Parish Weekly Bulletin: 3rd Sunday of Advent – 17 December 2017

We remember those who have died recently including Mary Burton, Lorenzo Ronzoni and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Joan Taskis Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.


We pray for those who are sick including David Gudgeon, Angel Tan, Calvin Furnell, Richard Pereira, Val Battams Tom Cervasio, Marie Stephen 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).


BAPTISMS:

“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 January 7th, 2018 at 2.45pm


PLANNING FOR THE 2020 PLENARY COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA:

As the planning for the 2020 Plenary Council of the Church in Australia gets underway, Bishop Pat O’Regan would like to host a meeting with parishioners in each of our 27 parishes over the first half of 2018. It is envisaged that these meetings will be a way of introducing parishioners to the concept of Plenary 2020; initiating dialogue; explaining the Plenary process and most importantly, listening to the people.
To that end Bishop Pat has put together a schedule of meetings to visit our 27 parishes and will be at St Patrick’s on the 24TH of April. Please mark your diary early!


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CALL FOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

The Diocese of Sale is seeking two interested persons to be part of an advisory committee to provide feedback and input into the implementation of the Diocese’s Communications Strategy 2016.
If you have experience in the Communications field, a keen interest in Catholic News or an interest in how the Diocese communicates with Catholics and the wider community, this may be your opportunity to support the Diocese in its transition to a stronger online presence.
The scope of advice will include providing feedback on the image and branding of the Diocese’s new website and assisting with promotion of the website in the Diocese.
This is a two-year voluntary role which would involve a commitment to approximately 6 to 10 meetings and the capacity provide to constructive feedback by phone or email on request. Interested parties can self-nominate with a short statement of interest including relevant career or volunteer experience and references.
For further detail on the roles please contact Diocesan Digital Media Manager, Liz Roberts on 5622 6673 or email newsonline@sale.catholic.org.au. Nominations need to be received by Wednesday 1 February 2018 by email or post to Communications Advisory Committee, Diocese of Sale, PO Box 1410, Warragul Vic 32810.


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!


OUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS:

PRAYERS AT THE CRIB: This Sunday evening, (17/12) a service of 7 Christmas carols and Readings will be held at the Christmas crib at St Patrick’s church from 7:00pm. All are welcome to join in this lovely, reflective service to guide us into Christmas week.

CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE FOR MIDNIGHT MASS: Practice times are and Dec 19th at 7:30 pm .Those who would like to join are most welcome as we prepare for Christmas. What a joyful activity the Christmas Choir is. Please consider joining in.

CHANGE OF MASS TIME NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH: The Sunday morning masses on Christmas Eve, will be combined the two into one, to be celebrated at 9:30am, the same time as Christmas morning mass. The weekend Masses therefore will be: Saturday vigil mass at 6:00pm and Sunday morning Mass at 9:30am.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: The Masses to celebrate Christmas will be on Christmas Eve at 6:00pm, 8:00pm and Midnight; and on Christmas Day at 9:30am

SHEPHERDS AND ANGELS: Calling all children to come dressed as shepherds and angels for the 6:00pm and 8:00pm Christmas Eve masses on 24th Dec. If you would like to be one let the parish know @59417315 or Siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au.”

CHRISTMAS MASS VOLUNTEERS: If you would like to be a Lector, offertory gift bearer, Eucharistic ministers or an altar server for any of the Christmas or New year Masses, please put your name down in the signup sheet in the foyer.

CHURCH HEALTH CARE ‘ANTIDOTE’ TO THE HEALTH BUSINESS: The Church’s care for the sick is an antidote to “the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn health care into a profit-making enterprise,” says Pope Francis. In his message for World Day of the Sick, to be held in February, the Pope urged Catholics individually and as a community to continue to provide loving care for the sick.
The Church marks the day each year on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Pope Francis’ message for 2018 had a strong Marian focus, emphasising the Church’s maternal mission to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of all people.
“May our prayers to the Mother of God see us united in an incessant plea that every member of the Church may live with love the vocation to serve life and health,” he prayed. The Church’s motherly concern for the sick has been clear throughout its history and continues today, the Pope said.
“In countries where adequate public health care systems exist, the work of Catholic religious congregations and dioceses and their hospitals is aimed not only at providing quality medical care, but also at putting the human person at the centre of the healing process, while carrying out scientific research with full respect for life and for Christian moral values.”
Perhaps more heroically, he said, “in countries where health care systems are inadequate or non-existent, the Church seeks to do what she can to improve health, eliminate infant mortality and combat widespread disease.” The image of the Church as a ‘field hospital’ that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality, for in some parts of the world, missionary and diocesan hospitals are the only institutions providing necessary care to the population,” he noted.
In rich and poor countries alike, he said, the Church focuses on caring for the sick even when a cure is not possible. Pope Francis urged Catholic health care institutions and individual doctors, nurses and staff members to remember the Church’s tradition of generous care for the sick and renew their commitment to continuing that kind of loving service.