We remember those who have died recently including Helen Boon, Fr John O’Kelly, Aart VanZuylen and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Anne Vandeligt
We pray for those who are sick including, John Seet, Max Byers, John Ramsdale, David Lively, Milan Sunil, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.
WELCOME Fr. JANEESH JOSE:
St Patrick’s Parish would like to welcome you Fr Janeesh to our wonderful parish and we look forward to your leadership. Parishioners are invited to come to say hello and introduce yourself to Fr Janeesh in the parish hall after each mass.
Welcome to all, from the Filipino community today, as we celebrate the feast of Santo Nino a feast of our special devotion to Child Jesus. bringing to our attention the mystery of childhood. We invite everyone for a morning tea and a short celebration after 10:30 am mass.
We have completed four sessions covering topics on Missionary and Evangelising, Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal, Humble healing and Merciful and Prayerful and eucharistic. In the coming weeks, we will run sessions
Parishioners are encouraged to come and join in these sessions. We will run morning sessions for all the six topics from the beginning of Feb.
MARY’S INTERCESSORY GROUP:
All are welcome!
We are extending a personal invitation to you from Jesus to spend a half hour or an hour with Him before the Blessed Sacrament. We started out as 2 people and have grown over the years to a beautiful bunch of parishioners, who gather to pray for our parish. We would love for you to join us whenever you can…
WHEN: Every Saturday
9.30 am to 10:00 am – Silent Adoration
10.00am to 10.30 am – We say the Rosary (along with all the saints and holy souls) to pray for our families, parish, Australia and the world… (Every second Saturday we try to have a theme for our intentions eg. Families, priests, persecution etc…)
“Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love..” (Pope John Paul II)
“The spiritual lives of our families are strengthened through our Holy Hour” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
AN ECUMENICAL LENTEN CONVERSATION:
An Invitation from Most Reverand Patrick O Regan and The Right Reverand Dr Richard Treloar, Anglican Bishop of Gippsland to join in a lenten conversation at The Abbey, Raymond Island on Friday 21st Feb 2020 from 10:00 am till 3:30 pm. The reflections will be led by two outstanding theological scholars, The Revd. Professor Mark Lindsay, Professor of Historical Theology Trinity College theological school, and Dr Francis Baker RSM, Senior Lecturer in Moral Theology and Systematic Theology, CTC. The Abbey is an Anglican retreat and conference Centre on Raymond Island linked by ferry to the nearby township of Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes. There is a catering Charge of $20. Please contact the parish office for more information.
PASTORAL LETTER TO PARISH AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES:
East Gippsland Bushfire Response
We are very aware of the immense suffering and loss which has occurred as a result of the bushfires in East Gippsland, the Eastern Mission of our Diocese, over the New Year period.
With lives, homes, livelihoods, stock and wildlife lost through this natural disaster, our hearts go out to all who are suffering.
We acknowledge the significant work of all involved in the ongoing firefight and the relief and recovery process.
The efforts of the local fire brigades have been heroic and the support by the other organisations, government and volunteer, has been enormous and somewhat unprecedented.
Our priority is supporting the East Gippsland communities directly affected and working with local authorities, particularly through Vinnies and Catholic Care, in partnership with other agencies, for the long term.
Vicar General, Rev Peter Slater visited the Bairnsdale relief centre this week. Fr Michael Willemsen, Parish Priest for the Parishes of Orbost, Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale has been at the Bairnsdale relief centre over much of the last week, supported by his parish terms. These Parishes’ territories include seriously impacted communities such as Mallacoota, Buchan, Cann River, Sarsfield, Nowa Nowa and Omeo.
Members of these East Gippsland Parishes are heavily involved in the firefight and recovery and have assisted in many ways including welcoming the displaced into their homes.
The Dioceses of Sale Catholic Education Office (CEOSale) is working directly with School communities, through School Principals, in the affected areas to ensure supports are in place for school families who may have been impacted as they prepare to return for the new school year.
Director of Catholic Education, Maria Kirkwood, has specifically noted the need for ongoing support, beyond the initial crisis period, for families and school community members who may have been impacted. Senior staff of CEOSale are communicating directly with the Victorian Department of Education to ensure a coordinated response to Schools and school communities.
To date, thankfully, we have not lost any parish or school buildings to the fires.
Fr.Slater noted that God’s love and care has been shown through the outpouring of support through the actions of local community members, emergency responders from across Australia, and indeed worldwide support, towards those who need assistance at this time.
Many of those impacted are visitors to the Dioceses who will return home after a traumatic experience; we pray for them as they begin an unexpected recovery journey.
Those wishing to donate money for the relief and recovery in East Gippsland are encouraged to donate to Vinnies and Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF), as these two organisations are in a position to provide timely support where it is most needed. (See Links below)
Parishes across the dioceses, not impacted by this event, are encouraged to take up a collection directed to these two charities at all weekend masses, on at least one occasion, between now and Australia Day.
We continue to pray for the safety of those continuing to fight the fires and for all those affected as they are supported through their journey of recovery.
Yours in Christ,
Rev Fr Peter Slater Ms Maria Kirkwood
Vicar General Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Dioceses of Sale Dioceses of Sale
Catholic Education Office Ltd
. Vinnies Victoria Bushfire Appeal:
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
THERE WILL BE A LEAVING COLLECTION AFTER EACH MASS THIS WEEK
Saturday 15 February 2020, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, 400 City Road, Southbank (Planetshakers Centre) A day of prayer and renewal for all Christians to come together and be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Encouraged by Pope Francis’ message that we are all called to be saints, the underlying theme of the conference is to rely solely on God’s grace and strength – especially in times when your faith could be questioned and challenged. Guest speakers will include Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Fr Augustine Vallooran V.C, Lenyce Willason, Fr Ken Barker MGL & Lalith Perera.
We invite everyone to this free event. If you are interested in participating, please register online. For more information & free registration visit www.strengthinweakness.com.au
Who are we? We are a sewing group that welcomes women of many cultures to come together to make, mend and create whilst enjoying each other’s company. We meet to break down barriers and to learn from each other, we share experiences and that helps to reduce isolation and help prevent sadness and depression. We meet on Thursdays from 11 am till 3 pm during school term however we are planning to have an informal meet and greet on Thursday 23rd January for anyone interested in joining our group. Why not come along and check us out, bring your machine if you want Cheryl to check it over. We will be meeting in the Library Room of St Pat’s. Contact Mary Craven at the church on 5941 7315 or Cheryl on 0417 124 881
Next meal and companionship is January 19th 2020 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 or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. If you are able to make a dessert for this Sunday’s dinner please contact the leader Jessie Hilder on 0419838555 or email email@example.com
17/1 P.Pereira & C George 24/1 R Dias, M. Weliwatte
19/1 Volunteer please 25/1 Q Perera
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
K. Symons; H.Pereria; T.Ridgeway; J Ruys; L.Patton
R&A Jayawardena; J.Schalks; J.White; M.Dineen
A. Parma; M. Pauguy; P. Setu; P. Swee Fan; M Fanchette
J Rodda; A Tanner; W & B Vail;
M O’Brien; H & R Francis ; C Martin; J Wijayagunarathna
U Tiberi A Vanday M Welliwatte
A stowers C Faamausili
Last week PG $ 1374.00 Loose $820.85 House $690.15
This week PG $1626.00 Loose $814.15 House $825.60