We remember those who have died recently including Clare Vandenberg, Jack Kelly and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Anne Vandeligt, Reginald Vandenberg. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. AMEN.
We pray for those who are sick including Keith Brooks, David Gudgeon, Angel Tan, Calvin Furnell, Richard Pereira, Val Battams Tom Cervasio, Marie Stephen, Deonetta Golja. We pray for all who care for the sick and worry about them. May their works of service be richly blessed. (Names can only be placed on this list by the sick person or a family member).
This weekend we welcome Jacob Roch for Baptism. “Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). The next Baptism Preparation session is February 4th, 2018 at 2.45pm
VISIT FROM SR CHRISTINA:
This weekend we welcome and congratulate Sr Christina who has been visiting Australia to celebrate her Golden Jubilee (50 years) of vows as a Sister of St Joseph. There will be a ‘cuppa’ in the hall after both the 9:00am Mass and the 10:30am Mass so parishioners will have a chance to say hello to her. Well done Sister, thanks for coming to see us, for your presence in our parish over all those years, and many blessings for the years ahead. You’re always welcome at St Pat’s!
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
In the ‘Preparation of the Offerings’, or what the old Missal called ‘Preparation of the Gifts’, the altar, the bread and wine and the assembly are prepared for the offering that takes place during the Eucharistic Prayer.
During the Eucharistic Prayer Jesus’ self-offering is recalled and re-presented. We are joined to Christ’s sacrifice when, as members of the body of Christ, the Church, we offer the consecrated bread and wine to the Father
In the early Church, people brought bread and wine from home and gave them to the presider to use in the celebration of the Eucharist. They also contributed other gifts of food or money to help the work of the Church. It was a concrete way for everyone to participate in the real offering of the Mass. Today people make their offering through the collection plate.
The primary elements of the Preparation of the Offerings are the bringing forward, by the people, of the gifts, placing the gifts on the altar and the prayer said over them. Other elements such as an accompanying song are secondary.
The procession with the gifts by members of the assembly is a powerful expression of the assembly’s participation in the Eucharistic action. It is important that all understand this, and participate in it, as a ministry within the Mass, not something that the collectors ought do, after the collection.
The Order of Mass says this about the prayers of preparation over the bread (and wine):
“The priest, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread, or the chalice with the wine and, holding them slightly raised above the altar, says, ‘Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation…..’. After the priest has washed his hands and the music is finished, he invites the people to join in prayer: ‘Pray, friends, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father’. After the people stand and respond, he says the Prayer over the Offerings.
Clearly this simple part of the Mass has a deep and rich significance in what we are all doing there. Please, each can play their part, even occasionally, by bringing forward the gifts with someone else.
YOUNG PEOPLE, FAITH AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT:
2018: Last week in the bulletin we included part of a report of a survey offered to young Catholics last year to help prepare an Australian response to the forthcoming Synod of the Church, discussing the above topic. Following is another extract from that response, following on from last week:
THE IMPACT ON YOUNG PEOPLE: Along with the changes in the religious landscape, the Church’s significance as the centre of local community life has declined at the same time as people’s mobility and reliance on electronic forms of communication has increased. Young people are faced with a rising level of secularisation and materialism in the Australian society. Social media and main-stream media influences often conflict with the teachings of the faith. In addition, the Church’s teachings seem increasingly irrelevant to contemporary forms of relationships and do not support an individualistic way of working and living, so that the importance of religion has greatly decreased in many people’s lives. One of the challenges is also the variety of approaches to faith and church practice. On the one hand, there are those who adhere to traditional devotional, liturgical and hierarchical styles. On the other hand, there are those who place more emphasis on being Catholic within the world, in dialogue with others.
Rural dioceses face unique challenges in their ministry to young people. Going to Mass and attending youth groups is not very easy due to the large distances, the absence of regular weekend Mass and a lack of parish resources. The movement of young people to larger towns and cities sometimes creates a changed relationship with the Church and community. The Church can sometimes be seen as part of their childhood and not part of their daily life as they move to a new location and commence as adults. Individuals often return to their home parish for special moments such as a child’s baptism or a funeral but, due to the separation from the faith community of their childhood, they cease to engage in Church and have an ongoing faith life.
There are also challenges in ministering to migrant youth, with differently tailored youth programs needed for those who are born in Australia and new arrivals from overseas. These two groups of young people are distinct in their mentality, needs and also their choice of spoken language. For example, in the Chaldean diocese, some youth still speak only Chaldean and Arabic and struggle with English. This makes it a challenge to have an event that suits everyone. Indigenous Australians also face greater challenges with issues of equality and a lack of educational and work opportunities.
Finally, the recent Royal Commission inquiry into the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in Australia has had serious repercussions in many communities. The legacy of child sexual abuse in some dioceses has tarnished not only the institution of the Church but also anyone who remains an active member of its community. There is a general loss of trust in society’s institutions and leaders, including the Church. In some places, priests refrain from visiting schools as they used to. There is a perception that the Church has lost the moral high ground.Additional challenges for young people, as identified by both young people and the wider Church, include the breakdown of family relationships and an increase in domestic violence; the negative effects of social media (including cyberbullying, the need for constant connection and the resulting rewiring of how young people now think) and a lack of self-esteem and concern about what the future may hold for them. Another challenge is the over sexualisation of entertainment, advertising and media. This exposure to explicate concepts normalises the use of pornography, which leads to many different social challenges.
Sections Two and Three of this report provide further details on the challenges faced by young people and the responses provided by vocational programs, pastoral care workers and youth ministries in Australia.
Parishioners might be interested to read more of this report on the Australian Catholic Bishops’ website: acbc.org.au
CONNECT WITH THE DIOCESE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
The Diocese of Sale has a Facebook page. You can ‘like’ the page by visiting Facebook and searching for Catholic Diocese of Sale or by going to www.facebook.com/dioceseofsale Through the Facebook page you can learn more about what is happening across the Diocese. Help us grow our online community by assisting us to reach 500 ‘likes’ by Christmas!
PATRICK’S SCHOOL HANDYMAN POSITION:
A handyman/maintenance person is required at the school to do both inside and outside work for approx. 2-3 days per week, or as required in 2018. For more details or expression of interest please email email@example.com
YOUTH DAY – FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT:
The St Thomas’ parish, Clyde North, Youth Team invite young people to a day of drama, party, prayer, games, music, food and talks, on Sunday January 20th from 11:00am – 8:30pm. For more information or to register phone 5998 0947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.