forget to register. For more information and registration, visit our parish website or Facebook / Instagram at TheLampSale for more information.
PARISH INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY AND ‘EXPO’
Our Big map is out in the foyer waiting for all of you to pin your country of origin. On Pentecost Sunday, May 20th, after the 10:30am Mass, the parish will be celebrating Pentecost with a spirit filled International Food Day, similar to last year’s event. All parishioners, of all nationalities, are invited to join with their group to offer your national foods and dishes to all who gather. This year’s co-ordinator is Jane Estrada, on 0410 564 014. Jane will look forward to speaking to all the national groups about how they can participate. Please put your name down in the sign up sheets and Jane will contact you.
At the same gathering we will have a “Parish Expo” displaying all the gifts and talents, all the groups and teams, presently in our parish. Would all groups please ensure they have a display ready for that day to tell us all what you do, maybe even be ready to meet some new members! The idea will be to let people know what we have and do, perhaps even inviting people to join a group or a team of some sort. May 20th, after the 10:30am Mass!
Over 20 people attended last Sunday’s meeting to further the parish’s “Paddy’s Kitchen” project, a soup-kitchen type outreach to those who might be in need of a good meal and some good company. The next PK meeting is Thursday 24th of May, followed by a ‘practice run’ meal to be served on Sunday 27th May. The first official offering from Paddy’s Kitchen will be on Sunday 3rd June at 6:00pm. Parishioners have responded very generously. Some have offered to investigate the cost of buying the meat, one even offered to pay for it. There was a generous donation of $1,000.00 and another of $100.00
Are you looking for an opportunity to renew and revitalise your faith?:The Parish Pastoral Council is bringing the Alpha program to St Pat’s. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. It is run all around the world – in cafes, churches, universities, name it, but all programs have three key things in common – eat, watch and chat.Alpha is a series of 15 sessions covering topics like: Is there more to life than this?; How does God guide us?; What about the church? ……… and many more.
When? The PPC is considering starting on Friday evening, June 1st at 7:00pm and to continue every Friday for 5 weeks; breaking for two weeks of school holidays and back again in mid-July. The commitment doesn’t need to be the 15 weeks; parishioners can join in and feel free to make their own choice?
To express your interest simply pop your name on the clipboard in the church foyer. For more info contact Tresa Andrews @0421 931 888, or Fr Bernard.
AND ONE LAST THING
From Francis Sullivan, now former CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, established to co-ordinate Catholic participation in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse within.
The Council closed down on Monday 30 April. Our job is done. I was honoured to be asked to do this job and privileged to have shared it with many remarkable and dedicated people. None more so than the Council’s staff. They so often went unheralded yet always were the kind and considerate engine room to survivors, concerned Catholics, the media and others. It was their expertise and enterprise that enabled our Council to co-ordinate the Church’s involvement with the Royal Commission and in turn to instigate and deliver substantial reforms in the Church. They, with their collaborators and colleagues, gave substance to rhetoric, structure to aspiration and impetus beyond inertia.
Apart from our office have been the many people who have, for much longer than me, been involved in seeking justice for the survivors of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and many others who have been working tirelessly for reform. Sometimes the ‘fog of war’ can cloud their efforts. But thankfully their selflessness has given a compassionate heart to what has been a devastating chapter in the history of our Church.
I have learned a great deal from speaking with survivors. Frankly, when I first started this work, I was very ignorant of their plight. The very fact that their voices were so easily drowned out by the everyday clutter of my life now speaks volumes to me of how self- satisfied, even cocooned, I was.
This scandal has been a real wake up call for me and I hope for my Church. Do we get it yet? I think the jury is still out. What will it take for survivors and their families to believe that we do ‘get it’? Some days I am at a loss to really know. What I do know at least is that actions do speak louder than words.
What is clearer to me these days is that the leadership of the Church has never been more aware of the crisis the Church faces and never more aware of what needs to be done to rebuild faith and trust that is at an all-time low. So many leaders tell me that they want to reconcile with survivors and restore their trust in the Church. The test of that resolve will be in how the impetus of the Royal Commission brings change within our Church.
The Royal Commission gave a potent voice to survivors. In doing so it placed a mirror in front of our Church. This needs to be grasped as ‘a creative disruptor’ to renew, reinvigorate and regenerate the essence of being Church. Before all else survivors and their families need to get a better deal out of the Church. They need real recognition and decent treatment. Rather than struggling for a fair go they should feel overwhelmed by a generous and lasting response.
None of us gets things right all the time. Yet most of us can sense when sincerity and generosity of heart are at play. It is this well of human compassion that becomes the redemptive, restorative and ultimately the healing place for those who seek it.
When we look back will we see changes to governance within church structures and processes, a truly national redress scheme, markedly different approaches by Church authorities to civil litigation claims, an increased role for women and the laity more generally in the Church, the support for Catholic Professional Standards Ltd. and its public accountability of leaders, a reformed seminary system and the proper professional supervision of clergy and lay personnel?
My sense is that we will. This scandal has rocked the foundations of my Church so profoundly that the instinctive spirit to seek goodness, truth and beauty that binds us as a faith community will ultimately prevail. On that note, so long!
CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP
The children’s friendship group (for prep to grade 6 children) will be held every saturday from 5pm to 5.45 pm in the St Patrick Church till term 2 holidays. Tutor roles are available for high school children if they want to join the group. Please contact Sumy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
PROPHETIC AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC WOMEN
Most people know of Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop, but there are other Australian Catholic women who have also lived prophetic lives. Today we have a little on Eileen O’Connor to share.
Eileen O’Connor (19 February 1892–10 January 1921): Having fallen from her pram at age three, which resulted in permanent spinal damage, Eileen O’Connor suffered severe pain throughout the short 28 years of her inspirational life.
Co-founder of ‘Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor’, Eileen was the eldest of four in her devout Catholic family. Having moved to Australia in 1902, the O’Connor family faced great financial difficulty following the death of Eileen’s father. Though she received only limited education and no formal theological training, Eileen devoted her life to Our Lady and determinedly ministered to the poor and sick in Sydney. She suffered from constant, acute pain which would, at times, be so severe as to cause her to lapse out of consciousness. Her tireless devotion was reaffirmed with a visitation from Our Lady who encouraged her to endure her own physical pain and suffering for the good of others.
Eileen O’Connor committed her life entirely to those in need. She was a prophetic voice in the Australian Catholic community through her determination and desire to help others. Her spinal injury, which radiologist later found to be at an angle of 80 degrees (this would have been enough to take away her ability to walk), did not hinder her from serving the Church and performing Our Lady’s will.
In 1921, at the youthful age of 28, Eileen O’Connor died of chronic tuberculosis of the spine, and of exhaustion. Many years later in 1937, her body was exhumed and was found to be in a state of perfect preservation; almost a metaphor for Eileen’s timeless perseverance and determination to help the poor and sick.
P.S. Has any parishioner a story to share about a significant Catholic woman in your life, family, school or working years – in 100 words for the bulletin?
6/5 J Schalks & J White
13/5 D Velten
5/6th May 6pm Volunteer 9am B Hind 10.30am P Bare
12/13th May 6pm K Symons 9am A J Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn
11/5 A Watts & M Wiwczaruk
18/5th R & A Jayawardena