FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 24th NOVEMBER, 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Sheila Rowe  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Robert Nulliah,

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

BAPTISMS:

 This weekend we welcome Eli Mendonez and his parents Maree & Christopher  “Receive the light of Christ.  Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Prep is  on Sunday, December 1st at    2:45 pm

ST PATRICK’S CHURCH REFURBISHMENT PROJECT:

For a couple of years now, a parish committee has been overseeing the planning of a major refurbishment of our church building. The committee consists of: Fr Bernard Buckley, Mick O’Brien, Liz Merrigan, Freda O’Gorman, Paul Velten, Ron Jayawardene, Helen Staindl, Herbie O’Flynn and Georges Willman, property officer for the Diocese of Sale.  In that time we have been in conversation with parishioner and artist, Anthony Russo, and architect Nick Russo. During this time we have been considering issues of planning, building, engineering, finance and liturgy … among others.

Our discussion and planning for this project is now at the stage where the committee seeks the input of parishioners on the draft designs. We will have display boards from the Russos with plans and designs to date. Parishioners will have the opportunity to make written suggestions, comments etc for consideration as we plan further.

CELEBRATION OF MICK’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR SCHOOLS:

 Mr Mick O’Brien will be retiring as the principal of St Pats School after 15 long fruitful and enjoyable years.   His contribution to the development of the school is immeasurable; for the first six or more years he headed refurbishment after refurbishment and renovation of the school. He had the major role in the building of St Brigid and St Clare. As a thank you for his commitment towards the development of the school and his ongoing commitment to the parish, St Patrick’s Parish will be acknowledging him with gratitude on Sunday 8th Dec 10:00 am after mass. Mick will continue to be one of our most loved parishioners and his booming voice will continue to be heard at the weekend services.  Bring a plate to share.  

VOLUNTEER ‘THANK YOU’ BBQ:

St Patrick’s parish would like to thank all volunteers for your support and generosity in offering your time and talent to our parish with an evening BBQ on 6th December 2019. All are welcome. Bring a plate to share.  

ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON CLUB:

 Our December outing is at Drake’s Place (formally Pakenham Hotel) in Main Street (near the station). Come along on December 4th at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome. If you have not joined us before, and  those who have come before, it is time for a catch up. Contact Kathy 0418679616.

NEEDED: DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF CARITAS:

Would suit a motivated person with an interest in Project Compassion and related activities. Travel around the diocese at times, particularly in Lent (fuel allowance and other allowances).

May suit someone recently or partly retired (perhaps but not necessarily with a teaching background). Contact: Dcn Mark Kelly 0427748646/ Mark.Kelly@cdsale.org.au

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:

On Monday, Dec 9th we will have an evening with Rosary followed by a special mass in the welcome room at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join.

ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP 2020:  

We are looking for a new coordinator for our parish playgroups in 2020. This position involves promoting playgroup through social media and on the website as well as being a contact person for all enquiries and the group leaders. We are also looking for people who would like to lead one of our sessions.  If you are interested and want to find out more please contact Angela on 040904210  

Bringing stories of violence to light:

The council for Australian catholic women says the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 aims to bring about cultural change to address injustice, inequality, sexism and exploitation of women.

Council chair Sr Trish Madigan OP said “women and girls everywhere experience extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light”.

“Violence against women is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impact and terrible social costs,” Dr Madigan said.

Bishop Michael Morrissey, the Bishop Delegate for the Council for Australian Catholic Women, said the Church “has a special role in providing pastoral care, friendship, advocacy and practical support where people are affected by domestic violence”.

“In Sunday homilies, priests must also raise up theological foundations that support the equality of women and men,” he said.

“Women and men are created in God’s image. Each person is infinitely loved by God and deserves respect, mutuality and dignity.”

Pope Francis has also addressed the blight of violence against women.

“If violence has its source in the human heart, then it is fundamental that non-violence be practised before all else within families,” the Pope said.

“I plead with equal urgency for an end to domestic violence and to the abuse of women and children.”

Aboriginal Our Watch, an organisation driving nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children, reports Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner. They are almost four times more likely than men to be hospitalised after being assaulted by their spouse or partner.

Statistics show that young women experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups. There is also growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence, while and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence in the previous 12 months at more than three times the rate of non-Indigenous women.

The Diocese of Broken Bay last year published a Catholic Response

to Domestic Violence kit to support parishes.

Source- Cath News 

MERCY PILGRIMAGE WITH OBERAMMERGAU:

Explore the iconic pilgrimage sites of Eastern Europe in this 16-day pilgrimage led by Fr. Patrick Jackson departing on 08th August 2020. This pilgrimage features Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Munich, and Oberammergau. Witness the famous Passion Play 2020 which takes place once-a-decade for an all-inclusive price of $7900 + Tips. The fare includes Return Economy Airfares + Local Transfers in Deluxe coaches + Stay in Premium Hotels + All Breakfast & Dinners + Catholic Priest + English speaking professional guides + Entrances as per itinerary and more. For inquiries & bookings call 03 8839 6615 or email info@magiholidays.com.auIt is our endeavour to make pilgrimages accessible, viable and affordable to the faithful who would love to take this journey. 

HOLY LAND:

Join Father Brendan Hogan on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage. Watch the Gospels come alive as we set out on this true journey of faith! DEPARTS 25TH MAY 2020. 13 Day Pilgrimage, Superior Accommodation, Breakfast & Dinner Daily, Private Daily Mass, Outstanding Local Guides. 10 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS – Dead Sea (1 Night) • Bethlehem (2) • Nazareth • Cana • Sea of Galilee (3) • Mt Tabor • Mt Carmel • Haifa • Jericho • Jerusalem (4). Optional post-pilgrimage extension: Oberammergau Passion Play – 3 nights – Munich (1) • Oberammergau (2). BOOK ONLINE NOW: harvestjourneys.com/pv3020 OR CALL HARVEST: 1800 819 156.

SACRISTANS REQUIRED:

We are looking for volunteers to help set up before mass mainly for the 6:00 pm and the 10:30 am masses. If you can come a few minutes before mass, contact the parish office.

2020 STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS NATIONAL CONFERENCE:

Encouraged by Pope Francis’ message that we are all called to be saints, the 2020 conference is a day of prayer and renewal for all Catholics. In particularly challenging times, it will be an opportunity to come together and be strengthened and encouraged in our faith. Guest speaker include Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Archbishop Peter Comensoli, Fr. Augustine Vallooran, Lenyce Willason, Fr. Ken Barker and Lalith Perera. More information and registration visit www.strengthinweakness.com.au Sat, Feb 15, 400 City Rd Southbank, 9.00am to 6.30pm (Holy Mass included). Registration is free. Flyers in the foyer. All are welcome.

Next meal and companionship is December 1st,     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. Our team leader is  Tresa

THE WESTERN REGION YOUTH CHOIR:

The LAMP is now planning to form a western region youth Choir. If you would like to join the team, please contact Siji @59417315 for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

With the season of advent fast approaching, we are looking for plenty of volunteers to help us with the season. If you have a few hours to spare in Dec, please contact the parish office.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:

 St Patrick’s Needs you: We are in need for more volunteers to be Eucharistic ministers especially for the 9:00 am and 10:30 am masses. If you are willing please contact the office.

YOUTH CHOIR:

If you would like to join the St Patricks Youth Choir please contact Auxilia at 0405844557

CHURCH CLEANING       

29/11 A & R Jayawardena  6/12  R & M Hau

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

24/11 F DeBona & A Jayawardena  1/12 T Ridgeway & Volunteer

ROSARY STATUE:

4/11 J & T Jimenez  1/12 S & C George

TIME READERS MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
6:00pm A Ross A Rajesh L Garvey W & B Vail R Ginting  A Tanner
9:00am A Minnus B Wiegerink R  & A Jayawardena J Schalks J White C Martin
10.30 R Lappin R Pereira D & J Estrada C Faamausili B Kollaris J Mozina
NEXT WEEK READERS MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
6:00pm J Ross G Bonigala T & N Andrews P Pereira M Vandiemen J Parsons
9:00am C McCowan M MCowan P Fernando M O’BrienH & R Francis G Thompson
10.30 P Fanchette A Arul M Hobbin  R Lappin C Mayer ‘ I Merrigan R O’Brien

FINANCE MATTERS

  Last week: PG  $1639.00   Loose   $ 655.25  House   $636.45 This week  PG  $1724.90   Loose   $1009.05 House   $679.10    ‘Indeed, I promise you,’ he replied, ‘today you will be with me in paradise.’(Luke 23:43)

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