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.
PNext meal and companionship is February 2nd 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 are able to make a dessert for this Sunday’s dinner contact the parish office 59417315
PADDY’S KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS: Please Note there will be a meeting on Thursday 6th February at 7pm in the parish library to discuss/organise our meals and services. Everyone welcome.
Our first outing for 2020 is on February 5th at Drake Tavern, 153 Main Street, Pakenham (near the station). We had a great turn up in December it was great to catch up with everyone If you are new to the parish, you Are welcome to come and meet some of the parishioners. Contact Kathy 0418679616.
Fr Francis has been with us since August 2019. Next
weekend will be his last week here with us. As a thank you to father we will
have a goodbye cuppa after each of the masses next week in the parish hall. Please
bring a plate to share.
Next meal and companionship is December 15th 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 in this cold weather or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. Thank you to all the wonderful parishioners who have provided desserts over the past year for our bi monthly dinners. We are generally serving around 35 guests. Our next dinner is on Sunday 15th December. We are planning a Christmas Dinner and would appreciate any offers of cold desserts e.g. trifle, cheesecake, pavlova etc. The leader is Sue and she can be contacted on 0409 202903 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LATEST UPDATE FROM FR BERNARD
I wanted to let parishioners know there will be some changes coming to our parish in the new year. With the continuing challenges I have with my health, and the need of the parish for a full time priest keep the parish on mission, it seemed best to me that I make way for someone else. So, last week I offered Bishop Pat O’Regan a letter of resignation as PP of St Pat’s, Pakenham. I was very sad to do so. The Bishop sent a very kind letter accepting my resignation.
The process now is that Bishop Pat has written to the priests of our Diocese advising the parish of St Pat’s is ‘vacant’ as of January 15th, 2020. He has asked for applications for the position of PP, and that those be received soon. The hope is that an appointment can be made and announced soon, even before Christmas. This move, and any others that arise in other parishes because of it, will likely take place about January 17th.
I am very grateful for all the prayers, kindness and good wishes sent my way over these months and ask, if it’s not too much to do so, that you keep the prayers going a bit longer!! I miss parish life very much. I hope to be involved in some small way in the parishes here in Sth Gippsland as things allow. My prayers are for the health and happiness of all in the St Patrick’s family; and for courage and confidence for those who are finding life a bit of a battle as Christmas approaches.
Wishing everyone all the blessings for a happy, holy and safe Christmas season. BB.