We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time. including Lolita Coroza Piga.
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
“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 May 5th at 2.45pm.
ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN!
They saw the linen cloths lying there and also the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head … and they believed (John 20: 1 – 9). It’s Easter, the beginning of a fifty-day celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Lent has brought us this far on a sacred journey of reflection, reconciliation, repentance, prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. It is now time to rejoice. Jesus who was dead in the tomb is alive again. He is with us, guiding, healing, loving us. He is with us to help us “step apart,” to become holy and whole as his beloved followers. We rejoice that death could not hold him and our song from now on is “alleluia!”.
Joy … Enter into this great season with an attitude of joy. What we are celebrating is the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God’s chosen one to whom we listen and on whom we base our lives. Rejoice!
Jesus, we celebrate your new life with great joy. May we have your life in us that others may see your good works in all that we do. May alleluia be our song this Eastertide, and may we walk with you as one set apart for God, as one called to holiness and wholeness. Amen.
Christ’s resurrection everywhere calls forth seeds of that new world; even if they are cut back, they grow again, for the resurrection is already secretly woven into the fabric of this history, for Jesus did not rise in vain. May we never remain on the sidelines of this march of living hope! (Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel)
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE:
The Holy See is urging the promotion and protection of the rights of older people, saying they are the living memory of our people who can help everyone discover their roots and dignity.
“The promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons will be enhanced when they are advanced in the strength of youth, in the maturity of adulthood, in the vulnerability of illness, and in the weakness of the final moments of life,” said Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, on Monday.
He was speaking at a working group on measures to enhance the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons. Warning with the words of Pope Francis that we have “normalised the exclusion of our elderly,” the Vatican diplomat said they are disproportionately affected by the burdens of poverty, illness, disability, social isolation, violence, abandonment, abuse, and lack of access to such basic resources as adequate food and shelter, quality health care, reliable communication, nourishing companionship, and effective support in times of violence or disaster.
To counter this trend, Archbishop Auza suggested two areas of focus. Firstly, he called for “education, training, life-long learning and capacity building” to foster respect for the wisdom of age and the value of full participation that leaves no senior behind. He said the elderly are the “living memory of our people,” and for that reason they can help everyone to discover their roots and become more aware of their own dignity”.
The other area of focus is to ensure “social protection and social security” to the elderly which they are too often denied because they are not considered “productive” and “useful” anymore and hence are a burden to government and society.
This attitude is particularly pronounced in places where euthanasia and assisted suicide claim the lives of the elderly who are ill and vulnerable. He said the Holy See condemns, in the strongest possible terms, these practices and calls for the protection of older persons from such attacks.
BISHOPS CALL FOR POLITICS THAT PROMOTE PEACE, COMMON GOOD:
Media Release April 17, 2019: Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for respect and understanding in the federal election campaign, reminding Australians they all have a part to play in combating “crude tribalism” and promoting peaceful public debate.
The comments are included in ‘Politics in Service of Peace’, a statement the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released this morning. The name is derived from a quote from Pope Francis, who urged that “Good politics is at the service of peace”.
The bishops’ statement shares important principles of Catholic social teaching and comments on key policy issues to consider before voting. “Election campaigns can be fractious; there will be claims and counter-claims; emotions will run high,” the statement acknowledges. “But despite difficult and sometimes hostile debates, Australia is blessed to have peaceful contests, free of the physical violence known in other countries.”
The statement says people have “a responsibility to present our views clearly and, if necessary, to disagree”, but all views should be respected. “We all have a role in promoting peace – which means speaking to our fellow Australians with love not hate, with respect not contempt, with understanding not indifference. “We all need to be more open, interested and engaged in order to combat the crude tribalism that is infecting Australia and other nations at this time.”
The statement, which includes a prayer for Catholics – and others – to use during the lead-up to the May 18 election, speaks of the importance of prayer and discernment in the electoral context. “Democratic processes stripped of transcendent truth risk becoming soulless, with majorities deciding issues based on power rather than the consideration of truth and the common good,” it says. “Some find the idea of the common good bemusing, but it’s critically important because it obliges us to look beyond our own needs and desires to consider the interests of the broader community.”
Among the policy issues the bishops’ statement addresses are economic fairness, support for the vulnerable and marginalised, including the unborn and older people, just treatment of those seeking asylum, action on climate change and the unacceptable differences in health, education and employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The bishops call that final reality “A running sore at the heart of the nation”. Significant attention is given to key areas in which the Church is a major service provider, including education, social services and health and aged care.
Politics in Service of Peace can be found at www.catholic.org.au
CARDINIA CHRISTIAN LEADER’S FORUM:
The leaders of the various Christian churches in Pakenham have been regularly meeting once a month for many years. A Facebook page named Cardinia Christian Leaders Forum has now been created to update interested readers on the different events taking place in each of these churches, and what they are doing together. Parishioners are invited to like this page.
PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:
The next Paddy’s Kitchen dinner is on Easter Sunday. If you are able to volunteer to help for a few hours please call Herbie on 0419 223 631. Also donations of Easter Eggs would be much appreciated. If you can help with a dessert for any of our meals please fill in the sheet in the foyer. Thank you in advance
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 10:00am, between the 9:00am and 10:30am 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.
ANZAC DAY PRAYER:
God of love and liberty,
we thank you for the peace and security we enjoy.
It was won for us through the courage and devotion of those
who gave their lives in time of war.
We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain,
but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come.
We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus
and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen
SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:
Please check out our website for more information
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY AND PILGRIMAGE:
Bishop Patrick has announced a Diocesan Assembly to be held on 13-14 September at Marist-Sion College Warragul. During the Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Dialogue process, several common topics have emerged. It has become evident that many of the suggestions which have been made can be initiated and implemented at a local Diocesan level. The Diocesan Assembly, while part of the overall Plenary journey, is of vital importance as it will provide us with the opportunity to together discern and discuss what it is that we can do here and now for our local Church in the Diocese of Sale.
In the months leading up to the Assembly, the Diocesan community is being invited to embark on a period of prayer and preparation with a Diocesan Pilgrimage of the Icon of our Lady of Perpetual Help (the patroness of our Diocese) and the Diocesan Plenary 2020 Candle. Each parish will host the Icon and Candle for one week with the opportunity to receive and bless the Icon at weekend Masses and have it displayed for prayer during the week.
21st Easter Sunday
28/4 6pm M Burhop 9am G Prestt 10.30 J Pauguy
26/4 K Venn and H Aurisch 3/5 Lindsy and Jean Claude Pauguy
21/4 N Boloski L Roberts and C Smith
28/4 F DeBona and A Jayawardena
21/4 Jayawardena Family 28/4 Hau Family
Last week: PG $1831.70 Loose $788.15 House $860.35
This week: PG $1638.50 Loose $1071.80 House $757.45
The new rosters are available now Please pick up your named copy from the table in the foyer
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
VOLUNTEERS AS ARRANGED
T & N Andrews M Burhop M Wiwczaruk
C McCowan C Martin N Ward P Velten
M Hobbin R Lppin C Myer R O’Brien