7TH Sunday in Ordinary Time, 23rd. February, 2020

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Margaritta Marotta. Michael Houlihan

We pray for those who are sick including  Max Byers, John Ramsdale, David Lively, Milan Sunil, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.

BAPTISMS:

This weekend we welcome Layla O’Shea, Willow

Keegal and Luca Ricciuti and their parents Alana & Chris, Tara

& David and Claire and Dean  Next Baptism Preparation is March

1st, at   2:45 pm in the parish library. 

Come and experience the Grace of God:

Br. Johnson Sequeira, Catholic lay preacher from India, and founder of the JCILM Ministry (Jesus Christ is Lord Ministry   (www.jcilm.info) will be leading a Healing Retreat in the month of  FEB/ MAR 2020.. Br.Johnson is blessed with a gift of preaching and teaching God’s Word in a very simple, effective way for all to fall in love with God’s Word and become doers of the Word.. Please come and attend and be blessed. Date:Friday 28th Feb (8:15pm to 10:00 pm after the  Stations of the Cross). Our Lady Help of Christians Church, NarreWarren Also 2 full day weekend retreats @St. Francis Xavier School Hall, 75 Ridgemont Drive, Berwick –Mass included both days. Date: Saturday 29th Feb and Sunday 1st March  (10:30am to 6pm) Details,on  Flyers left in the foyer.  

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 1:30 pm. The focus will be Pray for Zimbabwe. If you are willing to represent our parish in saying the prayers of the faithful, please contact the parish office.

DISCUSSION GROUPS IN LENT:

We have a Lenten program called “Grace”, for group discussions/ reflections after stations of the cross every week during Lent. Parishioners are invited to join with a small group, to prepare for Easter.. If you are interested please contact the parish office so the resources can be provided

 FROM THE SAFEGUARDING OFFICER:

Bishop Patrick O’Regan has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment “.   Our first session was conducted on the evening of 17th July and about 50 parishioners attended.  The final session is scheduled for Saturday 21st March at 10 am to 12.30pm in the Church. It is expected that all parishioners with Working With Children Checks volunteering in St Patrick’s Parish who did not attend the first session will attend.  We need to know who will be attending so we do require that you register your acceptance by completing the attendance list in the Church foyer.

The Catholic Diocese of Sale is delighted to welcome back Fr Paul Turner, from the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph.  a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), on which our Bishop Pat represents the Australian Bishops. His blogs on all matters liturgical can be found at https://paulturner.org/ [1]

Fr Paul is the keynote speaker at the National Liturgy Conference in Parramatta in March. He will then arrive in our Diocese for two days of presentations. Monday 16th March: 7.30 pm at St Patrick’s .Public Workshop _How is God calling us to be a Christ-Centred Church that is_ PRAYERFUL AND EUCHARISTIC? All are welcome. Booking details on the attached flyer.

A LENTEN RETREAT PROGRAMME IN OUR PARISH:

 As a part of our preparation for Lent we will have a one-day retreat with Fr Elio Capra on Saturday 28th March from 10:30 am to 4:45 pm followed by the 6:00 pm mass. He will speak to us on A NEW LOOK AT THE

MEANING OF LENT AND EASTER. Pope Francis and the early Church remind that it is not just a time of “giving up”. It is a time of “rediscovering our first love”: Jesus Christ. All Parishioners are encouraged to come and attend. Gold coin donation appreciated.

THE PARISH OF ST. THOMAS APOSTLE, CLYDE NORTH, IS HOSTING A MENALIVE WEEKEND ON MARCH 14&15.

Please see notice in church foyer for more details.  Enquiries to Charles 0411867291, or Jamie 0431622155   $30 per person concessions available.  RSVP March 7th.

ROSARY GROUP:

Rosary is recited after each weekday mass including Communion Services at 10:00 am We are praying for the parish of St Patricks.  Everyone welcome to join us.

LENTEN MISSION:

Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ will be conducting a Lenten Mission at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Narre Warren. Fr. Richard is a Jesuit priest, who is a well-known international speaker and has lectured on faith and culture all over the world. He is also a renowned author of some famous books such as; Where the hell is God? Why bother praying? What are we doing on earth for Christ’s sake? This Mission will focus on the issues that confront us as Christians in the contemporary world and offer practical direction about how we can live our lives of faith more deeply. The mission begins on Monday 30th of March to Wednesday 1st of April 2020.

The sessions are from 10am to 11.15 am and REPEATED at 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm. The sessions are 30th March- “Going out to the world: we need all the help we can get”31st March – “Nine steps to making better choices for my life” 1st April – “Where the Hell is God? Holding to Faith through the tough times.” For more information please read the flyer on the notice board. This is a free event and all are welcome.

THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR:

The choir dates for your diary, 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 6 pm Holy Mass in the parish library. All the new members welcome! We are looking for Teens or Youths who can play musical 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.

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.

PADDY’S KITCHEN: 

Volunteers from Paddy’s Kitchen will be providing sausages after  masses today and will be available after both Sunday masses to answer any questions you may have if you are considering being a volunteer..

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

Next meal and companionship is March 1st h    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  Herbie on 0419223631

PARISHIONER LOOKING FOR CLEANING WORK:

If you are in need of a spring clean or regular cleaning contact Shalika 0468474097

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND:

Next weekend is 17-19 April in Melbourne. Starts 7pm Friday till 5pm Sunday. Accomodation and all meals provided. Info and bookings: Mercy and James 0409183676 or email vicbookings@wwme.org.au  Website is wwme.org.au.

PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP:

Our first outing for the year was a great success. Great to see a few new faces. March’s lunch is on

March 4th at the Garfield Hotel, 95 Main Street, Garfield. Everyone is welcome Contact Kathy 0418679616.

PATRICK’S FETE: Friday 13th March from 4-9 pm:

The committee is looking for donations of plants, Books, Trash & Treasure items. Cakes can be left in the parish kitchen fully labelled with ingredients (including water) on Thu 12th or Friday 13th. If any parishioner wants to help on stalls (WWC check) please contact the school.

MATTHEW: THE KING AND HIS KINGDOM

The book of Matthew brings the history of Christ to life. We see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the kingdom of heaven. Matthew: The King and His Kingdom, a twenty-four-part Bible study, explores how Jesus is challenging and empowering us to a new level of holiness and shows how we must be thoroughly immersed in the kingdom of heaven on earth, the Church, to live it.

St Patrick’s Church, Pakenham, will begin Matthew: The King and His Kingdom on May 1st at 6:30pm every Friday.  Participants will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation followed by a time of lively group discussion and fellowship. For more information visit ascensionpress.com, or contact Tresa Andrews at 0421931888 OR tresaandrews@gmail.com.  Participants are required to pay $35 towards the purchase of the workbook.Couples or friends who participate together are allowed to share a book.Please contact Tresa/Mary at the office, if you need any further assistance.The program will run from May to September with a few anticipated breaks.

Please sign in to show your interest before the end of March.

PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP:

Please contact Bianca 0404810917.

CHURCH CLEANING:

 28/2  R & M Hau  6/3 G Dias C Faamausili

Please Note:   NO FLOWERS DURING LENT

FINANCE MATTERS

Last week   PG   $ 1316.50     Loose    $770.45     House  $736.60

This week   PG   $ 1494.35     Loose    $906.05     House  $758.90

COUNTERS ROSTER

23/2  J Ruys K Reimert  I Merrigan   

01/3  H & R Francis, M Hobbin

08/3  A Raos D Rowlands C Martin

We are still looking for more counters please contact Mary 59417315

ROSARY STATUE:

23/2 Manoj Mendis  1/3 I Mendis

 CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

 23/2 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

1/3  T Ridgeway & Volunteer Please

 Please Note: We need an assistant on the first Sunday of the

  month, during the 9am mass. Please contact Parish Office