We remember those who have died recently including Maree Lanigan and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, George Hilder and Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Phillip and his parents
Natasha and Kasan “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 April 7th at 2.45pm.
DEFIBRILLATOR – INFORMATION SESSION:
The parish recently purchased a defibrillator to have handy near the church/ sacristy when such a machine is needed. A training session has been booked for Sunday, May 5th at 10:00 am, between the 9:00 am and 10:30 am Masses that day. It would be great if quite a few people could make themselves available for that session which will last about 30 minutes. Especially welcome would be anyone with medical or nursing experience, or who works in a large workplace. It will be handy to have a good number of people who might know how to use the machine when needed, often in a hurry.
Salma featured in Project Compassion 2013. At the time she was pregnant with her first child, sick and terribly frightened. In distress, she sought the help of a midwife trained by Caritas’ Safe Motherhood Program. Six years on, she’s now a healthy mother of two strong, happy children. Salma is committed to giving her children the education they need to provide them with the future she hoped for.
Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help reduce infant mortality rates in countries like Bangladesh and proved hope to pregnant women in remote communities for happy and healthy families.
Lives change when we all give 100%. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER AT ST AGATHA’S:
Jeff Cavins will present “The Activated Disciple: Taking your Faith to the Next Level” at St. Agatha’s Church, 129 Sladen Street Cranbourne on Sunday 28th April 2019 at 7.00pm. Jeff is the creator of ‘The Great Adventure Bible Timeline’ study system. In this talk, Jeff describes the difference between an enthusiastic admirer (fan) and a disciplined follower of Jesus; knowing His voice, imitating Him and becoming attuned to His mission and will give believers a clearer picture of what God desires for them. All Welcome! Cost: Donation
SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:
Please Note dates have been changed First Holy Communion will be on the weekends of 25th May, and 14/15th of June. Confirmation: 16th and 17th of August and First Reconciliation will be the 30th October. Check out our website for more information.
PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL:
Vacancy for Education Support Officer (ESO). Minimum Certificate III qualification in Education Support or Integration. Ability to work with all levels P-6. Experience in working with children integrated into mainstream schooling an advantage. Apply in writing to email@example.com by April 17th.
THANK YOU FROM ST. VINCENT DE PAUL:
Thank you to all our generous parishioners over $3100.00 was collected on Sunday and has already started being put to good use. There will be volunteers at the fire sites probably for up to 12 months. Anybody wishing to make a donation, to help with ongoing projects can leave it at the parish office or place it in Vinnie’s collection box on the wall near the sacristy. Thank you again for your support and financial aid.
FLOWERS FOR EASTER:
If anyone has white and or yellow flowers they can give to the church for Easter, please contact the parish office. And thank you in anticipation.
PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK:
Choir practices for Holy Week and Easter will be held in the church 7.30pm to 9 pm on Thursday, and April. Existing and new members are very welcome
CONCERNING MODERN DAY SLAVERY:
We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today, as there was before, or perhaps more – said Pope Francis last month. He said, “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
It is estimated that up to 40 million people are trapped in slavery globally – 1 in 4 of these are children. They will never get an education and they will never taste the chocolate produced from the cocoa beans they pick. But people around the world are making decisions that could change this tragedy.
Good News: St Vincent’s Health Australia is working towards slavery-free procurement of the goods and services used across their 32 sites.
Action: Follow the lead of Melbourne Catholic schools and St Vincent’s and buy only slavery-free. It is delicious. It will feature one of these three logos.
I came across some material about the mothers’ Prayers organization recently. There was an MP group at one of the parishes I was in. The Mothers Prayers organization was formed to gather mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed.
Mothers Prayers was started in England in November 1995 and has spread throughout the world with contacts in over 100 countries. It has the approval, support and blessing of Christian leaders of all denominations.There are now thousands of groups around the world. Two grandmothers, Veronica and her sister- in- law Sandra, felt led by the Lord to start Mothers Prayers and to pray in a special way for their children. They felt that they should bring all the pain and the worries they had for their children to Him and to trust in His words ‘Ask and you will receive’. During these years there have been many, many wonderful answers to prayers including children coming off drugs, children returning home after being absent for many years, improvements in children’s health and relationships (in the family and at school). The mothers also have been blessed and have experienced a great peace
I would be happy to hear from anyone who thought this might be a helpful group in our parish, not just among church-go-ers but across the wider parish family. Fr Bernard.
PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:
The next serving will be Sunday 7th April 2019, dinner served at 6 pm If any parishioner is able to help with a dessert for this meal could they please fill in the sheet in the foyer
HOW DO I SHARE MY FAITH? WITH CHRISTMAS AND EASTER
CATHOLICS: Invite someone to come with you to the Easter Vigil – do you know someone who would find this really meaningful? This is the most beautiful liturgy of the year, starting with the Easter fire, then the darkness of the Church gently lit by the candles we hold, baptisms, song, and the Eucharist. So think ahead, invite someone special to you, and be with them at the liturgy and afterwards for a hearty supper.
- Do send Easter cards to family and friends for Easter – make it personal – offer to say a prayer for them – think of making them with your family.
- Be truly welcoming at Easter Masses as, for many people, this is a once or twice-yearly occasion for turning up at Church. You never know what impact a simple welcoming word or look can make. And don’t groan if someone is sitting in your spot, as they may be quite new to the parish.
- Invite someone for Easter lunch – maybe someone you know will be alone on Easter day. For many families Easter lunch, or dinner, is a tradition. Inviting friends to your home, even people you hardly know, can be a time of evangelisation as they experience your welcome and the symbols of your faith in your house. Remember that your Christian hospitality is the heart of the matter at Easter.
RESULTS OF THE MUSIC SURVEY:
Many thanks to everyone who let us know what their favourite hymns were and which hymns they would like to see introduced.
TOP TEN FAVOURITE HYMNS:
1.Shout to the Lord 2. How Great Thou Art 3. Amazing Grace 4. Shine Jesus Shine 5. The Power of Your Love 6. The Old Rugged cross 7. Here I Am Lord 8. Ancient Words 9. Gentle Woman 10. Come to the Water
SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW HYMNS:
10,000 Reasons, The Fullness of God, Wherever You Go, We Are Called, Open The Eyes of My Heart, We Are The Light, All Heaven Declares, Majesty, God will make a way, Thy Word, I give my heart, The Lord our God is a mighty God, I give my heart, Purify my heart, Mighty is our God, Give thanks, Awesome God, Hosanna, Light the fire in my heart again, All to Jesus I Surrender, Above All, One Day at a Time, What a Friend we have in Jesus.
7/4 6 pm M VanDiemen 9 am AJ Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn
14/4 6 pm K Symons 9 am A Jayawardena 10.30 I, Merrigan
NO FLOWERS DURING LENT
12/4 Menaka Mendis and Family 19/4 T & N Andrews
7/4 T Ridgewy & Volunteer please 14/4 D Velten & K Symons
7/4 George Family 14/4 L Diaz
FINANCE MATTERS: 4th Sunday of Lent
Last week: PG $1924.00 Loose $865.35 House $771.65:
This week PG $1827.50 Loose $925.50 House $500.05
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
H Judd M Roche W & B Vail
R & A Jayawrdena G Thompson
P Fernando M O’Brien
D Estrada J Estarad C Faamausili
B Kollaris J Mozina
T & N Andrews M Burhop T Reimert
C McCowan C Martin N Ward P Velten
M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer
I Merrigan R O’Brien