Message from Fr. Janeesh Jose

Dear Parishioners

There is an old saying that says “May you always live in Challenging Times”.  It is either seen as a blessing or a curse.  A blessing for all the opportunities it opens or a curse because of all the difficulties presented.  We are certainly living in challenging times.  What does the future hold for us and for our families?  Opportunities or difficulties, depending on our view of life.  Certainty, challenging times forces us to focus on preserving the important things in our lives.

However, as Easter People, we have a great advantage.  We have a loving God who will walk with us every step of our journey.

During this difficult time let God’s might uphold us, His wisdom guide us and His word speak to us.  Perhaps this time of silence will help us to hear God’s words more clearly.

As per the current regulations, we have closed our church and parish office till further notice. For emergency and sick calls please contact Presbytery: 5941 3874
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May our loving God, who is always with us on our journey, hold you safe in the palm of his loving hands.

Fr Janeesh Jose
Parish Priest

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

St. Patricks Pakenham

First Reading

A reading from the book of Exodus

The law for the passover meal.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month is to be the first of all the others for you, the first month of your year. Speak to the whole community of Israel and say, “On the tenth day of this month each man must take an animal from the flock, one for each family: one animal for each household. If the household is too small to eat the animal, a man must join with his neighbour, the nearest to his house, as the number of persons requires. You must take into account what each can eat in deciding the number for the animal. It must be an animal without blemish, a male one year old; you may take it from either sheep or goats. You must keep it till the fourteenth day of the month when the whole assembly of the community of Israel shall slaughter it between the two evenings. Some of the blood must then be taken and put on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where it is eaten. That night, the flesh is to be eaten, roasted over the fire; it must be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. You shall eat it like this: with a girdle round your waist, sandals on your feet, a staff in your hand. You shall eat it hastily; it is a passover in honour of the Lord. That night, I will go through the land of Egypt and strike down all the first-born in the land of Egypt, man and beast alike, and I shall deal out punishment to all the gods of Egypt, I am the Lord. The blood shall serve to mark the houses that you live in. When I see the blood I will pass over you and you shall escape the destroying plague when I strike the land of Egypt. This day is to be a day of remembrance for you, and you must celebrate it as a feast in the Lord’s honour. For all generations you are to declare it a day of festival, for ever.”’

Responsorial Psalm

 
 
 

(R.) Our blessing-cup is a communion with the blood of Christ.

 

1. How can I repay the Lord

for his goodness to me?

The cup of salvation I will raise;

I will call on the Lord’s name. (R.)

2. O precious in the eyes of the Lord

is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;

you have loosened my bonds. (R.)

3. A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:

I will call on the Lord’s name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfil

before all his people. (R.)

Second Reading   1 Cor 11:23-26

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians

Until the Lord comes, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim his death.

This is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

Gospel Acclamation   Jn 13:34

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

I give you a new commandment:

love one another as I have loved you.

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel    Jn 13:1-15

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

To the end he showed his love for them.

It was before the festival of the Passover, and Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. He had always loved those who were his in the world, but now he showed how perfect his love was.

They were at supper, and the devil had already put it into the mind of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray him. Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, and he got up from table, removed his outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘Never!’ said Peter. ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have nothing in common with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ said Simon Peter, ‘not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus said, ‘No one who has taken a bath needs washing, he is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’ He knew who was going to betray him, that was why he said, ‘though not all of you are.’

When he had washed their feet and put on his clothes again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’ he said ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.’

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

First Reading

 

A reading from the prophet Isaiah Is 50:4-7

I did not cover my face against insult and I know I will not be ashamed.

The Lord has given me

a disciple’s tongue.

So that I may know how to reply to the wearied

he provides me with speech.

Each morning he wakes me to hear,

to listen like a disciple.

The Lord has opened my ear.

For my part, I made no resistance,

neither did I turn away.

I offered my back to those who struck me,

my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;

I did not cover my face

against insult and spittle.

The Lord comes to my help,

so that I am untouched by the insults.

So, too, I set my face like flint;

I know I shall not be shamed.

Responsorial Psalm

 
(R.) My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
 

1. All who see me deride me.

They curl their lips, they toss their heads.

‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;

let him release him if this is his friend.’ (R.)

 

 

2. Many dogs have surrounded me,

a band of the wicked beset me.

They tear holes in my hands and my feet.

I can count every one of my bones. (R.)

 

 

3. They divide my clothing among them.

They cast lots for my robe.

O Lord, do not leave me alone,

my strength, make haste to help me! (R.)

 

 

4. I will tell of your name to my brethren

and praise you where they are assembled.

‘You who fear the Lord give him praise;

all sons of   Jacob give him glory.

Revere him, Israel’s sons.’ (R.)

Second Reading

Phil 2:6-11

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians

He humbled himself to become like us and God raised him on high.

His state was divine,

yet Christ Jesus did not cling

to his equality with God

but emptied himself

to assume the condition of a slave,

and became as men are,

and being as all men are,

he was humbler yet,

even to accepting death,

death on a cross.

But God raised him high

and gave him the name

which is above all other names

so that all beings

in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,

should bend the knee at the name of Jesus

and that every tongue should acclaim

Jesus Christ as Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel    Mt 26:14 – 27:66

The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

N One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said:

O What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?

N They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say,

C Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the passover?

N He replied:

J Go to so-and-so in the city and say to him, ‘The Master says: My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.’

N The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.

When the evening came he was at table with the twelve disciples. And while they were eating he said:

J I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me.

N They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn,

C Not I, Lord, surely?

N He answered:

J Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!

N Judas, who was to betray him, asked in his turn,

O Not I, Rabbi, surely?

N Jesus answered:

J They are your own words.

N Now as they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples and said:

J Take it and eat; this is my body.

N Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them saying:

J Drink all of you from this, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. From now on, I tell you, I shall not drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father.

N After psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them,

J You will all lose faith in me this night, for the scripture says: I shall strike the shepherd and the flock will be scattered. But after my resurrection I shall go before you to Galilee.

N At this, Peter said:

O Though all lose faith in you, I will never lose faith.

N Jesus answered him,

J I tell you solemnly, this very night, before the cock crows, you will have disowned me three times.

N Peter said to him,

O Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.

N And all the disciples said the same.

Then Jesus came with them to a small estate called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples,

J Stay here while I go over there to pray.

N He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him. And sadness came over him, and great distress. Then he said to them:

J My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here and keep awake with me.

N And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed:

J My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.

N He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter:

J So you had not the strength to keep awake with me one hour? You should be awake, and praying not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

N Again, a second time, he went away and prayed:

J My father, if this cup cannot pass by without my drinking it, your will be done!

N And he came back again and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy. Leaving them there, he went away again and prayed for the third time, repeating the same words. Then he came back to the disciples and said to them,

J You can sleep on now and take your rest. Now the hour has come when the Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up! Let us go! My betrayer is already close at hand.

N He was still speaking when Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared, and with him a large number of men armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. Now the traitor had arranged a sign with them. He had said:

O ‘The one I kiss, he is the man. Take him in charge.’

N So he went straight up to Jesus and said:

O Greetings, Rabbi,

N and kissed him. Jesus said to him,

J My friend, do what you are here for.

N Then they came forward, seized Jesus and took him in charge. At that, one of the followers of Jesus grasped his sword and drew it; he struck out at the high priest’s servant, and cut off his ear. Jesus then said:

J Put your sword back, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father who would promptly send more than twelve legions of angels to my defence? But then, how would the scriptures be fulfilled that say this is the way it must be?

N It was at this time that Jesus said to the crowds:

J Am I a brigand, that you had to set out to capture me with swords and clubs? I sat teaching in the Temple day after day and you never laid hands on me.

N Now all this happened to fulfil the prophecies in scripture. Then all the disciples deserted him and ran away.

The men who had arrested Jesus led him off to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders were assembled. Peter followed him at a distance, and when he reached the high priest’s palace, he went in and sat down with the attendants to see what the end would be.

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus, however false, on which they might pass the death-sentence. But they could not find any, though several lying witnesses came forward. Eventually two stepped forward and made a statement,

O This man said, ‘I have power to destroy the Temple of God and in three days build it up.’

N The high priest then stood up and said to him:

O Have you no answer to that? What is the evidence these men are bringing against you?

N But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him:

O I put you on oath by the living God to tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.

N Jesus answered:

J The words are your own. Moreover, I tell you that from this time onward you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.

N At this, the high priest tore his clothes and said:

O He has blasphemed. What need of witnesses have we now? There! You have just heard the blasphemy. What is your opinion?

N They answered:

C He deserves to die.

N Then they spat in his face and hit him with their fists; others said as they struck him:

C Play the prophet, Christ! Who hit you then?

N Meanwhile Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came up to him and said:

O You too were with Jesus the Galilean.

N But he denied it in front of them all, saying:

O I do not know what you are talking about.

N When he went out to the gateway another servant-girl saw him and said to the people there:

O This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.

N And again, with an oath, he denied it,

O I do not know the man.

N A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter:

C You are one of them for sure! Why, your accent gives you away.

N Then he started calling down curses on himself and swearing:

O I do not know the man.

N At that moment the cock crew, and Peter remembered what Jesus had said, ‘Before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people met in council to bring about the death of Jesus. They had him bound, and led him away to hand him over to Pilate, the governor. When he found that Jesus had been condemned, Judas his betrayer was filled with remorse and took the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests and elders, saying:

O I have sinned. I have betrayed innocent blood.

N They replied:

C What is that to us? That is your concern.

N And flinging down the silver pieces in the sanctuary he made off, and went and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the silver pieces and said:

C It is against the Law to put this into the treasury; it is blood money.

N So they discussed the matter and bought the potter’s field with it as a graveyard for foreigners, and this is why the field is called the Field of Blood today. The words of the prophet Jeremiah were then fulfilled: And they took the thirty silver pieces, the sum at which the precious One was priced by children of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, just as the Lord directed me.

Jesus, then, was brought before the governor, and the governor put to him this question:

O Are you the king of the Jews?

N Jesus replied:

J It is you who say it.

N But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders he refused to answer at all. Pilate then said to him:

O Do you not hear how many charges they have brought against you?

N But to the governor’s complete amazement, he offered no reply to any of the charges.

At festival time it was the governor’s practice to release a prisoner for the people, anyone they chose. Now there was at this time a notorious prisoner whose name was Barabbas. So when the crowd gathered Pilate said to them,

O Which do you want me to release for you: Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Christ?

N For Pilate knew it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. Now as he was seated in the chair of judgement, his wife sent him a message,

O Have nothing to do with that man; I have been upset all day by a dream I had about him.

N The chief priests and the elders, however, had persuaded the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. So when the governor spoke and asked them:

O Which of the two do you want me to release for you?

N They said:

Barabbas.

N Pilate said to them:

O What am I to do with Jesus who is called Christ?

N They all said:

C Let him be crucified!

N Pilate asked:

O Why? What harm has he done?

N But they shouted all the louder,

C Let him be crucified!

N Then Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact a riot was imminent. So he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd and said:

O I am innocent of this man’s blood. It is your concern.

N And the people, to a man, shouted back:

C His blood be on us and on our children!

N Then he released Barabbas for them. He ordered Jesus to be first scourged and then handed over to be crucified.

The governor’s soldiers took Jesus with them into the Praetorium and collected the whole cohort around him. Then they stripped him and made him wear a scarlet cloak, and having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying:

C Hail, king of the Jews!

N And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it. And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the cloak and dressed him in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him.

On their way out, they came across a man from Cyrene, Simon by name, and enlisted him to carry his cross. When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull, they gave him wine to drink. When they had finished crucifying him they shared out his clothes by casting lots, and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him. Above his head was placed the charge against him; it read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews’. At the same time two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.

The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said:

C So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself! If you are God’s son, come down from the cross!

N The chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him in the same way, saying:

C He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He put his trust in God; now let God rescue him if he wants him. For he did say, ‘I am the son of God’.

N Even the robbers who were crucified with him taunted him in the same way.

From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice:

EliEli, lama sabachthani?

N That is: ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’ When some of those who stood there heard this, they said:

C The man is calling on Elijah,

N and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he dipped in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink. The rest of them said:

C Wait! See if Elijah will come to save him.

N But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.

All kneel and pause a moment.

N At that, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked; the rocks were split; the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy men rose from the dead, and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the Holy City and appeared to a number of people,

Meanwhile the centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said:

C In truth this was a son of God.

N And many women were there, watching from a distance, the same women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

When it was evening, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, called Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate thereupon ordered it to be handed over. So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean shroud and put it in his own new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a large stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. Now Mary of Magdala and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulchre.

Next day, that is, when Preparation Day was over, the chief priests and the Pharisees went in a body to Pilate and said to him,

C Your Excellency, we recall that this imposter said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I shall rise again.’ Therefore give the order to have the sepulchre kept secure until the third day, for fear his disciples come and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead’. This last piece of fraud would be worse than what went before.

N Pilate said to them:

O You may have your guards. Go and make all as secure as you know how.

N So they went and made the sepulchre secure, putting seals on the stone and mounting a guard.

Sunday, 29th March 2020- Readings and Gospel

Sunday 29th March 2020

First Reading  Ez 37:12-14

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel

I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live. 

The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people . And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, the Lord, have said and done this- it is the Lord who speaks. 

Responsorial Psalm

 
(R.) With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
 

1. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,

Lord, hear my voice!

O let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleading. (R.)

 

2. If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,

Lord, who would survive?

But with you is found forgiveness:

for this we revere you. (R.)

 

3. My soul is waiting for the Lord,

I count on his word.

My soul is longing for the Lord

more than watchman for daybreak.

(Let the watchman count on daybreak

and Israel on the Lord.) (R.)

 

4. Because with the Lord there is mercy

and fullness of redemption,

Israel indeed he will redeem

from all its iniquity. (R.)

Second Reading

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:8-11)

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he will give life to your own mortal bodies.

People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John ( 11:3-7 .17.20-27.33-45

I am the resurrection and the life.

The sisters Martha and Mary sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’ On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will end not in death but in God’s glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.’

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judaea.’

On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.’ ‘Your brother’ said Jesus to her ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said:

‘I am the resurrection and the life.

If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live,

and whoever lives and believes in me

will never die.

Do you believe this?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’ Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘See how much he loved him!’ But there were some who remarked, ‘He opened the eyes of the blind man, could he not have prevented this man’s death?’ Still sighing, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. Jesus said, ‘Take the stone away.’ Martha said to him, ‘Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day.’ Jesus replied, ‘Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said:

‘Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer.

I knew indeed that you always hear me,

but I speak

for the sake of all these who stand round me,

so that they may believe it was you who sent me.’

When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, here! Come out!’ The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did believed in him.

2nd Sunday of Lent 8th. March, 2020.

2nd Sunday of Lent, 8th March 2020

We remember those who have died recently including Antonio DeJesus and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Maurice Fennell, John VanRensch

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 Blake Mack and his

 parents Janelle and Darren  Next Baptism Preparation is April 5th

at  2:45 in the parish library.

BAPTISM PREPARATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to 4 times a year to help with baptism preparation. This takes place every 1st Sunday of the month at 2:45 pm and goes for about an hour. Materials are provided. Please contact parish office.

Zimbabwean Community Stations of the Cross: 4:00pm, Sunday

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:

First Communion will be celebrated in our parish in  May. For those children, and their families, attending schools other than our parish schools, who would like to receive their first communion this year, please register your names here or contact siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au. For dates and further information Please refer to our website.

ST PATRICKS FEAST DAY:

The feast of our patron Saint, St Patrick will be celebrated in our parish on March 17th beginning with Mass at 7:00pm followed by dinner in the parish hall. Bring a plate to share.

DISCUSSION GROUPS IN LENT:

We have a Lenten program called “Grace”, for group discussions/reflections after stations of the cross every week during Lent. Please contact parish office for details.

FROM THE SAFEGUARDING OFFICER:

Reminder on Building a Child Safe Environment: It is expected that all parishioners with Working With Children Checks volunteering in St Patrick’s Parish, who did not attend the first session on 17th July 2019 will attend the final session on Saturday 21st March at 10am to 12.30pm in the Church. The session will be conducted by CatholicCare and you will find it enjoyable and enlightening. Do come and by your attendance give witness to how seriously St Patrick’s Parish views the safeguarding of children. We need to know who will be attending so we do require that you register 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

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 flyer in the foyer.

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.

GLUTEN FREE HOSTS:

 For those with an intolerance of wheat, Please let Fr. Janeesh know of your need prior to mass.

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 (WWC check) please contact the school.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND:  

Our 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  or see:wwme.org.au.

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.

PATRICKS YOUTH GROUP/CHOIR:

We are holding a meeting on Easter Monday 13th April 2020 at 5pm, for all children and adolescence aged 10 to 25 years, who are interested in joining our youth group.  It would be an enlightening experience for those participating, with lots of fun activities including, a chance to get involved in our youth choir; vocals or instrumental; youth masses and training for youth ministries; attend social and fundraising events, one day retreats, day trips, youth camps and much more. Children under the age of 16 years will need to be accompanied by an adult. There will be an ‘Expression of Interest’ sheet in the foyer for anyone who would like to join, or if unsure, come to our meeting and see what it’s all about.  You are welcome to contact us via email parishoffice@stpatrickspakenham.com.au.  We hope to see you there!

ABUSE AND FAITH:

Has your faith been affected by the revelations of historical sexual abuse within the church?  Are you affected by current or recent events related to this?If so you may wish to attend an open conversation around this, with Arda Tymensen, an experienced family counsellor, as facilitator.Where?    The Marian Room at St Joseph’s Church, Warragul.  WhenThursday 26th March at 7.30 pm.The evening is being sponsored and offered by the Cyrenian Group of Warragul and Drouin, which offers listening and support to people suffering because of abuse.For further information contact the Parish Office on 5623 1642 or Warragul@cdsale.org.au and ask for Joan or Fr Peter.

THE WONDER WOMEN’S GROUP :

“Come and join a community of women for self-care and well-being.  The Women’s Group is for adults only, however, children can be accommodated and supervised if required.  The first session will be 3.30pm on Saturday 14th March 2020, in the meeting room (next to the playgroup).  We will be running various activities each session. You can contact us on parishoffice@stpatrickspakenham.com.au.  We hope to see you there!”

PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP:

Please contact Bianca 0404810917

Sessions are available each week day

JOSEPHITE ASSOCIATION:

First meeting will be on the Feast of St. Joseph 19th March. We will celebrate mass at 9.30am followed by a cuppa in the Welcome Room. Please come and join us, to celebrate.  We will then have a short meeting at 11am.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

Next meal and companionship is March 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 or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company.If you can provide a dessert please contact  59417315.

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 can share a book. Please contact Tresa/Mary at the office, The program will run from May to September with a few anticipated breaks.Please sign in to show your interest on the sheet in the foyer.

EASTER CARDS from Aid to the Church:

 Each packet contains 12 Easter cards. Prices: First packet $23 (includes postage). Extra packets $15 each.. Proceeds raised go toward ACN projects that support the Church. Call:1800 101 201 orwww.aidtochurch.org

CHURCH CLEANING: 13/3 T & N Andrews 20/3 Lindsay & J C Pauguy

Please Note:   NO FLOWERS DURING LENT

FINANCE MATTERS

Last week   PG   $ 1498.30      Loose   $957.70     House  $918.05

This week   PG   $ 1448.00      Loose   $921.40     House  $873.10

Bankcard    February $$4922.00  Direct Debit  $3054.00

COUNTERS ROSTER:    

08/3  A Raos D Rowlands C Martin J Nazareth

15/3 C Mayer  D Cervasio C Patmore

ROSARY STATUE:

8/3 M & J Ross   15/3 Madusha Fonseka

 CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

8/3 D Velten, K Symons      15/3 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith

 

 

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

A Mendis

E Fernando

J Parsons L Garvey S Dominic

T & F O’Gorman

9am

M O’Brien

M Dineen

J Bulgakova K Venn G Thompson

M Wiwczaruk P Carlin

10.30am

F Fanchette

A Arul

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer

I Merrigan R O’Brien

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

T Ridgeway

L Patton

T Reimert M Burhop G Wright

 K Symons H Pereira

9am

H Francis

D Rowlands

 

P C & S Fernando R Dias N Boloski

10.30am

L O’Flynn

J Obsiama

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu

P SweeFan M Fanchette

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

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th February 2020

We remember those who have died recently including John Seet, Huub van Schijndel  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Elino Allis, Mary O’Brien, Ernie Rossetti, Patricia Lloyd  

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 Bruce O’Donohue and Levi

 Edgecombe and their parents, Matthew & Natasha and Adam &

 Sandrine 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. Br.Johnson preaches around the world and many lives have been touched, changed and transformed. Please come and attend and be blessed.Date:Friday 28th Feb (8:15pm to 10:00 pm after the  Stations of the Cross). Also 2 full day weekend retreats @SFX School Hall, *Berwick* -Mass included both days.

Date: *Saturday 29th Feb* (10:30 am to 6:00 pm) and Sunday 1st March  (10:30 am to 6 pm) For further details, please pick up a copy of the Flyer left at 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. 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 the 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 after stations of the cross every week during Lent. Parishioners are invited to join with a small group, 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.

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.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: Invest in your most precious asset……Your Marriage!

Married couples, come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing!

The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.

Next weekend is on   17–19 April 2020 in Melbourne

Other weekends on 17-19 July and 13-15 November 2020

Starts 7pm on Friday. Ends 5pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.

Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or

Email: vicbookings@wwme.org.au  Website: wwme.org.au

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

ROSARY GROUP:

Rosary will be recited after each weekday mass including Communion Services at 10:00 am We are praying for the parish of St Patricks, Fr Janeesh as our leader and our church in Australia. 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 based on the following themes-

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:

will resume after the school holidays on 22nd Feb. Any children, teen or youth interested can join the group. The choir will sing for 6 pm 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 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:

serves dinner on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month here in the hall.  They have a great team of volunteers but would like to involve more of you.  You can help by, signing up as a volunteer to help with the dinners, providing food, particularly vegetables, cooking a dessert and promoting the service to those who may benefit.

Volunteers from Paddy’s Kitchen will be providing sausages after both masses on Sunday 23rd February and will be available after both Sunday masses to answer any questions you may have.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

Next meal and companionship is tonight 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 tresaandrews@gmail.com

The L.A.M.P. :

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 the foyer or our website under youth.

Click here to register 

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 (incl. water) on Thu 12th or Friday 13th. If any parishioner wants to help on stalls (WWC check) please contact the school.

POSITION VACANT: OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS:

is seeking to employ a new Parish Business Manager.  This is a part time position, ideally 15 hours to be worked across four days per week.  Reporting to the Parish Priest, the Business Manager is responsible for the sound financial and commercial management of the Parish resources.  The role will apply professional skills and knowledge of several fields including accounting, human resources, building and maintenance administration.  As a person of faith, committed to gospel values you will fully support the Parish Priest to enable and help the parish fulfil its mission and purpose.  Please contact the OLHC parish office for a position description and statement of key requirements.  Applications close Wednesday 19th February 2020.

PATRICK’S PRAYER GROUP:

Next Prayer Group will be on Friday 21st February at 7.15 pm, beginning with rosary then praise and worship followed by supper. All welcome.

ATTENTION: PARISH SINGERS AND MUSICIANS WANTED FOR THE RITE OF ELECTION! 

To register your interest and receive the music pack, please contact Sophy Morley on pastoral@sale.catholic.org.au as soon as possible

PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP:

For more info and details on starting other days please contact Bianca 0404810917.

CHURCH CLEANING:  

21/2 A & R Jayawardena   28/2  R & M Hau 

Please Note:   NO FLOWERS DURING LENT

FINANCE MATTERS

 Last week   PG   $ 1796.90     Loose    $830.40     House  $810.20

 This week   PG   $ 1316.50     Loose    $770.45     House  $736.60

 COUNTERS ROSTER:    

16/2  C Patmore D Cervasio C Mayer

 23/2  J Ruys K Reimert  I Merrigan   

 01/3  H & R Francis, M Hobbin

THANK YOU 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:

16/2 V & M Mendis   23/2 Manoj Mendis

 CHILDREN’S LITURGY: 16/2   N Boloski,  L Roberts,  C Smith

  23/2 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

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

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

     

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

T Andrews

N Andrews

G Wright K Symons H Pereira

T Ridgewy J Ruys

9qm`

C Fernando

P Fernando

C McCowan D Rowlands B Barker

P Maxfield G Prestt

10.30am

J Arul

A Arul

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu
P SweeFan M Fanchette

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

A Rajesh

A Ross

L Patton J Rodda A Tanner

W & B Vail

9am

A Minnus

B Wiegerink

R & A Jayawardena J Schalks

J White M Dineen

10.30am

Volunteers

Please

U Tiberi A Vanday M Welliwatte

C Faamausili A Stowers

THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD, 2ND February, 2020

We remember those who have died recently including Michael Scuglia and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including  Adonia Castel

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.

BAPTISMS:

 This weekend we welcome Lucas Coulton, Isabella

 Davis and Lincoln Thomson and their parents Brian & Monique,

 Russell & Tamara and Aaryn & Chantelle Next Baptism Preparation

 Is today,   Feb 2nd, at   2:45 pm in the parish library. .

PLENARY LISTENING AND DISCERNMENT

 

Our evening Listening and discernment sessions have now been completed and we will be running six morning sessions for the next two weeks. Please put your name down in the signup sheet in the foyer. All Parishioners are encouraged to attend.

3rd Feb 2:00 pm Missionary and Evangelising

5th Feb 2:00 pm Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal

7th Feb 2:00 pm Prayerful and Eucharistic

10th Feb 2:00 pm Humble, Healing and Merciful

12 Feb 2:00 pm Joyful hope-filled and servant community.

14th Feb 2:00 pm Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform.

MARY’S INTERCESSORY GROUP:    

   All are welcome!

We are extending a personal invitation to you from Jesus to spend a half hour or an hour with Him before the Blessed Sacrament. We started out as 2 people and have grown over the years to a beautiful bunch of parishioners, who gather to pray for our parish. We would love for you to join us whenever you can…

WHEN: Every Saturday

9.30 am to 10:00 am – Silent Adoration

10.00am to 10.30 am – We say the Rosary (along with all the saints and holy souls) to pray for our families, parish, Australia and the world (Every second Saturday we try to have a theme for our intentions eg. Families, priests, persecution etc…)

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 GROUP: 

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 PAT’S WOMEN’S SEWING GROUP:

Who are we? We are a sewing group that welcomes women of many   cultures to come together to make, mend and create whilst enjoying each other’s company. We meet to break down barriers and to learn from each other, we share experiences and that helps to reduce isolation and help prevent sadness and depression. We meet on Thursdays from 11 am till 3 pm during school term however we are planning to have an informal meet and greet on Thursday 23rd January for anyone interested in joining our group. Why not come along and check us out, bring your machine if you want Cheryl to check it over. We will be meeting in the Library Room of St Pat’s. Contact Mary Craven at the church on 5941 7315 or Cheryl on 0417 124 881

 

 

PADDY’S KITCHEN: 

Next 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 can provide a dessert for tonight please contact Sue 0409202903 or aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com

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. 

L.A.M.P. 

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.

PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP:

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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL:

A big thank you to all parishioners for their contributions to the Christmas Hampers that St Vinnies members and helpers made up for the disadvantaged in our local community. We couldn’t do it without your support, and be sure that these hampers were gratefully received.

We are also 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

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 office@trafalgar.catholic.edu.au,56331151 or

loconnell@trafalgar.catholic.edu.au Parking available in the Parish Carpark (west of the church) Provided and at the Trafalgar Bowling Please bring any memorabilia to share

FINANCE MATTERS

Last week   PG   $ 1522.00     Loose    $868.75     House  $803.65

This week   PG   $ 1714.00     Loose    $967.10     House  $798.35

COLLECTION COUNTERS:

  An inaugural meeting of prospective Collection Counters will be held on Monday 3rd Feb 2020 at 10.30am in the Parish Welcome room. The aim is to establish a team of three volunteers each week to be responsible to count and prepare the weekly collections for banking.Hopefully there will be sufficient volunteers to make it a ‘once a month’ roster.  It is likely that the counting will take place on Monday mornings for two hours from 10am.  Any parishioners interested are invited to attend

PARISH COUNCIL:

Our first Parish Council for the year would be on Tuesday 4th Feb 2020 at 7:30 pm in the parish library. Parishioners are welcome to submit agenda items for discussions through the parish office.

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 and 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. 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.

 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 begin on Wednesday, Feb 5th at 7:30 pm in the parish welcome room.

PATRICK’S PRAYER GROUP:

Prayer Group will resume on Friday 7th February at 7.15pm, beginning with rosary then praise and worship followed by supper. All welcome

PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP:

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.

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

J Colvin

C George

V Ukkru T Andrews M VanDiemen

J Parsons H Judd

9am

M Dineen

M O’Brien

J Bulgakova K Venn G Thompson

M Wiwczaruk P Carlin

10.30am

J Obsioma

L O’Flynn

D & j Estrada C Faamausili

B Kollaris J Mozina

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

A Tanner

J Samymuthu

S Dominic T & F O’Gorman

T Reimert M Burhop

9qm`

D Rowlands

H Francis

P C & S Fernando R Dias

N Boloski

10.30am

J Estrada

A Raos

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer

I Merrigan  R O’Brien

     CHURCH CLEANING:  7/2 P Bare &  A Vanday

    14/2 C McCowan & M Burhop

 

    ROSARY STATUE: 2/2 A & C Poonweera   9/2 S Gupta

 

     CHILDREN’S LITURGY:   9/2 D Velten & K Symons