We remember those who have died recently and those anniversaries occur about this time including Eileen, Elizabeth & James Fennell
We pray for those who are sick including Pam Silke, Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon 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 this Sunday, July 7th at 2.45pm in the Parish library.
WE WELCOME FR BARON:
who will be celebrating our weekend masses with us for the month of July. Thank you for visiting us again father, and we look forward to our weekly celebrations.
FR BERNARD BUCKLEY:
Fr Bernard continues to recover from his recent surgery and is grateful for your prayers and kindness. He is very grateful also for the kind assistance of Fr Xavier Pinto during the past two months. It is evident that Fr Bernard needs a longer time to recover properly and so Fr Geoff Baron will provide Masses for the parish on all weekends of July. Please continue to keep Fr Bernard in your prayers.
NEW DIOCESAN WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK REMINDER:
The Diocese of Sale is getting very close to launching its new website. The diocesan media team will let us know when it is live. So stay tuned!
If you have been missing news from around the Diocese, the best place to access news stories in the interim is via the Catholic Diocese of Sale Facebook page www.facebook.com/dioceseofsale
Recent stories and videos on our Facebook page include: a video message from Bishop Patrick O’Regan in Rome, photos from the Diocesan Pilgrimage for the Assembly. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the stories and videos on our Facebook page. Just type the address shown above into your web browser. Press ‘‘not now” if it asks you to log into Facebook. If you do have a Facebook account, please ‘like’ our page and share our stories.
POSITION VACANT –PLENARY COUNCIL DISCERNMENT AND WRITING GROUP CHAIRS AND MEMBERS:
As we move into the Listening and Discernment stage of our preparation for the Plenary Council 2020, the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council is seeking people who are willing to be leaders and partners in the process of discernment. Opportunities are available to apply to be the Chair or to be a member, of one of six Discernment and Writing Groups. For more information, visit the Office for Employment Relations website www.employmentrelations.catholic.org.au or contact Ms Olivia Lee on (02) 9919 7822 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on 22 July 2019.
GET WELL MESSAGES FOR FR BERNARD:
There are little sheets out in the foyer that you can write a little message to Fr. Bernard.
PLANNED GIVING RECEIPTS:
Tax Receipts are available in the church foyer. They are in alphabetical order. There are still a few envelopes left if you can help deliver them it would be greatly appreciated. If there are any problems please contact Mary in the parish office 59417315.
BUILDING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT:
Get excited. The Session is on Wednesday 17th July at 7:00 pm. All those with WWCC for St Patrick’s are expected to attend so please put aside the time and come along. Mark your ability to attend on the sheets in the foyer or contact Herbie on 0419 223 631 or at email@example.com
LUNCH WITH BISHOP PAT O’REGAN:
You are invited to lunch with Bishop Pat O’Regan on Saturday 24th August 2019, at the Black Tie Function Centre, 90 Alfred St, Warragul, 12noon. The two-course lunch will cost $45 and wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at bar prices. The event is open to men and women who want to support this venture. This event is proudly hosted by the Knights of the Southern Cross, Diocese of Sale and all proceeds will go to the bursary fund for the education of Sale Diocese Seminarians. Tickets are available at : https://www.trybooking.com/BDRJN
Next session is on 7th July with Sue Hilder as the leader. Contact 0409 202 903 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SUNDAY:
Today we celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. The theme this year is “Peace to this house and all who dwell within”. In our busy lives, we are often bombarded with competing priorities, distractions, worries and concerns about ourselves and others, which can cause us to forget to take the time to stop, look around, reflect and look for our peace in our lives. Our strong connection to culture and land helps us see the beauty in our world and by sharing this appreciation we are helping share God’s love. The message that the NATISCC team would like to give you, is to go and reflect, make time to look for your inner peace in your busy life, and celebrate together with your families, friends and the wider community God’s message of peace and love for all.
“WHAT IS MOST INTIMATE, MOST PERSONAL, IS MOST UNIVERSAL” (From ‘Reaching Out’ by Henri Nouwen)
We share a common human nature regardless of our ethnic background. We share fundamental needs. This includes the desire to belong, to be happy, to find fulfilment, to be safe, to be appreciated. Suicide is often the last straw in a build up of unhappiness and pain. There is often a desire for the pain to go and often not focusing on the permanent consequences of taking one’s life. Our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have suffered dispossession, displacement, violence of various types and much more. So often others have determined for them what they considered to be the best for them. The challenges facing communities are multifold. The whole of Australian society is going through massive change. The present rate of change is possibly unprecedented in human history ever. It is effecting all of us in many ways. Many think that you cannot be sure of anything anymore. This has many implications in our search for meaning in life and values. This massive rate of change is also, of course, effecting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters. When this is combined with the practical challenges that they face, the effect can be very far reaching.
As spiritual beings, we need spiritual nourishment. When we are not nourished spiritually we can become spiritually sick. Australian society as a whole is challenged of how to nourish ourselves spiritually. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people recognize that this challenge also applies to them, all be it often in somewhat different ways. As Catholics, we know that our hearts are restless until they rest in God. Our Christian faith gives us energy and good reasons for living. There is such a vast history of deep spirituality in our First Nations People in Australia. Pope John Paul II in his famous message which he gave in the Australian heartland when he addressed the Aboriginal peoples, stated that the Catholic Church will be lacking in its full expression if it does not embrace the spirituality of our Aboriginal people. The embracing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality within the wider Catholic spirituality is deeply enriching. We need to walk alongside our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they reach for ways of deepening their spiritual life. All can benefit with such walking together.
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Is an organization that was formed to gather mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed. The first gathering for this group will be on the 1st of August 2019 at 10:00 am. There is a signup sheet in the foyer if you would like to join. You could find more information on their website at http://www.mothersprayers.org or contact Parish Office.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA):
The RCIA process is an important part of parish life, working with people who are keen to find out more about God and the church: who we are, what we believe, how to get to know Jesus better in life. Many of these inquirers are baptized or welcomed into the church at Easter next year. The RCIA Team, candidates, their sponsors meet over several months starting often around August. The gatherings are marked by sharing, listening, learning, teaching, answering questions etc. If you or you know of someone who would like to join this journey, please contact Siji @ 59417315 or Email Siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au
ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:
This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR FR. XAVIER PINTO:
To thank Fr Pinto for his services to our parish, we are taking up a leaving collection to send to him for his continuing religious and parish work. This will be next Sunday, July 14th after each of the three masses. Your kind donations will be much appreciated.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. For more information, check out their website at youthfestival.catholic.org.au
Confirmation will be celebrated in our parish by Bishop Patrick on the 16th and 17th of August. For those children, attending schools other than our parish schools, who would like to receive this sacrament, please contact Siji Dominic @ 59417315 – soon to register. The four preparatory sessions begin on 22nd July. It is expected that each child and a family member will attend each activity. For more information check out sacraments in our parish website
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN:
The parish will soon be preparing school-aged children and their siblings for Baptism. If you would like your child/ren to be involved in this program could you please contact the parish office 59417315
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Last week: PG $1417.40 Loose $557.00 House $621.75
This week PG $1582.50 Loose $765.00 House $576.55
“Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” Luke 10: 4-5
How different we are from the Apostles who took nothing when they ventured out to serve God. Today, we make our life’s journey more difficult because of all the material baggage that we drag along. When we really put God first in everything and put money and possessions second, we experience more freedom to joyfully serve God and others